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Old 06-16-2011, 02:02 PM   #1
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New To Me!!! - 1997 TJ Sport 4.0 - Fairfield County, CT

Ever since I got my license, 18yrs ago, I've always wanted a Wrangler. Two weeks ago I sold my boat and used the money to buy an old 1997 Wrangler Sport. I like projects and this is my new one. I managed to somewhat restore an old Mako 19' fishing boat but have never worked on Jeeps at all. I consider myself handy but I'm sure with the help of this forum, I'll know this TJ inside and out.

I took on a few projects within the first week that I read on this forum and will continue to look for great ideas on this thread. I also have a new addiction to Quadratec . I've started a picture archive of all of my progress.

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Old 06-16-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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nice little TJ if you want to get stupid with it let me know I'm willing to lend a hand and some saw blades. Also if your going to lift it keep it local Clayton Offroad is in Waterbury and they make some Damn nice stuff

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Old 06-16-2011, 09:49 PM   #5
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Nice seat covers, are they neoprene?
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:06 PM   #7
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Hey man welcome to Sanity! Nice jeep, I would have sold the boat too lol, so good move on your part You wont regret it.... Looking forward to what you plan on doing with it
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Thanks everyone. Yes, they are the Neoprene seat covers. Aside from cosmetic projects, I think a lift is first order of business. Any suggestions on what you guys would do first?
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:24 AM   #10
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IMO I would do a lift first... I would decide what you want out of your Jeep, and how much money you want to invest on a lift. Depending on how much height you looking for it can be relatively cheep or it can get a bit more expensive...
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:52 AM   #11
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I'm thinking 4" lift but am not sure if I want a cheap alternative with spacers or something mor hevy duty. The extent of my off roading is beach driving on Cape Cod in the summer and whatever snow banks I can find in the winter. I haven't really been off roading or trail riding but can picture myself getting into it sooner rather than later, especially since I now have a Wrangler. (The 1998 Grand Cherokee is getting jealous in the driveway).
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like i said in my first post go local and get a kit from clayton. do it once and be done with it
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Thanks everyone. Yes, they are the Neoprene seat covers. Aside from cosmetic projects, I think a lift is first order of business. Any suggestions on what you guys would do first?
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My list of purchases suggestions

-Some form of soft top if you do not already have one
-Mirror reloc brackets or a cheap motorcycle mirror to keep it legal driving around doorless.
-Some form of security to keep your valuables safe....examples tuffy under seat lock box or locking center console. ( have a center console listed in the classifieds if you are interested)
-A good set of torx bits as well as PB blaster


Lastly I would search around online for a club to join. You have quite a few options and there is a club out there for everyone.

A few off the top of my head are Northeastjeep.org , Patriotjeepers, Jon fund, Freedom Trail riders, MassKrawlers, SIS..... and as I said those are off the top of my head. There are quite a few members on here including myself that belong to Norteastjeep.org and I can say it is a great group of guys that would never leave a fellow jeeper stramded on a trail plus we have a very active schedule of trail runs, camping and social events. But like I said there are tons in the area and its best to check them all out and find the one that is the best fit for you.

Oh and an fyi.....Quadratec is great but before making any purchases always shop around before ordering. Most of the time you will find a much better deal elsewhere. Like right now 4wd and 4wheelparts are having an up to 15% off sale with free shipping.
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Welcome!!

My list of purchases suggestions

-Some form of soft top if you do not already have one
-Mirror reloc brackets or a cheap motorcycle mirror to keep it legal driving around doorless.
-Some form of security to keep your valuables safe....examples tuffy under seat lock box or locking center console. ( have a center console listed in the classifieds if you are interested)
-A good set of torx bits as well as PB blaster


Lastly I would search around online for a club to join. You have quite a few options and there is a club out there for everyone.

A few off the top of my head are Northeastjeep.org , Patriotjeepers, Jon fund, Freedom Trail riders, MassKrawlers, SIS..... and as I said those are off the top of my head. There are quite a few members on here including myself that belong to Norteastjeep.org and I can say it is a great group of guys that would never leave a fellow jeeper stramded on a trail plus we have a very active schedule of trail runs, camping and social events. But like I said there are tons in the area and its best to check them all out and find the one that is the best fit for you.

Oh and an fyi.....Quadratec is great but before making any purchases always shop around before ordering. Most of the time you will find a much better deal elsewhere. Like right now 4wd and 4wheelparts are having an up to 15% off sale with free shipping.

Couldnt of said it any better JP... I was looking into joining Northeastjeeps for a while now, you jeepers do alot for the people in need and I think its great that its more then just an off road club!
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Thanks everyone. A week or two have gone by since I bought the TJ and here is where we are now. Funny what a Trektop NX, few cans of Krylon Fusion, seat covers and a new stereo can do!

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Your Jeep looks really good congrats!!!

I am sure you will hear lots of opinions on this subject-but let me be the first. I had an OME lift added this past year and the ride difference and feeling of "control", and being able to "see" that much better is well worth it. I would expect your shocks and springs are a little tired after 14 years,--- if you are going to lift it anyway-- maybe this is the way to go?

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