Hi all, it's my first time posting on the forums, but I've frequented them many times int he past couple years. I've had an '07 3.7L Grand Cherokee 4x4 Laredo for a couple years now, and I've recently become very interesting in upgrading some aspects on my vehicle. I've honestly spent a couple hours scouring the forums looking for past threads and posts addressing my questions, but nothing that definitively gave me the specific advice I was looking for. So thanks for being patient with me guys.
I've made a vague list of things I want to do to it, but before I even get started, I need to comprehend just how feasible it actually would to upgrade a "pedestrian" 3.7L. I live near the beach and would love to begin driving my Jeep out on the section where vehicles are allowed. Maybe you guys can help educate me and point me in the right direction. Also, I apologize if my knowledge-base regarding all of this seems "pedestrian" as well.
I was thinking about a 4-inch lift eventually, but wondering A) What kind of kit would give me everything I needed (best manu's etc.) as well as if it would even be a good idea with my 30-inch tires. I have Nitto Terra-Grapplers and while I love the tire, I'm wondering if it's not gonna be enough out on the beach sand or mild mud environments, especially at 30 inches. I would love bigger tires, but I unfortunately only have 10k miles on these TG's.
I also was thinking about a front skid plate (4xGuard.com looks to have some very nice plating) as well as a CAI eventually, maybe even a flowmaster for the ladies (joking), maybe even some new headlights and taillights, grill guard, and any other performance upgrades you guys can tell me about.
I'm looking for this to increase my vehicle's abilities off-road, as well as to get myself into the modding world a little. I have a lot to learn.
Thanks for all the info and time guys, cheers.
EDIT: Found this guy "Oducks" on the forums. He has an '05 that he modded up and put a detailed thread on how he modded his here
and it looks great in my opinion. That's about where I want mine to end up. Besides the steep expenses, the main roadblock I see is my tire size and his. I've got 245's and he has 265's. But I'm looking for something similar to that.