Hey guys, I'm a college student and new jeep owner!
I've always loved and lusted from afar, however I've never owned a jeep. Recently, I caved and bought a 2000 Wrangler Sport from a friend's father, and am super excited. I split my time between North Florida(when at school), and South Florida(when home) and would like to make mods to the jeep to be able to take it offroad/through mud, and as SoFla can be pretty wet I'd imagine there will be lots of mud. What I'm asking is: what are the general modifications I need to make to be able to drive it through fairly deep mud/water? E.G. lifting, snorkel, etc. Specs: 4 L, 6 Cyl Auto. From what I can tell it's got offroad tires, after market front/rear fenders, but no major work done
Post a pic and we'll probably be able to point you in the right direction. Most people can make it through mud on 33s, 3.5-4.5 inches of lift, mud terrains would help sometimes(sometimes the tires just get caked up and then it's like everybody is on slicks). Snorkel is absolutely necessary unless you're doing deep water crossings (or if you just want that extra insurance). What really helps is to have some form of a locker in the axles because it can be pretty easy to not get traction when you need it. You may want to do some research on parts, see what kind of rear axle you have (dana 35 or dana 44 I think were offered on sports). I'm a college student too, and working on a budget kind of sucks ass but, don't always cheap out. Parts for Jeeps definitely follow the "you get what you pay for" rule.
I would say get out to a few of your local meets and see what people have. I would nix the snorkel - sinking your Jeep is not a good idea, even with one.
But take your time and see what you want to do by getting out and meeting other Jeepers. I ran a 2" BB with a 1"BL on 33's and can do just about everything I am prepared to put my Jeep through and still expect to drive 3 hours home.
It doesn't all have to be expensive, if you're willing to get dirty and drive around, people will help for the usual beer & pizza payment scale.
Hey Relwell you may have just been the validation i needed. I was just about to post a thread (still may).
Im lookin to put 33s on my 97 TJ. I ordered and received the 1.25 BL n MMLs. Then I found out that a BB wld be needed too. Now heres the dilemma..., When I called around asking questions regarding BB vs Suspension lifts, seems like most shops were looking down on the BB option. I dont mind spending the money for a true suspension lift, I just dont plan on off-roading. Whats your opinion with the set up you have?
If you're not going to wheel, a BB will do fine. I wheeled on mine for a while with no issues from the lift itself. A suspension lift will give you a better ride and all, but if you're just looking to squeeze some tires I don't think it makes too much difference how you do it.
Next rig gets an RE or BDS 2" SL with the 2" BB on top of that. I am trying to keep costs down and still have fun wheeling.
Just make sure your drive line angles are correct - vibrations are a real pain in the a$$.
You align your rig do that with some chalk and a tape measure in your driveway - I am talking more about the angles of your drive line. If you lift your jeep more than around 2" you will have to get things like a motor mount and a tcase drop, SYE, etc to keep everything spinning correctly.
Start with the Motor Mount Lift. If it doesn't vibe, you're good. If it does you can try adding a few washers, or throw the tcase drop in there if you need a little more drop.
calrain07 do you want pics of the jeep? And sorry yeah unfortunately I haven't had time this week to poke around I'll really be able to get under and check out the guts and all this weekend. I've heard lockers now from a few people, are quick disconnects also a necessity?
Yeah post a pic. We love pics lol. Lockers are important but a winch is a pretty awesome tool for recovery. I've never had to disconnect my sway bars here in Miami, but if you plan on going anywhere that requires flex then, quick disconnects are really helpful, make the process quicker.