Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
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You might want to bump the rock sliders into phase 1, just because, especially with the JKU, it's easy to get into the rockers. Which, for a new vehicle, sucks. For the lockers, I'd say do them at the same time as the gears, just to save some labour costs. I hate to try and spend your money, but selectable lockers are awesome. My Rubicon has them and I'm not sure how I would cope without them now....just cause you can flip the front off to make a turn (and take some stress off of the steering system on the trail when you really don't need it) but it's there when you need it. I flip mine in and out on the trail all the time just cause the trails we run tend to be tight and turny, sometimes while not being all that difficult of terrain. Maybe do phase 1 minus the gears, save some serious cash, do phase 1.5, being just the gears and lockers and then on to phase 2. Although 3.21's kinda suck, you may be able to live with it for a little while because of the manual and the Pentastar.
For the lift, although I like AEV's stuff, the lift isn't one of them just because of the cam bolt stuff. Adjustable arms would be better. Take some time researching and reading about other options, because there is a shitload and it is probably one of the biggest things that influences driveability of your new Jeep.
If you're going to be dropping psi on the trail, try to have some sort of air source. Even a cheap portable compressor is better than nothing. That's what I've done the few times I've dropped psi, and it's nice not to have to rely on the other guys in the group in order to air up. Worry about the OBA stuff later when it's more feasible.
More importantly is find a good, reputable shop to do the work. Start researching that sooner rather than later so you can find a place that you can trust with your new baby. The last thing you need is corners cut when you pay for a premium service.
Other than that, take your time! My suggestion is to take it out wheeling a few times. You'll get a feel for your new Jeep and it's capabilities. It will actually make you a better wheeler, because you won't be relying on your lift or big tires, they will enhance your driving eventually. I drive mine stock and wheeling is just as enjoyable even though I'm more limited than some of the other guys I go with.
2011 Sahara Tan 2dr Rubicon
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