It’s all about the personal touches. I love my anvil color with black and red accents. My seat covers are red. I plasti-dipped the Jeep logo, the tow hooks, and a gutter-guard grill insert all red. I made tie-line grab handles in red and black. It’s just enough! Here are my favorite mods and a wish list, in no particular order:
- Radio Communications: I have a Midland 75 CB that I love. It runs to a firestik antenna, but can also be removed and powered by a battery pack and stubby antenna. No frills and plenty of utility. I mount it on the passenger side grab bar. I also run a Kenwood TM-281a ham radio, mounted over the rear-view mirror. It’s a little heavy for the bracket (standard compact CB mounting bracket), and it was bouncing a lot on the road. I threw a couple zip ties up there and it’s fine now. The 2m ham antenna is mounted driver side, on a hood mount. I have 3 antennas on this thing, which is absurd but I love it.
RED: As mentioned, most of the accents are red. Seat covers, plastic-dip everything, handles, and probably some things I’m forgetting about.
- Auxiliary Lights: I have auxbeam floods and spots mounted on the bumper and windshield, respectively. The rocker switches are mounted in the commonly used A-pillar switch pod. I love this setup. I barely use them, other than for showing off or flashing my friends in the eyes, but they’re wicked fun.
- Bestop TrekTop NX: Even before I owned the Jeep, I knew this was the top I wanted. The fastback look adds a whole new level to the Jeep.
- Lift Kit: I installed a 2.5 inch Teraflex spacer lift, with 1.5 inch wheel spacers as well. I also got new Teraflex 9550VS shocks, which are awesome. I got all this done in one weekend, so I’ve been resetting the savings account for a bit.
- Tires: I’m still running the stock 32s, and I’m getting close to 50,000 miles. Time for an upgrade. I’m learning towards the Kumho Road Venture AT 51, in 315/70/17. It’s a solid, affordable all-terrain tires, and it’s snow rated. The snow handling is huge here in New England.
- Bumper: The stock front bumper is fine, but once the tires get bigger and the body is lifted, it’s time for an aggressive looking bumper too.
- Winch: Of course! If you’re going to get a new bumper, it’s likely have a winch plate. An empty winch plate is dumb. So I’ll just spend all my money again!
And that’s my Jeep. Hope you like it!