Last week I traded off my motorcycle for a Jeep Wrangler. Partly an impulse purchase, but mostly because I'm 34 years old and that's too old to have never played with a Wrangler.
I'm a 3rd gen AZ native, a bit of a farmboy, and I've owned several 4x4s. I've owned a Ram 2500 Hemi 4x4 for the past 8 years. I cleaned her up and benched her. She's just a hay hauler now. I've also had a couple Broncos, a fullsize Ranger, Ram 1500 4x4, etc.
AT any rate, I saw this 2005 TJ, and the price was reasonable (Wranglers are priced as if made of gold in AZ), so I gave it a new home. It's a 2.4L DOHC 6-speed.
Here are the pics:
I test drove it and it drove well, so I took it home before I bought it and gave it a thorough inspection. These Wranglers are so easy to figure out.
I discovered a fresh timing belt, fresh serpentine belt, fresh trans oil (not ATF). Both axles and the transfer case were topped off, but the fluid was a bit dirty. Appeared to have ATF in the transfer case. The underside was scratch free. I'm probably the first person ever to try 4LO. It looked virgin underneath.
As far as upgrades, I don't know where to start, but I'll try.
*Inside it's got a Kenwood detach face stereo and Tuffy center console.
*On the body it's got nerf bars, a good front bumper and lights, plus a new soft top.
*It's got new 31" BFGs and Dick Cepek wheels (I installed locks the day after I brought it home).
*It appears to have a 2" lift, coil spacers in front with Rancho shocks, and Rancho air bags in the rear, with a schrader valve in the rear bumper.
*It's got a really nice receiver hitch and tow package, LOL. I don't think I'll be towing, but I'll buy a metal hitch basket carrier thing.
*It feels like it's got some sort of traction device in the rear, LS or something.
*Under the hood it's got the Airaid and Powerjet chip junk, with an Optima battery. I'm not a fan of the bolt on gimmick stuff. The Airaid filter was loose when I first inspected, but the intake tube was clean downstream of the filter, so I don't think the engine vacuumed up much dust. It's also got Dynomax exhaust, which I like.
I spent a couple days listening to and tracking down rattles. I despise rattles. I'll be damned if this Wrangler didn't have a symphony of rattles, all resonating at different frequencies, and since they were all located in different areas it was like surround sound. I swear some of the rattles were transient, by that I mean they were "running away" from me. I'd hear it on one spot, move there, and then hear it in another. I tracked them all down, all proved to be benign... and were cured with LockTite or a small piece of rubber... one was courtesy of the Airaid filter vibrating on the strut that spans the firewall to the grill. That Airaid might come off if it doesn't shape up soon. I already had a stash of blue LockTite. 4-cyls probably naturally transmit more vibration than the I-6s.
I noticed a little weep from the power steering reservoir line at the cheep spring clamp, so I upgraded it with a proper hose clamp I had in my toolbox.
I like working on it, the Wrangler is just so simple and straight forward.
The little Wrangler appears to be getting mileage consistent with what I was hoping.
It's exactly what I wanted, you can even reference my first semi-ignorant post here from a couple months ago: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/4cyl...te-120860.html
See ya on the trails.