Hi there! I figured I've been here long enough to start one of these, so here we go!
First, a little history. I always though Jeeps were awesome, and pretty much always wanted one. However, being a kid in high school, I never had a bunch of money. So, I got what I THOUGHT was a cool car.
This was my first car. A lifted 97 Honda CR-V.
(Note: this is not my CR-V. Mine didn't have a spoiler).
No flex, and the first time I went off-road, I got stuck. Big time. I also managed to snap all of my sway bars too. Awesome!
Anywho, I got to college, started saving up again, and bought this bad boy for $6K with 68,000 on the odometer.
I bought him in November 08 in MA during Thanksgiving break. I drove back to college in a snowstorm, and was thoroughly excited the whole time. Nothing could stop me!
So I went the whole second semester just enjoying having a Jeep, and then I came across this site. Now I am hooked.
First thing I did was upgrade the sound system. I'm a music education major, so music is a big thing for me. No sub, because I need all the room I can get traveling back and forth to college. I also installed this!
The old center console was busted up pretty bad, and it smelled weird. This is much better, only cost me $20, and is very hip.
I also wanted some new wheels. Not wanting to really buy new, I looked on CL for a good long time. I found 5 Cragars for $90!
Granted, these were wheeled a lot, and they were kinda nasty looking. So, I painted them.
Then I was looking around at exhausts. I decided on the Magnaflow. Sounds really nice too. Not too loud, but loud enough to make me smile when I press down on the skinny pedal.
I also got a good deal on the tip. It's from a Corsa kit that was supposed to go on a Honda Civic, but the guy who bought had a body kit on, and the tip didn't fit. So, my friend just welded it on for me. Looks pretty good IMO.
Then I did some smaller things, like paint my fender flares, took the top off, and made some rear-view mirrors when I take the doors off.
And then on my birthday last year, I found my true love. My girlfriend bought me a Rough Country stinger!
Last Christmas, I bought myself the IPF H4 conversion lamps, with X51 Fatboy bulbs. A guy at work also gave me fog lights for free! I don't mind that they are the cheapo Wally world ones, but they work, they were free, and they make me .
195 watt high beam. Over doing it? I think not!
I also made myself a custom light bar for the fog lights. I took a piece of steel, cut it up, and bolted it on. No pic yet, but I'll get one soon.
And that's about it. I was also able to pick up a Ford 8.8 for dirt cheap, and I'm just waiting until I graduate to install a lift. I'm definitely going with 33's, but I'm still trying to decide on a lift. I'm torn between the RC 4" or 2.5" lifts.
im also looking at the RC 2.5" as well. Good product for a college student's budget (i would know). i say start there since it will work with 33s. if you're not happy then save up a little more later and get the 4
I'm pretty sure those are accurate numbers, so it should work out.
And for tires, I was looking at the Duratracs. I can get a sick-nasty deal at Sears Auto, where I work.
Not do anything with the Jeep for a LONG time, wait until these tires go bald, then go all out with my 8.8, find a D44, and throw on 37's.
Im in college and I just put a 4" on my YJ (I know the lift is a lot cheaper than yours, I went with RC) and its getting 33's, it is a great choice for someone on our budget.
Your plan sounds great. Re-gearing is like 500 in parts, you wouldnt want to save 500 and do it yourself? Maybe have a friend who has done it and could help you? When I re-gear I will be doing it myself. Just something to think about.