Got a question for everybody.If you were gonna get $1500 to spend on your Jeep , what would be the best upgrades? Already got new tires & rims , what should I do next?I got the 2.5L 4 banger. Stock everything except wheels & tires.
I would love to put a V-8 in it but I mainly drive back and forth to work which is about 70 miles.I also need shocks and springs,do I lift it or do more upgrades? I don't know which is the best most sensible way to go about it.Do one big thing at a time or do a bunch of different small things?
2.5inch suspension lift (4 if you want to but it will be more exspensive).
New rims, new tires, new bumper/winch.
Or if your not looking for offroad accesories, go with sound upgrade, bedline the interior, fix any rust. There's really tons of choices. But with $1500 i would go with the offroad accesories i listed until you run out of money.
Thank you all for your much respected input.The more I think about it I think that I'm going to fix my suspension,which is all stock,and possibly re-gear it?I am running 31's and since putting them on my mpg's suck and it takes a little while to do 70 mph.I only have the 4-banger and not planning any major off-road trips.(although I wouldn't might giving the mounds a try).If I lift it do I have to re do the driveline?any other mods?What gears should I re-gear to?How do I tell what front/rear end that I have?So many questions so much time
Location: Mount Aukum, CA - El Dorado County about 55 mins from the Rubicon Trail
Gearing to 4.56s would be good. You should already have 4.10s now and since you said you are running 31s with a 4cyl and it takes a while to get to 70, then 4.56s should be fine. Then the issue becomes when you want to do the lift and 35s you will have to re-gear again. $$$$ wasted IMO. Not only that, but if you can't do the gears yourself, you will eat up much of your budget.
I would take care of all the mechanical stuff first as already mentioned. A complete tune up, hotter ignition maybe, CIA, and see how your MPG improves. Check for broken anything or potential future issues and resolve those. You would hate to have to fix something major after blowing the cash on upgrades. Especially if it is your daily driver.
Go through and grease/lube everything that should be with quality products, balance your tires and keep them aired properly. That should improve your MPG.
With the left over cash do the 5505 kit from Rubicon Express (no driveline issues). If you want more information about the RE5505 kit, shoot me a PM.