I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: New to this
Do the mods one at a time unless you have oodles of money to spend. I like to think I did it the right way, here's what I did. BTW, mine was also not a daily driver, so I didn't have to rely on it.
I got the stock jeep, repaired all the rust and made sure it ran fine (except the tranny, which was junk).
I added a suspension lift and larger tires ($350 for a 4" lift and $200 for used Swampers). I ran it stock for over a year. The open diffs will be a hinderance from time to time, but you'll learn how to wheel with it. I added dual e-brakes (about $15) to help out some. If you go to lockers right away you don't learn what lines to pick and how to read a trail.
If this is your daily driver, I'd go 2.5" suspension lift and maybe 1" shackle lift, that should get you to clear 32's or maybe 33's, and I'd go BFG Mud Terrain all the way (great traction on the road, off-road, and wearability). Then wheel it and have fun. Forget the engine size, I still run the 4 cyl, I just love that little motor, and it'll move 33's, it's no speed demon on the road, but it'll get you around. Do the later mods one at a time, and know why you're making the mods. People can tell you until they're blue in the face, but you have to learn why. I've made some mods and not others, been glad I did, but I'm also glad I didn't follow some advice and did it "my own way". The stock jeep is also amazing, wheel it and learn it's limitations, then make the mods to overcome those limitations. Every time you break something, upgrade it to a stronger component. Above all, have fun.
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
GM151/SM465/NP205 twinstick/7" Lift/33" Swampers/REP 8000/RS9000's/Scout II D44's F&R w/4.10's & Lockrights