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jeepin92 01-02-2013 09:52 AM

Any advice would be great
 
I am new to the jeep scene and I would love some advice. I purchased a 92 yj. It is in good condition inside and out, not great by any means. But I don't need the best muddin jeep in town and I don't need the ultimate rock crawler. But I do want a jeep that can handle an interstate drive for a little bit and can definitely go mudding and some trail riding. My jeep is completely stock right now, I just replaced the rear leaf springs and shocks, and that is it. I want to put a 4 inch lift on it and maybe new fenders. Any other advice on any other things I can do to it to make it to what I want. Also I am on a budget so take that into consideration. Thanks

sevenservices 01-02-2013 10:03 AM

take your time ;) thats my advice! It will never be "done" so to speak. Even after mod after mod, you'll always want something new.

Also, be realistic with mods or you'll waste way to much money. If your not breaking axles, no need to upgrade them. If your not bottoming out, no need to lift it really high. If your finding trouble with traction, get lockers, etc... you really have to take time to see what you need. Everyone wants a winch right? But they cost a lot. I carry 75 feet of strap. The more and more I pull out my straps, the more I want a winch. But back when my straps sat in the back with only 1 or 2 uses a year, a winch would just sit there and not be used.

rykemc 01-02-2013 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by sevenservices (Post 3172360)
take your time ;) thats my advice! It will never be "done" so to speak. Even after mod after mod, you'll always want something new.

Also, be realistic with mods or you'll waste way to much money. If your not breaking axles, no need to upgrade them. If your not bottoming out, no need to lift it really high. If your finding trouble with traction, get lockers, etc... you really have to take time to see what you need. Everyone wants a winch right? But they cost a lot. I carry 75 feet of strap. The more and more I pull out my straps, the more I want a winch. But back when my straps sat in the back with only 1 or 2 uses a year, a winch would just sit there and not be used.


This is great advice.

I drove my jeep pretty much just like I bought it for 2 years before I started my build .First thing I did was replace the bumper, then added a winch. The BA10 trans started popping out of reverse so I swapped an AX15 in. Then the motor got pretty weak and smoked a lot so I replaced it with another 4.2 I had here. Removed my sway bar and track bars and pretty much drove it like that for 2 years.
This was with a 2.5" lift and 31" tall tires. Had a blast. It has gotten to the point that I want to do more with my jeep and feel confident in my driving to go bigger and better. So as of Sept of 2012 I started the rebuild of my jeep. I knew what I wanted it to be and what I wanted it to do so I put a plan together and stuck with it.

The best advice from me is drive it, and like the poster before me, figure out what you must have and go from there.

And enjoy. :)

Nubby55 01-02-2013 08:32 PM

Well, I see your from Miss. ya'll got about the same mud we have over here in La. so if you want to drive on I-55 and still go muddin then put a lunch-box locker in the FRONT and some good M/T tires, But don't go nuts no more than 30s, then you want need to re-gear and spend money on a high lift.
Then just ride and have fun and in time you will Know just what you want and may have saved up some money to do it .Welcome

Filoo 01-04-2013 12:43 PM

I agree with Chris. Only do mods for the reason they are designed for, not just because they're mods. For instance, why do you want a lift? for clearance under the wheel well. Why do you need more than stock? Because
- You want to disconnect the sway bar. Why? Cuz the terrain is very uneven
- You want bigger tires. Why? For better traction or for more clearance under the jeep?

This is heavily simplified, but my point is, do things for the right reason. If you travel on a flat terrain, chances are you don't gain much in disconnecting. I'm now driving with 33" tires and am very happy with a 2.5" lift, which is plenty even with disconnect on moderately rocky terrain


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