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Unread 08-28-2013, 10:16 PM   #1
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Hey all, just got a 2009 wk 5.7 overland and am going to build it slowly. I'd say it will be 85% street 15% wheel use.
It's completely stock as of now and what I was curious is what you guys would recommend mod wise and in what order?
Armor up first? Lift and wheels feel free to direct me because I have no clue.
I did a search and saw lots of threads about mods in general but nothing about the order people recommend.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new purchase! It all depends really on what you expect and want out of your rig. Generally, our WKs are used mainly for on road with light/moderate trail use. Where most JK or Cherokee guys are building them up for designated trail rigs. Depending on what lift you want (BB, OME MD/HD, Superlift, etc) and what tire size you're looking to run (255,265,285,or larger). Those generally will take your biggest chunk of the budget. Armor/Recovery is a necessity if you plan on wheelin. Your lift will take you there, but the armor will save your butt/merchandise. I would first decide what lift you want, then worry about armor.

Here's a couple companies to check out for armor:
-4xgaurd
-Steel Armadillo
-Aspen Creek
-Asfir
-Mopar Steel Skids (Front, Transfer case, Gas Tank)
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Unread 08-28-2013, 10:40 PM   #3
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It's up to you and depends on what you plan to do with it. If you want to off-road it, I'd say recovery comes absolutely first, then armor. After that, wheels, lift and tires.

Some guys also lift and put bigger tires on just for looks.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 10:42 PM   #4
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Lift wise I'd probably go for a 2-3", I'd prefer to run the biggest tire I can with zero rubbing or modification.
I've read that everyone raves about old man emu so id probably go that route. I just didn't know if there are other mods that you would recommend prior or just go head first into the lift and tires.

Edit: one thing I have noticed with the overland having the hid headlights, the fogs look bad in comparison. Any solid replacement or HID fog light kits anyone could point me to?
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Unread 08-28-2013, 10:50 PM   #5
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The OME MD/HD is a great lift! I have it myself. I'd recommend getting the HD if you're putting on armor. The heavier duty springs will cope with the added weight better than the MD. The ride is amazing compared to stock. Most guys are using a 255 or 265/70 tire, but you can fit a 285 with some modification to the pinch weld and rear fender. I'd recommend doing that. The pinch weld is notorious for causing rubbing issues even with the stock wheels. All it takes is a few slices with a cut-off wheel or drimel and a big hammer to fold them flat. There's plenty of how-to's if your nervous about it.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 11:04 PM   #6
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Ya I'd really like to stay away from any cutting or adjusting with the fender mainly because of how new to me it is and since I have payments on it etc. is 265 the highest I can run on the ome or would that rub as well?

Also I read quite a bit into performance upgrades and all seem to say go tuner in regards to that first.
For every car/jeep I've owned I have always done the exhaust. Any recommended brands? I typically go with a more docile or quiet exhaust like magnaflow. Don't know how others feel as far as brands. I've only had magnaflow and bassani thus far on any of my cars but I know there are different fan boy groups for every type of vehicle.

Edit: sorry if I have some noob questions. Haven't had a jeep since 17/18 and didn't know much then. Only really got into cars when I switched to muscle and am not all to keen on the off roading scene
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Unread 08-29-2013, 06:26 AM   #7
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...performance upgrades....
Recommend you add a BT Oil Catch Can to keep your HEMI intake manifold cleaner.
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Unread 08-29-2013, 07:19 AM   #8
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id prob do all performance mods and any lighting mods first. from there youll be able to figure out where to take the jeep- offroad or keep it street. which will set up your next round of mods- lift/tires/rims
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Unread 08-29-2013, 01:38 PM   #9
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Couple of DON'Ts:

- Drop-in HIDs
- Blacked out emblems
- Anything stick-on from Pep-Boys

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Unread 08-29-2013, 01:47 PM   #10
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Couple of DON'Ts:

- Drop-in HIDs
- Blacked out emblems
- Anything stick-on from Pep-Boys

Haha no worrie on those, I have chrome rims as of now so I wouldn't black out anything unless I got matte/charcoal/black rims. With the olive green the chrome works quite well actually.

I've been looking into exhaust and alot of I'm seeing in the $600 up range that typically for the GC 5.7?
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I've been looking into exhaust and alot of I'm seeing in the $600 up range that typically for the GC 5.7?
Depends on what type of exhaust you're looking at. 600 dollars is pretty steep though....If you're looking for a cat back style (gibson for example) that runs usually around 350-400 online. If you're looking for a bit more rumble without the cost, I would look into a magnaflow round muffler and new stainless piping from the flange back. You can install a new stainless resonator as well. That would only cost 250-300 with install at most exhaust shops.
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Unread 08-29-2013, 03:33 PM   #12
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Nice ya the magnaflow catback was $660, love their products but you pay for it. Probably would be cheaper to piece everything together. The muffler on these things are ridiculously huge
K got that figured out,

When are shocks/struts usually going out on these? I'm only at 60k now so I figure whenever they so go out that's when I'd lift it. That and I have brand new tired so no need to waste those either
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Unread 08-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #13
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When are shocks/struts usually going out on these? I'm only at 60k now so I figure whenever they so go out that's when I'd lift it. That and I have brand new tired so no need to waste those either
From the looks of your jeep and how well maintained it was, you should be good to go for awhile. Usually the stock shocks and struts will last well over 100,000 miles. So if you're happy with the tires you have, your suspension will last until you want to get the lift.
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Unread 08-29-2013, 04:00 PM   #14
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Ya it was owned by an old couple, best part is they didn't clear the nav searches or anything and from the looks of it all, the 60k is almost all highway and long trips
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Haha no worrie on those, I have chrome rims as of now so I wouldn't black out anything unless I got matte/charcoal/black rims. With the olive green the chrome works quite well actually.

I've been looking into exhaust and alot of I'm seeing in the $600 up range that typically for the GC 5.7?
The word is `wheels`, not `rims`
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