Lift or Bumper First


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Hello everyone! I'm new to Jeeping and off-roading and wanted to get some opinions and tips on what I should do next on my Jeep. I currently own a 2019 JLU Sport S and my plans are to get into overlanding and general off-roading. These are the current modifications I have installed;

-LOD Signature Series Rock Sliders (Thank you Wayalife for those)
-Rugged Ridge reinforced tailgate and tire carrier

And this is what I currently have planned on for future modifications;

-AEV 2.5 inch lift
-35" KO2s w/ wheels
-ARB Front Bumper w/ winch
-AEV rear bumper

But I am conflicted on what should be my next mod; the lift w/ tires or the bumper. I know that recovery is probably more crucial than a lift but I live out in the desert and have no points to recover from (wheeling alone). I just wanted to hear some valid opinions on whether one is better than the other.


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1. Dont wheel alone, especially in a desert
2. they make sand anchors for winching
3. Bigger tires just get you more stuck.
4. I run steel bumpers so i can bounce off of prius's and laugh not just for recovery.
I'm guessing you are telling me to get the bumper first before lift and tires?
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it’s all about what you want to order first lol especially if your planning on running both in the near future.

I would also suggest looking into a sand anchor or you could always bury your spare tire and winch off of it (I don’t know how well that would work).
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Agree with TrailHunter. First actual thing I did to my Jeep was store tools and recovery gear wherever I could. Even when I wheeled it stock it was still a good piece of mind to have them on hand.

But yeah honestly out of those two options, order whatever the hell you want both are gonna happen sooner or later lol
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Caught the Bug
When was the last time you ran into something? Even with a strong bumper, there would likely be damage. You don't even need a real bumper to mount a winch.

So focus on things which assure your safe return first. Sometimes you do things alone because there is no one else available or you prefer to be alone.

They may not be "cool" but there are bolt-on recovery points available if your Jeep does not come with them.
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