I've got some questions about a TJ (4.0 5spd). This coming from a long time AMC (car) enthusiast who is looking to make a BEAT up 2004 Wrangler a DD. This will be BY FAR my newest vehicle. Be forwarned, I suffer from Rambler Mentality. I would rather spend 30 hours fabing brackets, wiring, & fiddling, than spend $50 on something that would fix it in 10 minutes. Also having more than 1 parts supplier leaves me light headed from all the choices.
I havn't actually bought the Jeep yet, but I'm VERY likely to get it. Even if I don't get this one, I've go the itch and I'll get one even if this one doesn't pan out. Sooo. my questions are:
1. It is obviously a Wrangler, but it doesn't have any markings other than that. How can I easily tell if it is an SE, Sport, etc... It has the "trail rated" circular emblem, but thats it.
2. Tires. It now sits on 3 different sized tires because the previous owner broke the rear output yoke, and any sized tire was put on just to roll it around with. The sticker on the door frame says the tire size is 215/75/15. The question is; I plan on running tires at least close enough to this size on the street, but also plan on having a set of 30"-32" for playing. Is there a scanner type thingy that will allow me to keep the speedo correct when I change from one to the other? I'm hoping for something quicker than changing out a speedo gear.
3. It needs a new soft top (full metal doors). The rear "window" is also bad. What is a good top for the money? I am assuming this would be one with the windows incuded. Would it be worth the effort to get a single rear window and then just the fabric? The huge amounts of BS I get when searching for a top on google make me think there is alot of crap to be had. Is hardware for these tops universial? My old CJ was a hardtop, so it was just a matter of making the wavy tub meet up to the wavy top.
4. Not that important, but were these wheels available on a 2004 Wrangler?
JEEP WRANGLER OEM CANYON 15X8 ALUMINUM WHEELS | Yorba Linda | eBay Classifieds (Kijiji) | 5347060
These look fine in my opinion, but a 215 size tire might look a bit funny on a 8" wide wheel. I can work around it, I just wanted to know if these "belonged" there.
Sorry for the long first post, just trying to make it somewhat entertaining.