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    Default Stock Wrangler- What to upgrade first

    Hello everyone,

    I have a 97 Wrangler Sport that I recently purchased. The vehicle is stock except for a 31 in wheel and tire package and a k and n air intake system. There is so much I want to do with the Jeep but cannot afford to do it at one time. I have about $1000 to burn and was curious what you all think I should upgrade first. Thanks for the replies.

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    Keep saving.......lol just kidding

    I would say it depends on your end goal? What do u want to do with it.....wheeling wise?
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    I want a capable vehicle that is not too extreme. I'm thinking like a 3in lift max with 32 in tires. I want the vehicle to be somewhat comfortable on the street but be better than stock offroad.

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    That looks like a great price on the suspension lift. If I purchased the lift I would not be able to upgrade the wheels and tires for a couple months. Would the lift look retarded with 31 in tires? Thanks for the advice.

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    http://m.ebay.com/Pages/ViewItem.asp...ift%20&emvcc=0

    You could use something like this with 1in spacers and find a decent set of used tires.
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    armor armor armor. your jeep can go almost anywhere you point it stock with armor. My first TJ I made the mistake of throwing a lift on it first and figuring out the rest from here. Throw a belly up and engine skid on there, wheel it a while, and figure out what you wanna do from there on out. Plus get a few things to help you not be 'that guy' on the trail like a CB and some recovery gear.

    Edit: plus with armor and trail bits, you can still determine where you want to go after wheeling with it. Just with less money spent on repairs. I went blue/black trails with my stock CJ, all of which I went on my TJ lifted on 35x12.50's.
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    ^ What that douche nozzle said. Armor.
    Engine/oil pan, belly up, gas tank, lower control arm and sliders. Doing the belly up and gas tank will give you 2-3 extra inches of clearance underneath. Basically, a 3" lift without the larger tires and the raised center of gravity. Get a good cb so you can go on and enjoy local trail rides. Recovery gear.... tow straps and recovery points. Get a feel for what other people are driving and how they like their choices.
    Do it right the 1st time so you're not replacing crappy parts you got for a bargain.

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    Korisu has a good point. Plus one thing I forgot to say is that once you start wheeling you may relize you want to go a lil more hard core than you thought. Just depends how that bug bites you. On the other hand doing a belly up could mean needing motor mount lifts a body lift and adj. Rear upper control arms and a sye kit. I have known guys to do belly ups without those things and they keep tearing up drive shafts. I'm not sure if there are any belly ups that don't recomend those things.
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    What kind of Off-Road experience do you have? Are you going to "play" more in the Mud/Water or on the Rocks?
    I suggest wheeling it stock before lifting and adding tires. This way you'll know how your Jeep handles.
    My suggestion is armour. Engine/oil pan, Gas skid, Steering box, Rocker Guards and Transmission skid aka Tummy Tuck. Most Gas and Tummys (TT) require a 1" Body lift (BL). If you do a BL, do the Motor Mount lift (MML) at the same time.
    Another "grouping" to get is recovery gear and tools to do trail repair. Tow points front and rear. Yank/Recovery Strap and Tow strap, they are different.
    If you really are going no larger than 33"s, then the Old Man Emu 2.5" lift combined with the BL & MML will give you enough room.
    '01 TJ 4 Banger--2" BB w/OME, 1.25 BL, 1" MML, 33" Trxxus, Disco's and Skids.

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