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View Poll Results: Which of the following has been your best upgrade.
Locker 55 35.48%
Tires 17 10.97%
wheels 2 1.29%
motor upgrade. (cam, carb, intake, etc...) 35 22.58%
lift 46 29.68%
Voters: 155. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-25-2009, 12:41 PM
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They sort of all work together but like above, I didn't really consider tires and wheels as being that valuable until the rest was doing it's stuff.

1. Welded Rear
2. SOA/Shakle Flip/Steering
3. HydroBoost
2000 Infinity QX4, 3.3L, MPFI, 4 speed auto, 2 speed Nissan tcase, Unibody, IFS front, 4 link rear solid axle with 255-70/16s


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Old 03-25-2009, 03:27 PM
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Wow like most, it is a combination of things...But I can rank in importance.

1: Winch, most problems can be over come with a winch
2: Lift, wheels and tires
3: Bumpers and rocker gaurds
4: Chromolly/HD hubs, axles, running gear
5: Spare parts

Man... and a million other things that make life easier off road, cb's, tow straps, tree savers, d-rings, lights, larger fuel tank, first aid kit, cold weather clothes on and on and on....

1977 Jeep Cherokee Wagoneer, 401CID, th400, D44's, 37"MTR, 7"lift, locked F/R, York OBA,12K Warn, Lotta Love
2002 Chrystler Sebring LX DD
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:00 PM
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When you start with open 2.72 gears, lower gears and a locker is like taking a quantum leap in ability.
Ran when parked.
88 GW, 401/727/208, 5" lift, D44s/4.10s/locked up, 35s with a few Evil Twin & TT's Fabworks mods
76 401 Wag, 77 401 Wag, 77 401 J20
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:30 PM
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Best Modification

Going to Propane.

Of course I had done a bunch of modifications and the propane made the motor respond like I wanted...all the carbs I tried just did not work like expected.

Every modification is the best at the time I do it, lockers, lift, 1 ton axles, bigger tires, Hydraulic steering, Roll cage, transfer case swap and under drive. It's a growing process, I started with a rig that was someone's custom order, 3.73 gearing, 208 transfer case, bare esentials interior, Limited slip rear diff, off road suspension package...I built from there.
Merc69/ Bruce AKA G.O.D. (Grumpy Old Dude)
"PsyOp" 87 Grand Wagoneer, 360, Powered by Propane, NP-208 t-case, Dana 60 front 4.56 gears-Detroit Locker, Corp 14 bolt 4.56 gears-Detroit Locker. Alcan Springs up front, Chevy 63", Hydraulic Steering

Under Construction: 4 link rear suspension, Klune-v and Ford 205 transfer case
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:05 PM
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Diesel swap is not on your list. Followed closely by the hydroboost.
-87 Grand, 6.5L diesel, MHI TE06H turbo, Water/air intercooler, Art Carr 700R4, CS-130, hydroboost. 21/24mpg, dead 229 [Custom 242 on the way]
-99 XJ Limited.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:18 PM
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If it aint broke, fix it 'till it is.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:57 PM
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1. Chevy 350
2. 700r4 Trans
3. Lockrite in rear
4. xrc8 winch
77 J10 350/700r4/np208, lockrite rear, 3" Rough Country lift,xrc8 winch,33" MTZ's
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Desert Beast

Going a little extreme for a GW
87' Grand Wagoneer
401/727/229, Currently:RUNNING
84 J10/20 hybrid 258/727/208 Daily Driver
80' J10 4BT/AX-15/208
74' J10 Go Grabber Green Sold
Originally Posted by Heavy_Metal_Thunder_81
Inferior Chevy

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Old 03-26-2009, 11:03 AM
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I voted lift I am runnnig a spring over front with BJ's 1" shackles and 6" springs in the back with 2" blocks and a 3" body lift.
But I think my favorite mod is my T Case I have a 203/205 doubler and I have a lomax kit in the 205.

the 44" bogger/ TSL combos are cool too.
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:25 PM
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I said lockers for the best mod because it really brings the rest of the mods together. Then it would be tires, lift, and a winch.

1972 J2000: 304, T18, Dana 20, Dana 44s w/ 4.09s, Rear Detroit, 7.50-16s
1977 J10: 401, TH400, Quadratrac, partime kit, Dana 60's , 4.10s, welded rear, RS44044s SOA, 63" Springs inboarded, 36" Goodyear RT IIs

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Old 03-26-2009, 05:39 PM
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I\'ve seen gsmikie\'s video for the TH400 and thought it was just awful.watching a guy tear down a greasy pile of metal in a junkyard. it dosent have to be surrounded by water to be an island
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:02 PM
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Don't know yet, I'm doing a lot at one time. From before:

1) Lift
2) Tire
3) 360 upgrades to turn the tires
4) LSD in rear

Sucked with out brakes. Now adding:
1) Hydroboost and rear discs
2) 401
3) Fuel injection
4) 3/4 ton axles w/ 3.73s and hopefully e-lockers
5) T400/quadratrac (mostly since I want a good winter vehicle)
6) Bumpers w/ winch and tire carriers
7) Rancho RS9000 w/ remote switch
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:12 PM
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If I could only do one thing it would have to be a locker, a front locker. But since there was no way I could stop at that I now have a 6" lift, 12,000lb hydro winch, mini spool in the front, rebuilt trash-lok in the back, 360 with go fast goodies, street and strip clutch, and soon to be 35" tires. All that and I still haven't put it on the road
Jacob Z

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Old 03-26-2009, 08:14 PM
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new wiring harness
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:38 AM
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Ditching the silly slushbox for a T-18.

"Carpe Mañana".

'83 Wagoneer
360, .030-over, K8600 cam, Crane springs, ported heads, Edelbrock Performer, G.M. TBI, TFI, 3" exhaust,
T-18a/208, D44/AMC 20 w/ limited slip in both, 3.73s, 33s, BDS 4" springs, Rancho 9000 shocks, etc., etc.
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:07 AM
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I dont have it in my J10 yet but lockers are the single best. However, I always start with the lift and tires then other small items then when funds are available I do the gears and lockers.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:53 AM
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46x22 ag tires flotation is the king in my area and with the 38s I went nowhere.
78 pacer on 75 chero frame thats shortened 10\" and shackle reversal, D60 front with spool,14ff with detroit locker 4.56s in both,500 hp/500 ftlb torque 401,built 727,208 to divorced 205 doubler,on 46x21 ag tires
78 cj 360, 3spd, scout 44s with detroits SOAed with 36"tsl and beadlocks
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by HARDCORE pacer
46x22 ag tires flotation is the king in my area and with the 38s I went nowhere.

That pacer has got to be king in your area also!
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:48 PM
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ON BOARD AIR wasnt on the list either...cus everyone i am wheeling with benefits from that mod
77 chero DEAD.
84wag,360,tf727,???! possiblities are d300 flipped and a ford d44 hp with coils
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:55 PM
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