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Another "What should I buy" thread.

I'm open to spending between $700 and $1000 on my Jeep very soon. Seat covers and slush mats are all that's already acquired.

Right now I'm torn between picking up
A. LOD Armor Lite Mid and a JRC rear Dagger bumper.
B. Line-X the tub.
C. Katzkin Leather seats.

For at least the next 3 years she's just gonna be a daily driver with occasional mild offroading (slightly rutted out dirt roads, small hills, and mud holes less than 3' deep.

Holding off on a RK 1.5" and 34's(ish) until I can switch out my gears from the 3.21's.

Not very good at reasoning with myself on why I should get one over any of the others for a first biggish budget mod.
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Thanks, bro. Helpful and informative.

Maybe I should be a little more specific. For anybody who has done any of all of the things above, did you find the upgrade and piece of mind of a quality set of heavy duty bumpers more enjoyable, or is the ease of cleaning and durability of leather and/or line-x a better first investment?

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If you already have seat covers and slush mats then do you really need leather seats or line-x? Do you still have carpet in it?
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If you already have seat covers and slush mats then do you really need leather seats or line-x? Do you still have carpet in it?
I have the Shittybilt seat covers and they're pretty much garbage. I didn't like the damp smell that my old JK's seats held onto and the discoloration in the fabric after a few rains and a bit of sun in Hawaii. That's why I was thinking leather.

The slush mats help out a bit, but the harsh winters up here bring a LOT of moisture and salt into the Jeep and a lot of it still gets in the carpet anyway. My carpet has currently been going between damp and frozen solid for a month now. That's why I was thinking line-x.

And I just really despise the stock bumpers on the Jeep, so I wanna get rid of those soon, one way or the other.
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Well, you probably won't be getting the rain/sun in Watertown like you got in Hawaii! I would take the carpet out for a little while and see if you like it without. I would still vote for the bumpers. Have you ever considered lining your tub yourself? Line-x is awesome stuff but expensive!
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Well, you probably won't be getting the rain/sun in Watertown like you got in Hawaii! I would take the carpet out for a little while and see if you like it without. I would still vote for the bumpers. Have you ever considered lining your tub yourself? Line-x is awesome stuff but expensive!
I've considered it. I just don't know which brand really will hold up because all the opinions on all the products are so differing. Plus, I'm comfortable torquing or cutting on just about anything, but when it comes to wiring and cosmetics (painting and such) I'm just not too sure of myself. Worried I'd fuck it up and not be able to get it back out to start over.
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I did the raptor liner recently so I can't comment on how well it holds up yet. It went on pretty easy, just need to have a good place for it be for a couple days like a garage. Honestly the hardest part was taking the interior apart and putting it back together. Those liners can be sprayed on or rolled. Line-x will usually give you a really pro job without the hassle.
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I did the raptor liner recently so I can't comment on how well it holds up yet. It went on pretty easy, just need to have a good place for it be for a couple days like a garage. Honestly the hardest part was taking the interior apart and putting it back together. Those liners can be sprayed on or rolled. Line-x will usually give you a really pro job without the hassle.
Maybe I'll look into this. Might see if lava liner is still around. I used to hear tons of great things about them when I was stationed in Hawaii. DIY bed liner, maybe just cut the front fender to a stubby for now to see if I like it. If not I can switch it out later. Then I could still afford to do the seats on budget as well.

I dunno. Lots of researching I guess.

Anybody have pictures of a cut stubby front bumper on stock 17" wheels and tires? Don't know if it'll look bad or not. Don't wanna find out myself and end up hating it.
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Yeah, just keep researching. Plenty of pics here of cut bumpers. Good luck!
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Maybe I'll look into this. Might see if lava liner is still around. I used to hear tons of great things about them when I was stationed in Hawaii. DIY bed liner, maybe just cut the front fender to a stubby for now to see if I like it. If not I can switch it out later. Then I could still afford to do the seats on budget as well.

I dunno. Lots of researching I guess.

Anybody have pictures of a cut stubby front bumper on stock 17" wheels and tires? Don't know if it'll look bad or not. Don't wanna find out myself and end up hating it.
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I would not do any of those mods. Save your money for tires and gears.

How do you know how deep a mudhole is? And why would you go thru one that is 3' deep?

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I would not do any of those mods. Save your money for tires and gears.

How do you know how deep a mudhole is? And why would you go thru one that is 3' deep?
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I would not do any of those mods. Save your money for tires and gears.

How do you know how deep a mudhole is? And why would you go thru one that is 3' deep?
That's not a dead on figure. That's just "about" where I'd worry about it flooding my cab. Not that I worry about it. But while it's my daily driver as well, I'd rather not piss off the misses. And it's easy to measure. Exit cab, grab large stick, poke it in said hole.
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Thanks for the pic. Doesn't look bad at all. But like you said... tires are bigger.
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I would not do any of those mods. Save your money for tires and gears.

How do you know how deep a mudhole is? And why would you go thru one that is 3' deep?
Listen to the dirt man. Dont do what i have done and have to redo things so in essence spending twice as much
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