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Unread 08-03-2008, 11:30 PM   #1
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new to jeeps.. help

hey im 16 and just go turned on to jeeps when i got my 97 xj. only thing on it is fog lights and a grille guard and i really would like to start off roading but i don't wanna go unprepared.. what are some necessary upgrades that i should make ( mind you i make minimum wage =])

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Unread 08-03-2008, 11:42 PM   #2
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also plz be specific to what brands of upgrades or just any advice u could offer would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 08-04-2008, 05:16 AM   #3
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Well first off you need some recovery points for if/when you get stuck. Get some front tow hooks (C4x4 is good and only about $100) and also get a rear tow hitch if you don't have one (U-Haul for about $150 or online for cheap if you install it yourself) If you plan to offroad you should really think about investing in some skids plates and rocker sliders. I'm not sure how serious you are about wheeling but there are some fairly cheap lift kits you can buy that will allow you to clear larger tires.

There are tons of possibilities on what mods you want to do. You will never have money again and you will never be satisfied with you Jeep again.

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Unread 08-04-2008, 09:10 AM   #4
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thanx that helps. I'm looking at some lift kits not cause the tires on it when i bought it are huge and sometimes rub the fender when im just turning ha.. i'm thinking maybe a 3" lift would be best.
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Unread 08-04-2008, 09:35 AM   #5
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hey man. i have a stock XJ with 235/75 /15 A/T tires and some rear recovery. it did amazing offraod . dont go heavy duty and go all out . if its mild wheeling
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Unread 08-04-2008, 10:16 AM   #6
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sounds good yea i'm not big on the whole rock crawling stuff just trails with mild obstacles. This is my daily driver so i just dont wanna mess it up if ya feel me.
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You could go with the route that I took. I got a 2" lift kit that's made by OME. The kit actually rides at about 2.5" and I am riding around on some 31" tires. It's my daily driver and with this setup there isn't a huge loss in performance or gas mileage.

Mine rides quite well and if you do a search there are plenty of companies that produce similar kits to mine for a decent price. Best of luck in with your Jeep!
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Unread 08-04-2008, 11:28 AM   #8
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thanx man sounds great.. see my 17 b-day is coming up and i'm looking to see what i wanna do and its either a new sound system (which i need) or do what i kinda want and get a lift kit so i'm going down the lift kit road right now =] thanx for the help.
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man if its a DD keep it clean. small lift good protection and recovery.
dont hack up the beautyof the jeep
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yep don't worry nothing too big just a lil lift maybe a little bit bigger tires. I'm definately not going to the extreme with my car.
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yep don't worry nothing too big just a lil lift maybe a little bit bigger tires. I'm definately not going to the extreme with my car.
Its not a car, its a jeep!

Anyways, I want a new sound system too, but I am definitely getting everything else first! (lift, tires, wheels, bumpers)

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exactly the guy that owned it before blew out the front to speakers so i only got 2 that work but i could care less, hopefully ill get a lift kit at the end of august then some new tires before winter and i should be set for awhile( at least thats the plan )
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You could go with the route that I took. I got a 2" lift kit that's made by OME. The kit actually rides at about 2.5" and I am riding around on some 31" tires. It's my daily driver and with this setup there isn't a huge loss in performance or gas mileage.

Mine rides quite well and if you do a search there are plenty of companies that produce similar kits to mine for a decent price. Best of luck in with your Jeep!
Think I could fancy hookin something like this up on mine, nothing too extreme for the DD.
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exactly the guy that owned it before blew out the front to speakers so i only got 2 that work but i could care less, hopefully ill get a lift kit at the end of august then some new tires before winter and i should be set for awhile( at least thats the plan )
Thats kind of my plan too! Except I want to get the lift and tires around the same time, though I am wondering if I should just get the lift then the tires later? I have 235s right now so they wouldn't look absolutely ridiculous on a 3" lift but they would look somewhat small. Then I'll buy some 32s
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Unread 08-04-2008, 07:31 PM   #15
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yea i was just gonna get the lift as a b-day present and maybe some other stuff, and my tires are fine now but my dad says i gotta get new ones before winter(hes prolly right) so otherwise i would prolly get them at the same time. Once those things are done my jeep will look awesome cause i got a sweet grille guard and some fog lights with them.
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