It goes without saying that since it’s inception, the Jeep, as well as the HMMWV/HUMMER has been a platform for constant modification. First by the military, and then within the civilian markets.
One of the first things that people post on social media is…”I just got my first Jeep, what mods do I start with?”, so I thought that I would have a Mod Monday post every Monday, to share some of the mods I have done, as well as some mods that are aesthetic, upgrade, or functional.
I’ll classify mods into those three categories:
(1) Aesthetic – meaning it does not enhance the performance of the seven slat vehicle, nor upgrade the vehicle. Now I’ll grant one exception to this rule, Line-X’ing your Jeep/HMMWV/HUMMER, it looks awesome, and IS functional!
Line-X also offers a TREMENDOUS amount of protection as well! Check out this YouTube video…
However, besides Line-X, painting your diff covers, interior trim, Plasti-Dip your wheels or any other part that you can unbolt and hang on the fence to paint DOES NOT count!
(2) Upgrades – This type of modification upgrades your seven slat vehicle over its stock form. For example, my current seven slat is a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport, which does not come with a front sway bar disconnect feature, as the Rubicon model does. I installed the JKS 2034 Front Swaybar Quicker Disconnect System for Jeep JK on my Sport model that upgraded its performance over stock.
(3) Functional – A functional modification is one that adds a mechanical advantage, or enhancement to the vehicle. Obvious functional modifications are larger tires, lifts, winches, aux lighting, etc.
Arguably one of the most functional upgrades is larger diameter tires, as they provide better ground clearance for your seven slat vehicle.
I say larger diameter tires, as I am a proponent of the “pizza cutter” look, as it achieves greater ground clearance and I believe better on road performance. Better on road performance, as the “thinner” tire is less likely to hydro-plane in rain/snow, and in an off road situation the minimal lack of flotation is negligible. I’ll address my preference for the “pizza cutter” set-up in an upcoming post.
There are mods that of course cover all three categories outlined above, and I’ll begin posting specific mods in the coming Monday’s. As always, I look forward to your candid feedback, on mods, and any other topic. Be sure to check back on Monday, 6/18/2018, for my review on the first specific mod!