Everyone's trying to be cool, I think my exhaust gets a lot of looks cause it sounds good and people wonder if it's a v8 and I tell them it's a l6 lol. It's not that loud either and yes bigger tires and a lift you can see but the engine you can make people wonder about right.
1981 jeep cj-7 258 with t-176 4 speed and 31x10.5x15 tires,
1979 jeep cj-5 gone but not forgotten
a well installed winch on the front, with a piece of chain wrapped around the rear bumper hooks.
and never, never drive it clean,
it should always have mud on the tires, hood and sides.
you may have to look for a big mud hole to drive through multi times to get just the right look,
also need some mud on the windshield with wiper smears.
then you have the big bad jeep look,
worst look for a jeep: whatever you do, never be seen being pulled home by a buddy with a 2x4: ford, chevy or dodge pickup,
never let this happen, if you break down, just wait until after dark and have a tow truck pull you home.
I've dropped a nice wad of cash on my CJ7 and everything I have done to it and guess what, it's still not cool. I've done everything I can so I can fit in with the cool Jeeps, but nobody likes it. I even changed out the exhaust to make it sound tough, but nobody cares. I give up! Once a nerd, always a nerd!!!
LOL.... Dude, who cares if people think your rig is cool. Build it for you, not others. The worst thing to do is trying to impress others. You have a CJ, that's cool enough for me....
I think you need to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as a starting point to understanding the metaphysics of quality. Change your course of direction in life with the purchase of this CJ7, make it the cornerstone of a new governing philosophy in your life. I say this because I'm concerned about the breadth of your experience in understanding what defines "cool." Id est, it is most definitely not cool to ask people how you make something cool. Even less cool, asking people how to change your own personal possessions into something that others approve of. Good luck, we were all there once.