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Old 09-26-2016, 04:16 PM
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2nd JK | Used 33K Observations

Hey all- posted in the intro thread if you want details on me/my Jeeps so I'll jump right in.

Picked up a solid '13 JK (auto) and took it out for some light off-roading in North GA.

-The soft-top was abused prior to me, spotted, sun bleached cloth, broken sunrider pivot knuckle, and the back window zipper metal lead has practically pulled away from the fabric, so getting the back window in will be a challenge - any ideas on a fix?



Runs like a beast, no issues - however I there is a slight fuel smell when backing up anytime I start up, most noticeable on the trails yesterday. Also the feint sweet smell of coolant after aggressive off-roading. No overheating tho, and regarding the fuel I did get a GASCAP warning twice in two weeks, which after tightening that cap, resolved itself.

*I did take it to a local dealer- they ran it through all of the standard tests, clean bill of health* -so any reason for concern?

Lastly, this go around I'm doing different mods for my JK, starting with practical off-road choices- this is a bone stock JK auto- I have 6k to spend over the next 6mos.



I like being compact and little for tight spaces (forest service roads have provided a few oh sh*t moments) so self recovery is key, also ground clearance/protection without losing daily drivability is important to me- honestly, she doesn't have to be pretty- just utilitarian.

What items would the forum recommend first within that budget, over time?

Side Note: Here's my first JK:
-thx 2 Southern Off-Road in Alpharetta, GA.



XRC Bumper
WARN Wench/Synthetic Line
LEDs - Bar/Pillars
Old School KC DayLighters
Ended up with 33" on Stock Rims (no spacers/definite rubbing)

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What would i recommend with $6k in 6 months?

2.5" Teraflex lift with Rancho shocks
35" BFG KM2s with Level 8 "punch" rims.
E-Autogrills front and rear bumpers
Smittybuilt winch
Uniden CB
KC Off road lights

Oh - Wait!
That exactly what I did with my 2013 JK in the first 6 months.
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@Dr Obbins - love the bumpers- thx for the heads up!

-would I need to re-gear my axels w/bigger tires/rims? or need any stabilization mods for the lift?

also- I see you have the Rubi- nice! Should I factor in a swaybar quick-disconnect?
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@Dr Obbins - love the bumpers- thx for the heads up!

-would I need to re-gear my axels w/bigger tires/rims? or need any stabilization mods for the lift?

also- I see you have the Rubi- nice! Should I factor in a swaybar quick-disconnect?
If you have 3:71 you should probably be OK with the automatic, but you will need to reprogram your shift points. Not hard to do and it will keep your speedo correct. If you can, re-gearing is better.
The lift kit I used has drop brackets for the control arms and track bars. Basically took the stock set up and dropped it 2.5". The geometry stayed the same. Yea - quick connects are a good idea.
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I think you should take the money and max out a Roth IRA for the year, buy a lost cost index fund that follows the market (I like VOO or VTI).
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I think you should take the money and max out a Roth IRA for the year, buy a lost cost index fund that follows the market (I like VOO or VTI).
How many times are you going to post this? He didn't ask for financial planning.


I did the TF 2.5 lift with 35s on my first 2door, always enjoyed it. A regear would likely be handy, but not necessary in the fairly-flat GA area. What work can you do yourself? That will impact the budget a good deal.
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Nice to see NC represent on this post, so I guess I'll join! Oh, and Dr Obbins, I recognize that "Slab Pile"!

I would start by asking what you did or didn't like about your first JK? For me, I had a 2003 Rubicon that I ended up building up way too much for a daily driver. It was great off-road and would climb straight up a wall, but over time, I thought about what I would do differently if I built another Jeep. Fast forward to 2016 and I picked up a JK Rubicon. Since the Rubicon is already an extremely capable vehicle, my focus has been on moderate changes. A Teraflex leveling kit, heavier springs, spacers for a wider stance, and recovery gear - winch, hi-lift jack and mount. It sits 2" to 2.5" taller and eventually when these tires wear out, I'll go a little bigger.

The cool thing about Jeeps is no two are the same for very long, so have fun and good luck.
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Ok~ so my budget has been reduced and will be broken into stages- I hate it when clients drop off in Q4...

This is a bone-stock '13 JK, I do believe the discs/calipers were upgraded for whatever reason, but other then that OE.

My last JK '13 Jeep I went all in with; the XRC Front Bumper, WARN Wench, LED's and KC Daylighters +I managed to get 33s on without spacers (original rims) slight rubbing.

So...

-I want to keep my factory rims.
-I won't go bigger then 33s to avoid axle issues
-I will add a swaybar disconnect (had some scary moments in the previous JK)
-I will be wheeling North GA forestry roads almost every weekend weather permitting
-I will want to maintain factory ride -she's still a 75-80% a DD

First up - I'd like to start with a 2-2.5" budget boost and beefy 33s (once my current rubber wears out) but I think the shocks/springs kits are a good call to avoid sag from a front and rear off-road bumper.

I've read a lot about bent axels etc. and death wobble, I'm mostly hitting muddy ruts and the occasional rocks- any thoughts on a economical lift kit, spacers and tires?

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