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Unread 06-09-2003, 08:20 AM   #1
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i was wondering when you get a Jeep, what are the first things you do to it?(example: take the ends of the bumpers off, and sidesteps)

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Unread 06-09-2003, 08:35 AM   #2
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First thing that I'd do if I was starting out again, get rocker guards. Yeah, take off the boxing glove bumper ends and side steps too.
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Unread 06-09-2003, 08:40 AM   #3
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First thing that I'd do if I was starting out again, get rocker guards. Yeah, take off the boxing glove bumper ends and side steps too.
what are rocker gaurds? (keep in mind i am new at this, i am just trying to learn )
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Unread 06-09-2003, 08:44 AM   #4
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inexpensive ones:
- debadge - peel off any and all decals
- chrome removal (sand and paint the headlight bezels)
- teraflex disconnects
- rummage through friends garages - ask nicely for anything you want

trail stuff:
- winch; the best thing you will ever get
- rocker protection
- skids; engine/trans/gas
- cb and antenna
- this list begins but never ends...
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Unread 06-09-2003, 08:51 AM   #5
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Rocker guards protect your rocker panels from body damage. Most can also be used as a jacking point.
These are the ones I will get...

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Unread 06-09-2003, 08:56 AM   #6
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oh ok, i should probably get them too, dont want any body damage. You can still install nerf bars after that right? What are disconnects and what do they do? Thanks really guys, i need to know this info but i am embarrassed about asking this stuff to other people cause they will bash me but you guys are great!
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Unread 06-09-2003, 09:42 AM   #7
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A good way to really learn is go to the section for your model Jeep ( I am assuming its a TJ) and read the threads from the start to the end. A lot of them you can skip because some people posts just to increase their posts count. Spend a few hours reading and you will be amazed at how much you will pick up. Then start deciding what kind of wheeling you want to do and see what people with similar styles are doing to theirs. Good luck and ask questions.
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What I did. Wheeled it, cut off rear bumper, took off hard top, wheeled untill motor died. Then started modifying.
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Re: first modifications

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i was wondering when you get a Jeep, what are the first things you do to it?(example: take the ends of the bumpers off, and sidesteps)
It kind of depends on what you are going to do with the Jeep. Do you want to make it better for offroading, add horsepower, look cool for those trips to the Sonic, etc. It seems to me that the first thing that most people want to do is to switch to bigger tires. What are your plans for your Jeep?
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Re: Re: first modifications

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It kind of depends on what you are going to do with the Jeep. Do you want to make it better for offroading, add horsepower, look cool for those trips to the Sonic, etc. It seems to me that the first thing that most people want to do is to switch to bigger tires. What are your plans for your Jeep?
I want it to be my daily driver, want it to look nice but be able to do alot of 4 wheeling, like hills mud, some rocks.
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I would say the first thing needed would be some good recovery pull points. Up front and in the back. Hooks, shackels, whatever you prefer. Just something safe that someone can hook onto to pull ya out.
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Unread 06-11-2003, 06:34 PM   #12
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mUD uCKeR has the best suggestion for the first mod that you should do for off roading. After good tow points rocker guards are another good improvement. I wouldn't do rocker guards AND nerf bars, though. If you want something to step on, get the rocker guards with rock rails. Nerf bars reduce your clearance on the rocks without really protecting the rocker panels.
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Unread 06-20-2003, 10:47 PM   #13
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first thing...LIFT and TIRES!!!!
Without these your jeep lacks character and style. With a good lift and tire combination your jeep will turn heads and will perform well on and off-road.
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Unread 06-21-2003, 02:39 PM   #14
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Many people will suggest whatever they did first without asking what you want to do with the Jeep, so do the right thing and keep reading here. Most have great advice and the few dolts usually make themselves obvious in a month or so.
For me personally, the biggest difference I have seen with first timers is a switch to a larger, more agressive tire. Mud terrains are probably not a good idea if it is a 90% daily driver, but you can decide that. I have them on a daily.
Traction is usually the biggest obstacle for they people I have wheeled with. After the tires, some swaybar disonnects will help with flex, and if you still have a few bucks a budget boost is cheap and very useful.

Just buy what you need to get past the stuff you want. Many people buy a lot more than they need...
just my opinion though...
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Unread 06-21-2003, 08:00 PM   #15
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I have said it before - I will keep on saying it...

the best mod for your jeep?
is a mod for the driver -
join the local jeep club...
you can make friends with jeepers in your area,
find out where to wheel in your area,
find out where to get work done in your area (including club discounts)
you can find out about jeep-me-downs (somebody gets a full suspension - you might be able to pick up a 2" lift cheap, etc...)
It will also be a great place to look at how to do certain mods to your jeep.

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