What mods should I do first to a stock tj? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Like Tree19Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 06-09-2018, 08:01 PM
Thread Starter
  #1
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 13
What mods should I do first to a stock tj?

Hey guys I own a stock 2002 jeep tj 4.0 I put bigger tires on but no major upgrades have been done. What's a good first mod I can do to my jeep? I want to stay between 300 and 400 and I'd prefer to be able to install it in my drive way instead of taking it to a shop.

NavyJeep97 is offline   Quote
Old 06-09-2018, 09:04 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
wadewolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Rose Hill, KS
Posts: 483
Upgrade the headlights.
jjvw, rollout1 and amp831 like this.

__________________
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
wadewolf is offline   Quote
Old 06-09-2018, 09:15 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 127
What are you planning to use the Jeep for? Depending on your intended use you’ll have some different options.

However, as suggested, upgraded headlights are a good one though no matter what your use is.
Jason77 is offline   Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-09-2018, 10:29 PM
Thread Starter
  #4
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 13
So I want to make my jeep a daily driver/ off road toy for the weekends I want to be able to hit the trails do some mudding when it rains thats pretty much it gas millage for right now is not a huge concern because I don't drive far for work.
NavyJeep97 is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 12:43 AM   #5
Commercial Member

5-Year WF Supporting Member
 
Shark_13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Idaho
Posts: 6,959
Brakes, headlights, winch.
Tune up, any and all fluids.
Recovery gear.
__________________
One-of-a-kind wood shift knobs for sale

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f37/han...s-1175625.html
Shark_13 is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 01:53 AM
Thread Starter
  #6
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shark_13 View Post
Brakes, headlights, winch.
Tune up, any and all fluids.
Recovery gear.
any suggestions as far as breaks I know I need new rotors right now. And if I'm doing a winch should I go get a new bumper to go with it?
NavyJeep97 is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 07:38 AM   #7
Jeeper
 
info4tim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 842
Quote:
Originally Posted by NavyJeep97 View Post
any suggestions as far as breaks I know I need new rotors right now. And if I'm doing a winch should I go get a new bumper to go with it?
Black Magic front pads n Centric Rotors! AWESOME stopping hands down!
Ironhead Jed, gsindela and Bmidbar like this.
info4tim is online now   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 10:09 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Westchester, IL
Posts: 6,311
x2 on BM pads and centric rotors

especially if bigger tires means 33" or larger.

a new bumper isnt necessary, you can just go with a winch plate. many people cut the oem bumper down to make it a stubby
gsindela and Bmidbar like this.
Ironhead Jed is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 10:57 AM   #9
Jeeper
 
gsindela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Geneva, IL
Posts: 540
What tires and tire size are you currently running?
gsindela is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 03:50 PM
Thread Starter
  #10
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by gsindela View Post
What tires and tire size are you currently running?
I'm running firestone 30×9.50R15LT I know they aren't 33s or anything because I don't think I can run anything bigger on stock hight.
NavyJeep97 is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 04:02 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Westchester, IL
Posts: 6,311
whats the end goal intended use, lift height, and tire size?
Ironhead Jed is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 05:18 PM
Thread Starter
  #12
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ironhead Jed View Post
whats the end goal intended use, lift height, and tire size?
the end goal is to run 33s and have a lift night of 4 in the intended use is to be a daily driver and on the weekends be able to take on trails and go mudding.
NavyJeep97 is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 05:22 PM
Thread Starter
  #13
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 13
I have thought about either doing a complete 4 in suspension lift or doing a 3.5 in suspension lift and a 1 in body lift.
NavyJeep97 is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 06:17 PM   #14
Jeeper
 
jjvw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 4,663
Splitting the lift height between springs and the body is a good idea.

2003 Rubicon
__________________
2003 Rubicon
jjvw is online now   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 06:27 PM   #15
Jeeper
 
daveTJ04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: ohio
Posts: 2,286
I did the 3.5 and 1 and I like it, plenty of height and room to get your hands into what used to be real tight spots. not to mention the BL aids with so many other mods and upgrades.
__________________
'04 X 6cyl., auto......rebuild in process
daveTJ04 is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 07:11 PM
Thread Starter
  #16
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by daveTJ04 View Post
I did the 3.5 and 1 and I like it, plenty of height and room to get your hands into what used to be real tight spots. not to mention the BL aids with so many other mods and upgrades.
awesome so I think I'll do that. Any suggestions for a brand for the lift parts?
NavyJeep97 is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 07:28 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
daveTJ04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: ohio
Posts: 2,286
can be bit more complicated then bolt and go
it's a mid range lift some choose to run an sye and DC shaft while others make diff adjustments to work it out.

I see the name Zone a lot for combo lifts....... Currie or MetalCloak are fine choices for control arms and track bars something with flexible joints....... springs net height will vary depending on rig weight.
__________________
'04 X 6cyl., auto......rebuild in process
daveTJ04 is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 07:43 PM   #18
Jeeper
 
orenrocco's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 85
Inverter mod or CB head mount if you want driveway or you can bed line the interior yourself for 200

Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
__________________
orenrocco is offline   Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 09:33 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
cjsjr249's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hopewell, Pa
Posts: 178
Start with a 1/1.25" body lift and a 1" motor mount lift, roughly $250 in parts or cheaper depending on which brand of body lift and if you use engine mounts or spacers. It can be done in your driveway with a decent floor jack and hand tools and will set you up nicely for future suspension lift options.
cjsjr249 is offline   Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 04:08 AM
Thread Starter
  #20
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by cjsjr249 View Post
Start with a 1/1.25" body lift and a 1" motor mount lift, roughly $250 in parts or cheaper depending on which brand of body lift and if you use engine mounts or spacers. It can be done in your driveway with a decent floor jack and hand tools and will set you up nicely for future suspension lift options.
awesome thank you all so much for your inputs also has anyone bed lined the interior of their jeep?
NavyJeep97 is offline   Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 08:59 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
TheBoogieman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: CharlottesHELL, Va
Posts: 2,494
For reference, a 1" MML with 1.25" BL ($170) and 31s.

......... 2 weeks later all Hell broke loose.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	RUBI BL1 (2017_11_20 00_38_12 UTC).jpg
Views:	53
Size:	223.2 KB
ID:	4061802   Click image for larger version

Name:	RUBI BL3 (2017_11_20 00_38_12 UTC).jpg
Views:	45
Size:	214.3 KB
ID:	4061810  

Click image for larger version

Name:	RUBI 6 6 2.jpg
Views:	61
Size:	220.5 KB
ID:	4061818  
__________________
03' Rubicon/Zone 4.25" combo lift/Rancho 9000XL shocks/5.13 gears-35" MTZs/LoD bumpers/Black Magic brakes
99' XJ under construction/ 5.5" lift/ Rancho rs5000x shocks/HP30-8.25/ 33" DC MTs. (JEEP #18).
TheBoogieman is offline   Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 09:34 AM   #22
Jeeper
 
Deuxlatch1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Cypress, Tx
Posts: 434
Just remember, it's like Lays potato chips, you can't eat just one. Once you start down this road then "Just Empty Every Pocket" comes into play and it will consume all your disposable income if you are not careful. Hope you are single.
TheBoogieman likes this.
__________________
2005 LJ (gone)
2006 Wide Glide

"Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% mortality rate"
Deuxlatch1 is offline   Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 10:59 AM   #23
Jeeper
 
TheBoogieman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: CharlottesHELL, Va
Posts: 2,494
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deuxlatch1 View Post
Once you start down this road then "Just Empty Every Pocket" comes into play and it will consume all your disposable income if you are not careful. Hope you are single.
It's an addiction with no cure, but so fun. I've had 3 ex wives (by age 33) and 18 Jeeps as of today. The 3 wives cost more to acquire, cost way more to maintain, weren't nearly as much fun to take for "a ride", didn't look as nice topless and I NEVER made any money getting rid of one! I do well with my Jeeps.
__________________
03' Rubicon/Zone 4.25" combo lift/Rancho 9000XL shocks/5.13 gears-35" MTZs/LoD bumpers/Black Magic brakes
99' XJ under construction/ 5.5" lift/ Rancho rs5000x shocks/HP30-8.25/ 33" DC MTs. (JEEP #18).
TheBoogieman is offline   Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 11:06 AM   #24
Jeeper
 
Deuxlatch1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Cypress, Tx
Posts: 434
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
It's an addiction with no cure, but so fun. I've had 3 ex wives (by age 33) and 18 Jeeps as of today. The 3 wives cost more to acquire, cost way more to maintain, weren't nearly as much fun to take for "a ride", didn't look as nice topless and I NEVER made any money getting rid of one! I do well with my Jeeps.
That song comes to mind "Lookin for love in all the wrong places...."
pismo61 and TheBoogieman like this.
__________________
2005 LJ (gone)
2006 Wide Glide

"Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% mortality rate"
Deuxlatch1 is offline   Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 03:02 PM   #25
Jeeper
 
Alley Oop's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Redlands, Ca.
Posts: 916
Well I'd say muddying and trail riding are a long way from rock crawling type of use.
Look at others around you that do the things you desire to do, and go in that direction.
You can quickly spend lots of precious money, on un-needed upgrades that others suggest.
I say be sure the direction you plan on going with your upgrades. Before you start upgrading.
__________________
It's not a toy to me,,,it's a fricken piece of survival equipment !

It's not just a vehicle with big tires and a winch and fold down top and removable doors, that's what a jeep has, but what a jeep is..... is FREEDOM !

I take the long way home...
Alley Oop is offline   Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 08:34 PM   #26
Jeeper
 
fattirewilly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: C'ville Virginia
Posts: 586
Quote:
Originally Posted by NavyJeep97 View Post
the end goal is to run 33s and have a lift night of 4 in the intended use is to be a daily driver and on the weekends be able to take on trails and go mudding.
33's... Lockers or not? If lockers, look and see if you have a Dana 44 rear. Stock D35's aren't up to the task of 33's and lockers.
__________________
LS7 427, TCI 4L60E SSF, Atlas, Currie D44's, PCS module, Squier Inc. wiring, Zeon 10S, Vanco BBK, Warn Hubs, Mastercraft Baja RS w/ heat, OME lift, 32's, JCR Bumper/Carrier, Tom Woods CV, Viair 450C
fattirewilly is offline   Quote
Old 06-12-2018, 11:48 AM   #27
Jeeper
 
Alley Oop's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Redlands, Ca.
Posts: 916
For driveway mods.
How about some safety items? Little things like a highlift jack, or a fire extinguisher.
Or put a sun shade screen top on.
Or a bikini top.
Or netting in the rear to keep your dog or ice chest from falling out.
Upgrade your stereo speakers.
New carpeting ,if your into shiny stuff.
CB radio
The items above are in your price range.
In fact almost all of the items I mention above all together as a group can be done for ~$400.00
.
.
__________________
It's not a toy to me,,,it's a fricken piece of survival equipment !

It's not just a vehicle with big tires and a winch and fold down top and removable doors, that's what a jeep has, but what a jeep is..... is FREEDOM !

I take the long way home...
Alley Oop is offline   Quote
Old 06-12-2018, 12:59 PM
Thread Starter
  #28
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by fattirewilly View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by NavyJeep97 View Post
the end goal is to run 33s and have a lift night of 4 in the intended use is to be a daily driver and on the weekends be able to take on trails and go mudding.
33's... Lockers or not? If lockers, look and see if you have a Dana 44 rear. Stock D35's aren't up to the task of 33's and lockers.
is like to get lockers on my jeep but I'm not sure if I have the fans 44 I took a quick look last night and couldn't find anything that would give me a good indication that I do.
NavyJeep97 is offline   Quote
Old 06-12-2018, 01:07 PM
Thread Starter
  #29
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alley Oop View Post
For driveway mods.
How about some safety items? Little things like a highlift jack, or a fire extinguisher.
Or put a sun shade screen top on.
Or a bikini top.
Or netting in the rear to keep your dog or ice chest from falling out.
Upgrade your stereo speakers.
New carpeting ,if your into shiny stuff.
CB radio
The items above are in your price range.
In fact almost all of the items I mention above all together as a group can be done for ~$400.00
.
.
ok cool I am looking to get a hi lift jack mount and I'll probably get the fire extinguisher as well. For the cb radio any good suggestions for that and the antenna?
NavyJeep97 is offline   Quote
Old 06-12-2018, 01:24 PM   #30
XBD
Jeeper
 
XBD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 1,218
Quote:
Originally Posted by NavyJeep97 View Post
is like to get lockers on my jeep but I'm not sure if I have the fans 44 I took a quick look last night and couldn't find anything that would give me a good indication that I do.
Just look at the shape of your differential cover to determine which one it is. (see picture)

I'd take care of as much preventative maintenance you can first:
-Fluids
-Spark plugs
-Typical sensors
-Brakes
-Cooling system
-ZJ tie rod conversion and check condition of the drag link/track bar/tie rod ends
-etc.

Then get yourself a good quality tool set and recovery gear.

Then worry about more fun stuff:
-lift/tires
-SYE
-CV rear driveshaft
-Bumpers
-Winch
-Seat covers
-Grab handles
-Upgraded sound system
-Aux lighting
-Bed-line the interior
-Bikini top
-Spare mirrors for doorless days
-etc etc etc etc

Most importantly, have fun with it and don't rush it.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	difcovers.JPG
Views:	54
Size:	49.4 KB
ID:	4063226  

__________________
Keep it simple stupid
Instagram: @dillydillybar
XBD is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, Gladiator, Mopar and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to FCA US LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with FCA US LLC.