Welcome aboard. Nice area up there. Was in Buellton for awhile.
My basic advice is this.... leave your jeep stock for about yr. Learn to wheel it like it is, learn its strengths and limitations as a stock unit while wheeling with experienced people. While out wheeling look over other people's rigs, ask various questions of why they lifted to X level with Y tires, why did they choose the suspension, bumpers, winch, CB, skids etc that they have? And the all important question to them is, "If you could do it over again what would you do different." Um yeah that one gets interesting some times. Also, do your research there is plenty on this board and others about your rig and the mods people have done to them, good bad and indifferent. Great place to learn and not repeat.
OH, back to the CB for a minute. Essential trail equipment IMO. I personally disliked being out on the trail with everyone yapping on the CB and not being able to hear what was going on. Once we got one it made all the difference in the world about feeling part of the run.
Oh yeah, JEEP is an acronym for:
Wife calls it the Barbie machine, B@#ch has everything and just when you think you are done, BAM... something else YOU HAVE GOTTA HAVE! I tell her she is partially right, JEEP's are like women, "Never done accessorizing". ;-)