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Unread 10-01-2010, 10:53 AM   #1
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New Jeep Owner with EXTREME optimism...

I own an essentially all stock, silver, 1994 Grand Cherokee Laredo. I want to have the baddest damn Jeep in town. However, I need some opinions from the pro's (you guys)...

-What size lift should I get? I want it high enough to do some slightly intense off-roading, but keep it within reason. I'm looking at in between 2" and 4".
-What kind of suspension kit is the best buy? I want a decent performance but I don't need the best of the best. What's the best I can get on a college kids salary?
-What tires should I get? I want some that will get me AROUND town, but THROUGH the mud. Any good cross-over type tires?
-I am also in an almost dire need for a new exhaust system. Mines about to go kaput. I want a performance exhaust that'll wake up my neighbors but sound so good it'll lull them back to sleep. Suggestions?
-Also, I am open to any other suggestions for accessories that you may have seen that will add to the, already pretty, appearance, i.e. brush/bullguards, safari lights, etc.

As stated on my profile I'm a young (but proud) Jeep owner trying to get in the game. Call me a "noob," whatever, just please throw me some help.

Thanks all,
The New Guy

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Unread 10-01-2010, 11:15 AM   #2
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welcome the search feature is your friend try browsing the FAQ a few quick searchs will shed some light on alot of this info that you are after
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Unread 10-01-2010, 11:17 AM   #3
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Some all terrain tires...Bridgestone Duellers, Falken ATs, or Toyo ATs.

pick up some kolak exhaust parts from the number in my sig.

For bumpers, check craigslist.

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Unread 10-01-2010, 11:20 AM   #4
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I appreciate you pointing out that feature for me. However, I am somewhat stupid, for lack of better words, when it comes to cars. I know the basics but all the lingo of off-roading and Jeeps is greek to me. I was hoping some one would give me a dumbed down version of the answers. Lol.
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Unread 10-01-2010, 11:31 AM   #5
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Was my answer confusing?

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Unread 10-01-2010, 11:32 AM   #6
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Hunter gives good advice. I was going to say essentially the same thing except recommend 31-32 inch BFG AT's.
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Unread 10-01-2010, 11:34 AM   #7
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I appreciate you pointing out that feature for me. However, I am somewhat stupid, for lack of better words, when it comes to cars. I know the basics but all the lingo of off-roading and Jeeps is greek to me. I was hoping some one would give me a dumbed down version of the answers. Lol.
Sounds like you need to read this first:

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Unread 10-01-2010, 11:36 AM   #8
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Break out the credit crd and I can build you one heck of a jeep.


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Unread 10-01-2010, 04:18 PM   #9
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i'd say that in addition to reading the FAQ, also go read through some build threads to get some ideas. That helped me learn a lot and gave me plenty of ideas, but i just need money for these ideas. lol
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Unread 10-01-2010, 05:52 PM   #10
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I'd say set a budget first, Jeeps get real expensive real quick. Also, try wheeling a little on some light trails and see what you need from that. No point in having a big jeep if you don't know why you need it big, unless you want a mall crawler, then you can do whatever you want. hahahaha. Anywho, I'd recommend rough country for a decent lift on a budget.
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Unread 10-04-2010, 07:00 PM   #11
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Hunter I appreciate your advice and offer. and my earlier post was to the first guy. I kinda want to build it myself and learn in the process. And I don't have a budget persay. I'm just gonna save and save til I think I have enough and then build that sum*****.
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Unread 10-04-2010, 10:04 PM   #12
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Maybe it would be best if you went in stages. You can install whats called a BB, or budget boost for like 60 bucks, plus the cost of shocks. IRON ROCK OFF ROAD: ZJ 2" Budget BoostThat and some upgraded tires(31 or 30 in A/T's), and you can start to learn the basics of offroading. This forum was the right place to come to. However, don't be brainwashed into thinking you need a completely, over the top, super-expensive jeep. Just throw some basic upgrades at it, and youll be suprized at what you can do. Later down the road, after youve learned some, I would go with a few of the upgrades Hunter brought up. Good luck!
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Unread 10-04-2010, 10:50 PM   #13
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I did what trail king said. I bought a 2" budget boost with shocks and I felt that now is the time to upgrade. I got the bug, and I am now ordering the Iron Rock Offroad 3.5" front to rear swap kit. This is a pretty much complete lift kit for around $449, the only other thing you will need is a rear track bar or at the very least a track bar bracket, they are around $119 and $39 respectively from IRO.
If you want a cheap solution for your exhaust as your is on its way out you can always look at the dynomax superturbo cat back system. It is not a great upgrade but if you are low on cash and need a new one it is a direct replacement and gives slightly better flow than the stock one without being extremely noisey.
Just my 2c
For tires, I would recommend either 30" BFG's with a 2" budget boost or a good mut tire in 31" with a 3.5" lift.
All other stuff is really unnecessary unless you plan on wheeling it properly.

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Unread 10-05-2010, 04:36 AM   #14
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if you have the money to support your habit, it'll go something like this.

1. 2BB and 31s
2. 3.5 or 4.5 and 32s or 33s.
3. WOw, I need to get some armour.....rock sliderz, bumpers and skids
4. hey, a winch!
5. a snorkel....noh, scratch that crap.
6. okay, 4.5 and 2BB with new gears and cut fenders.....
7. wait, how about long arms and 7 inch springs, a dana 50 and a hp 30 with 4.56 gears and 37s...wait, where are my doors and headliner?
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