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Old 12-05-2013, 06:49 AM   #1
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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First day of top down, no door riding. Picked up my brother from school and I'm waiting to get out of the lot, lots of kids. I decide going out another way would be better. Slap it into reverse, let the clutch out aaaand nothing. "Shit...that's not in, let me push it in now" (revs still falling)
*GRIND GRIND*
Crowd goes "Oooh...OOHHH"
I reverse away....in shame....
Since then I have not forgotten the manual doesn't like any revs off idle to slide into reverse

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Old 12-05-2013, 09:52 AM   #3
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Just locked my keys in my jeep this morning and had to unzip the back Window and crawl in through there to retrieve them
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:05 AM   #4
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Just locked my keys in my jeep this morning and had to unzip the back Window and crawl in through there to retrieve them
I'm going to do that one day for fun...but a magnetic key box has infinite spots to hide on a Jeep :thumbs:
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:20 AM   #5
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Turned on a wet road, rear tires wouldn't grab, revs too high , and then a week later I find myself buying a new set of spider gears for my rear diff
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:18 AM   #6
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89 YJ.... driving a creek bed in February in Illinois. Getting near lunch so we hop up out of the creek bed and start across a frozen field. Smack in the middle of this field is a thawed spot where we sink UP TO THE DOORS in mud.

Had to hike 3 miles to get to a phone to call a tow truck... then 3 miles back...... then wait 2 hours for truck to show. Had QUITE an audience by the time the truck showed.

Jeep was about 6 months old, and I WAS In 4WD the whole time......valuable lessons learned that day.
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:57 PM   #7
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Took my Jeep out to an offroad park after it had been raining all day. Decided to impress my newly acquired girlfriend, and three of my friends with my "do anything, go anywhere" Jeep. Roared through a rather large puddle/small lake. Newb mistake... took it too fast, hydro-locked the engine, blew two rods and ended up having to make everyone wait 3 hours for a tow truck.

Silver lining to the story! Girlfriend fell in love with my Jeep after that and ended up buying me a new engine. I've got a winner.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:06 PM   #8
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The day i bought mine i stalled it 3 times in a row trying to take off uphill from a light. At first i felt like an idiot that couldn't work a clutch properly, then i realized i was in 3rd gear...

So then i felt like an idiot that couldn't work a stick properly.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:02 PM   #9
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Just locked my keys in my jeep this morning and had to unzip the back Window and crawl in through there to retrieve them
I've done that twice now. Should have learned the first time...
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The day i bought mine i stalled it 3 times in a row trying to take off uphill from a light. At first i felt like an idiot that couldn't work a clutch properly, then i realized i was in 3rd gear... So then i felt like an idiot that couldn't work a stick properly.
Lol I did that driving it home after buying it
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I'd had my wrangler for about 3 days. Arriving home, I found my 13 year old son and his friends playing basketball in our driveway. Of course, the boys all rushed over and asked me about the new ride. I explained to them how capable it was off-road and promised to take them wheeling in the upcoming months, then started to pull into the garage. It must have been one of those perfect moments where everything in the universe is aligned incorrectly. It had rained earlier, my tires were still stock and with all the kids around I was pulling in slowly and with extreme caution. When my wheels hit the little 2 inch step-up to the garage they actually started spinning!! So there I was, in my new off-road powerhouse...in front of about 7 teenage boys...unable to climb a 2 inch lip. The boys were in tears laughing so hard, and to be honest it was pretty funny.

Needless to say, I've taken them all off-road now and restored the boys faith in Jeeps. I haven't spun the wheels on that lip since and I even tried to once or twice. Go figure. I guess it was just one if those things.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:50 PM   #12
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Mine was about 10 minutes after I got it. It was warm outside as I pulled out of the dealer lot. I went to roll down the windows. BUT THERE ARE NO WINDOW LATCHES! So I pull over at the gas station about 1/2 block away, get me a beverage, and get on the smart phone to Google "open 2013 Wrangler power windows". Then of course I felt like a complete dork to learn the switches were in center of the dash LOL!!!!!
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:23 AM   #13
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After getting my YJ I challenged my friend with a TJ that I could go anywhere he could go. I didn't realize that my diffs were open and his were locked. Got stuck first thing when one of my wheels left the ground and he had to pull me out. lol
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My first Jeep was a CJ, had her share of mechanical issues. Most prominent was a faulty shifter (auto, on the column) that liked to jump out of Park into Reverse. Thought I finally had it fixed, and one winter morning I go out and start the Jeep to let it warm up. I came back outside just in time to watch my Jeep back out of my driveway, across the street into my neighbors yard, and crash into their 6 ft. tall Statue of Liberty. The statue broke, part of it went through the back window.

Other embarrassing moment, on a Jeep Jamboree, stopped for lunch in the mountains. My brother-in-law and I decide to climb up a large hill with an overhang, overlooking the assembled group of Jeeps from a height of about 20 ft. As we are sitting eating and admiring the view, my water bottle leaves us. It bounces down the incline, and bounces off the roof of a nicely restored Wagoneer. Fortunately there was no damage to the Jeep, only my pride. The other highlight of that trip was my brother-in-law getting out of the passenger side of my Jeep without remembering we were on the side of a mountain. He stepped right off the edge of a small drop-off, luckily a thicket broke his fall. I snapped a quick picture before helping back on up on the trail.
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:35 PM   #15
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Took the girlfriend out wheeling one day...went to Lefthand Canyon: TrailDamage.com - Left Hand Canyon

It was early-ish in the morning so it was a little wet in areas...well, we were headed up the mountain and someone was coming down so we pulled off a bit to let them pass...as soon as i started to go again, i slipped off the rock we were apparently on and the side of the mountain broke away...jeep slid to the side and got hung up on the pumpkins. I pulled the girlfriend out of the driver side since her side was hanging off the cliff and had to walk down the mountain until we found another jeep crew with a winch.

Got back in the jeep and almost need a change of pants when i was winched out...the jeep was facing down the mountain side just hanging onto the winch...finally got it back on all 4's and decided to call it a day and went home.

Havent been back lol

Embarrassing for sure but also scary
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:17 PM   #16
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Silver lining to the story! Girlfriend fell in love with my Jeep after that and ended up buying me a new engine. I've got a winner.
Does she have a sister? I'm willing to relocate!

The night after I took mine out for the first time in what I thought was a modest amount of mud, I hosed it off on the common drive in my small town home complex. After 2 hours trying to hose and scoop the Texas-sized mud pile all my (surprisingly understanding) neighbors were tracking into their garages, I gave up and called a pressure washer out. The first thing the HOA manager asked was where I went, and if she could come next time!
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:06 PM   #17
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Living in Idaho Falls with my CJ-8 many years ago. It is a very conservative town. Stores close and no hard liquor on Sunday, etc.

Pulling out of the mall and a cop falls in behind me. Not unusual for my big loud Jeep to be followed. I get up to 45 or so and a bunch of paper starts flying out of my bed. It was empty when I got there so someone dumped it in there. I pull over right away and start collecting the paper, only to discover its a whole stack of porn mags.

No ticket but the cop made sure I got it all picked up.


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I tried to climb a curb to avoid a LONG line of traffic. I approved the curb but couldn't climb it. I tried to put it in 4WD but it wouldn't go. I had to back out and get back in line. I later realized I need to be rolling to engage 4WD. I went back 2 weeks later and for no other reason did it just to prove to myself that I could.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:29 AM   #19
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I'd had my wrangler for about 3 days. Arriving home, I found my 13 year old son and his friends playing basketball in our driveway. Of course, the boys all rushed over and asked me about the new ride. I explained to them how capable it was off-road and promised to take them wheeling in the upcoming months, then started to pull into the garage. It must have been one of those perfect moments where everything in the universe is aligned incorrectly. It had rained earlier, my tires were still stock and with all the kids around I was pulling in slowly and with extreme caution. When my wheels hit the little 2 inch step-up to the garage they actually started spinning!! So there I was, in my new off-road powerhouse...in front of about 7 teenage boys...unable to climb a 2 inch lip. The boys were in tears laughing so hard, and to be honest it was pretty funny.

Needless to say, I've taken them all off-road now and restored the boys faith in Jeeps. I haven't spun the wheels on that lip since and I even tried to once or twice. Go figure. I guess it was just one if those things.



after a trip to the badlands in Indiana we camped for the night and it rained. While trying to get my jeep on my trailer with metal ramps in the morning I just sat there spinning the tires on them. My wife comes over laughing and says" we drove up and over boulders yesterday and you cant get on the trailer with a 1ft hill?" I just laughed. backed up a little and got some momentum to get up the ramps.
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I tried to climb a curb to avoid a LONG line of traffic. I approved the curb but couldn't climb it. I tried to put it in 4WD but it wouldn't go. I had to back out and get back in line. I later realized I need to be rolling to engage 4WD. I went back 2 weeks later and for no other reason did it just to prove to myself that I could.
I would have gone back also
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:28 PM   #21
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not a jeep.story but here goes. when I was 14 I worked at a motorcycle salvage yard. I got an old honda rebel 250 in lieu of some pay. well we got it running pretty good. one day I.was at a gas station filling up I went in and payed I come there, a car with girls pulled in for gas next to me. I straddled my bike hit the starter button the.bike lurched forward about 2 foot and falls over. damn I left it in first gear. pretty funny
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:13 AM   #22
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Rausch Creek last weekend. First time wheeling on my MT/R Kevlar's and lift, felt invincible until I hit the very first trail head. Snowy, icy, slick, and my tires were packed with snow from getting over there, and I just could not get up the obstacle. Backed up, 3 guys looking at me like I was an idiot in XJ's go by, and I take the easy trail. Learned that the MT/R's like to be a little wet and you've gotta use some go pedal to clear them, and then I made that obstacle my bitch. Forwards, backwards, sideways I did that damn thing over and over again to reclaim my masculinity.
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This happened 7-8 years ago. Drove the Tj at the time.
I was leaving work. Early spring and there was still snow mounds around the lot. Well I decided to try and overcome one. I did engage 4wd but it was too late. Now I'm stuck on a snow pile
Embarrassing to say the least lol
Somebody at work had to pull me out.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:19 PM   #24
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We were pretty new to having a Jeep and were taking a ride in the Arizona Strip, not a well traveled area. I managed to back up and get high centered, nothing to winch to. Well, along comes a Chevy Blazer and I flag him down and ask to get strapped off. It was a rental and they were on their way to camp out, it was their honeymoon! A little direction from me and we were on our way, so were they. Embarrassing!
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I managed to back up and get high centered,
That reminds me of when I first got the CJ, showing my GF (at the time) the awesome off-road capabilities of Jeep... we were on our way somewhere, and passed a construction site where there was a large pile of excavated dirt. Yep... couldn't resist... up I drove, over the peak, and... STOP! Somehow I'd managed to get hung up on the transfer case skid. She was not amused. We had to wait until a friend gave me a little pull with his truck, and just hoping we didn't get in trouble for trespassing in the meantime.
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Took my doors off for the first time to see what the hype is about no doors on the trail, and now I will be taking the doors off every summer chance I get. Went through a few mud puddles, ended up going to Home Depot to buy a tarp as it was gonna rain that night and I was heading to Colorado Springs. Leaving CO Springs, I invited a friend to drive doorless with me back home as she was interested in driving doorless. Jeep wouldn't start. Everything was dried under the hood. Nope, wouldn't start. Ended up calling a tow truck and waiting for a couple hours to get it towed back to my place in Denver. And then having it towed from my place to another city to get it fixed.
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Bump.
This thread must not die...I may have a story at the end of the day today, I'm replacing my clutch
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Having to explain the funky smell in the TJ is river water that is stale in the seat fabric - it smelled like wet dogs and old farts until I washed the inside with the pressure washer.
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Many years ago I had a CJ-5. I weas running 35 inch Super Swampers, a 304 V8 and the factory 3 speen manual transmission.
Well, the big tires combined with factroy axles were too much. I pulled up the the light to make a left turn. The light turned green and, nothing. No forward momentum at all.
The light went back to red and everyone is honking at me.
I put it back in first, let out the clutch, and got out.
The driveshaft was spinning but no joy at the rear.
Back to neutral, lock the front hubs (manual) and put it in 4WD.
Light turns green and I start to go.
Half way into my left hand turn, the right axle lets go. the tire and the axle shaft go flying across the street and hit the guard rail.
Still in 4WD (now front wheel drive), I powered the Jeep onto the sidewalk and called the wrecker.

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