Originally Posted by CanukYJ
I'm on a tight budget too but have my mods finally figured out. If you want pure offroad performance for under 300$ get a front locker and put it in yer self (lockrite or aussie locker will suffice). Here's what I am doing because I am on a budget, keep in mind this is AFTER I have completely brought the drivetrain and engine back up to tip top, always get yer rig running smooth, reliable, and safe BEFORE modding it, gotta have priorites...
-I bought a 1" daystar body lift from www.*******.com
-Got a 1" shackle lift from a guy who makes them on ebay, full set front and bac=50$.
-Home made sway bar disco's=5$
-Aussie locker for front dana30=200$ shipped
-31" Kumho MT's all around (pricey for MT tires, this is the most expensive part) around 600$ installed.
The MT's are optional, if you have a good tire then stick with it, my AT's are the WORST, I've driven minivans through places these AT's spun in 2wd lol. MT's although expensive are one of the BIGGEST traction adding mod's other than the locker.
Yup, he's right on. I've pretty much done what he has, I just started sooner
Heres what I've done and my thoughts
2" body lift($70 Shipped)- great for cheap clearence, and allows more flex due to not having to add bump stops. I'll probably be taking it out soon as it is starting to piss me off with the 4wd popping out all the time. I'll try to extend the shifter first, and if that doesn't work, out she goes.
31" trxus M/T's on black steel rims(under $700 shipped)- one of my best mods so far. They are cheap for a 31" tire (107 per tire), and the steel rims are cheap and easy to find. They always seem to find traction.
Front lockright($130 shipped)- another mod I'm glad I did. Don't feel it on the street, and it really pulls you through stuff in 4wd. I've only gotten stuck with it once so far, and that was due to huge wet snowbanks. Got pulled out by a buick lesabre
2.5" rubicon express lift($600 shipped)- best practical mod. Rides great, came with swaybar disco's, and flexes nice. Would do it again.
Optima style battery($100)- Not a mod I would have done except I needed a battery, and they were on sale. Last 2-3x as long as a normal battery, start faster, and have better luck with winch.
My next projects are building a box for the rear (never run a rear seat anymore) with the spare tire mounted on top(price of lumbar and metal for support), a winch($300), and a buick 3.8L/dakota bellhousing/ax-15 swap(~1000-1500). After that SOA, new axles, and bigger tires. I'm sure a rear locker will find its way in as soon as I find a deal on one.