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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-31-2001, 12:18 AM
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1st upgrade?

Hey i am new to the board new to the sport i am looking to make spend "some" dough on worthwhile upgrades and curious to what i should do .... i have a 1978 wagoneer with a 401, it is a Quadratrac tranfer case and T400 trans...DANA 44 front and rear and 2" suspension lift...looking to make it an ideal trail machine

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2001, 01:42 AM
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Re: 1st upgrade?

Hi, feel guilty I didn't respond when I 1st saw this post but I guess I was green with envy. 401 Waggy, COOOOOOLLL! I had a '75 with the 360 but otherwise set up like you have. Great truck but other than a little spring lift completely stock. You're wanting this to be an "ideal trail machine" means to me that you're going to put it and yourself in some exciting (read tippy) situations. Safety first. Be sure you have good, working seatbelts and some rollover protection in the form of a rollcage. Then I'd buy a winch. Everything else will help you get into trouble, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you're prepared, but these two things will help get you out of it.

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A cage w/ hi-back seats and shoulder seat belts is probably the best 1st mod then some trail basics like tow hooks front and rear, a cb raido, fire extingusher, full size spare tire, tow strap, jack (perferably a hi-lift) and lug nut wrench, spare parts (that's an entire different post), and a 1st aid kit, after that it's up to you. Here's some to consider rocker skids keep your body in alright shape, skid plate protect your under side especally that 401 oil pan, a locker or limited slip maybe 2 to help you get out of stuff, a winch, maybe some 31" mud tires to get some experiance and then do a major lift and 35's once you get more experiance there's a lot involved to do a lift right, beefe bumpers front and rear (maybe make a winch mount up front and tire carrier in the rear).
Hope this gives you some ideas

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