I was in the market for a new car last winter. One romantic evening my friend stopped over with his new JKU that he bought for his GF (sucker), and we went for a ride. I was hooked.
2 months of researching and whatnot later, I traded in my BMW and went home with this:
3.73 rear end
"limited slip" rear end
I don't really know why I did not even consider a Jeep when I was shopping, the first car I ever drove was a XJ that was supposed to be mine until my mother hit a deer, and we followed up the XJ with a 1996 ZJ that is still running around with 300k on it, last I heard.
Most of my vehicle hobbies have been speed related (WRX, Miata, currently have a vintage 911) and this will be my first foray into 4wd. nyway, I freaking love this thing. It does everything I need it to, and has an even larger aftermarket than my Miata did, and that's pretty amazing.
I decided to drive it for 6 months, then start with the mods. I made it 3 weeks. A leveling kit and 1.5" spacers for $50 was too good a deal to pass on, so on those went on. Then later that day, I found a set of Rubicon rails for $75:
I also removed the oogly side stickers, and replaced them with some OEM jeep badges I got off amazon for $7 whole dollars each.
I also stuck a hood vinyl on, the glare was bothering me, and I also needed a spot to set beers, and bike helmets and whatnot post-ride, and this works perfectly:
That was it for a while, then I got on Amazon when I was wasted one night, and decided the Rugged Ridge Snorkel would be a good idea:
I was sick of the bicycles I have to haul around for work tearing up the interior, and had plans for a roof-top tent eventually, so I did some research, and bought a Gobi:
Talk about slick. On in three hours by myself, ample weigh capacity, and 100% removable, with no holes in the roof or anywhere. I was amazed at how casual some companies were about drilling 15 1" holes in the hardtop. Fuck that noise.
I also picked up a couple 15mm thru-axle fork mounts from a company called Kuat, that, after some drilling, allowed me to mount a bike on each side of the rack thusly:
And here we were by the end of summer, 2013:
So last week, a set of 5 of Mopar steelies wheels showed up:
After I paint them commando green, I'm going to mount 284/70/17 Durtracs on them, and it should be neato, and I plan to do more of this:
In the fall I'm heading out to western dakotas for a camping trip with my wife for a week or so, and that should be a great time. I just need to learn to use all my recovery gear I just bought, haha.
Future plans include some sort of suspension upgrade. Not so much a lift, but some sort of beefing up to help with the weight from the gobi/tent combo. It gets a little "wallowy" when it's loaded up. I like the AEV 1.5", but I might try and piece something together with all your help.
Anyway, that's where I'm at.