Tater Raider wrote:kcor_77 wrote:So what are your dream mods for the ole girl?
Oh gods, where to start?
By June this year, 2 roll cage coolers, 1 roll cage duffle bag, 2 above rear wheel well storage bags, 2 lights, what I'm calling a "canoe bar" that allows me to use the light bar for lights and allows canoe to go over them at a good height for the roof rack.
Be careful buying stuff like this, make sure you buy good stuff. I've bought a couple Smittybilt pieces for my TJ because the design and idea was spot on for some stuff... However, the build quality sucked. Terribly. After a trip to an auto upholstery shop for them to fix it the way it should have been built (only about $20 per piece) it worked fine. They have cool stuff, just be prepared to have to modify it somehow.
Tater Raider wrote:By the end of the year, CB, mirror relocation for when doors are removed, big ol fire extinguisher with mount, first aid kit with mount, and a 4x4 club membership.
For this one, I bought Harley mirrors that you can just put into the top door post. The threaded portion is long enough to go all the way down through the hinge and you can put the nut on the bottom of it. I keep a stubby half inch wrench in my console year round and the mirrors stay in the seatback pockets, this way I always have mirrors and the wrench just in case I wanna pull the doors off for whatever reason. Plus you don't need to install a separate relocation bracket and modify your stuff any how. You also put that light bar on your windshield mount... is it possible that could interfere with installation of a mirror relocation bracket? I'm not sure... but the Harley mirrors (after I painted them with rustoleum bedliner in a spraycan) are super easy to put on and take off. A quick Google search should show you which mirrors you need, and a Harley dealership might be well versed in Jeep people stopping in for mirrors (mine was) Just my $.03.
Tater Raider wrote:I'll probably then attack the issues of self recovery and safety: hi-lift jack, new bumpers, winches front and back (yes, each gets it's own), roll cage reinforcement, skid plates, and on-board air.
Hi-Lift is CLUTCH. This before all others, especially if you're going to lift it.
Tater Raider wrote:Lighting will be an ongoing thing, with me getting 1 light per year. The ones I want are expensive and you know the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, so this allows me to constantly upgrade and see improvements in a lot of areas at the same time.
I'm in this boat now. I got the dual windshield mounts and am looking for the best way to wire them currently before I buy the lights. So far, I'm hearing that the best way is to unbolt the mounts, lean the windshield forward some and run the wires through the gap that opens up and then put the windshield back the way it was. This way you don't need to drill any holes and you can do most of the wiring internally.
Tater Raider wrote:Performance mods are also on the list, but a tad lower priority: heat reduction hood, snorkel, dual batteries, and either a turbo to get the gutless wonder down the highway quicker or a supercharger to improve performance in the entire powerband, unless I decide to convert to diesel - that depends on reviews on the Grand Cherokee diesel yet to be released.
I want to do dual batteries myself.... badly.
Tater Raider wrote:Also an off-road trailer is planned, built to spec by Sierra 4x4. I could probably do it cheaper, but since they do it for a living I'm gonna go out on a limb and say they can do it better.
And, of course, the lift. 3-4" long arm to allow for 35" tires on 18" rims. smaller rims are, of course, cheaper, but since most of my driving (99%+) is on road, I want the control the larger rims will provide. This also involves an axle swap up front, new driveshafts, and living without my truck for several days while a pro does the dirty work - the kit is jsut too involved for me and involves welding. As for regearing, I can probably get away with my 4.10's + 6sp manual, but may move to the next gear if performance suffers too much.
$$$$$$. $$$$$ $$$ $$$$$ $$$$ but $$$$ $$$$ and $$$$$. Gotta love Jeeps.
For 35's I'm going to imagine you want to go with 4.56's at least with your 6 speed. I have the straight 6/5-speed combo, and on 33's I need to regear to 4.56's. I've seen every single person that ran 33's and up say that when they regeared they wish they went straight to 4.56's right off the bat... those that didn't always did in the future. I'm gonna skip 4.10's/4.11's and go straight to the 4.56's when I swap my axles. Also, do some research between long and short arm kits... there's a lot of hot debate there with a lot of people leaning back toward short arm setups now for different reasons. I went with a 3.5" Rubicon Express Super Flex kit that I put on in my driveway over the course of a weekend, I'm happy with that.... Plus short arm kits are cheaper for the most part.
Tater Raider wrote:Somewhere in here I'm going to work in a Longranger aux tank.
Reasoning on the this particular dream set-up: I want a daily driver with manners on road, and the ability to handle overlanding style of off-roading. Bad roads, bad what used to be roads, some dessert, some mud, and some rock crawling, but mainly (80%+) trail driving.
Note on the tires: I spent a lot of time (a week straight, 8 hours or more a day, no I'm not exaggerating) researching my particular driving style, desires, and circumstances dictated by the Iowa weather in all it's glory and decided that seperate summer and winter off-road tires are the best choices for me at this time.
- Summer: Goodyear MT/R with Kevlar
- Winter: Goodyear Duratrak
I went with the Goodyear Duratracs, and couldn't be happier with them. They've been amazing for (the little bit of) winter we got this year. They slipped ONLY WHEN I WANTED THEM TO. All other times, I had a blast and would recommend these to anyone looking for a streetable tire with winter manners and offroad capability.
Tater Raider wrote:Also being considered: ham gear, new paint, and a frontal lobotomy.
If I'm missing anything, let me know. Please. Seriously.
Obligitory picture of my '04 Willys- Warpig