The Jeep (92 Sahara 4.0 auto mostly stock, 99,000 mi, mint) has been sitting in the garage for a couple of years. Took it out occasionally, but not really off road.
I used the Yamaha Rhino for that. Well, I'm done. Too slow and unstable.
Now I have some mods to do. I have been reading this forum for a while.
First things first.
1. Full tune up: plugs, wires, oil, plugs, transmission/tcase/different fluid, flush radiator, check break fluid, check vacuum lines and Rad hoses for cracks.
2. Remove front and rear track bars, then grease your ball joints drive shafts and tie rods.
3. Hang a air Freshener.
4. Enjoy that Jeep!
I've seen conflicting comments on track bars -- I use my Jeep to transport hockey gear quite a bit (instead of the sports car) and am concerned with on-road safety with the bars removed. Some say it is best without them and others claim it is unsafe...
Adding track bars was a way to keep Jeep safe from lawsuits from lawyers. I run no track bars or sway bars on my Jeep and I love it. Do maintence listed above and plan on what you want your Jeep to be so you can plan your build correctly.
Track bar removal helps a ton with the ride. I prefer my sway-bars connected on-road, but definitely need a disconnect for off-road.
Good easy (relatively cheap) things to start upgrading are diff covers, swaybar disconnects, skid plates, automatic lockers, and other things that help a *ton* when you're stock, but don't become obsolete once you decide to lift and add bigger tires!
Sway bar - if you think it's unstable with a load on the vehicle, leave it on for on road. Disconnect it for off road performance.
Wait!! Don't toss em!! I'm gunna use mine to build a swing away tire carrier since they already have the bushings. Maybe you have another plan for one?? or just don't want to deal with it and throw em away, Your choice