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    Okay after wheeling at RC this weekend mrs usnavymitchells says okay what do you need to do to get the Jeep the way you want it. Right now I am for the most part just stock.

    Here is my issues. It needs a valve job. and I am looking at investing between $2-$3K. What would you do first?

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    Get it running the way you want it, lift n tires comparable to what your needs are and take into account if you will want to beef your gears or not in the future. If you can, do it it yourself and save some funds for better equipment. I'm sure you know, low budget parts can leave you wanting on the trail when it counts. I don't like to buy things twice.
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    Yup, get it runnin right, lift, tires, diff guards, rock rails, skidplate, gears,
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    Quote Originally Posted by CutterN55 View Post
    Get it running the way you want it, lift n tires comparable to what your needs are and take into account if you will want to beef your gears or not in the future. If you can, do it it yourself and save some funds for better equipment. I'm sure you know, low budget parts can leave you wanting on the trail when it counts. I don't like to buy things twice.
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    I watched a stock 4 dr jk, rubicon and lj go through all the black trails with us.
    They did get hung up a little more, but they all made it through with good spotting.

    So, like always... I would suggest armor 1st. Engine, belly, gas tank, steering, diffs, lca skids and rockers. You could probably piece all of these together for around $1k if you look for used and sales. The belly and gas tank skids will give you a little over 2 extra inches of ground clearance w/o lifting the center of gravity.

    Any lift you do will be dependent on the tire size you want to run. If it's a daily driver and/or not towed I wouldn't recommend going over 33" tires.
    You could go with a 2" budget boost, 1"bl and 1"mml for about $400.

    A set of 5x 33" tires will run you around $1200 with shipping, but if you keep your eyes on the boards and craigslist you can usually find halfway decent, slightly used tires for half of what they cost new.

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    It'll all depend what you goal is at the end. Greens/blues, blues/blacks? If it was me, do the engine work first, then under carriage protection, followed by elevating the jeep.
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    engine work, skids

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    Save your $$$ and buy a Rubicon, lol.
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    Thanks everyone. I now have a starting point. Buying another 2.5 with tranny and transfer case. Gonna rebuild it and beef it up. ( I know why not go with a 6 cyl) I want to keep the 2.5 it has kinda grown on me.

    Clutch when I drop the new engine in and then do the skids. We'll see where I'm at at that point.

    Beecee, I'd go with the Rubicon but I am just a poor retired sailor that is married with children and grand children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usnavymitchells View Post
    I want to keep the 2.5 it has kinda grown on me.
    I would think this over twice and three times. I know people that have had 2.5 problems, rebuilt and then had 2.5 problems. I would think that you could get a 4.0 from a scrap yard and have it rebuilt with the ax-15 for a similar price. Just a thought.
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