Just jumping in here to say hello and introduce myself to this here new crowd.
I'm 22 years old, hailing from lovely Southeastern Connecticut, and just pulled the trigger on my first (paid for my me) car. 2001 Wrangler sport, 120k miles young, rocking the 5 speed, 4.0, and Dana 44 under the back. I decided that my bucket o bolts grand am would probably try to kill me before winter was up, and I've always had a eye on TJ Wranglers as a fun, quirky, useful type of SUV.
I'm pretty new to this whole thing, so I'm sure I'll be posting my fair share of dumb questions and asking for advice from everyone here. We can start it off with an easy one - on top for the springs there is a thick (2") rubber block lifting the car up, and then between the back bumper and body I can see another thinner (1") rubber spacer. soooo, this would be referred to as a 2" frame lift and a 1" body lift, right? Besides that, other mods that it came with are 32"x(really f'ing wide) BF Goodrich A/T's, unfortunately a mismatched spare, a front brush guard that is rusted and starting to rot out, a tiny tiny winch that may only be good for tug of war games, and quite possibly the world's worst stereo install. Besides the poor modifying decisions of the PO, however, everything that came stock on this puppy is rock solid and I already have a laundry list of things I want to add or change. As an engineer, I love the fact that this car is a giant erector set, and could be pretty much torn to the ground with a socket set and screwdriver.
Took me a few days to get used to the bumpy jostly ride compared to a little low car, but after getting all settled in I must say I love it. The six banger pulls like a champ, but also sounds like a bat out of hell anywhere over 3k, so I'm pretty hesitant to go through the whole rev range. My friend actually has a '95 4.0L cherokee and I used to make fun of him cause his fans were louder than his exhaust... now I can see that that's just a jeep thing. Despite the quirks of my actual vehicle, there is only one complaint I have about Wrangler ownership in itself, and that is that I probably get a lot of weird looks from driving around with a big goofy grin on every time I'm in the car. Oh, and the waves from others never get old either.
That being said, I hope to be kickin around here for awhile since this seems like an awesome community and a great place to get some tech know how and pop my offroading cherry once I get a few things done (get a tow strap, rig up some tow points, and get a CB radio). I know how much you all love pictures, so I'll try to get some up within the next few days.
yeah, actually northeastjeep is where i got the recommended list of stuff to bring offroading. unfortunately, my front bumper is tubes, and doesn't have a place to mount tow points. Not quite hardcore enough to hang with them yet though haha.
I keep getting back from work after its dark out, but I'll try to get some pictures up later this week. Is there like a newbie forum where I can post my stupid questions or should I just add them here, or maybe make a thread in the TJ board?
Alright, as promised, some pictures and a few noob questions..
What is the easiest way to get the top off? I took it off once and it was a real pain, definitely cause I'm doing it wrong. Is there a way to do it without taking off the side windows, since one of them is kinda jammed? I know the first steps are to unhook the latches above the windshield, then undo the back, zip to the top, and roll and secure it, but after that I have no idea.
I put a picture up of the front bumper.... looks like its wayy too rusted out to repair, and maybe even not structurally sound enough for recovery points. oh well...just means no hardcore offroading until the spring when I can afford a big sweet bumper. But for now, I think I'm going to kit it out with some homemade fishing pole holders and walmart lights, simply for the sake of aesthetics and making it my own... I'm not spending too much on it though since I plan on replacing it soon. Just gettin my feet wet.
Hopefully to come this weekend is an oil change, coolant and heater core (heater doesn't heat too well), rod holders, new stereo, and driving lights.
now, for the ADD... sorry these are all in the dark...it's been a long work week
Sittin tall on my 32x11.5r15's. Yeah...11.5 is wicked wide. get some rub but it's ok.
Glam shot, of course
Tiny winch and the kinda lame bumper that came with it
Super-precise engineering prototype model of what I'm planning to do with rod holders and $12 lights
rust that's compromising this bumpah. oh well...
Old lameness, and new hotness
mini hitch, mismatched spare (wah wah), and gotta rep my nova V
so far, this thing is a blast to drive. the GF isn't a huge fan of the rough ride or the road noise, but a license plate with doggies on it smoothes that over pretty well haha
hey man, i'm in the same boat. just traded my '04 maxima for a '97 sahara so it's night and day for comfort, noise, height, etc, but i'm cheesin ear-to-ear every time i get in. i'm not even joking when i say i've logged a LOT of hours reading what upgrades to make and what to do/ not to do and i have to look up people's acronyms to find out what everyone's talking about (i.e. PM me, OP, SYE). it took me 3 days of reading just to figure out i wanted THIS forum, opposed to militaryjeepers and jeepforum. beginner stuff from a newb, take it for what it's worth: take off the plastic bumper endcaps (milk jugs), paint the chrome headlight bezels, and start protecting what you already have: skid plates for oil/tranny pan, rock sliders for the body, light guards...i live in east hartford so we can meet up sometime but i've also read there aren't too many places around here. i think glastonbury state forest is open during the summer, my buddy took me through nepaug forest and there's a spot in haddam, but i don't know how much else is legal. check out my pics, it's how i bought it: intake, some kind of stabilizer hydraulic arm, a tucked away hitch, and blue wheel spacers.