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post #1 of 23 Old 05-21-2014, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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99 TJ build $5,000

I got my new 99 TJ a couple weeks ago because I won a $5,000 dollar gift certificate through my work to spend on a vehicle!(pimp my ride lol) I have two other vehicles for my DD's for me and my wife that did not seem worth spending the money on.

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Has a 6" short arm rough country lift I think I saw that by searching the part number on the bottom of the coil. It does not drive that bad on the road and surprised me (other than the high center of gravity). Might keep the lift but will test it off road first.

What would you guys start with? The place covers parts and labor going to have a meeting with the owner of the shop in a week or two once I schedule with him.

Viair dual compressor 2.5 gal tank )$550

Roll Bar Padding $89.99
http://www.quadratec.com/products/24...FZRcfgodUyAAsA


Rear Bumper $369.99
http://www.extremeterrain.com/smitty...yj-76651d.html


Front Bumper $169.99
http://www.autoanything.com/jeep-top...FQmDfgodL7sAgw

Floor mats 109.99
http://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged...tj-129871.html

Cargo Mat 69.99
http://www.allthingsjeep.com/all-ter...unlimited.html

Audio System $500

Shocks fox 2.0 not sure if I should get a piggy back reservoir or not? (they look cool and I heard they ride better than Bilsteins on a two doo TJ)

Led light bar front and rear (are these known for getting stolen?)

Some sort of winch $???

I would like some lockers but I will have to go over labor cost with the place because I don't want to pay someone that much in labor when I could get a bunch of stuff that is bold on.


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post #2 of 23 Old 05-21-2014, 09:59 PM
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Does the shop have to install everything you buy? If not, I'd do it all myself and save the install money for more parts. What I would do with $5k to blow on my rig....
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post #3 of 23 Old 05-22-2014, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Does the shop have to install everything you buy? If not, I'd do it all myself and save the install money for more parts. What I would do with $5k to blow on my rig....
I am pretty sure that the installs are where they get their money but how much does it really cost to install roll bar padding lol.
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post #4 of 23 Old 05-22-2014, 05:16 AM
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1 hour labor at $50-70 an hour
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post #5 of 23 Old 05-23-2014, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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1 hour labor at $50-70 an hour
No biggie it was a gift so I can't complain.
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post #6 of 23 Old 05-23-2014, 11:57 AM
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What size tires does it currently have on it, and do you know if it's been regeared?


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post #7 of 23 Old 05-30-2014, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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What size tires does it currently have on it, and do you know if it's been regeared?
33" tires and it does not seem to have been re-geared as I don't need to leave 3rd gear driving around town. should I have them put a 4.5 inch rubicon lift on it? would it still clear 33's?
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post #8 of 23 Old 05-30-2014, 08:19 AM
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If you fill out your profile it would help people know what you have and give us a better idea of what you might need.

Is it a Rubicon?
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33" tires and it does not seem to have been re-geared as I don't need to leave 3rd gear driving around town. should I have them put a 4.5 inch rubicon lift on it? would it still clear 33's?
Go with either the Savvy 3" Lift, the Savvy 4" lift, or the metalcloak 3.5" Lift. You will be MUCH happier with the ride quality on road, and the performance offroad. And yes, you will still be able to clear 33's. 33 inch tires need 3-4" of lift.


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Go with either the Savvy 3" Lift, the Savvy 4" lift, or the metalcloak 3.5" Lift. You will be MUCH happier with the ride quality on road, and the performance offroad. And yes, you will still be able to clear 33's. 33 inch tires need 3-4" of lift.
Sounds like a good idea but what if I just get some betters springs and new shocks with some quick disconnects?
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post #12 of 23 Old 06-02-2014, 09:01 AM
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Couldn't pay me to run Rough Country anything, besides maybe their 2.5" springs. Especially not gears.

and FYI, springs and shocks are only half the equation. Rubicon Express's control arm bushings wear out quickly, and don't provide nearly as nice of a ride on road or perform as well offroad as the Currie Johnny Joint or Metalcloak Duroflex Joint.


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Couldn't pay me to run Rough Country anything, besides maybe their 2.5" springs. Especially not gears.

and FYI, springs and shocks are only half the equation. Rubicon Express's control arm bushings wear out quickly, and don't provide nearly as nice of a ride on road or perform as well offroad as the Currie Johnny Joint or Metalcloak Duroflex Joint.
I was talking about replacing the RC springs and shocks? What gears would you run with a 5 speed ax-15 and 33" tires?
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I would go with 4.56. And the link you posted was to gears made by rough country, that's what my comment was aimed towards.


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post #15 of 23 Old 06-04-2014, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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I would go with 4.56. And the link you posted was to gears made by rough country, that's what my comment was aimed towards.
If I went 4.56 and the Diffs were already open could I have them install a locker in the front? I found this on another forum



You can always add a locker to the front Dana 30 first if the cost of a Super 35 kit is out of reach for now. The front Dana 30 can handle a locker without much issue (especially with 33" or smaller tires) with recommended lockers including the No-Slip, Aussie, and Lockright. Where a Wrangler TJ is concerned, contrary to the generic warnings against installing a front locker without also installing manual unlocking front hubs, a front locker does not (!) cause any steering or handling issues when a TJ is in 2wd.
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