I just bought a 2003 Jeep TJ 2.4 two weeks ago. I really want to build it up but I don't know where to start. I'll mostly be doing rock climbing and romping over west texas dirt hills. Where do I begin? I don't have all that much money but I really don't want to be sitting on my skidplates on a burm in 105 temperatures again. In other words I need more clearance a traction. Somebody give me some ideas! [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img] <font color="green"> </font color>
Location: Milwaukee(which is algonquin for the good land)WI U.S.A
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Re: Where to start?
I'll ask you the same question I ask everyone with this question have you owned a Jeep before and have you wheeled a Jeep before. With the swaybars disconnected they are very capable off road. If you answer no to either of these questions disconnect the swaybars and go wheeling with a buddy or a local club (so someones there to give you a tug) the Jeep will let you know exactly what it needs. If you answered yes to both the questions and you say you don't have much money there is no easy way about, there's no cheap way to make it more capable. You could...
1. Buy a spring spacer kit for about $100 but then you still need to buy new shocks and bigger tires to get more clearence on your axles.
2. You could buy a cheap lift kit from Pro-comp or rusty's which a lot of people don't think very highly of but I have a Pro-comp lift on mine and have had no problems in over 2 yrs. and I know of someone on the board who has a Rusty's lift on his TJ and to my knowledge has had no problem.
3. Watch the classifieds on this forum and I also have had good luck at www.thinkjeep.com or try e-bay for a used lift.
4. You could check with wabash jeep and see if they have one off a wrecked Jeep
As far as more traction goes a better set of tires than the A/T's that the factory gives you will make all the difference in the world.
John [email protected]
Start Selling all the stuff you don't want on Ebay Then take the money and buy your Discos, BFG Mud T and Lift system. You get to clean out your garage, shed, closets ect... Then build you jeep. [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
Remember... Jeeping on a Budget is like Dringing and driving.
they just don't mix. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
I see how to disconnect the front stabilizer, but it looks like if I disconnect the rear the springs will fall out once I articulate so far. Looks like they don't have a clip to hold them in. What's the deal? Also there sure isn't much room for the front wheels to go up before they hit the bump stop. [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]