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    You "guys" helped a lot on my two previous posts so I figure yins will nail this one with no problem. I have been a subscriber to JP magazine for roughly 5 1/2 years and in one of their issues they talk about what order to start modifying your stock Jeep from the ground up in. Good little article.

    So here is my question to my fellow military Jeepers: In what order would you do a stock build up? I have a little extra money coming this refund and I am itching to start doing something to the Jeep. I plan on mostly trail riding and rocks with the occasional mud thrown in there. Looking at the tire size to probably max out at about 35".

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    I just asked this a couple days ago but as a mudder 1st and rocks 2nd. See if anything they posted for me helps you. Im in the same boat as you right now.

    http://www.militaryjeepers.com/commu...ht=mods+advice
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    My first mods were all protection, snorkel, some armor, bumper, winch, then some lift and tires came along..and it's still growing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MYOTHERTANKISAJEEP View Post
    I just asked this a couple days ago but as a mudder 1st and rocks 2nd. See if anything they posted for me helps you. Im in the same boat as you right now.

    http://www.militaryjeepers.com/commu...ht=mods+advice

    Thanks. Some of the stuff did make sense like the MML and BL. I am thinking I might go ahead and do some armor work on the Jeep first. Not quite sure. I'm going to see if anyone else chimes in.

    I don't know if you fixed your hitch problem but my 02 didnt come with one so I drove out to 4wd in Ohio and bought a Curt Tubular Hitch with a Masterlock Locking Ball Mount and I mounted it in about 15 minutes and it works wonderfully. Very clean look.

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    I would do the skids and then work on the other stuff like the lift. you can think of it like a football player, he is probably going to opt for the protection before the new shoes.

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    What you need to decide is, what are your ultimate goals for your rig? You say rocks mostly with some mud. How difficult of Rock trails are you looking at doing, is it going to stay street legal or will it become a trail only rig? I ask simply because the best thing to do is save for the end product so that you do it once and it's done right.

    Skids would be first. Oil pan/engine, gas, steering box, rocker gaurds, dif. guards. Quick Disconnects, BL and MML (at the same time), as for lift for 35's going to need at least 4" with SYE Kit. Not sure what axles you have but they need at least regeared, if you have a D35 (rear) be prepaired for a whole other debate on whether to stay with it, upgrade to a Super 35 or an axle swap.

    Also not sure of your wheeling experience, but I found it best the wheel it close to stock so that you get to know how it reacts. I've seen folks with little to no experience with a great rig and F it up because they don't know. No offense to you if you are experienced.
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    Always protection, then higher. I wish I had made this decision the first time. I went higher, then protection. Whoops.

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    Armor, Armor, Armor! Every one of my skid plates has been hit hard at one time or another and I don’t think twice about it. Crawl under you jeep and look to see what is venerable. Then cover it. Steering box, beefier tie rod, differential, control arm mounts, oil pan, beefier and flatter TC skid and gas tank. Those should protect the essentials so that you can drive it home. The TC and gas skid can help provide a little better clearance.

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    Armor and recovery gear.
    Protect your oil pan, diffs and steering box. If you put a rock through any of those you won't be driving your rig home. Lower control arm skids are also a nice thing to have..... I bang my lca mounts on pretty much every rock I drive over.
    A 1" body lift will help you regain some height you lost from the added weight of the skids. The body lift will also make it much easier to add a belly skid and gas tank skids... both of these will gain you a couple inches of clearance underneath as well. A 1" motor mount lift will go along with the body lift... it will keep you from having to move your fan shroud and will help with drive line angles.
    Get yourself a hi lift, tow straps and good tow points. A winch isn't necessary unless you're going out on your own. There's usually one person in each group I've gone out with that has one, and it's much easier to strap out than winch out. I think I've used my winch once in the past year.

    If your ultimate goal is 35" tires don't waste your time/money on a budget boost. Start saving up for a good lift that include track bars, adjustable control arms, springs, shocks and quick disco's.

    Not sure what kind of jeep you have, but if you have the D30/35 axle combo I wouldn't suggest going larger than 33" tires with them, and I wouldn't waste your money on trying to upgrade the 35 to run larger tires.
    If you've got a rubicon or have something with a 44 rear you should be fine up to 35" tires, but I would suggest chromo shafts up front at least.

    If you don't have a rubicon you'll almost certainly need a sye and cv driveshaft for the rear. If you do have a rubicon, you'll probably need a new cv drive shaft for the rear.

    With 35" tires you'll want to think about steering up grades. A few of the simple easy replacement steering set ups are curries hd steering and the oro u turn.

    Start thinking about regearing also. I run 33's on the stock 4.10 gears in my rubicon and it's a dog on the high ways. I'll be upgrading to 4.88s or 5.13s as my next mod.

    Other things to look for further down the road... lockers, winch, roll cage.. the list could go on.

    Take your time and plan out your build. Go out on trail rides in the mean time and learn how to drive your stock jeep... you'll be amazed where it can go with a good spotter. Check out other rigs in your area and see how they're built, it should give you an idea where you want and don't want to go with your rig.
    Keep an eye on craigslist, pirates classifieds, your local forums classifieds.... you'll be able to find good deals on used parts as people sell their rigs or start upgrading parts.
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    Armor it first and that will give you plenty of time and protection to decide what your endstate is going to be. Check out everyone elses setups and figure out what works best for your needs and wants.

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