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post #1 of 41 Old 01-25-2012, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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what to upgrade, to be able to go mudding on weekends but have it as a daily driver?

I got a 2000 jeep tj 4.0 sahara , everything is stock. what would i need to do to make it great off road, but still have the capability to use it as a daily driver? on a tight budget.

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post #2 of 41 Old 01-25-2012, 01:02 PM
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spend about $4000. Thread /closed P.S Don't off road your DD.
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Do you know what a Venn diagram is? Circles representing "great off road" and "daily driver" can overlap a lot, but when you throw in "tight budget" the area where all three circles overlap likely to be pretty small.

Honestly, a stock TJ is a very capable vehicle. Suggest you stick with it as it is for now. You will learn a lot about driving offroad and as you become more familiar with it you will form your own ideas as to the things you want to change (in contrast to just what some random, faceless screen names told you on the internet).

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P.S Don't off road your DD.
Plenty of DDs on here that are very capable offroad.

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Good first upgrade... ZJ Grand Cherokee tie rod. One of the first things you'll smash.

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Good tires are very important.
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Good tires as large as stock suspension allows (31" or something? I'm not sure)
TrueTrac limited slip in the rear which will be invisible on road.

Off the top of my head those are some of the highest performance gain per dollar mods.

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Off road with friends with recovery gear and your good to go
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You can make it pretty far with good driving skills and a not so upgraded jeep. We had a guy that wheeled with us on some pretty hard trails in a cj with open front and LS rear diff. He had to hammer down and find better lines but he made it through.

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spend about $4000. Thread /closed P.S Don't off road your DD.
Useless post.

On topic: OP, I wheeled my stock TJ on 31's for over a year and drove it daily. I was incredibly suprised how easy it was to wheel, compared to a stock XJ for example. Lots of ground clearence and good suspenion articulation. Disconnecting the front swaybar makes a difference of night and day.

For a daily driver that handles very well both on an off road, I'd buy some good quality 31" all or mud-terrains, some front swaybar disconnects (I made my own for under $10), and call it good!

Edit: Maybe a 2" bb in the form of coil spacers if you'd like a little lift. However, I never had any problems with rubbing on my 31's, even when flexed to the bumpstops.

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Do you know what a Venn diagram is? Circles representing "great off road" and "daily driver" can overlap a lot, but when you throw in "tight budget" the area where all three circles overlap likely to be pretty small.

Honestly, a stock TJ is a very capable vehicle. Suggest you stick with it as it is for now. You will learn a lot about driving offroad and as you become more familiar with it you will form your own ideas as to the things you want to change (in contrast to just what some random, faceless screen names told you on the internet).
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i was looking to put back on 31's but last time i had them on they rubbed so i was thinking about a two inch lift but i don't know what lift to get? what rides good but still has the performance? also what are good tires?
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Steering box skid
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That'll give you a good time on the easy stuff. Once you start getting the itch to do hard stuff, throw your budget out the window if you want the rig to be durable and reliable enough to be a DD.

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i was looking to put back on 31's but last time i had them on they rubbed so i was thinking about a two inch lift but i don't know what lift to get? what rides good but still has the performance? also what are good tires?
Beat me to it! I edited my last post, then refreshed the page. As stated, I never had any problems, but every Jeep is different. Maybe you wheels have less backspacing. Regardless, I'd stick with a 2" BB. Rubicon Express makes a good one.

As far as tires go, I would highly recommend BFG All-Terrains or KM2's, and Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac or Authority's (Wal-Mart).

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ok thank you for all the input
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