Living on the east coast is rather frustrating when most of the trails and places I'd like to experience are hundreds of miles away. With this in mind my plan from the beginning has been to build a vehicle that I wouldn't mind driving long distances (across the country eventually) to remote, scenic places. Of course, once at the trailhead my rig had better be capable enough to make it through multiple days of 4-wheeling and then get me home again.
Now I realize that a LWB Jeep may have been a better option this kind of thing but my base vehicle happens to be a TJ..
With these factors in mind requirements for my rig are simple; a vehicle that can handle a variety of weather conditions (snow in particular), something that will be comfortable during long excursions yet right at home on the trail, enough storage for my gear.
So, if anyone is building a rig with similar factors in mind I'd love to hear about your experiences and what parts/accessories have worked (or haven't worked) for you.
Here's the plan......
2004 Jeep TJ Sport
Wheels and Tires
265/75R16 BF Goodrich All Terrain Tires
16x8 American Racing Baja Wheels (4.5" BS)
2.5" Old Man Emu HD Suspension
.75" Rubicon Express Coil Spacers (4)
Steering / Control Arms etc.
JKS "Quicker" Disconnects
JKS HD Chromoly Tie Rod
JKS Adjustable Lower Control Arms (4)
Curre HD Adjustable Front Track Bar
Nthº Mobility Adjustable Upper Control Arms (4)
Advance Adapters SYE / Tom Woods CV Shaft
Nthº Mobility Tummy Tucker / Auto Skid / Oil Pan Skid
Kilby Gas Tank / Steering Box Skids
Sun Performance Rocker Guards
JKS LCA skids (weld on)
Garvin Wilderness Front Bumper + IPF 968 Driving Lights
Garvin Wilderness Rear Bumper + Swingout Tire Carrier
Warn Winch (undecided model)
48" Hi-Lift Jack
ARB Recovery Strap
Cobra 75WXST CB / Firestik Antenna
Husky Floor Lines (front, rear and cargo)
Wet Okole Seat Covers (Black)