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If you were on a limited budget...say $4000 to spend on jeep upgrades to take a stock tj to a respectable offroad machine, what parts would you buy?

Please list approximate prices next to each part

thanks
 

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wheel it stock, then see what you need.

Driving style and terrain preferences vary, so will the parts to suit your individual needs.
 

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Did it.

If you have 3.73 gears and a Dana 44 rear, you're in like Flint - otherwise other mods may be necessary. Is it a daily driver?

BDS (or similar) 3" shortarm lift - installed complete for around ~$1800 installed.

Five reasonably priced 32" tires on steelie rims: ~$700

JeepMedic engine skid: $280 - protect the underside.

Lunchbox locker (front) $350 - offroad traction without on-road issues

Straps, tools, Hi-Lift: $250

You're set for 90%+ of MI wheeling for well under $4000....

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2" rubicon express budget boost - $200
1" body lift - $100
1" MML - $50 (if u use blocks)

32" tires - $700

replace rear axle if its not a dana 44 with an 8.8 w/ 4:10's and a aussie locker: ($1500)

regear the front and a aussie locker : $600

Used winch: $400

the rest spend on high lift, straps, and tools
 

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wheel it stock, then see what you need.

Driving style and terrain preferences vary, so will the parts to suit your individual needs.
X2

I have been saying this for years, and it is still true.

You have no idea what you want in a rig 'till you start wheeing it. Get involved with some folks in you area, get out on the trail with them several times, find out what they like, and especially what you think works on their rigs, and when you are experienced enough, take the next step.

You will find a different set up from almost every TJ owner here, and unless you know them and how they wheel, you will have no idea if what they suggest is appropriate for you.
 

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2" rubicon express budget boost - $200
1" body lift - $100
1" MML - $50 (if u use blocks)

32" tires - $700

replace rear axle if its not a dana 44 with an 8.8 w/ 4:10's and a aussie locker: ($1500)

regear the front and a aussie locker : $600

Used winch: $400

the rest spend on high lift, straps, and tools
x2 I agree

Can't go wrong with a RE 2" BB + 1" BL w/ 1" MML on 32s-33s, upgraded axle shafts, a locker in the rear and some sway bar discos to top it off.

Then just build from there. After you have wheeled it a bit more. :thumb:
 

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just a thought, but 31's can fit stock. you will need spacers or new wheels with less backspacing, but that way you get a feel for what the jeep can do. and it gives you a chance to put on some tires that are more aggresive than stock. once you have worn through the 31's, you will have a better idea of what size tires and lift you want/need.
 
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