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Now I have 5k to invest on my JKU. I want the money well spent. What can I go for? I am a weekend warrior.
Currently I'm sitting on 2.5 inch rubicon express lift kit with 35 inch tires, rock rails,flat fenders, winch,front stinger bumper, rear stubby bumpers. 3.73 stock gears. front D30, rear D44.
 

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4.56 gears, TruTrac front and rear, gussets, upgraded tie rod and drag link, Rock Krawler adjustable lower control arms (front at least), West Texas Offroad Redneck ram assist steering, Ten Factory shafts front and rear. That should just about take care of the $5000 and it will seriously increase the abilities and reliability of the machine.

Just send your paychecks and tax refunds directly to the guys at Northridge 4x4, they can take care of all of your money for the foreseeable future!
 

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Just send your paychecks and tax refunds directly to the guys at Northridge 4x4, they can take care of all of your money for the foreseeable future!
LOL, I like that one. Yeah, I would do gears and strength the axles. If decently cheap, look at a set of Rubi take offs and gusset/truss.

As most people say. Offroad the Jeep and whatever you are lacking, buy stuff for that.
 

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Now I have 5k to invest on my JKU. I want the money well spent. What can I go for? I am a weekend warrior.
Currently I'm sitting on 2.5 inch rubicon express lift kit with 35 inch tires, rock rails,flat fenders, winch,front stinger bumper, rear stubby bumpers. 3.73 stock gears. front D30, rear D44.
What do you want out of your vehicle?

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Cage and harnesses

My cage was about $3000 installed and one of the best investments I've made. Then you have $2000 left to get a lift.
 

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Even a weekend warrior should have a cage, protect yourself even if you just save some coin and get a bolt on cage.

How and where you wheel will determine what you should get in your cage. Hill climbs and rocks you should have something welded in even if it's just one oif the several offered. If you are heavy on the throttle or do big hills I highly recommend having the cage tied into the frame.

You may want to research your cage options and decide on a custom one.

After your safety is taken care of the next on your list should be gears and lockers. I agree that for you TruTrac's front and rear are a great choice and won't eat up too much of your budget. After the 500 mile break-in of the gears and you pop the covers and change the gear oil protect that investment. Upgrade to a aftermarket HD diff cover instead of that thin stamped steel. You don't have to go fancy and you can even do a bolt on guard. It's cheap insurance.
 

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Rock Crawling...

Rubi Transfer case or Atlas.
Gears 4.56 would probably be best for 35's on a DD.
Diff covers
C gussets and LCA skids.
RCV axles front, your choice on the rear.

Mud/trail riding....
Gears 4.56
Diff covers
C Gussets and LCA skids
 

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4.56 gears, TruTrac front and rear, gussets, upgraded tie rod and drag link, Rock Krawler adjustable lower control arms (front at least), West Texas Offroad Redneck ram assist steering, Ten Factory shafts front and rear. That should just about take care of the $5000 and it will seriously increase the abilities and reliability of the machine.

Just send your paychecks and tax refunds directly to the guys at Northridge 4x4, they can take care of all of your money for the foreseeable future!
I was thinking the same. regear to 4.56. ten factory axle shaft kits front/rear. rear eaton locker. heavy duty ball joints. reid racing knuckles. gussets. and a set of beautiful ATX slabs. I think I will just keep the front open as I'm not gonna get into any serious wheeling.
 

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4.56 gears, TruTrac front and rear, gussets, upgraded tie rod and drag link, Rock Krawler adjustable lower control arms (front at least), West Texas Offroad Redneck ram assist steering, Ten Factory shafts front and rear. That should just about take care of the $5000 and it will seriously increase the abilities and reliability of the machine.

Just send your paychecks and tax refunds directly to the guys at Northridge 4x4, they can take care of all of your money for the foreseeable future!
TEN FACTORY JK PACKAGE DANA 44 REAR & DANA 30 FRONT CHROMOLY AXLES SHAFTS

ALLOY USA JK/WJ BALL JOINTS KIT

SYNERGY MFG JEEP JK CHROMOLY TIE ROD


SYNERGY MFG JEEP JK HIGH STEER DRAG LINK

NORTHRIDGE 4X4® JK NON RUBICON 30/44 GEAR PACKAGE AND INSTALL KITS - JK-NRI-KIT
Front Gears
1 x Yukon JK Ring & Pinion Gear Set, Dana Spicer 30, Short Reverse Pinion 4.56 - D30SR-456JK
Rear Gears
1 x Yukon JK Rubicon Ring & Pinion gear set Dana Spicer 44, 4.56 ratio - D44JK-456RUB
Front Install
1 x Motive Gear JK Dana 30 Front install Kit - MGD30JKIK
Rear Install
1 x Motive Gear JK Dana 44 Rear install Kit - MGD44JKIK


G2 AXLE & GEAR ALUMINUM DIFFERENTIAL COVER D44 - 40-2033AL

G2 AXLE & GEAR ALUMINUM DIFFERENTIAL COVER D30 - 40-2031AL

EATON ELOCKER 4, DANA 44, 30 SPLINE, 3.92 & UP GEAR RATIO - 19969-010


REID JK STEERING KNUCKLE LEFT SIDE

REID JK STEERING KNUCKLE RIGHT SIDE

RUGGED RIDGE JK 11-2016, A-PILLAR SWITCH POD, W/ 4 ROCKER SWITCHES

***** what do you guys think the labor would be?*********
 

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I look at it this way... If you don't know what you want/need for your jeep, it tells me you must not need it. Just because you have 5k doesn't mean you need to spend 5k. Put the money in the bank and if you come across something that you need/want for the jeep, or anything in life for that matter, buy it. If not, well, you have 5k in the bank for an emergency.

If it were me and I had an expendable 5k, I would buy tools. Vehicles may come and go, but a garage full of tools and the know-how to use them is priceless. It also makes future mods on any vehicle much easier. Especially a nice mig welder.


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just wheeling on the weekends, nothing too hardcore.
Again, what are doing with it? I'm a weekend warrior too, but I'm on the rocks, shelf roads, and hanging off the edges of cliffs. I've stopped doing anything until I can afford a cage and harnesses. I've built to the point I'm no longer comfortably safe with my family in the JK at highway speeds.

I've spent a lot of money to make my Jeep more capable than my ability or confidence/experience, but still don't fill completely safe. Shit happens in the blink of an eye!
 
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