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I purchased a fairly clean 2004 Wrangler TJ Sahara in October and immediately jumped on these forums for ideas to clean it up. A few months later, I'm out $2300 but love all the upgrades so far. Nothing major, just some minor cosmetic upgrades and quality of life addon-ons but I highly recommend them all. I'm still considering a lift and bigger tires, but I'm shying away due to the exhorbitant cost of regearing. It would be more of a vanity lift since I really don't do any rock crawling.

My biggest issue is my Jeep hails from Canada and the entire bottom is very rusty. I took it in to the shop for an inspection and the tech said the rust is not very serious (at least at this point) but any undercarriage work will be a nightmare due corrosion of the bolts. I've been reading these forums on ways to mitigate the rust but I really don't have the means of tearing her down. One funny side note: the speedometer and odometer are in kilometers.


Anyway..here is a list of the upgrades I've made up to this point. All very basic but have greatly impacted my enjoyment.

15" Pro Comp Type 69 Alloy wheels - $440
https://www.quadratec.com/p/pro-comp/series-69-wheel-wrangler-yj-tj/15x8-black-7069-5865

Not very expensive as far as wheels go. If you need new tires as well, I'd recommend purchasing the Pro Comp wheel & tire package on Quadratec. Its a great price and the wheels come mounted/balanced. You can just slap 'em on yourself and avoid all the installation costs from the tire shop.


Quadratec All Weather Floor Mats - $60
https://www.quadratec.com/products/14254_0201_07.htm

These front floor mats come custom fitted to your TJ, just snap 'em in. They're rugged, functional and look really great!

Rough County Neoprene Seat Covers - $150
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HBLR9B2/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_SpNdEb12PCWRM

Damn these things fit well! And they look fantastic too. They fit your seats like a glove and really compliment the interior of your Jeep. They're made out of durable wetsuit material and repel water. I haven't experienced them in hot weather yet but so far, they are amazing. My only con: Dog hair sticks to them like a magnet.


Rugged Ridge Dashmount Cellphone holder/storage tray - $40
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B6JR9LQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_qmNdEbZ2V2Q71

A cheap solution for mounting your cellphone. It comes with a small tray that screws into the shallow tray on top of your center dash. This tray is perfect for holding your sunglasses or other small accessories. So convenient!


Paramount Heavy Duty Rockcrawler Rear Bumper - $220
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HESTAX4/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_DsNdEbSQH6EGM

Bumpers are pretty much subject to individual tastes, so I wont go into great detail here. This is the bumper I purchased. I liked it for its rugged, simple look. Easy install, (although I had to have the muffler shop rip a bolt for me) and looks great. There are a ton of bumpers out there, pick one and slap it on. They look so much better than the stock bumpers with plastic wheel guards!


Fishbone Off Road Pirahna Front Bumper - $259
https://www.quadratec.com/p/fishbone-offroad/piranha-front-bumper-wrangler-tj

I liked the look of this bumper, especially since it matched the rear bumper I purchased a month earlier. It's difficult to find a decent front bumper that doesn't have a winch or pre-cut holes. Once again, find a bumper you like and toss it on. Its so easy and really adds an aggressive look to your rig. Took me 15 minutes to remove the old bumper and slap this on.


Front Frame Cover - $90
https://www.quadratec.com/products/12105_16.htm

Unfortunately, my Jeep was missing the frame cover above the front bumper and the rusty steering components made it look ugly. I found the frame cover on Quadratec but couldn't find the appropriate bolts. Luckily, they're really unnecessary. I just zip-tied the cover to the frame and it works great! This cheap piece of plastic is way over-priced but its the only solution other than finding one in the junkyard.


Kicker 6.5" Sound Bar Speakers and Kicker 5.25" Front Dash Speakers (in pod) - $330
https://www.quadratec.com/p/quadratec/kicker-65-deluxe-sound-bar-speaker-kit-97-06-jeep-wrangler-tj
https://www.quadratec.com/products/14136_043X_PG.htm



My TJ has a Kenwood head unit already installed but I was extremely disappointed with the stereo sound. Tin can sound and zero bass. These speakers were very easy to install (about 1 hour) and greatly increased the sound quality over the crappy stock cone speakers. The front dash speakers include plastic mounting pods that help add a little base and make mounting very simple.

Rockville SS8P 400 Watt Powered Subwoofer - $85
https://www.amazon.com/Rockville-SS...keywords=rockville+ss8p&qid=1578006629&sr=8-1

Although the speakers greatly improved my sound quality, the subwoofer in the center console is not working. I purchased this to add some boom to an already nice sounding stereo system. It hasn't arrived yet so I can't really comment on its quality, but it has great reviews on Amazon!

Quadratec LED Headlights - $300
https://www.quadratec.com/products/97109_0000_14.htm

Everyone who owns a TJ has asked themselves a thousand times, "Are my headlights on?". This was an expensive upgrade but damn what a difference! Not only do they greatly increase the brightness of your headlights, but they look badass as well! This is hands down the most significant upgrade I've purchased. And they're easy as hell to install too!


Covercraft WeatherShield Quick Cover - $150
https://www.quadratec.com/products/11186_20X_PG.htm

This item is somewhat overpriced but was a much needed upgrade for me. Now I can leave the top off the jeep and toss the cover on to keep out the moisture as it sits overnight. The cover fits very well and is easy to put on/take off without any help. I had mine on for a few hours in the rain and the interior was completely dry. Although, I wouldn't recommend leaving it on for prolonged periods in the rain as the rain pools on top and sags into the interior. I would imagine that too much rain pooling on top would result in a rip and gallons of water dousing your interior. Also, the fabric doesn't seem to be too rugged and I imagine that many days in the elements will wear it down and cause it to tear. We shall see.


Quadratec Quick Release Mirror Movers - $50
https://www.quadratec.com/products/13111_0410_14.htm

If you plan on taking the doors off your jeep, you'll need a solution for your side mirrors. Quadratec makes a decent set of side mirrors that mount on the door frame. They have a quick release mechanism that makes them easy to pull on and take off. Just attach the mounting plate to the frame and snap them on. The plate remains in place when the doors are put back on so all you have to do is snap on the mirrors the next time you remove the doors. Convenient, necessary and cheap!

Door Hinge Pins - $15
https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/dorman-door-hinge-pin-and-bushing-kit/19583

The hinge pins on my doors were rusty and stripped from taking the doors on and off. I picked up these, painted them black and replaced the old ones.

Paracord Door Straps - $10
https://www.etsy.com/listing/510047...allery-1-1&organic_search_click=1&frs=1&col=1

My door straps were frayed and the previous owner had duct taped them together. Picked up a pair of these on Etsy. They work and look great!

Spiderweb Mesh Sunshade - $90
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXSS8KV/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_O1NdEbE8YZZ98

The first time my wife and I took the Jeep for a ride without the top, we were roasted by the sun. This biminy sunshade fits under your hard/soft cover and offers relief from the sun when cruising with the top off. And it looks cool too!

Hope this helps anyone looking for small, quality of life upgrades!
 

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Congrats on your purchase!

You should post pics of the frame and should know these frames rust from the inside out. Hopefuly you tech checked the inside of the frame
 

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Congrats on your purchase!

You should post pics of the frame and should know these frames rust from the inside out. Hopefuly you tech checked the inside of the frame
Yeah, I doubt he really got in there and checked the frame, but he didn't seem too concerned. He wasn't a jeep guy though. The bottom is covered in rust and the Jeep is from Canada where they salt the roads, so most likely its got some serious rust issues somewhere. Not much I can do about it however as I don't have the means or the know how to really get in and clean it up. I'll probably just drive it blindly until I fall through the floorboard. :)
 

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Yeah, I doubt he really got in there and checked the frame, but he didn't seem too concerned. He wasn't a jeep guy though. The bottom is covered in rust and the Jeep is from Canada where they salt the roads, so most likely its got some serious rust issues somewhere. Not much I can do about it however as I don't have the means or the know how to really get in and clean it up. I'll probably just drive it blindly until I fall through the floorboard. :)
Yikes:jawdrop:
 

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Yeah, I doubt he really got in there and checked the frame, but he didn't seem too concerned. He wasn't a jeep guy though. The bottom is covered in rust and the Jeep is from Canada where they salt the roads, so most likely its got some serious rust issues somewhere. Not much I can do about it however as I don't have the means or the know how to really get in and clean it up. I'll probably just drive it blindly until I fall through the floorboard. :)
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Not to be a downer but any major rust issue's with the frame could be a danger to yourself and others.

You can check it yourself with a hammer and screwdriver. Check around the skid plate and front and rear control arm mounts to see if it's solid. Bang it with the hammer and try to push the screwdriver into it.


You spent quite a lot of cash on cosmetic upgrades. I hope you have more funds available for any possible frame or mechanical issues. I bought my 3rd Jeep in June it's basically rust free. I decided to wait on any creature comfort upgrades I changed the fluids, front brakes, ball joints and front track bar. I'm retired and am on a fixed income so I'm building up an emergency repair fund now.I'll start other things like bluetooth radio etc in the Spring.
 
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Not to be a downer but any major rust issue's with the frame could be a danger to yourself and others.

You can check it yourself with a hammer and screwdriver. Check around the skid plate and front and rear control arm mounts to see if it's solid. Bang it with the hammer and try to push the screwdriver into it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUFOIYbl8ro

You spent quite a lot of cash on cosmetic upgrades. I hope you have more funds available for any possible frame or mechanical issues. I bought my 3rd Jeep in June it's basically rust free. I decided to wait on any creature comfort upgrades I changed the fluids, front brakes, ball joints and front track bar. I'm retired and am on a fixed income so I'm building up an emergency repair fund now.I'll start other things like bluetooth radio etc in the Spring.
Thank man! Yeah..no serious visible rust in those areas. Who knows whats going on inside the frame though. I'll keep an eye on it.
 
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