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post #16 of 27 Old 04-29-2014, 02:12 PM
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Adjustable, beefy, control arms. Don't do anything to your suspension or driveline until these are installed.
I would say rear axle would be priority as far things that could break. If you have a Dana 35 and wanting to hit harder trials with larger tires the axle needs to be addressed (if Dana 35) before control arms. I worry more about body armor and up grading the steering.


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post #17 of 27 Old 04-29-2014, 07:10 PM
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The first thing I would get is an Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) Factory Service Manual (FSM). That will be the best money you'll ever spend on your Jeep... IMO

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The first thing I would get is an Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) Factory Service Manual (FSM). That will be the best money you'll ever spend on your Jeep... IMO
Is that a modification, accessory, or supplement?

Nevertheless a good point.

EDIT: A collection of stuff I have collected. I wish I had more than Chilton's and a pdf of the FSM for my 05...


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Is that a modification, accessory, or supplement?
Depending on your interpretation, its all of the above...

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Is that a modification, accessory, or supplement?

Nevertheless a good point.

EDIT: A collection of stuff I have collected. I wish I had more than Chilton's and a pdf of the FSM for my 05...

Is there a source I could get the PDF of the FSM from? I can think of many other things that the money I would spend on ebay should go to other than a FSM for my TJ, haha.
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Is there a source I could get the PDF of the FSM from? I can think of many other things that the money I would spend on ebay should go to other than a FSM for my TJ, haha.
If I recall, the hard copy three volume FSM I bought for my '04 before I even took delivery of it wasn't that much. Best investment I made. Don't waste any money on Chiltons or Haynes crap.
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If I recall, the hard copy three volume FSM I bought for my '04 before I even took delivery of it wasn't that much. Best investment I made. Don't waste any money on Chiltons or Haynes crap.
Good advice. I'll keep my eye out on ebay and Amazon.
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The first thing I always upgrade is the dash speakers to 5.25"


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Recovery gear is probably the smartest thing to purchase first. Even if it is just a tow hook and strap. You should never off road alone, but if you have to being able to get yourself unstuck is a huge plus.
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There will be lots of modifications to your body from extra beer consumption. There will also be a lot of four letter words added to your vocabulary. These are especially true if you do your own work.

In all seriousness, I would put on a sturdy engine skid and transmission skid, and go wheeling. You will figure out everything else you want and/or need based of your terrain.

It's not an addiction. It's a way of life.
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post #26 of 27 Old 04-30-2014, 06:53 PM
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The first thing I always upgrade is the dash speakers to 5.25"


OP, I've daily driven mine for years.

Go wheel your TJ, as it is, and you'll see what you need for where you wheel. Take a look at other capable rigs on the trail and don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't wheel alone, go with another vehicle.

I like to start with stuff that'll get you home... gas tank skid, stuff like that. Once you get center stuck a couple of times, you'll see the need for greater break-over angle and additional protection. The stock skid is a shovel in some cases. As experience is gained, and budget allows, upgrade.

My advice would be to research, research, research... make a build plan. So many have jumped in, without knowledge, and then replaced what they did prior. These toys can be huge money wasters.

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/diy-alignment-kit-steps-w-pics-2264465/
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post #27 of 27 Old 05-01-2014, 04:19 AM
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research, research, research...
x2, lots of mods are recommended in the forum, but you might not be satisfied with effects that the recommenders were ok with:

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/bd...-vibe-2367561/

When modifying, allow for a reserve of time and money to deal with unanticipated consequences.

also x2 on the advice to start driving it to decide what you need

That said, my favorite upgrade was progressive springs, because they allow me to drive a lot faster offroad without jouncing to full compression, whereas the factory springs had me rocking the bumpstops. Carefully chosen replacement springs allow much better performance without requiring much lift at all. How is that possible? Progressive springs provide extra spring rate offroad, so you can drive a lot faster offroad, without being too firm on the road (because progressive springs have a softer frequency at ride height, and only firm up when you begin rocking offroad).

It's possible to switch to progressive springs that provide only about 1" of lift. That amount of lift could modify your steering and driveline enough to make you glad you didn't lift higher. Here's a 1" progressive lift that people like:

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/1-...-lift-1150250/

If you want to run big tires, then take a look at MetalCloak fenders, since they'll reduce the amount of lift needed.
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