Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA
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It you look in the first picture you can see what looks like the "sport" logo on the fender. Regardless, I can't imagine someone with a Rubicon putting Barbie's special star rims on it but then again maybe it's an East Coast thing?
You don't need to do anything to it to go off-road. It's a Jeep Wrangler, it's ready to go. I would suggest you go with somebody who knows what they are doing or find a class (maybe offered by a local 4x4 club) and learn how to really enjoy off-roading. Also, learn what works for the type of wheelin' you want to do.
Having said that, and taking into account the fact that I fully embrace Just Empty Every Pocket, there are things I would do to that Jeep. This is my opinion only but you sorta asked:
1. Ditch those rims, you might get some money for them. Take them off-road a few times and you won't. The tires are good.
2. Reinforce that front axle even if it is a D44. Sleeves or Truss. Gusset the inner C's.
3. Get a flexy lift. (I'm willing to bet that whatever lift is on that is a budget lift given the rims).
4. Change out the gears to match or exceed the tire size.
4a. Get a tuner to recalibrate the speedo as well (and if a 12+ auto then definitely get a tuner or enjoy limp mode).
5. Get some lockers and ditch those boat anchors.
6. Get some good fenders/trim those stock dumbo ears down.
7. Get some real rock sliders.
8. Trim that front bumper or replace it with one that matches the rear bumper.
9. Get on board air.
10. Get recovery gear, a least a jack that can allow you to change your tire safely on the trail and a tow-strap. Would suggest going further and get jumper cables, first aid kit, 2-days water+rations (MREs work great), and sun-screen (I'm bald, always keep this in the Jeep!)
11. CB Radio and FRS hand-held.
12. Skid-plate that protects the oil pan/tranny.
13. Get some trail-doors so you can see what you are doing. Ditch the mall crawler window tint, why make it harder to see what you are doing?
14. Get a haircut.
I'm sure there's more to add. Other's can chime in, I'm tired.