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E.Richardson 09-11-2010 12:57 PM

This habit will be worse than my Harley
So I've had my Sport now for 48-hours... I cannot believe how many things I've circled in the accessories magazines that I've collected. Question is, do I start from bottom up (suspension, etc.) or do I work from the outside in? I guess it's all personal preference, but any insight (if needed) would be helpful.

Lakedrunk 09-11-2010 01:01 PM

I know how you feel. I haven't been riding my Harley as much as I used to since getting my Jeep almost a year ago. Nice days I rather drive the Jeep with doors/roof off.

As to your question I guess it's all up to the amount of money you want to spend at one time. I'd say lift, wheels, & tires first

GREEN-MACHINE 09-11-2010 02:16 PM

i sold my harley to mod the jeep. start at the bottom and go up. i did lift kit. ox locker. kc lights. switch panel. and a bunch of armor under the jeep, diff covers/ e-vap. bla bla bla.
DAMM jeeping in expensive.

KBR97 09-11-2010 02:59 PM

Well if you plan on wheeling the Jeep at all start from the ground up. First thing on your list shoud def be an "evap can" skid. If you break or damage the unit underneath the Jeep it will throw codes and a check engine light. Its a small easy to install skid plate.

You'll figure out the things you need opposed to the things you want as you go.

Good Luck with it!

iamagolfspaz 09-11-2010 09:39 PM

Personally I would do an Oil pan skid first. Bust that and your not driving out.

InfernoGirl 09-11-2010 10:42 PM

Just Empty Every Pocket...... :D Welcome to the addiction!

Ageless Stranger 09-11-2010 10:57 PM

Welcome. :)

E.Richardson 09-13-2010 04:08 PM

Thank you to everyone for the great suggestions. Skid plate seems to be the overwhelming response from everyone. I'm going to start searching today. This forum and its members have been awesome to talk with!

Serge A. Storms 09-13-2010 10:07 PM

Hell, I left my Harley in Detroit to drive my Jeep home to CA!

Jkw 09-13-2010 11:02 PM

Welcome good luck

08_Sahara16 09-14-2010 10:25 AM

Welcome to the club.
I've also gone through Quadratech's magazine and circled everything I would like to have. Total comes to $4255 + tax :punk:

Kate 09-14-2010 10:44 AM

I would suggest the following three, in this order.

1) Winch (& recovery gear)
2) Suspension & tires
3 Skids and rock rails

The reason I put skids after suspension is because certain skids require specific clearance.
I'm still running factory skids though...

One really big piece of advice, if you don't mind, is to really think forward on the mods that you do. Try to avoid impulse purchases without looking at the long range effect it will have on the future build of your vehicle.

All of the little bling bling stuff will eventually turn out to be a waste of money and get taken off and tossed into a pile in the back of the garage.

Armor, armor, armor.... very important stuff.
Avoid "Tube" bumpers, they're worthless and the subject of much ridicule.

yomondo 09-14-2010 10:46 AM


Originally Posted by iamagolfspaz (Post 768369)
Personally I would do an Oil pan skid first. Bust that and your not driving out.

True, but I personally haven't heard of anyone busting their oil pan (hitting it yes, busting it no), but I know a few and heard of many more who have knocked off their evap can. That said, I skidded my evap can about a year ago and haven't scratched the skid yet, but then my oil pan hasn't been scratched either. Still, it's a really good idea to put an oil pan skid high on your list just because is seems so vulnerable where it is. Still need to skid mine.

aelwero 09-14-2010 10:48 AM


Or maybe tires...

or you could go all out and go for... tires.

I've plugged two tires on my JK already, and I haven't gone wheeling for the sake of wheeling at all, just out trying to get to the good fishing spots... I'd replace those sport tires before going for skids or a lift.

Kate 09-14-2010 10:51 AM

Thing is, if you buy tires before you lift, then you just have to buy new tires....

jus sayin'....

08_Sahara16 09-14-2010 10:53 AM

If I had to make a list on what I would like to be getting first it would go:
1. Tires
2. 2" lift
3. Winch/ RuggedRidge XHD Bumper

After that I'd probably go with some body armor.

yomondo 09-14-2010 10:57 AM


Originally Posted by Kate (Post 772040)
Thing is, if you buy tires before you lift, then you just have to buy new tires....

jus sayin'....

I was about to say the same thing. Lift before tires. Anyway it's amazing what even a small lift will do to get your belly off the ground (lessening the immediate need for additional skids).

And what you said about winch and recovery gear is good advice too. I would add to that a Pull-Pal. Being a boy scout, I just like being prepared for contingencies.

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