Man your story sound almost identical to mine. I hit a deer last fall with my ZJ and toltalled it. Went out afterwards and got the same Jeep you did....2005 GC Lim. 5.7l hemi. Once I started reading these forums two years ago I got the mod bug as well. My old jeep ZJ had a 4.0L engine that I extensively modified to squeeze every bit of power out of that engine I could as it was under powered. It turned into a hobby for me in the sense that I discovered that I could do alot of the mechanical work myself and I enjoyed the satifaction of completing each project. My wife however freaked out with each new expense and grumbled about the fact that these were unnecessary expenses
. I hung in there though, pushed back, and she got tired of fighting with me over it
. My new jeep doesn't need performance upgrades as the last one but I'm starting the mod "dance" again. Starting with HIDs!