Moving to Colorado Soon
I was sort of active on the Jeep Forums a few years ago (mostly reading) when I first got my 05 TJ and lived in Alaska, but I have since been living overseas. I will be moving to the Colorado Springs area in May and pulling her out of storage. It seems Colorado is Jeep heaven and I would be excited to get acquainted with some of the local Jeep club activities.
I figure now is a very appropriate time to start planning out my next improvements. So far all I have done is the stereo (pics in my gallery). Aside from that, it came with a Skyjacker 2.5 lift and MT 33's already installed. I am not too happy with the current (very stiff) ride characteristics, although it got me through a couple of Ak winters while I have managed to save up some dough in the meantime.
Based on what I've been reading in the tech section, my initial intentions are along the lines of beginning with replacing the weak rear Dana 35 with a Dana 44 and ARB locker, and upgrading the front to a Super 30 kit with ARB locker. Following that, a Currie/Savvy 4 inch kit and outboard rear shocks. I will add SYE, CV drive shaft and and upgraded steering and brakes as well. I plan to stick with the 33's until the lift is done (May likely going to 35's thereafter). Eventually recovery gear and necessary armor. My initial budget looks like it will be around 10k. I now find myself wishing I would have taken those welding classes back in the day.
I ride a lot of trails by dirt bike (I also own a 2000 600R) but I am getting older and would prefer to supplement my off-roading appetite in the comfort of my Jeep. I don't see myself crawling; more trail stuff and exploring. At the same time I am not sure what the local area has to throw at me or what kind of driving the clubs there do. I would like to build a reasonably capable and sturdy rig, as my TJ is also my DD.
1. I would appreciate it if anyone familiar to the Colorado Springs area can suggest a knowledgeable local suspension shop / metal fab guru who could assist me with my aforementioned modifications; especially the rear outboard shock modification and welding that I will need done on the axles to reposition spring perches, ect.
2. I would also be interested in any suggestions of local Jeep groups near/in Colorado Springs area who would welcome a relatively novice off-roader.
3. Does anyone have a good 33" or 35" tire recommendation for that locale; something that works well in the snow as well?
Last edited by BrianAK47; 11-24-2012 at 09:01 PM.