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Old 02-01-2011, 11:36 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:25 AM   #2
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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.
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IMO the designation between sport x sahara GENERALY don't mean that much of a difference. With the Rubi's though it means "lockers", pretty much every other "model" can have things added or deleted from the build so with out checking the title, tough to know for sure what Chrysler called it.

To my knowledge there is no "flash" type changer for the speedo. An ironic side note-my '04 sport came from the "factory with 30"s (Goodyear)and I put 31"s BFG's on it. My Gps and speedo agree now. The Garmin I got was right around $100. and will always be right no matter which tires.

As far as the top-you get what you pay for, do some research on the different types of tops. Full "factory replacement", sunrider, half top, frameless? Go on line to Quadratec or someone like that and read the explanations of what you are getting for your money. What about a safari or bikini top will you use one of those much? Personally I wouldn't buy anything but "Bestop" they are the supplier for the OEM tops-but it is what suits your needs. If you narrow it down to one or two and than ask people on here who have them may get better response.

Sorry can't help for the wheels-mine are just stock.

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Old 02-02-2011, 05:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply

Well, maybe I'll just get some 30" tires and call it a day. The wheels are from Jeep, but at 8" wide, I don't think Jeep would put 215/75/15s on them.

I'll probably just get a regular replacement top. I'm too cheep to get multiple tops, or the fancy ones that come half down.

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Old 02-02-2011, 05:39 PM   #4
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I have 235/75/15 on mine right now and it looks very close to stock. They came on there from the last owner. Honestly I feel like anything smaller would look silly. As far as the wheels go I /think/ that all Wrangler except for the JK share the same bolt pattern so those will work. Those came off of a TJ so if you buy a TJ they will definitely fit.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:44 PM   #5
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I found some General tires that are 235-70-15. They work out to be the same OD as the 215 stock size. This looks like a good way to get a little extra width while keeping the speedo perfect.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:45 PM   #6
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I did get the TJ by the way. I have some work to get it on the road, but once I get the parts I'll have it there shortly.

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