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post #1 of 29 Old 10-22-2021, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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“Must have” upgrades?

What are some “must have” upgrades that you’ve done to your YJ?


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post #2 of 29 Old 10-22-2021, 10:08 AM
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There is no upgrade more important than making your jeep dependable. In the early days of wheeling guys would show up with barely running junk, loose batteries, bad u joints and then we would spend all day trying to get them back to camp. After a few of those we put a stop to it. Our group is just friends, not a club, but you are not going with us unless the basics are taken care of.

as for actual upgrades, it depends on what you want to do and there is really no one answer but for starters. a decent rear bumper with tow points. a good jack (not a hi lift) and probably at least a front locker. After that, lift depends on tires depends on gears depends on budget depends on where you want to go.


actually just thought of a must have, no matter what. head light relay mod.

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Must haves for what kind of usage? That's a pretty broad question.
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There is no upgrade more important than making your jeep dependable. In the early days of wheeling guys would show up with barely running junk, loose batteries, bad u joints and then we would spend all day trying to get them back to camp. After a few of those we put a stop to it. Our group is just friends, not a club, but you are not going with us unless the basics are taken care of.

as for actual upgrades, it depends on what you want to do and there is really no one answer but for starters. a decent rear bumper with tow points. a good jack (not a hi lift) and probably at least a front locker. After that, lift depends on tires depends on gears depends on budget depends on where you want to go.


actually just thought of a must have, no matter what. head light relay mod.
Pretty much what he said. Although I still haven't done the headlight relay.

For me the must haves were removing the 3" body lift in favor of stock body mounts. Cleaning up the voodoo wiring and vacuum hoses. Then going with a CRT distributor and replacing the computer controlled carb with a new BBD without the IAC stepper motor. Even though I have a Motorcraft 2150 and Weber DGEC on the shelf I've been totally happy with the drivability and dependability of the those two must-haves. Two inch receiver hitches front and rear (only the rear is a must-have). And a choice of tops and doors was a must-have. No top, bikini top, full soft top. No doors (windshield hinge mounted mirrors), tube doors, half doors with soft uppers.

What part of GA? I grew up in Macon and did college in Milledgeville.

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Nothing will make a proportionally bigger improvement to your wheeling rig than a good set of off-road tires. And I'm not talking about anything that Falken or Firestone makes. That's a must-have upgrade IMO.

On-board air is a must-have if you wheel on public land where there's no air-up stations.

If you have a transfer case drop kit, getting rid of it is essential. Doing a flat belly is less so, but still makes a big difference off-road, IMO.

A winch and the recovery gear that goes with it is also essential. I've gotten myself out of some really bad situations with my winch, and before I had it I had to rely on other people to come by and help me out of really bad situations.

Anything else is gravy, really.

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YJ must haves? A welder.
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In my opinion the best all around, dollar for dollar mod for jeeps used off road is a locker. Nothing else in the world you can install in a mostly stock to 37'ish level jeep will benefit you as much as a locker.
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In my opinion the best all around, dollar for dollar mod for jeeps used off road is a locker. Nothing else in the world you can install in a mostly stock to 37'ish level jeep will benefit you as much as a locker.
Unless you have crappy tires, in which case the locker won't make a difference.

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Unless you have crappy tires, in which case the locker won't make a difference.
Even with crappy tires the locker takes the cake. I would go so far as to say its even more important at that point.
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Reliability is an upgrade for many peoples vehicles. It is the most important one to me.

Beyond that, it already has been said, it depends on what the jeep is used for. A kayak rack is a pretty killer upgrade IMO. Michigan has a lot of cool places to put in the water and if it is Kayak weather, it is Jeep weather. I love me a nice wilderness river and a kayak ride. We have some amazing places to paddle in Michigan. The Au Sable river is just one of my absolute favorite places in the world. My Grandparents had a cabin on it upstream from Mio. I have been on and around that river since I was probably 2 or 3 years old. Grayling is a great place to launch on the Au Sable. It is just serene, breathtakingly beautiful, and it has and average current speed of 3-4 MPH so you cover pretty good ground even if you just float and steer once in a while. We paddle quite a bit and get a workout so we can cover some distance.

Things that make a Jeep a great rig to base some camping around are cool. That can be anything from a teardrop to sleeping on the ground. Anyways. We have yet to take the 87 on an overnight trip into Northern Michigan but I want it to be able to get two kayaks, two bikes, a tent, small genny or spare battery...

Things that make them perfect for hunting or fishing trips are also cool.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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I'm not on board with a winch for a new wheeler. Anyone inexperienced should never be going out alone first, and second if they are new they can get hurt trying to winch

around here, and I guess everywhere, the first thing new jeep owners do is buy a winch and bolt a high lift on the hood. both of which are potential killers used poorly. I have literally 5-6 high lift jacks people have given me because they either never use them or they did once and it did not go well.

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Those high lift jacks remind me of the old bumper jacks that cars came with. Good lord they were dangerous.

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