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Old 08-22-2013, 11:05 AM   #1
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How do i learn????

I'm new to my jeep and never really cared for fixing my previous cars. But like all of you this has become my baby. How can I go about learning the ins and out of jeeps. Fixing. Mods. For example when I read threads on lifts it goes right over my head. Any good books? Websites? How did you guys learn?

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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If you're a visual learner, which a lot of folks are, then youtube can be very helpful. It's one thing to read it but another to see it and there are lots of videos that can help with just about any mod. I had to watch one just to get my trektop windows in. Ofcourse, forums are good too. You can always get to know local jeepers thru groups and folks there are pretty knowledgeable and helpful. A lot of groups have facebook pages.

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:27 PM   #3
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^^^^x2. I plan on lifting mine in the spring. I have never done suspension work of any kind but I don't break out in a sweat with a wrench in my hand either. That being said, I have a friend who is familiar with suspension work. I have asked him to WATCH me while I do it. He wont let me take the wrong path and when I'm done I will have learned quite a bit.

Just get the help you need and then get greasy. Ya gotta start somewhere. Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:49 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. And yeah I am a visual learner on the actually labor of it. But I want to know what they're talking about not just install it. I believe I could install a lift off of YouTube but I wouldn't be able to talk about it. Hope that makes sense
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:00 PM   #5
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Check out the stickies up top. The JK Parts Labeled thread will help you identify what's what. That will help you with the terminology - difference between trackbar & swaybar for example.

The informative lift video is also useful.

A basic auto mechanics class through your local community college might be worth your while if you want to learn the basics.

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:05 PM   #6
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An online tech manual. Great resource, although I think you can purchase the DVD from Chrysler.

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:20 PM   #7
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The way you learn is by doing it and working on your Jeep. The Wrangler is like legos. They are easy to work on. If you buy a lift and do it yourself you will quickly learn about it. The lifts aren't difficult to install with a friend or two.

A lot of people are scared to crawl under a car.

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:23 PM   #8
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I looked things up on this forum for over a year before I started making changes to mine. The perfect solution for some will ruin the jeep for others, so you need to do enough reading to figure out what is right for you. Then, bravely climb under with a wrench and give it a shot.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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Another great resource would be local Jeep clubs - a lot of clubs will have wrench days where you can go help others or hopefully get others to help you do installs. Great way to learn and a great way to make friends.

I couldn't have done the engine swap in my old Neon without the help of my car club back then

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #10
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While I do learn visually, I am primarily a logic learner -I read and research until I understand, conceptually and logically, the process or plan I will execute. For me, clearly understanding the end state and the concepts associated with reaching it is an essential prepatory step. Very few things in my life have ever gone smoothly or completely to plan - knowing the how and why behind a certain step or course of action is how I continue towards the desired end state when something not explicitly covered in the instructions happens.

So, with that in mind, I recommend you research your suspension. Understand how it works - you should know the function of your control arms, track bar, drag link, tie rod, pitman arm, shocks and springs. Get a feel for how the parts interact with one another so that when you start changing and modifying them you can develop a feel for what right looks like as a reference point.

It's a little bit like land navigation - as long as you know where you are and where you want to go, you're never lost...just en route. Directions might help, but you can make up your own if you need to.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:11 PM   #11
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Thanks!!! You guys have been very helpful. Didn't get this kind of support in my patriot forum lol

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