I've got about $600 to play with and I am looking to do some mods to my 2012 Wrangler (pic included). Among my options are:
I don't want to replace the tires, so if I get a lift, I would keep it as is. When the tires have enough miles on them, then I would invest in some good wheels and tires.
If I get offroad lights, I would want some lights mounted near the A pillars on the front and a couple of lights mounted in front of the grill.
My question to the community is whether this is doable with $600. Keep in mind, I am not handy at all, so I would probably take somewhere to get installed and I know I have to take into account labor costs.
$600 and not doing the work yourself I'd say the lift is probably out. It all depends on what you are doing, are you going for function or looks? Are the off road lights something you plan to use? If so, then go for those. You could probably do the lights and the bumper for under 6 bills if you're willing to do some of the work.
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I would sell the chrome steps (maybe all the chrome?) and get a set of good rock sliders. #1 they'll double as a step so your significant other won't complain and #2 it'll protect the Jeep where it needs it the most. You'd be surprised what your stock Jeep can do, but as is the your side is probably one of the most vulnerable points.
I did the Genright rocker guards on my 4 door and couldn't be happier... There were a few times where I had to lean the weight of the Jeep on the plastic side steps and it wasn't pretty. Not only were the steps mangled, but I had some tub damage that needed to be covered up too.
Although the Genright rocker guards are a little over your budget, there are other good options too.
You could go with these sliders from RiverRaider and it'll give you the same overall function and protection. It'll fit your budget too.
The RiverRaider sliders are $636.99, but we've got a 10% off sale going on right now which will put them under budget.
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Thanks for all of your responses. As far as use goes, it is my daily driver to and from work. On some weekends, I take it to the Coast for fishing. No heavy off-road wheeling, but I do live out in the country with no street lights around, so it can get pretty dark out here. I knew I would get some grief about the chrome. I'm probably in the minority here, but I like it.
I think the white looks great with the chrome! From the grille to the steps to the wheels to the rear light guards, it all ties in very nicely.
For $600.00 ish, I would think you could get a 1.5" to 2" spacer lift and a set of windshield piller lights installed. Then maybe add a fishing rod holder to the front, and you're all set. One of these...http://www.quadratec.com/products/92038_10_07.htm
Might have to give up the lights, or even the lift. Maybe get the lights and rod holder? Lift can always come later...I think you would use the lights and rod holder more right now.
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Since I firmly believe that the stock bumper is the ugliest thing in the history of Jeep, I would replace that. The problem is keeping the price low. $600 won't get you very far at all, even without labor. You'd have to look at very cheap or used bumpers and they might not provide the look you want. The look you have right now on the Jeep isn't bad. I think you pulled off the chrome somehow. Having that silver strip in the middle of the bumper is a good accent to the rest of the design. If you ever needed something like a winch I would replace the bumper but if you don't see a need for it, I'd leave it alone.
Since you're not wheeling it hard like some of the other Jeeps on here, I would suggest just leaving it the way it is and adding subtle modifications towards your hobby to make your life easier. If you like taking it to the coast to fish, maybe add something related to that hobby, like rod holders on the roll bars or something. Definitely get the extra lights if you think you need them. I know a lot of states have laws against the lights being in use on a street though. Most people only use the lights on a trail or when they're parked. You could use the rest of the money on tackle and bait!
A really important mod to think about may be recovery equipment. I've only been (badly) stuck twice in my Jeep, and both times I was on a beach. A good recovery method could definitely help you out later. I got my Jeep stuck right as the tide was coming in and I had to have a Chevy Silverado pull me out. It was an embarrassing experience and I almost lost my Jeep to Poseidon!
I strongly recommend you take the lift off your list. It really sounds like you don't need it. I also live in the country and recommend the lights. I use mine angled out a bit to see deer just off the road. A new steel bumper may save you time and money if you do indeed hit a deer. If you're needing the lift to get to your favorite fishing hole then by all means, but I feel lifts are wasted money for a lot of Jeepers who just want to look taller.
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