Ask TFL: What Are the First 5 Mods I Should Do on a Jeep Wrangler? [Video]

We always enjoy answering your questions here at TFL and with the current situation keeping everyone home, we figure what better time than now to dive headlong into readers and viewer questions. 

Our latest question comes from Joe, who just picked up a stock 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sahara with the 4.0-liter V6. Here’s what he wrote to us:

I just picked up a 1 owner Tan 2000 TJ Sahara 4.0 with 98 k and no rust! So excited I had to tell someone. Would be very interested in knowing what you think first 5 or 6 mods should be? I have a truck currently 2017 Z71 Silverado. It’s my everyday driver, as well as a Grand Cherokee. But this little TJ will be for the wife and I to bramble through the woods and hills of Southern Indiana. I am thinking about a 2- or 2.5-inch lift kit, some 33 inch tires and a winch to start? Any other ideas or “hints “ you could give would be greatly appreciated. I love watching you and Tommy get out together and spend time doing something you both enjoy. I respect your opinion and hope you respond! Another reason I am so excited is The TJ is a one owner,  a 78 year old couple who drove to California and Florida and has always been garaged. TJ has NO upgrades and is bone stock, which I love. And never been off road. I paid $2500.00 for the Jeep. Think I goy my moneys worth? Thanks in advanced for your time.

Thanks for the question Joe.

First of all, if the story of this TJ is true and Joe got it for $2500, that’s called an amazing deal. Here are a few pics of Joe’s new Jeep:

In his note, Joe already identified three different upgrades which are a smart place to start. Below, let’s go through our list here at TFL on the first five mods you should do to your Jeep.

  1. Tires Tires Tires

Upgrading your rubber is the most influential upgrade you can make to your vehicle when it comes to tackling off-road trails. Going for all-terrain tires will serve you best for a blend of on- and off-road performance, though if you want more extreme traction you can step up to mud terrains. The other important factor here is tire size. Upgrading your tire size will help with ground clearance and your off-road angles, though going bigger brings along other upgrades.

2. Lift

A body lift will be necessary to fit those larger tires, and will also help with off-road angles. A two-inch lift will bring along just enough space for 33-inch tires without needing too many other upgrades, though doubling to a four-inch lift will give the 33s much more room for travel. The smaller the lift, the more work will need to be done to make enough space for your tires.

3. Protection

Keeping your vehicle protected and safe is crucial off-road, so rock rails and skid plates are certainly a good place to start. Anything that will make sure you stay out on the trail even after a miscalculation.

4. Suspension upgrades

Swapping out your shocks and springs is an easy way to get a much softer ride off-road to make sure your Jeep or vehicle isn’t beating you up too hard. If you’re lifting your Jeep anyways, upgrading the suspension at the same time is a no brainer.

5. Recovery

Getting into sticky situations is usually inevitable off-road, so making sure you can get out is important. First step in this endeavour is to make sure you have solid and accessible recovery points on your vehicle. Besides that, a good winch in your front bumper can come in incredibly handy when you sink in the mud or snow.

What do you think about our list? Watch the video above for all our thoughts, and let us know in the comments if you agree.