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Old 10-02-2018, 09:57 PM
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I finally get my first Jeep

So I finally stopped being "responsible". Last kid is two years before graduation. I am on my way to being a free man again. So this it, a brand new 2017 JK Jeep Wrangler Willys.

The negotiation was at zero damn's for me. All in all I was about 10% off MSRP. I can't complain really. I think as a daily driver, it suits me just fine. I know I will do some gentle off roading on it, and here in Colorado, I can definitely see this becoming an obsession, since I have always wanted to off-road and camp, etc. So what to do next? Mods? Oh ya. But what?
I was thinking sure tires and rims. Change out the headlights and tails for LED. It has the alpine package. Just gotta figure out what to do about that radio. Any other ideas for mods?

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Limitless possibilities. A little more info on how extreme or mild you want to keep it would definitely help.

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Congrats on the Willys! Lol I find it kinda funny though that you bought the Jeep, prior to knowing what you want to do with it! xD Maybe start with some cosmetic changes, to give yourself some time to think about how much you want to devote to customizing and swapping out parts?
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Congrats on the Willys! Lol I find it kinda funny though that you bought the Jeep, prior to knowing what you want to do with it! xD Maybe start with some cosmetic changes, to give yourself some time to think about how much you want to devote to customizing and swapping out parts?
Getting the Jeep is the first step.

After trying it out (and finding its weaknesses in person), the needed modifications will become more apparent. A Willys is pretty capable out of the gate.

To the OP, congrats on the Jeep
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Congrats on the purchase. I agree with above poster, feel it out for now and get used to its capabilities in its current form then start to modify as needed.
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The WW package for me was perfect out of the box. No mods needed. Added some accessories like hitch, grab bars and tube doors, but that is it.

Take it on some of those great trails in your state and, as others have said, and go from there.
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Unless you want to get into hard core rock crawling, there's very few places you can't go in Colorado with that Jeep. You enjoy it!
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I would suggest hitting some trails with your Jeep as-is. Preferably not alone (that's rule #1)

Once you find that your Jeep is limited in some way (traction, ground clearance, other) that'll tell you what your next mod is.

There are 3 aspects you are likely to focus on:

1. Tires. More aggressive (mud terrain) and/or larger (which could mean a lift depending how big you go)

2. Protection and recovery. Things like skid plates, bumpers and a winch. Depends on terrain you plan to hit.

3. Misc good-to-have. First aid kit, fire extinguisher, survival gear, camping gear, lighting, convenience. Depending on where and how high you go.

Ultimately, the only limits will be your skills and how much is in your bank account
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the mods depends on your budget. Welcome to the club
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I would suggest hitting some trails with your Jeep as-is. Preferably not alone (that's rule #1)

Once you find that your Jeep is limited in some way (traction, ground clearance, other) that'll tell you what your next mod is.

There are 3 aspects you are likely to focus on:

1. Tires. More aggressive (mud terrain) and/or larger (which could mean a lift depending how big you go)

2. Protection and recovery. Things like skid plates, bumpers and a winch. Depends on terrain you plan to hit.

3. Misc good-to-have. First aid kit, fire extinguisher, survival gear, camping gear, lighting, convenience. Depending on where and how high you go.

Ultimately, the only limits will be your skills and how much is in your bank account
Ya, this is how I meant that statement of mods. In Colorado there is a whole ton of pretty that the Willys can do stock. The cool part is there is open camping etc, if you have a vehicle that can get there. I had the mud tires replaced with AT, because in Colorado mud tires in the snow is not what I would call a good thing. So that said. Tires with a small lift I have considered, but I dont intend on hitting Black Rock anytime soon. So for me its more about camping and off roading at a mid level. I want to be able to plow through some mud. But I dont ever want to do that extreme. I think the good to haves really hits there. I mean camping gear, first aid, all that stuff works, and honestly they seem like common sense. Some protection is a good start as well.
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Some of the first things I did (before I really starting moving fast on mods) was:

- changing the hood latches (while my experience wasn't great with the ones I chose, it's still a good idea and others have had luck with that particular model)
- getting a fire extinguisher/mount
- grab bar handles to get in and out (got the wild boar/opar knock offs of the actual grabars and love them)
- under seat locking storage
- trailer hitch (super simple install with the kit from quadratec)
- Spiderwebshade for going topless (invaluable must have if you plan on running topless/doorless often)
- cargo cover (again for topless application to keep away prying eyes and keep groceries and other stuff from blowing out)

The best part is that every one of these "mods", or whatever you want to call them are all around a hundred bucks or less.

This all comes with warning though. When you get used to having lots of packages and goodies to tinker with on the Jeep at first, they run out. Then it's just the expensive stuff, but the craving never ends and the beast must be fed. You've been warned.

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The very first thing I did to my Willys was new bumper and winch. I tend to hit 2 tracks by myself, and having the winch is a great peace of mind. My daughter and I just did Marblehead, and we got hung up on the ledges going down. Having the winch allowed us to do it. Used it 3 times to get out of mud holes too. If I would not have had the winch, I don't think I would have done it. Nice looking Jeep.
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Congratulations, Welcome, and Way to Go !

Some say these JKs are pretty dang Awesome right of the lot....

Personally, I'm entering my 4th year of research as to what Mod to do First....

On the fence about possibly painting the antenna plastidip black... or getting one them flex CB type shorter radio antennas.

Enjoy it !

Take your time figuring out what you want to do to make yours...
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Congrats buddy, I have the same only in white. Really take your time and think about things for a while, enjoy it and see what you would like to do. Some here will mention as far as doing things (mods) once. Another words if you want to lift it, then lift it right, so you don't have to do it more than once, "buy once, cry once." I did get rid of the stock bfg km's tires for some ridge grapplers on my willys, really enjoy them. Wealth of info on the forum good luck and have fun!
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Old 10-05-2018, 10:36 AM
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Everyone on this forum is so awesome. Thank you guys (meaning ladies too), for being so cool with information and support. I really do appreciate all the feedback! I will definitely be starting a build thread on this and what I will do. The Willys is so good already off the lot, it's true, and I KNOW this beautiful beast is a wallet killer. Worth it. I think I will start with the basics, and then move forward. More to follow.
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I would suggest hitting some trails with your Jeep as-is. Preferably not alone (that's rule #1)

Once you find that your Jeep is limited in some way (traction, ground clearance, other) that'll tell you what your next mod is.

There are 3 aspects you are likely to focus on:

1. Tires. More aggressive (mud terrain) and/or larger (which could mean a lift depending how big you go)

2. Protection and recovery. Things like skid plates, bumpers and a winch. Depends on terrain you plan to hit.

3. Misc good-to-have. First aid kit, fire extinguisher, survival gear, camping gear, lighting, convenience. Depending on where and how high you go.

Ultimately, the only limits will be your skills and how much is in your bank account
I agree.
But I'd add 2-way radios too.
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