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Unread 10-28-2008, 04:42 PM   #1
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2003 TJ Rubi Upgrades

What would be the best first upgrades to put on my car? Armor, tires, or engine upgrades for example. My car now has 43k miles and is running great, but I'm looking for it to be better. Any help is appreciated.

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Unread 10-28-2008, 05:04 PM   #2
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It all depends on how you intend to wheel it.... Rocks, Mud, Trails...if it's just going to to be a weekend warrior then the best thing's would be a Tummy Tuck, a quality winch and some Rocksliders.
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Unread 10-28-2008, 05:04 PM   #3
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whats your intended use for your Jeep and whats your budget? how much have you wheeled it and where would you like it to perform batter?
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Unread 10-28-2008, 05:24 PM   #4
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What would be the best first upgrades to put on my car? Armor, tires, or engine upgrades for example. My car now has 43k miles and is running great, but I'm looking for it to be better. Any help is appreciated.
What kind of car do you have?

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Unread 10-28-2008, 06:16 PM   #5
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+1 on some info on what wheeling you do and what you want to improve on...
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Unread 10-28-2008, 06:17 PM   #6
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Assuming it is a Rubicon we are talking about instead of a car, I would add skid plates, tires, lift and winch. This is pretty much all you need to wheel just about anywhere.
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Unread 10-28-2008, 06:18 PM   #7
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What kind of car do you have?

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Unread 10-28-2008, 08:23 PM   #8
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I haven't taken it off road much, but what i would mostly do is mud and trails. Not so much the rock crawling, also if you couldn't read the topic i have a 2003 TJ Rubicon with everything factory.
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Unread 10-28-2008, 08:27 PM   #9
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I would do a belly up, and a 4" old man emu suspension system, t-max winch, 35s of your choice, 1" BL and MML, rocker protection. snorkel.
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Unread 10-28-2008, 08:29 PM   #10
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+1^ just with a different lift and warn xd9000i winch
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Unread 10-28-2008, 08:34 PM   #11
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What would be the best first upgrades to put on my car? Armor, tires, or engine upgrades for example. My car now has 43k miles and is running great, but I'm looking for it to be better. Any help is appreciated.
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I haven't taken it off road much, but what i would mostly do is mud and trails. Not so much the rock crawling, also if you couldn't read the topic i have a 2003 TJ Rubicon=jeep not car with everything factory.
pointed out the problem, it is not the topic they couldnt read. you must be new as you dont call it a CAR! It is a JEEP. the last guy that did that still hasnt been found
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Unread 10-28-2008, 11:08 PM   #12
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Think armor. Your oil pan is vulnerable even in a moderate hit on a rock. You should get a good skid plate for it. Next, I would get a good front differential plate or guard and a steering box skid, then rock sliders. After that, consider a lift, but read alot and keep in mind that when you mess with the suspension, everything is interconnected and one change will likely require some others to do it right. Hope that helps.
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Unread 10-28-2008, 11:09 PM   #13
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Armor and some more armor!
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Unread 10-29-2008, 12:31 AM   #14
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why do ya want 5"'s of lift just for 35's?

I also would say go for a tummy tucker (which in it's self will nearly give ya the clearance of a 3.5"), cv shaft, oil pan skid and a dependable winch with the 31's or 32's with some 2" spacers/another inch on bumpstop only in the front to level the rake.

the huge lift will only make it look cool, it won't be so cool to drive everyday....

here's a 04 I just got done with... it has 37's under a 3.5" RE lift and DIY highline fenders.



and 34's on a 2.5" rancho with a DIY highline. it'll have 37's on it soon with no additional lift.



lifting er to the moon isn't the answer, simple mods will make ya a whole lot happier especially if it's not a regular hard hitting weekend warrior.
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Unread 10-29-2008, 02:23 AM   #15
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5 inches of lift is not a bad thing. I have the RE 5.5 Long Arm, and my jeep handles/drives better then when i first bought it
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