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Old 12-30-2016, 06:35 AM
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my first jeeps were just toys I had as a young boy. Always wanted one for real. I finally stepped up to the real deal and bought a Wrangler Rubicon JKU. As a Jeep newbie I am looking forward to installing some mods the next months/year like 2.5" / 3.0" lift kit, 17" wheels / 35" tires, recovery bumpers, etc. It is going to be our daily driver and weekend warrior so nothing extreme in that department. Lots to read and talk about that on this forum

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Welcome! My Jeep has been a lifelong dream as well. Aren't we blessed that we can make our dreams come true! Things I have noticed since I bought it a few weeks ago:
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Hello Wranglers,

my first jeeps were just toys I had as a young boy. Always wanted one for real. I finally stepped up to the real deal and bought a Wrangler Rubicon JKU. As a Jeep newbie I am looking forward to installing some mods the next months/year like 2.5" / 3.0" lift kit, 17" wheels / 35" tires, recovery bumpers, etc. It is going to be our daily driver and weekend warrior so nothing extreme in that department. Lots to read and talk about that on this forum
Offroad it from start to finish! Start with armor. Diff covers, Skid Plates, Bumpers. This will be the bulk of your added weight. Then at the same time, or after add capabilities: CB Radio, Accessories, Winch, Storage. Then you can pick out a lift and tires!
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nice color! am mulling over getting a 4 door myself...
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I just turned 39, and bought mine last year and just lifted it. I've wanted one since age 12. Welcome!!


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Offroad it from start to finish! Start with armor. Diff covers, Skid Plates, Bumpers. This will be the bulk of your added weight. Then at the same time, or after add capabilities: CB Radio, Accessories, Winch, Storage. Then you can pick out a lift and tires!
Hi TheRubicon,

thanks for your advice. Bit nervous about all that armor I don't intend to use my JKU for rock climbing and extreme off-road trails. My intention is to mod and use it for offroad camping trips with up to moderate trails, maximum 1-2 weeks. The mod plan looks roughly like this:

01 - 2.5-3 inch suspension lift
02 - 35 inch tires

03 - recovery front bumper with 9.500 winch
04 - rear bumper with tire carrier
05 - rock sliders
06 - engine and transmission skids

07 - additional front and rear lighting, flood, spot and work led lights

08 - roof rack
09 - roof tent

10 - drawer system and fridge freezer

The big, BIG problem, of course, is gonna be gvwr and payload restrictions. Officially the jku gvwr is 5500 lbs with a payload of just a 1000 lbs. The jku is not a j8, I am soory to say. Watched dozens of youtube vids and read a lot on forums but I have not found the answers for me yet. Saw vids of people overlanding with rigs close to 7000 lbs. I don't wanna destroy the vehicle nor drive around in an overweight pig of an off-roader.

Gonna be searching for more info on how to solve / reduce the payload vs weight problem. Any usefull input is appreciated. Thx all.
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Keeping the weight down on the JK/JKU is really hard to do, and expensive. Any armor upgrades will have to certainly be aluminum, which is pricey. Rock sliders should be tubular steel construction, thats about as light as you'll get without sacrificing structure and strength.

From here its all about shaving 5-10 lbs from here and there. Use a synthetic winch line vs a steel winch line. Pull out the carpets and insulation. Remove the rear seats. Run a soft top vs a hard top. If water in the cab is not a concern, perhaps cloth doors or trail doors as well.

You could look for a lightweight tire construction, but you will be sacrificing the strength of your sidewalls.

If you expect to seriously overland/expedition you'll want to keep everything as close to stock as possible: This way should you break a part, you could find a replacement somewhere near by. The higher you lift your Jeep, the more specialty items you'll need to potentially need to find. I know a guy who goes over landing across South America, his suspension and tire choice is very similar to mine.

Check out the expedition portal or some over landing specific websites. The serious overland build and the serious off-load, and the serious rock-crawler builds all differ greatly. Whats good and desirable for one, is usually not good and desirable for the other.
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Thanks TheRubicon for the tips and advice! Appreciate it

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