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Unread 05-28-2015, 10:39 AM   #1
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beginner mods

I have an 08 overland with the 5.7 hemi. Im new to the jeep world and fairly new to the mechanical world as well. If anyone has any advice for some simple mods i could do to get my feet wet it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Unread 05-28-2015, 10:48 AM   #2
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Superchip or Diablo tuner. Best bang for buck right out of the gate.
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Unread 05-28-2015, 10:59 AM   #3
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what are you plans for the jeep? daily driver? weekend warrior? you want to offroad it? you want to make it strictly street?
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Unread 05-28-2015, 11:11 AM   #4
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the jeep is my daily driver. Mostly street but she may see the occasional offroad trail. Im not looking for anything massive, I'm just looking to make her look mean and turn the occasional head every now and then
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Unread 05-28-2015, 11:24 AM   #5
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I'm pretty much in the same boat, but I've got the 3.7 Laredo. I was thinking brush guard, running boards, and chip to start. Suspension upgrades to follow, but beyond that, I'm not exactly sure what else can be done by me in my condo parking lot.
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Unread 05-28-2015, 11:44 AM   #6
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was in the same boat as you guys and after having my WK lifted and taking it back to stock- I must say I am pretty happy with my relatively stock set up. just some food for thought- go with an aggressive tread AT, maybe some bilsteins for a small boost in height and better handling(WK handling is so spongy). just to give you an idea- heres where im at:
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Unread 05-28-2015, 01:58 PM   #7
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If your not doing any serious off-roading I did 5100 bilstiens, srt sway bars and Bwoody end links. Dramatically changed the handling. Superchip with trans app. CAI and 180 Tstat. You have the hemi so Diablo works as well. Get a set of good tires and you should be set. Here is a pic of mine
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Unread 05-28-2015, 09:47 PM   #8
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I also had to keep the Mods for my WK more towards the "beginner" side of things. Don't get me wrong I would love to have a beast of a Jeep comparable to the likes of "The Bison" but sadly my mechanical expertise ends at fluids and filters

I can never seem to keep a vehicle completely stock. Here are a few of the easier things that I did... Maybe they will help you and get you thinking about how you can make it your own...

-De-Badged Front & Rear
-Grille Inserts
-Color Match Headlight Bezel
-Stubby Antenna
-Added MOPAR Mud Flaps... A lot of guys remove these and the front Chin Spoiler as the first mod if you're gonna be wheelin' it
-Color Match Door Moldings
-Front Window Tint
-Tail Light Tint
-JK MOABS off CraigsList... Tons of Jeep wheels out there for a great price
-1.5" RC Wheel Spacers
-Definitely go with an aggressive tire even if it's a pavement princess like mine. I love my new Goodyear DURATRACS

Here's Mine... Before & After

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Unread 05-29-2015, 11:10 AM   #9
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Gotta say medics jeeps was inspiring when I decided to return my jeep mostly to stock
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Unread 05-29-2015, 12:46 PM   #10
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Gotta say medics jeeps was inspiring when I decided to return my jeep mostly to stock
Wow, thanks budd
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Unread 05-29-2015, 02:13 PM   #11
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If your not doing any serious off-roading I did 5100 bilstiens, srt sway bars and Bwoody end links. Dramatically changed the handling.
Great jeep Kman! Can I just install the 5100 on my stock jeep (with only JBA strut spacers on the front)? I thought you needed some lift to add those.
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Unread 05-29-2015, 02:45 PM   #12
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Medic, how do those 245/70's work clearance-wise? I love the tread and look and have a set of Spidertrax spacers I haven't got around to installing yet, but I'm in the market for a new set of tires and want something more aggressive than stock. Also, plastidip on the chrome wheels? LOVE IT.
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Unread 05-29-2015, 03:00 PM   #13
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Great jeep Kman! Can I just install the 5100 on my stock jeep (with only JBA strut spacers on the front)? I thought you needed some lift to add those.
I have mine at 3/4 lowest setting in the front You can 3/4 in to 2inch in the front. I am stock height with srt sway bars and Bwoody end links. No spacers With 255/65/17 tires. I am not sure on the spacers. Maybe someone can chime in with wider tires
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Unread 05-29-2015, 03:07 PM   #14
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Great jeep Kman! Can I just install the 5100 on my stock jeep (with only JBA strut spacers on the front)? I thought you needed some lift to add those.
5100 front shocks actually allow you to lift the vehicle. With no other modifications required.


My XK with 5100's @ 1.5"

Before: stock

After 255/70r18 (wheels and tires too)
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Unread 05-29-2015, 03:08 PM   #15
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Medic, how do those 245/70's work clearance-wise? I love the tread and look and have a set of Spidertrax spacers I haven't got around to installing yet, but I'm in the market for a new set of tires and want something more aggressive than stock. Also, plastidip on the chrome wheels? LOVE IT.
245/70 should clear no problem @ stock.

IIRC Some have used 245/75r17 on stock too with a mild tread design.
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