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Unread 10-16-2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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$3,000 budget build

Asking your opinions on what I should buy for my build. I have a 99 TJ, white, 2.5L 5spd, D30/35's. The Jeep won't be built as a rock crawler, but more as a trail rig/DD. And all at a total of $3k sent to the door. Preferrably a little less than $3k that way I can get stuff mounted/balanced/installed etc.

What I was thinking so far is a RC 4" Series II suspension lift, 33x13.50x15 Nitto Mud Grapplers, and 15x10 Mickey Thompson Sidebiters.

I'd like to hear your opinions please or if you have anything better in mind. If you wanna throw out negative BS, then find another thread...Thanks!

Right now I'm at $1725 for tires and wheels mounted and balanced and the RC lift sent to the door with the upgraded shocks for $658.90. That's a total of $2383.90.

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Unread 10-16-2010, 07:57 PM   #2
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I would go for a LCOG build like Hendrix. Go through his build and check his rig out.




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Unread 10-16-2010, 08:15 PM   #3
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i would forget the lift and do tube fenders and some cutting, then spend the rest on winch
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Unread 10-16-2010, 09:02 PM   #4
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i would forget the lift and do tube fenders and some cutting, then spend the rest on winch
I can't see cutting into it just yet...it's still in great shape and only have 63k original miles. I would like some MC tubes on the front though
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Unread 10-17-2010, 06:17 AM   #5
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And I'm not really looking to go LCOG on this Jeep.... anymore in suggestions?
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Unread 10-17-2010, 07:36 AM   #6
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line the tub (monstaliner and upol raptor good for a budget), rear bumper/tire carrier (avoid smitty built), some of thse seat covers that have storage pockets on the back. you could also maybe replace your top depending on how old or damaged it is.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 07:46 AM   #7
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If you go to 33s, you will want to regear to help out your 4 angry squirrels!
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Unread 10-17-2010, 08:42 AM   #8
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If you go to 33s, you will want to regear to help out your 4 angry squirrels!
I agree, but I'm gonna give it awhile after installing everything to how it feels and see how everything holds up. My future plans include upgrading the rear end, but until then I'm gonna roll it til it breaks.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 09:27 AM   #9
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i would do like 2.5 inch lift and some 33's, and not worry about the rims just stick with what you have, and get some quick disconnects and some little things like that
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Unread 10-17-2010, 09:37 AM   #10
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i would do like 2.5 inch lift and some 33's, and not worry about the rims just stick with what you have, and get some quick disconnects and some little things like that
I thought about that, but right now I have 31x10.50x15 BFG a/t's with some ugly aftermarket wheels. I've got those sold, just waiting on getting the new ones in.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 09:40 AM   #11
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i wouldnt go with the RC lift. i just took off my 2.5 RC and installed a 4" zone. Man what a difference! it rides awesome, flexes awesome and the LCAs are BEEFY! im very impressed with the quality of the lift for $500. id go with that lift and some wheels and tires and that would leave you with extra money for gears or winch or whatever you decide to do.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 09:43 AM   #12
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I've never heard of Zone, but I'll look into it. Thanks!
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Unread 03-22-2011, 07:50 AM   #13
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i wouldnt go with the RC lift. i just took off my 2.5 RC and installed a 4" zone. Man what a difference! it rides awesome, flexes awesome and the LCAs are BEEFY! im very impressed with the quality of the lift for $500. id go with that lift and some wheels and tires and that would leave you with extra money for gears or winch or whatever you decide to do.
If you go 4" you have to get a sye and should get adjustable or longer control arms, I hope you did this as you didnt mention about them.
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Unread 03-22-2011, 09:19 AM   #14
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Sell the jeep and buy a jeep with the 6 cyl and dana 44, then dump 3 grand in it.
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Unread 03-22-2011, 11:07 AM   #15
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I have a 2000 Jeep TJ 4cyl with rough country series 2 4". Great lift, if something goes wrong they replace it for free. I have 32x11.50x15 swamper tsl radials that the 4 banger pushes down the road and freeway just fine. I'm sure you are running 4.10/4.11 gears as am I. I am regearing to 4.88 and lock rear also dropping a ford 8.8 rearend. I bought this jeep for 5500 and so far ive put in a grand for lift, tires, and 8.8 rear axle. You don't need to have a 6cyl to have fun. My 4banger does great here in washington state in the mountains as it sits with the lift tires and everything else stock. It hangs with the 6cyl and occasionally pulls out 4.0's from tigh spots. If you are sticking to that budget just be patient and great deals will fall in your lap. Check craigslist everyday, shop for online discounts and it will happen for you. Good luck out on the trails.

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