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Old 01-29-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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Exclamation New to jeeps, please help

I just got a 93' Jeep Wrangler from my grandfather, and im really looking forward to going off roading with it. My grandpa has done nothing with his jeep since he got it besides just basic oil change and breaks and such. I read alot about parts for off roading and am not sure what I should get/ need to get. Im young so im pretty low on cash, but I really want my jeep to be awesome. The jeep is manual, white with tan interior and tan hard top. Basically with this thread Im just looking for help on what to get because i diffidently am going to put a lift on it and plan on taking this baby off roading. Thanks
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Well, I would recommend first and foremost; be realistic and tell us what you expect your Jeep to do. What will you realistically be using it mostly for?

Daily Driver?

Off road only?

In between?

What is the power train? 4cyl/6cyl/stick/auto?

First things I would do is change ALL the fluids, front and rear diff taking note of what the oil looks like. Trans, and noting it as well. Brake fluid, clutch fluid(if it has one), Radiator, engine oil. You can also even get testing kits to send into companies that will tell you what if anything might be going on. You send them a sample of the oil/fluid and they send you back a report.

Depends on if you care.

Determine what you can realistically afford and focus on the changes that you want. There are plenty of opinions, so feel free to ask about the change (ie lifts) and we can help you decide what will work for you.

Good luck, and have fun.

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What I did when I got mine 10 months ago was to changes all the fluids like camarozz said so you have a good baseline to start from. It came with the tires that are on it which are not street tires but not an agressive off-road tire either. Then I got together with the local 4WD club and started going out and having some fun.

I spent the next 8 months going out almost every weekend getting very used to how it handled, what it could as well as what it could not do, made a few changes and at that point I got a 2" lift kit from BDS installed.

Take your time and get used to your new Jeep before you start throwing money at it, believe me it will help you in the long run.

OH and if it is NOT your daily driver remove the trac bars front and rear as well as disconnect the sway bar, it makes a HUGE difference. Now if it is your DD get some quick disconnects for the sway bar and only disconnect it when your off-road.

Well there you go, my 2 cents worth, now go out and have some fun!
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:31 PM   #4
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Thanks both. @ Camarozz, I plan on having it in between, daily driver/ off roading. I will diffidently change all the fluids, and most likely will send in the test sample to a company. Also its a 4 cylinder Stick. And I guess mor especific questions would be, any reccomendations on lift, I plan on fitting 34's and, I read that if you get a lift, to be sure its good you need to get an SYE, and also I heard you need to get bigger drive shafts sometimes. With that being said, i was wondering if a new air intake and exhaust system would increase performance.
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If you are young and (as you said) don't have much money, I'd hold-off on 34" Rubber. Change the fluids as others have said and just drive it as-is for a while and get used to it.
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Thank you guys, I will surely drive it alot to get the hang of it and change the fluids as you said. But be prepared for me to be back shortly haha, I plan to make this thing do work and look nice doing it
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Only need sye and drive shaft if lifting more then 4in. If u want 34s better have cash in hand to regear, and maybe some extra in case axles go up. I've heard running 34 or 35 inch and bigger tires is pretty hard on the d30 an 35. I have no personal experience just what I have read. If u get an exhaust I highly recommend flowmaster 40 with cat delete.
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i like the thread idea jakeman. i just joined the whole Jeep world myself with a 95 Wrangler YJ and ive been thinking the same thing. if you dont mind me jumping in your thread, i had a question for everyone as well. changing out all the fluids is something im definitely going to do, but how do you send them out to a company for testing? ive never done that before...
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@Gunz n Tractorz, what do you mean by cat delete? Is it like dont install catalytic converter or what haha?
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@Gunz n Tractorz, what do you mean by cat delete? Is it like dont install catalytic converter or what haha?
Well u can just take the catalytic converter totally off or just bust the inards out of it. It just creates a lot less resistance for exhaust and sounds better. But if u have emissions don't do it. I don't have emissions so I took the inards out.
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I highly recommend against removing your Cat. It is against Federal law and you can get a giant fine for doing so.
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Well I probably wouldnt take the Cat out because in Ct the law is you don't need emissions testing after the vehicle is 25 years or older but mines only 20 years old so id need to pass emissions. If i busted the inards out of it, I assume it would have the same affect of taking it completley off and I wouldnt pass emissions, right? OR would removing inards just give less resistance, better sound and still be able to pass emissions?
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In PA if you keep it under 5000 miles your emissions exempt so i don't get sniff test but the new tests will pick it up if you knock out the cat and your out that much more.
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Well I probably wouldnt take the Cat out because in Ct the law is you don't need emissions testing after the vehicle is 25 years or older but mines only 20 years old so id need to pass emissions. If i busted the inards out of it, I assume it would have the same affect of taking it completley off and I wouldnt pass emissions, right? OR would removing inards just give less resistance, better sound and still be able to pass emissions?
If u gutted he cat it would pass inspection but not emissions, and if u took it off totally it wouldn't pass either of them. Sorry bout that. I would just do a cat back flow master 40 series and then in a few years go back and gut the cat. That's up o you though.
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I highly recommend against removing your Cat. It is against Federal law and you can get a giant fine for doing so.
100% correct but when is the last Time the law man crawled up under a vehicle. Just saying. Well I guess I could see dot doing that.
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Alright thanks, how about air intake. Would you recommend / any in particular
Also is there anything else to make this baby sound mean and get more power, my jeeps gotta be better than the other kids at school haha
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Alright thanks, how about air intake. Would you recommend / any in particular
Also is there anything else to make this baby sound mean and get more power, my jeeps gotta be better than the other kids at school haha
I'm in the same boat as far as the school thing haha. Maybe a 4.0 throttle body spacer they're like about $60-80
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Haha my best friend has a jeep and he claims "the girls will be in his and hell be the one winching me out." Haha basically I need to one up him in looks, but I also want it to feel, sound and play better, just so ill be winching him out and the girls are in my jeep haha
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Hello, I am new to the jeep world. I just bought a 1995 jeep wrangler YJ. I was hoping you could help me with a few things. First two of my dash lights aren't working. I was wondering if there is any idea what that might be. Also my brake light stays on. Any ideas?
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Hello, I am new to the jeep world. I just bought a 1995 jeep wrangler YJ. I was hoping you could help me with a few things. First two of my dash lights aren't working. I was wondering if there is any idea what that might be. Also my brake light stays on. Any ideas?
Will ur brake light flash when signal is on?
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Haha my best friend has a jeep and he claims "the girls will be in his and hell be the one winching me out." Haha basically I need to one up him in looks, but I also want it to feel, sound and play better, just so ill be winching him out and the girls are in my jeep haha
If u want a better ride you can remove the front and rear track bars this also lets you have more flexion.
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Haha my best friend has a jeep and he claims "the girls will be in his and hell be the one winching me out." Haha basically I need to one up him in looks, but I also want it to feel, sound and play better, just so ill be winching him out and the girls are in my jeep haha
First thing is if you want any money to spend on jeep stay away from relationships with the girls. haha jk
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The brake light stays on all the time even when the brake is disengaged.
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1995 YJ feels like its gonna stall when stopped but doesn't...

I hope someone can help me...

I have a 1995 YJ 2.5L which feels like its going to stall every time I stop but it doesn't. It does a little shake as though it wants to stall but doesn't. I did a complete tune up (spark plugs, wires, distributor cap & rotor, etc), the fuel filter was changed in Aug/12 (should be ok still, right? lol), I put a new O2 sensor in it, and even put fuel injector in a full tank of gas...its still doing it! The odd thing is no engine light is coming on, nor am I getting any codes...well I got 33 but that's not a problem.

Has anyone else had the same thing happen to them? Any help would be appreciated...thanks!
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Sounds like the throttle body needs cleaning. A thin layer of oily carbon builds up around the throttle blade/butterfly on the walls of the throttle body. Then the idle air control motor and ECM try tocompensate. Get yourself a can or two of carburetor cleaner or you can spend extra and get the "throttle body cleaner" which is the same stuff just usually a buck or two more. With the engine OFF, take off the air inlet tube off the top of the throttle body. If you look down the inlet you can see the throttle blade, open the throttle with one hand and you'll see just below were the blade lines up a black deposit. Spry some cleaner on it and scrub a little with an old tooth brush. Spray alittle more and keep scrubbin and repeating until its all cleaned up. OK. Leave the inlet tube off, and start the engine. Now it's gonna be alittle flooded cuz of all the cleaner ya hoses down the inle. Hold the gas pedal to the floor and crank it up, when it starts let up off the gas. gently rev it up a few times to clear it out.
Now you cn clean up around the idle air control motor. ITs the round black thing attached to the throttle body, it has an opening up to the top of the throttle body. gently spray a little cleaner in this passage. Now the engine is gonnawant to stall so ya might need to play with the throttle linkage to keep er runnin. Do this for a bit to clean and flush out any deposit around the idle air contol tipand it's passage. Button er up and go drive it for a bit up to operating temp and over 40 mph steady for a short distance. That allows the ECM to reset the idle air control. That should fix the problem. Might want to replace the PCV valve also and of course the air filter is OK right?
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Congratulations! Welcome to the club!
Check out the "Budget Jeep" thread going on right now. Lots of similar questions already answered for you (I'd link it for ya if I knew how)
Photos of your Jeep now and during the build would be great!
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Thanks Mcatt, I'll try it and see if that works. Wish me luck!
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Mine did the same thing. Felt like a little shiver. Turned out to be the injector o-rings causing a vacuum leak. Once I changed those it idles great.
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Hey Jdusome...tnx I figured it out. One of my wires had a cut. Once replaced & I cleaned the throttle it ran smooth again. Tnx Mcatt...it worked!

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