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I got a question for all ya off-roaders out there. What should i put on a Jeep to make it a good off-roading vehicle? I am thinking of a 3" Pro Comp suspension lift, Pro Comp steering stabalizer, 31x10.5-15 Yokohama Geolander M/T tires, black U.S. Wheel 84 Series wheels, hood scoop, light bar with 4 lights, 2 fog lights, custom made bumpers and side steps, and dual exaust with a Cherrybomb and a Howler on each pipe. Tell me if this is a good set up or not for a off-road vehicle? I think it is. Replies woudl be greatly appreciated.
 

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Question: What type of off-roading are you thinking would be the majority of your Off Highway driving?! Mud? Trails? Rocks?!
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About1/2 of the driving will be off-road and the other 1/2 on road, because I will have to go to school. I will be going in mud, trails, rocks, logs, and creaks. If you can tell me what a good setup would be for this type off-roading that would be a great deal of help.
 

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All of my hardcore wheeling is done in my 82' CJ-5. My 2 cent's worth: Loose the light bar. When the lights are on and the windshield is dusty, you can't see out the front! The dust/dirt refelects the light and effectivly blocks your view! Unless, the front edge of the lights are mounted back away from the front edge of the windsheild.
"been there, done that" Also, this will save you from drilling a large hole in the windsheild upright for the light wiring.(should you not like the light bar.)Also, the bar sticks up above the windsheild from 4 to 8 inches. I've been in places that would have removed the light bar!rocks, trees, (rolling over,! Lights then become least of your worries)
Yeah, one could put the windsheild down, but what good are the lights then!
I find it better to mount the lights at or below your eye level say on the windsheild hindge's or front bumper. I mounted a 150w KC wannabe to each fender, giving my CJ eyeballs ! The light they produce, and the area illumanated is plenty good enough!
Hood scoop. Is it going to be functional? meaning allow air to enter the engin compartment. If so, other things can enter! You mentioned crossing creeks. Hummmmm. Water enerting on top of the motor. Doesn't sound to good to me. The hood will prevent water from comming over the top, (the fan will splash water everywhere, if the water is deep enough) but for the most part will prevent swamping. Unless there's a big hole there.
Otherwise, a hood scoop won't make the vehicle any more capable off road. It may look kool, but I'd save the coin, and instead concentrate on maybe lockers, or a full cage roll bar (if not already installed)
The side steps? Do you have a girlfriend/wife that can't climb? Dependng on the level of rocks you plan on crunching,(say the Rubicon, here in CA.) the steps will only act as anchore's Hanging up at the most inopertune times. Again, maybe look at rocker panel guards instead. These will save the rocker panels, allow the vehicle to slip off rocks, and some guards may have a step built in. (on top) Above everything, the motor & driveline should be sound!
I've had my CJ-5 since 1982, and have added , crunched, smacked, dented and removed lots of aftermarket goodies. A light bar being one of them. I now have matching 3/4" holes on either side of the windsheild, covered up with black electrical tape.(rain gutter metal on one side, crunched in from a tree!)I removed the light bar shortly after using it for the first time while wheeling in a state vehicle park (Hollister Hills) My wife (the jeep) has: 4:10's 33" BFG MT's, on board welder, on board air (motor driven) had a hot water heater for showering, but broke it wheeling, pwr lok up front and ARB in back, T-18/granny, and a fuel injected, newly rebuilt 6cyl, full cage rollbar, amateur radios, 4" susp. 2" body lift. She's rock ready.
Oh yeah, my rocker panels are protected with 1/4" angle. 40lbs each side!
Good luck with your build-up...
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Hey, thanx Troy for the information. I guess some of the stuff i wanted to put on wont do to much anyways. Well I will have to check into that stuff. If anyone else has and suggestions feel free to write me.
 

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Hey What kind of Jeep do you have? Is it a CJ or Wrangler or Cherokee? If you have a YJ wrangler I would suggest if you got enough cash, get the Explorer Procomp 5" Coil Over suspenion lift($1500). I haven't really checked out any Cherokee lifts. My sister has a YJ wrangler and she has got a ProComp 4" susp. lift and 33" M/T Baja Claw Radials. I would lose the light bar like Troy said. There are numerous other places to mount lights. The Hood is pretty good place, not many people have them there, the hinges on the windshield and on eiterside of the bumper. Good luck with it.
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I aint got it yet but will be getting it soon! Its a 1992 XJ Cherokee. So I get rid of the light bar. But where could I mount the lights now? On a Cherokee there aint very many places to mouny them. I was going to get a Pro Comp 3" suspension lift and put 31x10.5 tires on it. But the bad thing is that I dont know what kind to get. Do you have any suggestions for a type of tire? Well hope some writes back to help me out here.

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If your gonna be going to school like me, you should get a tire that lasts long. I have mud tires, but they wear fast. You should get an All terrain tire or a tire that as lugs close together. I would recommend something like a BFG A/T K.O. or the ProComp A/T since you are getting a Pro Comp lift. Mickey Thompson Baja Belted tires have long lasting life too. A/Ts are good for daily driving and okay if you got 4wheelin over various types of terrains, but they don't do as good in mud as a mud tire would. Pretty much Common since <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/bigthumbup.gif">
 

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Yeah, thats true. I really should get a tire that dont wear fast but I need one that will get me through alot of mud and get good traction on rocks and logs. I was going ot get the Yokohama Geolander M/T tire but they came in last for the mud test in 4Wheeler. So I aint going to get those. Do you think a BFG Mud-Terrain would be pretty good? They are good through mud and have good traction. Replies would be appreciated.

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I found out what kind of tires i am going to put on my jeep. 31x10.5-15 Ground Hawgs. I was looking at them on 4wheelparts.com and they say they wear good for high-way use and are good for off-road use too. So those are the kind of tires i am going to put on my jeep. Well if anyone has any other info. on the Ground Hawgs share it with me.

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What kind of wheelin' do you do? If you will be doing more pavement pounding, than off roading, the ground hawgs are way too aggressive (and loud!). If you want an aggressive, but street worthy tire, check out the Good Year MT/R's. I run those on my truck and I love em!!! Good Luck!
 

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Well 1/2 of my driving wil be on road because i have to go to school but the other half off-road. I really aint worried about how loud they are because i wont be able to here them over my system. I want tires that will be really good for off-roading. They say they dont wear much on road so i aint worried about them there.

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I have one question! I have seen all your other posts, it sounds like you don't have this jeep yet? but you sure do have alot of plans for it! I'll tell yah, customizing a rig is no easy chore, nor is the price for after-market accessories! Good Luck!
 

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Yeah i dont have the jeep yet but i will be getting it soon. My dad wil help me with the cutomizeing and lther stuff. Do you know what wickedakota is doing to his truck? Cuz hes my bro and our dad helps us alot with the customizeing. I also aint real worried about the price either. I probly will be getting alot of the stuff for christmas next year.

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Alrite time to update. When i first started this topic i said i was going to put a 3" Pro Comp suspension lift. Now i am for sure what kind i am going to get. It will be a 3" Rancho suspension lift with a Rancho steering stabilizer, also 30x9.5 or 31x10.5 Ground Hawgs, still the black U.S. 84 series wheels, still light bar with 4 Blazer lights (because there is no other place to mount the lights on a Cherokee), still 2 fog lights, custom made Bullbar and back bumper with tail light guards built in with the bumper, and still dual exhaust with a Cherrybomb and Howler on each pipe. Thats going to be my setup for my jeep. There might be some minor adjustments to some of the stuff i am putting on but i can handle those. Well just thought i would let you all know my new setup.

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Trust me you will change your mind a couple of times when picking what to choose. You say that you will get all this stuff, but something will probably go bad on your jeep and you will have to fix that. Especially if you are only gonna run 30x9.5 tires. I think you should save some money and get a bigger suspension lift and some 33's or 32's. My friend has a Jeep Cherokee with 31 bfg muds and a carr light bar and a detroit locker in the rear and a bunch of other engine mods and other things. He has ran into some problems with his and especially going off road and getting stuck in mud and what not. So if I were you I would get something bigger.
 

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I really aint worried about getting stuck or gettign a bigger lift right now. Maybe in like a couple years i will get a bigger lift. Like i said, i wil be getting most of the stuff for christmas next year so i wont have to pay for it. I really aint to worried because i am geting a Ramsey winch probly too. So if i ever get stuck i will be able to winch my self out or i will have wickedakota or one of my other friends pull me out.

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My only advice to your is, go big the first time. If you feel that you might want a larger lift in the future, just do it now and save yourself the time and the money. With my ride, it all started out as 4 in lift and 33s. Now it has a 7 in lift and 35s. Still, I am not satisfied. Now I am beginning to think that I should start saving for custom driveshafts, taller front springs, 2 in rear blocks, 4.56 gears, and 38 in Groundhawgs. I will have to talk about the custom driveshafts though . . . because if they will work stock with another two inches of lift, then I will leave them alone.
The moral of the lesson is, lifting and bigger tires are addictive, and if you think you'll be happy with a small lift and small tires, believe you me, you're wrong. Trust me . . . it's all in the males gene pool.
Just my opinion, but anyhow, good luck, and most of all, have fun!!! Bring on the beer, babes, and Broncos!!!
 

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On 2001-11-20 17:19, jeepattitude wrote:
I got a question for all ya off-roaders out there. What should i put on a Jeep to make it a good off-roading vehicle? I am thinking of a 3" Pro Comp suspension lift, Pro Comp steering stabalizer, 31x10.5-15 Yokohama Geolander M/T tires, black U.S. Wheel 84 Series wheels, hood scoop, light bar with 4 lights, 2 fog lights, custom made bumpers and side steps, and dual exaust with a Cherrybomb and a Howler on each pipe. Tell me if this is a good set up or not for a off-road vehicle? I think it is. Replies woudl be greatly appreciated.
 

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Yeah i know that i should go with a bigger lift right off the bat. But i think a 3 inch lift will be good. I aint planning on lifting it 10 inches. The highest i would go is like 7 inch but just dont wanna buy that big of on right now. Like i said before, in a couple years i will have enough of my own money to buy a 7 inch suspension lift and bigger tires.

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