Join Date: May 2006
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Welcome to the addiction! The question that you asked is a dangerous one. Some will give you lists that include enough spare parts to build a second jeep. But as with the others that have responded, lets keep it simple!!! Yes the TJ out of the box is very capable. You just need to know its limits!
Crawl under it and check the distances to your vital components (oil pan, skid plates, vent hoses) and while you are there check for anything that may need to be fixed. Once you know your jeeps week links go have fun. and make sure you dont endanger any of those weak links (big rocks near oil pan, water deeper than the vent or air intake)
As for things to take... Like everyone else said: a buddy (with there own 4x4), a tow strap (without hooks [get loops instead] local tractor supply $30-$40) first aid kit (walmat $10 [I like to make my own about $6 and more compact]) fire extingusher. COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT!!! (cell phone works if you get reception) I also take a pad of paper and pen, start a wish list. basic tools.
with the exception to my highlift (which is mounted on the back bumper) I fit every thing I need under my back seat (basic tools, lug wrench, a piece of carpet as ground cover, tow strap, first aid kit, wire ties, fuses, electrical and duct tape). The fire extinguher on the roll cage, trail mix and gloves in the glove box. that stuff stays with me at all times. when I go on a trip I add some spair fluids and my CO2 bottle for airing back up.
If you are carefull you could get away with about $150 in stuff, if you are lucky even less!!! I bought my high lift used for 15, strap for 30 and tools pawn shops or garage sales 10-15. first aid kit 5, extinguher 10. Having fun with you TJ...PRICELESS
Admitidly I dont wheel that hard, and stock rigs have always worked for me, and though I have never needed a winch, I want one!
The advice to find a club is the best