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Old 01-25-2010, 11:23 AM   #1
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Just purchased a 2010 Wrangler Unlimited..what to do next?

So I just purchased one brand new. Besides replacing the bumpers, tires, rims etc what should be next? I was informed to get a B&M Supercooler and also a Transkit. I would like it to last a long time and maximize MPG for what it is. So what else should I look at to maximize performance etc?

Also not sure if other people who have purchased the auto trans versions if they have been experiencing a sluggish or stickiness to the transmission. I really preferred the manual but since the wife wanted to ability to drive it she prodded me into getting the auto Yes I know it will be sluggish due to the engine trying to lug around a 4 dr Wrangler but it seems different. I have never driven an automatic Jeep before so maybe this is normal. It also shifts say when I'm coasting to a light and I can literally feel the transmission shifting and as a result the car slowing. Most other autos you don't get that feeling. Anyway this is my first post and look forward to the Jeep Craze lolol....Here are also some pics of my Wrangler
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:54 PM   #2
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The first thing you should do is take it off road and have some fun! Forget about the MPG's. The only thing that will give you any noticeable return will be your driving style.

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Old 01-25-2010, 01:25 PM   #3
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What about performance. I was informed that I should add a supercooler and transkit. Are they worth it and/or is there anything else I can add to it besides the cosmetic stuff?
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What about performance. I was informed that I should add a supercooler and transkit. Are they worth it and/or is there anything else I can add to it besides the cosmetic stuff?
With all the talk of fires, a trans cooler isn't a bad idea.

Do you really want us to help you spend your money? We're not shy...

I think that an Unlimited looks wrong on anything smaller than 35's; 37's look better. So, first off, you'll need a pair of D60's, 5.38 gears, driveshafts, beadlocks, MTR/kevlar tires, 4.5" lift, bumpers, winch, snorkel, cb & antenna, and some HID auxiliary lights.
That's a good start. We'll get to comfort items later.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:10 PM   #6
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When I saw this thread, I went searching for a post by Hilldweller and have quoted it below:

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See, that's what I'm trying to get across.
The Sylvania Silverstars are not an "upgrade".
There are two categories of electronic things that you add to vehicles: farkles and fru-fru. As far as lightbulbs go, Hellas, Osram Silverstars, Phillips Visionplus, GE Nighthawks --- these are farkles; they work. PIAA, Sylvania Silverstar, & the other blue bulbs are fru-fru.
If you are on a budget, and, believe me, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth, buy something that works, not something that is just marketing dreck.
Now that quote was from a thread on headlights but applies here. Buy farkles that is things that actually work. You will not be able to judge if it works by what is up on the seller's website as their literature will always say great things about their products. Try to find independent information about the product(s). The stuff that doesn't do anything but line the pockets of the manufacturers and advertisers, the fru-fru, try and steer clear.

Now here is another quote from Hilldweller:

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Start with the things that make ownership safer, move to comfort, then to radical.
That said, I'd start with the cb.
I would agree with this as well. I like the way Hilldweller thinks and I think he has been around jeeps longer than I. I have owned one since Nov. of 07. I've learned a lot from this forum. Many good contributors are here.
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When I saw this thread, I went searching for a post by Hilldweller and have quoted it below:



Now that quote was from a thread on headlights but applies here. Buy farkles that is things that actually work. You will not be able to judge if it works by what is up on the seller's website as their literature will always say great things about their products. Try to find independent information about the product(s). The stuff that doesn't do anything but line the pockets of the manufacturers and advertisers, the fru-fru, try and steer clear.

Now here is another quote from Hilldweller:



I would agree with this as well. I like the way Hilldweller thinks and I think he has been around jeeps longer than I. I have owned one since Nov. of 07. I've learned a lot from this forum. Many good contributors are here.
Another reason why I am here. I plan on getting the better bumpers, rims etc but I want to focus on things that will make my engine run better and for longer. I figure the people on here will know what works best and will help the performance and longevity better.
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With regards to performance, there is a lot of talk about various modifications that claim to increase horse power. Hilldweller will probably chime in here but what I've been reading is that the easiest way to bump up torque delivered to the wheels is to regear to a lower gear ratio (larger number) in the differentials.
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I like the way Hilldweller thinks ...
Scary statement right there...

I went CB, gearing, wheels/tires, bumpers/winch/springs. Now I'm thinking about a lift and lockers ---- should've done the lockers when I did the gears but I underestimated how enthusiastic I'd be about stupid hill climbs...

My headlight kit arrived today; I'll try to get it in this weekend and fry the retinas on some roadside vermin.
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I've been thinking about the original post (OP) on this thread some more. Some advice that I have gotten and have found to be good advice is to go out wheeling with the jeep. See what it is that you want to do with it. See how others who have similar jeeps equip them to accomplish certain tasks. Then make some decisions on what to purchase to enhance your experiences. One thing I have been finding out is that my jeep was pretty extensively equipped right out of the box. My most expensive change to date is a Congo Cage rack by Cargo Master racks. I do a lot of outdoors activities especially kayaking over the summer. I will get a lot of use out of the rack system. I put a CB in for communications while wheeling (a must for safety). I'm a ham radio operator but nobody uses ham radio on the trail. It is all CB and local to just the group out wheeling.
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Scary statement right there...

I went CB, gearing, wheels/tires, bumpers/winch/springs. Now I'm thinking about a lift and lockers ---- should've done the lockers when I did the gears but I underestimated how enthusiastic I'd be about stupid hill climbs...

My headlight kit arrived today; I'll try to get it in this weekend and fry the retinas on some roadside vermin.
You have to excuse him...he's from Georgia...no animals will be harmed with his experimentation...now hunting for food on the other hand...
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LOL...Primary function is my day to day driving. I use it to go from home to work. With that said I also want it to do some offroading. I'm not a crazy offroading by any means, just wanting the ability to go offroad (remember I am also in FL so not much in terms of offroading). Maybe down the road I will get into more because I definitely want to. So I want to focus my attention on doing things that will maintain it, preserve it for a long useful life as well as some performance first and then once that is done get started on the getting larger rims, tires, roll cage, bumpers, winch etc. Like I was told that the Supercooler will help extend the life as will a Transkit along with help performance a little. I tend to keep the cars I own for long long time and I want the same for this vehicle.
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I tend to own cars a long time also. Usually up to the high end of 100K. Over the years I have found that just religiously paying attention to the periodical maintenance gets the job done. Most of my cars make it to between 150K and 200K with mostly gas and oil and the usual parts.

I too use mine for my daily driver. To and from work. Quite a bit of travel on vacation in the summer. I try and get it out on the trail as much as possible. If money were not in the major consideration mix, right now, I would want to get bumpers and a winch. The winch is VERY useful on the trail.
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LOL...Primary function is my day to day driving. I use it to go from home to work. With that said I also want it to do some offroading. I'm not a crazy offroading by any means, just wanting the ability to go offroad (remember I am also in FL so not much in terms of offroading). Maybe down the road I will get into more because I definitely want to. So I want to focus my attention on doing things that will maintain it, preserve it for a long useful life as well as some performance first and then once that is done get started on the getting larger rims, tires, roll cage, bumpers, winch etc. Like I was told that the Supercooler will help extend the life as will a Transkit along with help performance a little. I tend to keep the cars I own for long long time and I want the same for this vehicle.
If I were you then, 2.5" lift, 16" wheels with 4.5" backspace (large "rims" mean large tire prices), 34" tires, 4.88 gears, the trans cooler, aev snorkel, relocate breather tubes (river raider kit), cb, bumpers/winch/lights, done.
Make your tires tall and skinny for good mpgs and best performance in FL muck.
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Sounds good to me. I was gonna go with 17" wheels.

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