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post #1 of 18 Old 10-09-2013, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought a WJ

I just bought a WJ and I do not know where to begin there is so many things. I want to know what your first purchases were for your Jeep when you got it. Was it a lift or just tires and rims. Maybe a brush guard. I am interested to hear what everyone's input is.

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-09-2013, 07:48 PM
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-09-2013, 07:49 PM
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First thing I bought was hood struts. But the first I guess you would call it "big thing" would be a BB and a set of Moab takeoffs from a wrangler. And a bunch of krylon fusion satin black. There is a lot you can do to your WJ or any car for that matter on a budget, just find out what you want your WJ for, and go from there.

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I know about all of the maintenance things to do when you buy a vehicle. I am trying to just have a friendly conversation about the first thing you bought for your vehicles. I think I am going to go with a brush guard to give it that off road look. I would love to go with new tires rims and lift, but that will have to be a little bit later. I still have tread on these tires and wanna wear them out a bit more.
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I just bought a WJ and I do not know where to begin there is so many things. I want to know what your first purchases were for your Jeep when you got it. Was it a lift or just tires and rims. Maybe a brush guard. I am interested to hear what everyone's input is.
Can you give us some information to work with? For example, your intended use: DD, weekend off-roader, hardcore rock crawler, etc.

I am only surmising from your posts that you are going for looks first, to get a first-rate mall crawler. In VA Beach, I get that. Therefore, perhaps a BB and some new rims, that will accommodate your new tire purchase (bigger, of course) when you wear-out your current tires.

Personally, I would forego the brush guard - primarily because there is no brush at the beach - but also, unless it is extra-stout, those things cause exponential damage in a front end collision (to your own vehicle).

For me, I got my WJ sorted mechanically first, then went to the lift. A poorly maintained, non-functional but lifted Jeep is really no fun at all...

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First thing I bought was hood struts.
this exactly. only had mine about a month and using vise grips to hold the hood up blows

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Can you give us some information to work with? For example, your intended use: DD, weekend off-roader, hardcore rock crawler, etc.

I am only surmising from your posts that you are going for looks first, to get a first-rate mall crawler. In VA Beach, I get that. Therefore, perhaps a BB and some new rims, that will accommodate your new tire purchase (bigger, of course) when you wear-out your current tires.

Personally, I would forego the brush guard - primarily because there is no brush at the beach - but also, unless it is extra-stout, those things cause exponential damage in a front end collision (to your own vehicle).

For me, I got my WJ sorted mechanically first, then went to the lift. A poorly maintained, non-functional but lifted Jeep is really no fun at all...
I am curious where you think im going for looks first. My vehicle I had is all scratched up from the brush you say isnt in virginia beach. And a lift with tires and rims is to go down the trail to get the deer I killed so I dont have to drag him 200 yards. Also I can have some fun with it.
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Good luck. I just picked up a WJ as well. This weekend I'll be getting all new fluids, alignment and a few other fixes to get her running right.
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Good luck. I just picked up a WJ as well. This weekend I'll be getting all new fluids, alignment and a few other fixes to get her running right.
Mine seems to be running amazing. I got a good deal from a dealer and its only been owned by one old rich couple with all the maint records
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I know about all of the maintenance things to do when you buy a vehicle. I am trying to just have a friendly conversation about the first thing you bought for your vehicles. I think I am going to go with a brush guard to give it that off road look.
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I am curious where you think im going for looks first.
Hmmm...

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Hmmm...
There is a look and practicallity for everything. He was implying that I was going for only looks. But I appreciate the twisting of words. I am looking for a friendly conversation not people criticizing why I am buying things. Brush guards have a purpose and he was stating i was getting it to cruise the mall
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brush guards are great protection when rumbling over smart cars

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brush guards are great protection when rumbling over smart cars
Or zombies if need be
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There is a look and practicallity for everything. He was implying that I was going for only looks. But I appreciate the twisting of words. I am looking for a friendly conversation not people criticizing why I am buying things. Brush guards have a purpose and he was stating i was getting it to cruise the mall

Yeah, well, some people try to be practical. I'd save my money for the repairs it's going to need. And it will. That's at least a 10 year old vehicle. Like he said, bump something w/ a brush guard, and you'll have a LOT more damage than w/o one. I love these threads.
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