Greetings to all,
I bought a 2004 Wrangler Sport new in late 2003. Since '03, I've managed to rack up 26,000 "soft" miles on it. Then, last summer, I discovered that Long Island is surrounded by water; so, I took up surfcasting. (I've had a bit of good luck at it, too.
) On the down side, I have some mobility issues (okay, handicapped), so getting as close to the water as possible is a big plus. Soon after discovering some of the best surfcasting real estate in the States, I also remembered that I drive a Wrangler, which just might make a nifty beach buggy. I own the Wrangler free and clear, and was considering looking into a new Rubicon, but my wife sat me down and gently explained "no."
It's okay, I can deal with that; my Wrangler is in pristine condition, after all, and I can justify sinking a few bucks into it to optimize it for soft sand/off road use. So far, I've purchased a rear class-III hitch receiver, which I need so I can attach my "Reels on Wheels" fishing cart when I head for the beach. I also purchased a Carr XRS (no drill) Rota Light Bar, along with two KC HiLites' 100-watt slimlite driving lights and two slimlite fog lights to mount on the bar over the windshield. (Boy, Quadratec is fast. The four lights arrived the day after I ordered; no express shipping requested.) Now I'm wondering whether that combination of off-road lighting is ideal for my purposes. Comments/suggestions are welcome.
I'm also pondering possible suspension modifications (I don't think anything too exotic is required for my purposes) and a change of tires for off road/beach driving. The tires aren't a big priority right now. The dealer's package included "upgraded" tires--Goodyear Wrangler LT, and at 26K miles, they don't show much wear.
The best fishing at Long Island beaches tends to coincide with darknesss, and it doesn't get much darker than a remote beach on a new moon. So, have I done anything right? Wrong? What have I left out? What should I consider changing?