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Old 01-31-2015, 10:33 PM
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What should I do first with my wrangler?

Currently living in Minnesota and will be moving to AZ in about 2 years, want to bulk up my jeep for the awesome offroading their, I have a stock 2013 jeep sport s
what I should do?

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Old 01-31-2015, 10:54 PM   #2
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Depends on how hard core of rock crawling you want to do in Arizona.

Two years is a long time to get some stuff done. I just lifted my JKR today after two years of ownership this month.

The first things I've always done to the three off-roaders I've owned is:
  1. Recovery gear - get a nice collection of gear.
  2. Rock rails - this will get you out on the trails with the minimum protection.
  3. Rear bumper - Yes rear first. You will hit it more than you will the front. It's not as cool looking as the front but all my experience says rear first. Plus if you want to lift it you'll need a heavy duty carrier for that larger tire and wheel (depending on what you get...steel wheels can be heavy).

After you've wheeled your vehicle for a while like this then move on to the mods you now know you need based on your experience and what you like to do.

My list is the reverse of what most like to do. Most lift and ask the questions later. Put a huge wheel/tire not heir stock carrier and ruin their tailgate.

Do the prep then do the fun cool looking stuff later.

Good luck!

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Old 01-31-2015, 10:59 PM   #3
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Thanks MattK, makes sense. Especially #3.
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Headlights. Roads in the desert are not well lit, and you'll be on road far more often then off.
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:46 PM   #5
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In MN, there are no rocks to get caught on... no mountains nearby. It's about deep slick mud or deep snow in the winter. In my mind it's all about tires and clearance.
I grew up in MN and spent plenty of time driving in the woods hunting and driving on the lakes in the winter.
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