What is the order you are thinking about doing things next?
In something approaching a clear order...
- I'm chasing ground clearance and improved ride quality more than anything else, so the first item on the list is control arms
; I've still got the stock ones and they're doing nothing but making the ride more jarring by the day because the bushings are old, hardened and act almost entirely unlike a bushing should act. Simply replacing the factory Clevite junk with fresh, non-restrictive joints will do a lot to improve the harshness I'm experiencing...and whatever portion of the ride's harshness isn't taken care of by decent joints should be somewhat mitigated by new shocks
in the front. The rears are okay, but there's no doubt in my mind that the front ones are dead; I may go ahead and pony up the caps for some reservoirs.
- In addition to helping the ride and the suspension's articulation, the control arms will allow me to get started on the tummy tuck
. I'm going as flat as I can go underneath, so in addition to the flat skid itself - which is going to take quite a bit of work - I'm going to have to pick up a cable shifter
and a driveshaft
. The last time I was out the transfer case skid was the item I tagged the most - three or four times - so hopefully a bit more clearance will make up for my mediocre driving skillz.
- Once the belly is a bit more trim, I'll be ready to start working more seriously on a few other miscellaneous items; first among those will be a heavier steering linkage
, and shortly following that, improved rocker armor
. I'd hope that by this time my welding skillz would be at a point to where I could confidently tackle my crossmember/bumper modification
and the rear shock outboarding
. I'd also like to get my shower
built and installed, the wiring upgraded
for better headlights
and other electrical things, some radio communications
installed and hopefully a little bit better of a stereo
. That's a long list of miscellaneous stuff, and I didn't even include everything...
- While I'm tackling all of these other things, some of the bigger modifications will hopefully be taking place outside
of the rig; at the top of that list would be the 5.3 engine
build, the rear axle
build, and a high-clearance gas tank
. None of those are cheap, easy or quick...but they also do not require me to take Greta off of the road until it's time to install them. I can also work on a few other long-term/random projects: my trail gear and electrical boxes
that are about half-finished, the cabin air filter
, my half-doors
, and the like.
That's a pretty long list, and it should take me quite a while to get through it; like Imped said...you can't do it all at once. Did I mention that I might want to work on a narrowed winch
, too? I've also got to do something about highlining the fenders