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I just bought a 1999 Wrangler Sport 4.0 5 Spd. I bought this as a toy only and want to start with the mods right away. Does anyone have any suggestions? (Its Completely stock now)
Thanks in advance for any help. By the way I'm looking to hook up with fellow climbers in So Cal soon.
 

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Welcome, SoCal Climber. Glad to have you on board. It is hard to recommend improvements to your Jeep, without knowing how capable of a climber you want to build. How large, do you want to go? What size tires are you wanting to run? The list of upgrades, is endless. Tell us more about your intentions, which will make the advise, easier.
 

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1st of all you need to determine what you are going to use your Jeep for (rocks, mud, trails, street). That will help you determine what mods you need/want. The bigger tires and lift you get, the more mods you need to make it all work correctly. Example...tall tires need tall lifts and bigger axles, regearing, new driveshafts.....It all depends on what you need and how much money you want to spend. 31" tires and 2" spacers will take you down most trails and don't cost that much. 33" tires will give you more clearance, but need 3"-4" lift, and other mods such as a SYE, new rear shaft, regearing and maybe upgraded axles are a good idea to make it work right. 35"-37" tires mean new axles front and rear or you'll probably break them. Along with 6"+ lifts....ect
See what I mean. List what you want to do and what size tires you want to run, then you'll get a lot of good advise of how to best build it. Good luck, look forward to hearing how your build up goes.
 

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not knowing your previous experience, if this is your first Jeep: wheel it stock and determine your build from there....go slow, grasshopper :D ....build wisely
 

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amen. No use doing things only to have to redo them later. Builds are really expensive that way.
 

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builds are really expensive every way
 

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Thank you all for your feedback,
Well here is the thing I would like to be able to cruise my jeep on the streets however I bought this as a toy so I would like to build it up right the first time. I come from a very competitive MX Racing background and my wife is encouraging me to have four wheels and a roll cage. I would like to build something that I can eventually climb some pretty hairy hills etc. As informed earlier I would really like to build this up right the first time. As far as a budget I really don't have one however, the more cost involved the longer it will take me to complete it.

Again your feedback is greatly appreciated and I look forward to meeting some of the So Cal members soon.
 

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Well if you are wanting to go from Mild to Wild right off the bat then the first thing I would look at is the rear axle. If you can determine if you have Dana 35 (Round Diff with a plastic fill cap) or a Dana 44 (More odd shaped diff with a metal screw in fill plug also the preferred axle of the two). Determing this would then lead me to either the addition of a new rear axle or being able to move on to other area's of enhancement first.
 

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What type of off road are you going to be doing?:D Even if you have a d35 don't be sad.:( If you have a d44 than you are good to go.If you have a d35 you could beef it up depending on tire size or replace it down the road.:D :cool:
 

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lockers
skid plates galore
35's or 33's if u have the D35
6in.of lift-4in. if 33's
winch
now start reading up on the fourm and see what you think you wil personally need and how much it will cost you

welcome to WF and the addiction; btw
 

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You are fortunate, you have the highly desireable Dana 44 axle suitable for most forms of offroading, lockers, big tires, etc.. :)
 

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You lucky dog. You've got a Dana 44 axle which can handle up to 35" tires. It sounds like your looking for a good trail rig with desent clearance, but good street manors too. I'd recomend a very popular setup of 3-4" lift with 33x12.5 tires. Rubicon Express, Rusty's and several other manufactures make good products. Stay away from the budget kits and make sure you get one with new adjustible control arms and adjustible track bars. These will keep it tracking straight and eliminate driveline vibrations. The cheep kits will in turn cause these two problems. A SYE kit is also a great addition. Add skid plates and lockers for a nice trail rig. Do your research. Good luck.
 

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Thanks for the Feedback,
My friend is telling me I should go with the RS 5.5" Lift with 35" Tires. Would this not be a good setup? He did say that it would depend on my gearing. How can i check my gearing?
 

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If you want to do it right the first time I would get RE 5.5 in long arm with the trilink upgrade or a rockkrawler longarm suspension. Go long arm though regardless of the company I personally like Rubicon Express. You can also get a 4.5 in lift and some tube fenders to run 35's. If you're gonna be on rocks and climbing stuf stretch it 5 inches and get some competition corners. I would also get a Super44 kit for the rear and a super 30 axle kit for the front. The list is endless but think before you start spending money, that way, like you said, you only have to do it once.
 

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Folow Up

I will read some of the other threads and start looking for the best place to buy my products. I would like to get started right away. I will take plenty of pics. and inform you all of my progress.
 

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Check 4x4groupbuy.com they got real sweet deals and absolutoffroad is real good I hear but I don't have experience with them, yet.
 
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