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Unread 09-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #16
L_Kilkenny
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Modifications in order of importance to me:

1) Tires, 235/75/R15 all terrians in whatever flavor you think is best.
2) Front tow points.
3) Rear tow points.
(Note: new bumpers are better than the other options available when it comes to tow points. Save some money up, look for bargains, and bite the bullet. You'll be happier in the long run me thinks)
4) Gas tank skid plate.
5) Any other skid you can come up with.
6) Upgrade the rearend. Minimum Chrysler 8.25 and a lunchbox locker or LSD.
6) Lift but only after 1-6 are done. The first thing many people do but as you can see it's way down my list.

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Unread 09-05-2013, 11:05 AM   #17
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Not saying these guys aren't always this nice, but they definitely wouldn't be helping you so much if you weren't a girl lol.

But yea, you have a great vehicle for offload already. The first thing I did was a lift but honestly I wish now that I had held off on that for a while. Definitely other things you can do first that will not just improve its performance but, more importantly, improve its reliability off road.
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Unread 09-05-2013, 11:05 AM   #18
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Thank you! I will definitely be doing so! I really appreciate you specifying everything!
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Unread 09-05-2013, 11:14 AM   #19
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BTW, if you wheel with a club many (i.e. most?) are gonna require front and rear tow pints, CB and fire extinguisher minimum. Tells you what those guys put for importance.
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Unread 09-05-2013, 12:25 PM   #20
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I unfortunately am going alone. No one I know is into it like I am and i'm not part of any of the clubs! I may take my best guy friend along but it's mainly just me exploring haha (: thank you all so so much I'm working on getting everything you guys suggested in order
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Unread 09-05-2013, 12:31 PM   #21
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Have you checked it over for any rust issues?
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Unread 09-05-2013, 12:46 PM   #22
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There are clubs in every state. I'm part of multiple clubs here in Oklahoma. Search the local area forums, a little further down the main forum. Not all clubs require things like CB's or fire extinguishers and a fee to be considered "in the group." Check Facebook for jeep groups and off road groups. And don't be afraid to join groups because you are young. I was 18 not too long ago and when I joined some groups I found other teenage jeepers to offroad with; even though the older ones didn't scare me, it just felt better being around people my age.

And I would never go wheeling alone. Always have at least one other vehicle with you that could keep up with you on the trail.
Good luck!

Oh, and post some pics of your Jeep!

Almost forgot, welcome to the forum!
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Unread 09-09-2013, 08:21 AM   #23
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I have checked it for rust (: and I will be checking for clubs after class today! Thank you! I think I may have found one, actually!! (: everyone has been extremely welcoming and helpful so thanks!
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