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Old 02-22-2010, 10:11 PM   #1
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Finally my first Jeep

Hello, so I've wanted a Jeep Wrangler since I was probably ten (19 now), and finally I go the the dealership tomorrow to pick it (all stock 2002 Wrangler Sport Soft top 4.0 auto) up from the dealership!! WOOOHOOO! Now I'm really quite new to the Jeep setups, and I've been hearing alot of reference to JK, CJ, YJ, etc..., my question is; "What do all of these acronyms stand for? Is it like the "SLT" you would find on a Chevy to name the interior package?
Also, I have been looking into engine mods to put on this thing when I get it, but I dont want to do what I did on my last vehicle and put $500-$600 of aftermarket parts to help inprove the mileage (8.1L V8, 9mpg), So what kinds of things will work, I put a K&N cold air, Throttle body spacer, Tornado fuel saver, and a $65 chip that I was one of the unfortunate fools to fall for their scam. I have heard the Tornado works well if you put it in front of the trottle body, is this true?

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Old 02-22-2010, 10:25 PM   #2
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Here are the models:

CJ Jeep models 1944-1986
YJ Jeep Wrangler models from 1987-95
TJ Jeep Wrangler models from 1997-06
JK New model Jeep Wranglers made from 2007+

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Old 02-22-2010, 10:26 PM   #3
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:44 PM   #4
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Flyboy, you're getting yourself a TJ. It's a great model, with tons of aftermarket support, and a huge number of dedicated fans. You'll have lots of fun with that ride.

Personally, I think the only performance modification that's worth it is a change of perspective: instead of throttle body modifications, think mud and knobby tires. Instead of zero-to-sixty, think 45° inclines.

Ain't none of that stuff you listed going to make your new Wrangler fast.
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There's all about what you can into, out of, go over, climb up
all good times, and all at a slooower pace....
your gonna spend alot more $$$$ than that on getting
it do the before mentioned things
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:19 AM   #7
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Welcome to the Forum. There isn't a lot you can do for mileage, performance, that sort of thing so embrace it for what it is, the most addicting vehicle on and off the road. If you have cash burning a hole in your pocket there are tons of aftermarket parts and mods that you can blow it on AND YOU WILL.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:59 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the advice. Drove it home last night and man was it a blast. I was wondering where the rough ride was that everyone warned me about, and as far as noise goes, I had an 1982 Mercedes 240D for a while and man, it was louder going down the road than my Jeep. I was also told that with the soft top and it being 15 degrees outside I would freeze, turns out that I had to turn the heater down on the way home, so I have yet to find anything I was told come true.
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:14 PM   #12
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One issue I have found now is, I went to CarQuest today to get some mudflaps to mount in the fender. The label said (fits all SUVs), well, it did'nt mention that they would'nt fit a Wrangler. Does anyone know where to find a set of mudflaps that will fit the Wrangler for a good cost? Thanks
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:54 PM   #13
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Welcome to the world of Jeep! What are mud flaps? Working on your Jeep will become habit forming. Start buying tools, one here, one there, some SAE, some metric. Start looking at all other Jeeps you see, what lift do they have, what size tires, etc. Wave at other Jeeps, maybe the person driving will wave back.

Since you are 19, and asked about performance parts. Your Jeep is a totally different set of wheels, it will drive completely different than any other vehicle. With the short wheel base, and high profile, loss of control is easy, and happens in a nano-second! Do you momma a favor, and drive senseable at all times, please! (a dad/funeral director has spoken!)
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:12 PM   #15
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Wyominer, thanks for the advice. The idea behind the mudflaps is to preserve the paint, and as far as tools go, I was an aircraft mechanic for 3 years so all I gotta do is get to finding mods. I have messed with it going down the road a bit, getting the feel of the responsiveness of the short wheel base. I also took it in a couple full circles in my driveway just to see what the turning radius was (and I kept the tires from breaking loose), and wow, I could just about jump from outside the inner tire to outside the inner tire on the opposite side of the circle, MUCH tighter than the GMC 2500 I traded in for the Jeep. This things a blast.

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