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Old 03-13-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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New Jeep owner here; looking for Jeepers guidance

Alright, so finallly after yrs and yrs of salivating, I got me a Jeep. Truth: she's got me wrapped around her axles up to her roll bars.

I had no intention of spending the insane sticker price for a loaded brand new jeep, afterall, building her, fine tuning her, gettin down and dirty with her is the intention right?! Yes I named her...Lego: build, break, build again! Yes I'm a mom (I've read a lot of "soccer moms have no business driving a jeep" stuff) All I can say is everyone is entiltled to their opinion. So here's minec One thing I've learned...a jeep is the best vehicle a mom can drive. Kids r flat out dirty lil monsters, a ride that u can hose down, can take a beating, scratches and dents r badges of honor (much like what happens to us moms)...what other ride meets that criteria other than the Jeep. Perfect ride! Not to mention, I didn't die when I became a mom. And to show the power invested in the jeep...dad owns a F350 king ranch dually, jacked up on mud tires. He used to be awsome...now I am- little ones indoctrinated by first mud run! Two new jeepers in the making...nuff said. Moms rock ur jeeps, it aint a soccer thing (we do martial arts and kickboxing anyway), aint no grocery getter (though it can pack some bags); its daily six flags ride, hang on kiddos and all passengers, mommas ready to get real...real dirty, BAHAHA.

So, off the lot, this 09 JK Unlimited X (I figured id build her, no need for bells and whistles) will finally get tag tomorrow, has gotten a little gear. 4" lift, 37" tires, rear bumper to accomidate 5th tire, front bumper, a lil nip tuck for 37s, winch and 4 lights installed (what woulda taken most of u a cpl hrs, took this amateur all dang day, lol). Shes hit a lil mud, but no where near enough...
....and heres where I could use some help, I need some Jeeper buddies to show me the ropes. I know I'm new, so I'm not even gonna pretend like I got this. Id love to hear from, meet and talk with any Jeepers out there, near here (I'm in paulding co.) that wouldnt mind a newbie hangin around.

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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I'm new to the Jeep world as well, picked up an 07 X model in Feb and just got tag last week. I went on a trail ride for the first time a couple of weekends ago at lower sweetwater in Canton. I had fun, but washing it down in cold weather not so much! I'm also looking for Jeep buddies too, hoping to learn a thing or two. Welcome aboard as well. I'm in South Cherokee area (Woodstock).

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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Yeah clean up was interesting for my first go. It was almost a game as I'm outside freezing my butt off, too stubborn to go up to the office and grab a pressure washer, it was a game of "find the mud". Secretly, I totally enjoyed it. Lol. What was even more fun, crawling underneath, running wires, removing parts, weaving in and out of her as dry mud hits me in the face, thank goodness I put the lift on. I lol'ed every time thinking about a phrase I saw, "ten min of fun in the mud, a lifetime of mud in ur face everytime u work on it"

Sounds like u made good use of ur purchase already! Well, ill take newbie buddies like me and veterans seasoned or just knowledgable.
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Just keep watching the local section here. We've done several rides already this year. One included lemoine winching me out.

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:24 PM   #5
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Thx, I def will. I will admit though id love to be taken on some runs with someone who can lead me. That way I only hear a few laughs and I know where they came from, haha, jk.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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this group of jeepers to me are the most knowledge filled group I have
been around and will show anyone the ropes they took my wife and
I right in and showed us a great couple of rides so far
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:14 PM   #8
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Help me out here...as in group, do u mean this forum or a specific group?

U def. give me hope. Thx.

I gotta say the jeep wave got me. People started waving right away. The two first ones, poor guys, I was all deer in headlights. Then a motorcycle passed and it hit me...wait its like respect. Gave me a bit of a smile. Since I love being southern where we actually look people in the eye, hold doors, ask how a perfect stranger is doing and expect an answer, hold conversations w/ strangers simply bc they r in proximity...so it made me smile realizing, its just an extension of they way people can be...nice, lol. (Though I've been shafted by some, that's okay, I'm a shiny JKU....gotta earn my keep I suppose)
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The group I meant sorry is ddcrew if you search on here you will see there ride pics and they are usually on here under this section
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I just caught that in pm...silly me, lol. Now I'm tryin to search...I think I need to be schooled on how to used this forum, lol.
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The hubby finally broke down and I got my Jeep! Love her. Welcome we have gone on a few rides and loved it. She had not been 100% clean since we got her. Lol white Jeep with aGA mud tint. :-)
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That's how its done girliegirl! Its funny when hubbies "break down" or give in...it does make mod justification easier. They like it just as much, lol. When I was installing my lights and winch, mine stood there watching like a little kid. He had full faith in me, he just didn't like his hands clean. I can't say, whats an xtra $300 if I'm shopping for clothes, but if its for my Lego girl...well, hes much softer, lol.

Where r u riding at?
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Yea, I think I'm sucking my wife into the Jeep phase, she asked me this morning if she could take "The Winch" today to work! LOL!
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Love it! Mine is brand new, too new. But that's okay. I got some half fallen trees to test it on. My hubby just laughs at me. I "drive dream" every puddle, hill, construction sight, curb, road rail...anything I wanna tackle it. (He saw a sticker that said "hang on, i wanna try something" said that was totally me) We have an insane incline on our driveway so I pulled the trash up with the winch, lol. I might also go off the driveway on purpose...shhh don't tell, I play oopsy girl on that. If u can't move it winch it, if u can and it just looks like fun, winch it too
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Help me out here...as in group, do u mean this forum or a specific group?

U def. give me hope. Thx.

I gotta say the jeep wave got me. People started waving right away. The two first ones, poor guys, I was all deer in headlights. Then a motorcycle passed and it hit me...wait its like respect. Gave me a bit of a smile. Since I love being southern where we actually look people in the eye, hold doors, ask how a perfect stranger is doing and expect an answer, hold conversations w/ strangers simply bc they r in proximity...so it made me smile realizing, its just an extension of they way people can be...nice, lol. (Though I've been shafted by some, that's okay, I'm a shiny JKU....gotta earn my keep I suppose)
Hah. You're lucky. When I bought mine it was all stock. Did not get a wave for the longest time. It wasn't until I did a couple of mods (i.e. headlights and front bumper) that the waves became more frequent.

Not sure what else has been said but DD crew = (daily driver) crew. We go on some fun forest service ride trails in the area and you can be sure we don't try to break anything cause these Jeeps are our daily drivers.

On 37's you will clear most obstacles pretty easily. Oh yeah, you mentioned a tummy tuck - what all was done to accomplish that?

Also, if your family likes camping and stuff, there is a very good group of people that a few of us go wheeling with. We hit up ORV parks in the area (2 hours away) and spend the weekends camping and seeing what our Jeeps can do. That's where I learn the most.
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Omg...ur speaking to my heart, we LOVE camping, lol.

I hadnt gotten the bumpers yet, so when I put the lift and tires on there was a lot of rubbing, as expected. Some of the metal was shaved off to allow clearance toward the front of the rear tires. The front bumper was all in the way, so a few washers set in to push it out was done. I didn't want to do a lot to the bumpers since I knew I was replacing them. Then they had a sale....I got both bumpers. No rubbing at all now. But them my rockers are close in the rear, I may have to see if I can shift em a bit, depends on what happens on a mo fun run, lol.

I specifically went cheaper in my purchase since I wanted mods right away. Shes all built in my head, and whats in my head comes out quick, lol.

I'm game for whatever, I'm just ready to ride and get dirty. I was drive dreamin about camping and jeepin earlier this wk.
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We have been our twice with the DD Crew. Once to Sweetwater and then to tray mnt. Lots of mud at Sweetwater :-) we are going to take a few weekend off and get the lift put on them we will be out again.
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Same here. Looking to join the 37s club this weekend.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:47 PM   #19
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I love mine, what tires r u getting?
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The Toyo Open Country M/T's. 37x1350r17
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We have been our twice with the DD Crew. Once to Sweetwater and then to tray mnt. Lots of mud at Sweetwater :-) we are going to take a few weekend off and get the lift put on them we will be out again.
Awsome. Since I bought mine used, it had a 2" lift...I replaced it with a 4". I like it a lot. The kiddos hopping in is funny esp with backpacks. I just remind them, its like mounting a horse, lol. Dads got a 6" so they r used to it.
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The Toyo Open Country M/T's. 37x1350r17
That is exactly what I have. I love them, they self clean well. Too well if u wait to take pics. My hubby has them in 35s, hes had them for 3 mths...they surprisingly ride well and seem the wear slower than I imagined. Expensive tire though, so already got a change jar for tire replacement, lol.
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Great to know! Hopefully all my research will = a well put together Jeep w/o any rubbing, breaking, or other issues.
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Post up pics when ur done Wei
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At a -40 pitch and 50 yrd length driveway soaking wet with mud/pinestraw mix flowing down....even iced over twice, these tires have more than performed. (Even holding up a f350 dually)

In ur research...what have u found to be the problems with that tire? Just so I know what to look for?
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Hrmm... over all these were the best that I've found with the width, which is why I got them. I'm not a fan of pizza cutters and at 37 tall, 12.5" width look like pizza cutters to me.

However, I've heard it doesn't perform too well in snow due to it wanting to float over it instead of digging into it. (It's not a huge issue in GA.)

I AM looking forward to how it performs in rain, ice, etc. Nothing like judging it for yourself to really see how they are.

But with regards to my research, I also meant the lift and keeping the stock flares. At this point, I'm not sure if the lift I picked is tall enough yet. I may still need to get a 1" body lift, not sure. I like the look of the stock flares over the flat ones - so that's the only major quirk with the setup I have in mind.
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Being the over do everything person I am, I wanted 6". But also being a newbie I must rely on others expertise. So I was told I could do 6" but then im getting in deeper with all the changes Id have to make. So 4" was just right. Litterally with the stock bumper, a few washers in the front to pull it out a tad will work. My rear was fine with exception to holding the fifth tire. I could have just gotten a swing out, but ultimately my jeep would have sagged. The slight shaving of the metal underneath near the rears was simply cutting the corners, its not a noticable change. That will def rub once on even a light trail. The flares werent even a problem. I still have stock onces (Ive been talking to a custom guy about someday creating flares from the idea in my head) I also am not keen on the flat ones, but I sure do love me some character so im thinkin Ill just make up something and let the prof take it from there. Oh I also put spacers on...i like the look of the tires sticking out, but that could have been my downfall on any rubbing. Mine are 37/13.5...i like em wide. Good luck with your tires and lift...i hope to see pics and hear how it goes when ur done!
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I'll definitely post em once they're done. The crazy thing is as of 4 days ago, I learned that Toyo also makes a 38x15.5 inch tires. Maybe next time...

But yes, with JK's, the current trend seems to be focusing on lowered center of gravity builds. 4" is a good height for 37's.
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Mmmmm 38s. Good thing my rear bumper is rated for up to 40 (planned ahead, hehehe)
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I would love to be that big! But we are getting a 3 or 4inch. Plans for bumpers front and back and a winch. And the list goes on and on and on!

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