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Old 03-22-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Just picked up my '06 TJ a couple of days ago. After looking at 8 different TJs, this was the only one that was in great condition with low miles and 100% stock. That's what I wanted. I wanted something that could be modified MY way.

So, what was your first modifications/upgrades? Looking for some ideas!
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:40 PM   #2
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Started with some 31" tires. Then rock sliders and some paint work on the fenders, wheels and bumpers, got rid of the plastic milk jugs. Inexpensive transformation so far. The more expend inside stuff starts soon.

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Old 03-26-2014, 11:26 AM   #3
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So far I've picked up a cargo net and denim bikini top and handles for the roll bars. Small stuff thus far. Once I get that off my card, I'm going to get some 15x7 wheels and 31s (4cyl or I'd go with 33s). I'm thinking of a modest 2 inch lift, but as far as I can tell, the 31s shouldn't have a problem fitting as is since there's 30x9.50s already bolted up with plenty of room. The 2 inch lift may just be something I do for clearance. I also want some armor for the front end and rear end. Then, I'll too that off with rust protection under the belly and get a safari top just because.

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Old 03-26-2014, 12:13 PM   #4
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I would skip the 2" lift and do a 1.25" body lift. It will give you just a little extra clearance for the 31s, but will also allow you to run a high clearance gas tank skid.
You will then be able to run a 1" motor mount lift that will help reduce driveline vibes if you do that 2" lift down the road.


*oh, and my first mod was to take my modified jeep (by the PO) and bring it back to stock before I started modifying it the was I wanted. I can appreciate your desire to start with a stock jeep.
don't worry about your 4cyl. I have built my 4cyl TJ around 35s.
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Old 03-26-2014, 03:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice! That really does make more sense.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:03 AM   #6
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My first thing would be to go wheel it on some trails. Show yourself what you need. It is always satisfying doing the same trail after some mods and seeing the difference.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:43 AM   #7
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My first thing would be to go wheel it on some trails.
That was accomplished right after buying it. It didn't make it home from the dealer clean

Good advice, for sure. I have plenty of nice trails around my house in rural North Carolina. It's nearly time to remove the top and doors and get another ride in.

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