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Unread 06-30-2013, 11:04 PM   #46
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Have you guys heard of the "100 Things Rule"? It is a movement, started I think by a book title 100 Things. I read most of it. The idea is anti-consumerist, green, etc. No person needs more than 100 things. They count every personal item including clothing. Anyways, I do not think that any of us will make it. Ever heard of your "spark plug index"? Count up all of your spark plugs, I have more than a hundred (not really) there alone.

We did just fine without cell phones, computers for most of human history. I have the devilish devices but I do not let them run my life the way young people do today. But we purchase things because we want them, appreciate them and occasionally actually need them.

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Unread 07-01-2013, 06:50 PM   #47
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I'm far from that! It took me three years to notice she has green eyes...
She has eyes??
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Unread 07-01-2013, 08:24 PM   #48
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Oh, I forgot, my favorite! Guards for the headlights that never need guarding (ever hear of anyone breaking a headlight off-road?). And $50 guards for tail lights that cost $25.
I will comment on the headlight guards... Ive had several smash on the highway from people cutting me off. I went through 2 or 3 sealed beams, and 2 or 3 housings before I found a nice set of guards. since then; no rocks damage them.

I do also have some offroad lights but have never gone out to play at night... but they did save me a few times working nights out of town; and being able to see in snowstorms.

Honestly, a LOT of what I add on to my jeep is to protect it on the road (or in a parking lot), more than anything.

I guess I should also say that I am a firm believer in having something; but not needing it; because if you do EVER need it; its nice to have it. (Especially if I can DIY or build it myself MUCH cheaper; and it gives me something to do.)
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Unread 07-02-2013, 10:36 AM   #49
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I buy stuff just to annoy others to the point that they have to cry about it on the interwebs 87 times.
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Unread 07-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #50
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Here is an example of why I started this thread, to understand this guy...

I was driving home just now and spotted a non-Rubicon JK 4dr, completely stock, zero mods, except... it had an aftermarket front bumper with a stinger. Really? Even if he plans to build it up, that's the first mod he buys?
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Unread 07-06-2013, 08:26 PM   #51
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One must always be prepared for an apocalypse.

I think the answer to "why" will mostly be for looks. To get attention. That's the reason. If it turns a head or sparks a hint of jealousy from someone else, then it has functioned the way the owner intended.

Some people buy things "just in case", and that's great. Winches, fire extinguishers, extra lights, first aid kits, body armor, etc. You never know if you may need them.
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Unread 07-06-2013, 08:58 PM   #52
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To quote the man in my life: "Because I can."

You can wonder why till those tasty little cows come home. Perhaps next time you see said Jeeper with a mod that makes you question things, and you have the opportunity, ask THEM...

Did I need a HEMI? No. Do I need bright azz reverse lights and a LED light bar on the front? No. Do I want them and can pony up the cash? Yup.
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Unread 07-06-2013, 10:43 PM   #53
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The laissez faire response to questioning other people's decisions seems to be a cop out. A lot of poor choices get made when things go unquestioned. Mall crawlers, Juggalos, paleo diets, H2s, Free Mumia, Red Bull, hemp shirts, skinny jeans, white framed bro sungalsses, bro culture in general, etc. I'll be the first to say we can do, buy, build, feel whatever we want as long as no one else is needlessly hurt. However, I do feel we should be made to defend our choices more often to each other. If for no other reason than to understand why we do what we do. You are free to do what you want, but I am also free to be critical of what you do as much as I am free to be approving. If we can talk about it, we both might learn something.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 12:32 AM   #54
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However, I do feel we should be made to defend our choices more often to each other. If for no other reason than to understand why we do what we do. You are free to do what you want, but I am also free to be critical of what you do as much as I am free to be approving. If we can talk about it, we both might learn something.
But why? Why should I be made to owe you any explanation for the mods that I do to my Jeep? As long as I can justify them to myself, what makes you think that you are really owed anything? If I give an explanation, it is only because I choose to. Yes, you have a right to be critical, but your opinion, which is all it really is in the grand scheme, means NOTHING. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Less than a dog fart.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 02:15 AM   #55
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Here is an example of why I started this thread, to understand this guy...

I was driving home just now and spotted a non-Rubicon JK 4dr, completely stock, zero mods, except... it had an aftermarket front bumper with a stinger. Really? Even if he plans to build it up, that's the first mod he buys?
Well, this points out the perils of taking someone else's inventory.

That guy parks in a company parking lot where the boss regularly makes contact with his stock bumper in a Suburban. He is ending that practice right off the bat.

. . . . Or a hundred other reasons you know exactly zero about.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 07:16 AM   #56
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But why? Why should I be made to owe you any explanation for the mods that I do to my Jeep? As long as I can justify them to myself, what makes you think that you are really owed anything? If I give an explanation, it is only because I choose to. Yes, you have a right to be critical, but your opinion, which is all it really is in the grand scheme, means NOTHING. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Less than a dog fart.
Correct. My opinion might ultimately mean nothing to you. For better or for worse, you absolutely have the freedom to ignore outside criticism. Yet, you are missing the point that if one is asked to articulate the foggy nebulous reasons for why they decided to put 15 hi-lift jacks on their hood, then a better understanding will arise of why that may or may not be a poor decision. The discourse goes both directions. It can and should be for the benefit of both sides. How do you think any human development took place and evolved over time? Through discourse and debate. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Similarly, arguably bad/stupid things can happen inside an echo chamber when no one from the outside asks "why?".
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Unread 07-07-2013, 08:06 AM   #57
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The notion of "It's my business, no need to explain to you why." gets weak when you are talking about things that are displayed in public. Hanging your stupid out there for all to see will generate mental and verbal comments by others, guaranteed. There should be a "jeepsofwalmart.com".
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Unread 07-07-2013, 09:02 AM   #58
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Unread 07-07-2013, 09:34 AM   #59
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You guys are spending way too many brain cells on this. We're talking about jeeps here, not interpreting the Constitution. Their jeeps. They can do what they want. If they're happy good for them. For all of you judging are your jeeps perfect? A wise man once said something to the efffect of let he who is blameless cast the first stone.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 09:38 AM   #60
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We're talking about jeeps here, not interpreting the Constitution.

....For all of you judging are your jeeps perfect? A wise man once said something to the efffect of let he who is blameless cast the first stone.
Oh it relates! The way we conduct ourselves individually both publicly and privately is a reflection of how we conduct ourselves as a nation both publicly and privately. Everything is a continuum if you care to blaze the trail. Jeeps all the way to constitutional law.

Since we are quoting wise men...

“Every man holds his property subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfare may require it.”

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