I'm super new to the Jeep life (and vehicle enthusiast scene). I've always been one to have a vehicle that needs to "stand out" in a crowd. However, I've never had one that's worth the time and effort to mod.
That being said - I intend to use this section/thread for my newb questions and general blog of stuff so I have a point of reference for past accomplishments, failures, tips and tricks.
I have an instagram for mah Jeep (@thelostwrangler). I'm not trying to be all like "ermagherd ferlow me on insta". I just wanted to point that out because that's where I'll be posting pics since I'm too lazy to upload from my phone to my (work) computer to here, etc.
ANYWAYS - I do have an actual question.
Shadow is my daily driver, but I work from home so errands, gym and stuff, not work. I want to take him off-roading eventually and as a general utility vehicle for trails and camping once I move to Colorado this fall. I'm more of a loner, but will be seeking out fellow enthusiast as I've never been off-road driving in my life and it scares the bejeezus out of me and will most definitely need some guidance.
I want to be prepared enough to Jeep alone, but not so overkill that people think I'm doing wtf things to the Jeep and look like an idiot.
My first question is should I start with bumper + winch combo OR get the other recovery accessory package? My definition of an accessory package being track mats, shovel, tools, jack, jack board, radio, and stuff to get out of binds that is not a winch. And if I do go the winch bumper route, do I need to get the front and rear bumper upgrades at the same time? I'm worried about weight being off balance with the added to the front and the stock on the back. I'm sure all the accessories will be necessary at some point in the future, but at the moment, I'm lookin for the bucket list of necessities and where to spend my bonus.
TLDR - newb should I get a winch? or general recovery accessories as a first time off-roader but solo wannabe.