Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Lakemoor, IL (northwest Chicago burbs)
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Here is a list that I think will cost less than most upgrade paths, will not affect the daily driver handling at all, and will result in a very capable and safe vehicle.
Sliders are the #1 most valuable upgrade, especially for a 4 door. The vehicle is so long that you will get body damage sooner or later without them. I had the stock rubi rails the first time out, and they did their job. I sold them and bought a set of Shrockworks rails because I wanted something a bit more heavy duty and that sticks out from the body a bit. They paid for themselves my first time out by keeping me off of a big rock that would have done major body damage. The rails only got scratches in the powder coat.
Get a winch next. The guys on 40s aren't getting stuck less than the guys on 32s. They're getting stuck just as often, but on harder trails. Everyone needs a winch.
Mod #3 is so cheap you can't possibly have a reason to pass it up: Front sway bar disconnects. They're cheap, easy to install, and make a HUGE difference in your flex offroad. Back on the street, you will never know they were there.
Mod #4 is a rear locker. I've heard "he would have made it with lockers" a lot more than "he would have made it with bigger tires". The rear locker is a HUGE help. A front locker is nice to have, but much further down the list since it gets used far less. 32s and lockers will take you through all kinds of fun (and scary) stuff.
Mod #5 is to go get some take-off Rubicon 32" BFG M/Ts. They handle great on the street and offroad, they are dirt cheap compared to buying new tires, and you don't need a lift to run them. You could also run 33s with no lift.
My wife asked me to add this in to the mix too. If you add a lift or bigger tires, is your wife going to be OK with the extra jump getting in and out? How about the kids? Right after I lifted the Jeep, I had to go buy a folding stool (tied to the seat bracket so she can pull it up after she gets in) after my wife ripped her very nice (and $$$) dress after church. She's 5'6".
2007 JK Rubicon Unlimited Rescue Green 6 Speed
Mods Shrockworks Rails & Bumpers, Currie Lift, Tom Woods 1350 driveshafts, 35" Toyo M/Ts on ProComp 7028s
Last edited by gt3073b; 08-14-2009 at 08:50 PM.