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Old 05-04-2012, 09:16 PM   #1
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I'm new to the forum and new to Jeeps, but wanted to take the time to introduce myself. I live in beautiful north Florida and I'm a 22 year old 8th grade American History teacher. I traded in my Honda Element earlier this week in an effort to establish some credit and to help out my parents who have been having some car trouble. I bought a '98 Wrangler Sport 4.0. I'm new to manual transmissions and have been driving it for two days now. I'm having a bit of trouble getting adjusted (particularly to first gear), but I am still really enjoying the ride so far. I will attach pictures soon, and I am looking forward to reading through the threads here and learning more about my vehicle.

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Old 05-04-2012, 10:08 PM   #7
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Thanks, guys. Looking forward to learning about my Jeep. This may not be the appropriate place to post this question, but does anyone have a recommendation for a replacement top that can be removed/attached in less than 20 minutes by one person? I live in Panama City Beach, and while the weather is typically perfect for driving topless, it's also rather volatile and may rain despite meteorologist predictions since I'm right on the Gulf of Mexico. I would like something I could change quickly.
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Welcome Joe, Your soft top is great for what you want to do, unless you look into a bikini or safari top? Nice looking Jeep..
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:14 PM   #9
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Thanks, guys. Looking forward to learning about my Jeep. This may not be the appropriate place to post this question, but does anyone have a recommendation for a replacement top that can be removed/attached in less than 20 minutes by one person? I live in Panama City Beach, and while the weather is typically perfect for driving topless, it's also rather volatile and may rain despite meteorologist predictions since I'm right on the Gulf of Mexico. I would like something I could change quickly.
If you like bikini or safari tops I would recommend my top because its very easy to take off and on compared to oem top but It turns into a safari top.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:20 PM   #10
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Thank you for the quick reply. The pictures don't accurately account for the condition of the soft top on the Jeep I just bought. The fit is loose in several places and is flapping more than normal (or, more than my friends'). Additionally, the previous owner has had to zip-tie the top to the rollbars in order to get a decent fit. I cannot remove it, currently. The right rear window and the back window are also zip-tied shut and missing zippers. The previous owner was obviously concerned with keeping the top leak-free, which I appreciate, but I believe it's time for a new one. I cannot determine a make or model on the top. I may have overlooked something but I did not see any identification tags or a model number or anything like that, which is why I asked for a recommendation for a new top. Definitely going to go with another soft top, though. Thanks for the help!

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Old 05-04-2012, 10:25 PM   #11
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I really like the look of the Rampage top, and particularly the way that it fits over the rollbar in the back without the support that mine appears to have. Being able to store the windows inside it seems to be a cool feature and exactly the sort of thing I am looking for. Thanks for the heads up!

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Alot of people use Bestop brand, I have one also. There's definitely alot of preferences out there, try and find one that fits your lifestyle. Use the internet google for soft top, bikini top and safari's. Good luck with your search, check out utube videos on different tops and installations also..
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Thank you. I can already see that this forum will be a valuable resource. After using the search feature, I can see that I asked a question that is addressed all too regularly. I'll avoid that in the future, and I appreciate that none of you chose to flame me. I will begin researching replacement soft tops and front seats. Before I do anything, though, I really need to get more confident with driving a manual transmission. I'm two days in, and still rather nervous each time I'm forced to start from a stop in traffic or decelerate to make a turn.
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Just enjoy and have fun with it, It will be natural soon enough....
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:58 PM   #15
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Thank you. I can already see that this forum will be a valuable resource. After using the search feature, I can see that I asked a question that is addressed all too regularly. I'll avoid that in the future, and I appreciate that none of you chose to flame me. I will begin researching replacement soft tops and front seats. Before I do anything, though, I really need to get more confident with driving a manual transmission. I'm two days in, and still rather nervous each time I'm forced to start from a stop in traffic or decelerate to make a turn.
This is a personal preference to me...but I find it easier to shift into neutral when decelerating and coast/brake...then when I need to go again shift into which ever hear I need too...just a idea for you to try you may like
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:24 PM   #17
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Jodfie, thanks for the tip. One of my friends who also has a Jeep (a black '02 Sport) recommended the same thing. I need to familiarize myself more with which speed corresponds with which gear so that I know which gear to pop it back into when I need to accelerate once again. This is the sort of thing my father would have loved to teach me (he's a huge fan of 4x4s and used to own a Bronco) but he is blind now after a recent battle with brain cancer. Luckily I have a few friends who drive manual, so after a bit of practice, I'm hoping to get more familiar with it. It's definitely a blast to drive so far, and I have wanted a Jeep ever since I got my first Power Wheels.

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I'm off to an empty parking lot to practice starting from a stop. Thanks for the kind welcome, all. I've taken the time to check out most everyone's profiles. Sweet Jeeps!
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I'm off to an empty parking lot to practice starting from a stop. Thanks for the kind welcome, all. I've taken the time to check out most everyone's profiles. Sweet Jeeps!
My brother taught me( which is a general rule of thumb) think of 1st 0-15 2nd 15-30 3rd 30-40 4th 40 to 50 and 5th 50 and above but just get use to listening for when your RPMs "plateau" and shift then.. You'll understand what I mean
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Nice ride from Florida too, what a perfect place for a jeep- beach time!
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Thanks, gang! A few more days in, and I'm much more confident with the manual transmission (except stop and go traffic and when I'm in a long line at a light).. I still find that nerve-racking. I'm having a relative take the Jeep into the shop tomorrow (I'll be teaching and cannot take off), and I am hoping that everything turns out mechanically sound. I have never enjoyed driving as much as I have this past week.

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