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post #1 of 11 Old 09-02-2011, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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New To Me TJ

Pulled the trigger this week on an 05 TJ. Sport, Hardtop, Dana44 rear, Air Raid CAI, complete Banks exhaust, Heavy Duty Rear Bumper and tire carrier, MT Wheels and Baja Claws.

76,000 miles. Plan to check out the OPDA this weekend.

Let the mods begin!

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-02-2011, 02:38 PM
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That TJ looks great! what are your plans for it?
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-03-2011, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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I plan on making it a DD and a desert exploration vehicle. There are a lot of trails in Nevada and California that are street legal vehicle only where I can't take the RZR.

To that end I am planning on getting a soft top, putting in a CB (already have a Cobra 29), sliders/steps, 1"BL and MML, front winch and bumper in the short term.

Long term maybe a 2.5 - 3" lift and 33s.

After surfing around here for a while and seeing all the mods that people have done it almost is overwhelming trying to decide on need versus want.

Plan on just getting the basics in it for now and then see what I want/need from there.

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yea man. that sounds like a good plan. my only advice would be to be patient with the lift. take your time to save up money to do it right/get good quality equipment. do your research for sure. it's always easier if you do it right the first time.
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True dat
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-04-2011, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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No hurry on the lift. The tires on it now are brand new. When I eventually lift it, I plan on going to 33s. My thought now is to just lift the body and put a good skid plate system on it. My plan for the BL is to make sure that it will be compatible with a suspension lift down the road.

I agree with the concept of do it once and do it right. Like my Dad use to say, If it is worth doing, it is worth doing it right.

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That's a good idea. It sounds like you got a sweet deal on the whole package. especially with brand new tires.

The good thing about Jeeps is that they're already extremely capable off-road vehicles stock. I went off-roading a lot with stock suspension and 31" all-terrain tires, and was able to do most anything along the lines of moderate off-roading.

When you get 33's are you wanting 12.5 width or 10.5 width?
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What size/brand of tires on there now? They look pretty aggressive. What's the ride like?

Nice Jeep!
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-05-2011, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Tires are Mickey Thompson Baja Claws. 31x10.5. Ride is good. If I go to the effort to put 33s on, they would be12.5. I am planning to drive it for a while and see how it does. May just end up putting some lockers in it and some armor.

I know from my RZR, with locked front and rear and a skid pan on it and it will go a lot of places that will surprise you.

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post #10 of 11 Old 09-06-2011, 06:17 PM
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When you get the chance or need tires. Ditch the claws, trust me. The longest I had a set last was 18,000 miles. The hot roads chew the sh*t out of them. But a great looking Jeep you have for sure. I had Baja Claws at 33" and 35"s and rotated them all the time and they still wore terribly.

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post #11 of 11 Old 09-07-2011, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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That mileage number is pretty discouraging. I was hoping for at least 40,000. I have gotten spoiled getting 90,000 miles out of the Michelins on my Dodge truck!

Any idea of the mileage out of Toyo MTs or Cooper Discoverys?

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