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4x4 Related Groups => Tech Talk => Topic started by: tiju1000 on September 11, 2017, 08:09:29 PM

Title: Mods, what should I start with
Post by: tiju1000 on September 11, 2017, 08:09:29 PM
Here is the context, I have a stock 2017 Rubicon Unlimited. Last spring we went to the Jeep 101 ( with my kid) and we really had fun like crazy.

The JK is also our daily driver way easier to park than the big dually truck ;D

The JK is a stick one.

Reading on the web we can see that mods can go crazy and all around the table and pretty expensive. We dont want to spend a huge fortune, as the Rubi is already well equipped.

We also don't want something that end up with a 6 inch lift kit....

So what should I start with... front bumper/winch, lift kit... nice para cord handle  ;D

Also if you can give me advice on brand/choice....

Title: Re: Mods, what should I start with
Post by: w squared on September 11, 2017, 08:34:45 PM
Wheel it stock. For at least a year. Then you'll have a good idea of what you want and need.

IF you have money burning a hold in your pocket, then put on a skid plate for your evap canister, diff covers, a front bumper and a winch. For once, cry once..Warn.
Title: Mods, what should I start with
Post by: Kanueh on September 16, 2017, 07:03:39 AM
Winch and front bumper first for sure but once you hang that winch on there the front will drop a bunch so you should get at least a leveling kit for the front at the same time. Leveling kit or a budget boost is pretty cheap so that when you decided to go a bit higher you won't be into the lift too much yet.

I agree with buy a great winch the first time, cheap winches work ok until they don't. Unfortunately that usually happens when you need it most.
Title: Re: Mods, what should I start with
Post by: hps4evr on September 16, 2017, 11:26:58 AM
Good place to start is a good Warn winch, the M8000-S has a lot of pulling power in a fairly light package. Match it with a good front bumper that isn't too heavy.
A 6" lift is way too much for a jk. A 2" lift can clear 35" tires on the proper rims. Some High clearance fenders can give you room for 37" tires without any suspension lift. There are lot of cheap options that perform terribly. A good set of 2" lift foil springs with good shocks makes a big difference. Adjustable track bars help to keep it all lined up properly, these really make a big difference in handling on and off-road. This amount of lift will give you room for a 34-35" tire.
Tire choice is up to you and how you want to use your jeep. A good AT works good in a lot of places, but not so well in mud. A good mud tire works well off-road but not as well on the street. There are aggressive all terrain tire's now that are a happy medium between both that work very well too. Rim style is up to you but a 17" rim gives you the most tire options.
Don't jump in too quickly, plan this properly and you'll be happier in the end. I've driven too many poorly built jeeps where people didn't plan properly. Do it right the first time.
Title: Re: Mods, what should I start with
Post by: w squared on September 16, 2017, 07:21:02 PM
By the way...a JK Rubicon is already capable of doing a LOT. I just finished wheeling Black Bear and Imogene passes in Colorado with a couple of inexperienced guys from Missouri. They were both driving stock JKU Rubicons - and they didn't encounter a single situation that their rigs couldn't handle with ease.

The M8000 is a good suggestion for the winch - And you can even look at just getting a winch plate instead of a bumper at first.

A leveling kit is not a bad idea - And a leveling kit with flat fenders will let you fit 33's easily, and maybe even 35's with trimming. I am running about 2.5" of lift on a long travel setup and 35's, and I have zero issues with rub.