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Old 08-01-2009, 01:00 AM   #1
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Hey everybody,

Just joined the site... purchased a blue 2009 Sahara Unlimited on Saturday. I'm psyched, but I have a couple of questions that I'm hoping people can answer.

1) I live in NJ, near NYC. Not many offroading opportunities that I know of... where can I go to find out the closest/best places to get my Jeep doing what it's supposed to be doing?

2) Got the complete MOPAR package since I could work the best deal on it. What, if anything, should I be concerned about with having all of this chrome on my truck (besides living in northern NJ and worrying about it not being on my truck when I come out of a movie)?

3) Any suggestions for simple upgrades performance-wise? Mostly daily driving, pretty sure it can handle my offroading skills. Anything that wouldn't void a warranty would be welcome.

4) How hard is it to switch between the hardtop and softtop? Which top is better for which season in the NE US?

5) If I'm driving and it starts pouring (as it's done for 65 of the last 67 days), how concerned should I be about getting the top back up? It is a Jeep, right?

6) Do I need a tire cover for my spare or is it more decoration? Regardless, does anyone know a site that has some really cool, off-the-wall covers?

Appreciate the help!

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Old 08-01-2009, 08:39 AM   #2
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Hey everybody,

Just joined the site... purchased a blue 2009 Sahara Unlimited on Saturday. I'm psyched, but I have a couple of questions that I'm hoping people can answer.
First, congrats on the purchase and Welcome to the JEEP obsession!

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1) I live in NJ, near NYC. Not many offroading opportunities that I know of... where can I go to find out the closest/best places to get my Jeep doing what it's supposed to be doing?
Can't help there, sorry. I am down around New Orleans.

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2) Got the complete MOPAR package since I could work the best deal on it. What, if anything, should I be concerned about with having all of this chrome on my truck (besides living in northern NJ and worrying about it not being on my truck when I come out of a movie)?
1st thing ---- It is not a "truck", car or SUV, it is a JEEP.

Not sure about this one either. Chrome and me don't mix. The Mopar "BlackOut Kit" --- maybe, but I am not a fan personally.... funny, I a had a doctor friend of mine that bought a H2 (back when they first came out) and I asked him about if he chromed it all out.... his response "you don't put jewelry on grizzly bear" --- Kinda my feeling about chrome on a JEEP.

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3) Any suggestions for simple upgrades performance-wise? Mostly daily driving, pretty sure it can handle my offroading skills. Anything that wouldn't void a warranty would be welcome.
You will have to be more descriptive about what upgrades you want.
There is not an effective shelf upgrade on the cheap to just "juice" up the performance without major engine swapping etc... You can try filters and chips but the general consensus is that none of it really works that well overall. It is a Jeep --- appreciate it for what it is and realize what it is not.

Nothing will void a warranty unless you go extreme and start replacing -major- components. A simple lift-kit, tires, shocks, swaybars, etc --- not a problem unless you do something wild like a 8" lift. Essentially, they (depending on the dealer here of course) would have to prove that your add-ons or modifications "caused or contributed" directly to the damage/failure etc on your Jeep.

And yes, any of the JK models will handle the majority of your offroad adventures! Might want to look into a replacement bumper and winch system, straps, D-rings, etc if you have serious aspirations for adventure.

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4) How hard is it to switch between the hardtop and softtop? Which top is better for which season in the NE US?
I don't know --- Softtops are notoriously difficult to learn at first, but I only deal with my hardtop, and I have a custom winch lift and storage system installed in my garage for this now.

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5) If I'm driving and it starts pouring (as it's done for 65 of the last 67 days), how concerned should I be about getting the top back up? It is a Jeep, right?
Wow, it is a JEEP not a BMW X6. You have drain holes in the floorboard and removable carpeting for a reason. I wouldn't say trash it like a rusted-out CJ5, but cut it some slack and just enjoy the rain..... I wouldn't just park it in the rain all-day everyday with no protection (that is just foolish IMHO) --- but yes, it is a JEEP... water is A-OK.

Go get some dirt on it...maybe it will cover up all that chrome..... :P LOL

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6) Do I need a tire cover for my spare or is it more decoration? Regardless, does anyone know a site that has some really cool, off-the-wall covers?
A lot people think it is not needed and only used to hide a mismatched spare or if you want to either advertise for a dealership or show everyone how you love to "Save the Dolphins" ---- Some people love em and say it will protect the tire from fade/UV/wear. Personally, I have not found one that really speaks to me if you know what I mean. Plus, I love the look on the exposed Rubicon rim and M/Ts on the back.It just looks cool naked IMHO.

YMMV!

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Appreciate the help!
Hope this helps and I am sure you will get much more info.
All the best and welcome to the fold.

BTW, post a pic of your new ride!!!

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Old 08-01-2009, 10:38 AM   #3
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6) Do I need a tire cover for my spare or is it more decoration? Regardless, does anyone know a site that has some really cool, off-the-wall covers?
Welcome Aboard Shipmate!

When you get a chance, introduce yourself to the Forum, using this link:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f12/

To answer #6 for you: Sure! I'll go with the Tire Fade/UV Protection/Wear reason Andy mentioned above. That'll justify why I bought mine!

Ok..... I'll go with Tire Fade/UV Protection/Wear & Decoration! How's that?

I looked around the web, and found this site:

Custom Spare Tire Covers For Any Size Tire

He has Tire Covers from A-Z, OR, he can make you a Custom one from a pic that you provide. I provided a pic, and this is one he made for me:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...p-Scooter5.jpg

I ordered it on Sunday, he shipped it Monday, and I had it by Wednesday. FAST & EFFICIENT! I certainly recommend his work. BTW, if you're not sure of your Tire Size, just measure it, and he can make it to fit. Mine was a 32" Tire, and I sent him the dimensions. Fits like a Glove!

Best of Luck, and again, WELCOME!

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Wow, Blackbeard...that is extreme, but looks cool on the Yellow....
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Wow, Blackbeard...that is extreme, but looks cool on the Yellow....
Yeah! I kinda got a little close with the cell cam. How about this one instead... not as overpowering from an angle.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...p-Scooter4.jpg

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Old 08-01-2009, 02:29 PM   #6
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4) How hard is it to switch between the hardtop and softtop? Which top is better for which season in the NE US?

5) If I'm driving and it starts pouring (as it's done for 65 of the last 67 days), how concerned should I be about getting the top back up? It is a Jeep, right?
It's really hard the first time. Fairly hard the second time. A pain the third time. Annoying the fourth time, because you can't find all the bits.

It gets easier and easier. Most people don't swap that often, because the hardtop is hard to store and ends up covered with stuff in the garage. Also, it can be tough to get the hardtop to reseal exactly right. It's also a two-person job (a little heavy, a lot awkward).

Which top is better? Total opinion. It's a trade-off for looks, security and fun. I like soft tops, and think they represent the whole Jeep experience better. But I may be slightly biased.

Practice putting the top up a few times when it's not raining.
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I set my hard top on two by fours in the back yard in the spring and put it back on in the fall. I keep all the peicesparts in a bag in the garage in one place. So far no problems with getting it to seal. Silicone lubricant on the seals helps them keep water out. Putting the soft top up and down does take some time. I keep a tarp in the back just in case. Takes me 8 to 12 minutes to put it up and about 5 to 7 putting it down. I drove with the top down today around Banstead NH and Concord. Nice ride on a mostly sunny day, temp in the mid 80s. Combined that with some off roading. Sweet. There are some roads up here that are not plowed in the winter and pretty rough in the summer. I take a new one every chance I get just to see where it goes. There is some quite impressive properties where out in the middle of nowhere up here. Loads of fun finding them. Well, I could get carried away talking about this stuff, lets see what else I can do related to your questions.

I agree with the other two posts about the bling (shiny stuff). Jeep doesn't need it. Just something that someone may try to hawk on a street corner (you said NY is a problem for that kind of thing. I like the basic look.

My spare tire is covered with a dealer supplied wheel cover. I like the security aspect of it. If I approach my car and the wheel cover is being removed by someone, I am going to be looking for a way to crack some knee caps as I approach. I like the link in the above post. When I go to replace my wheel cover, I will be looking for something unusual and that place certainly has some impressive covers. Now, if I lived up here in NH all year round, I may not be so concerned with security. I live in a moderately population center in Western Mass. Security is not a major issue but still a concern.

Welcome to the forum and hope you like it here. I certainly do. Very helpful people and friendly too!

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Thanks Andy, Geoff, BB, and jk'n for the responses. Sorry it's taken me so long to get back up on here. I appreciate the input, and really cracked up on the grizzly bear comment.

I'm going to try and throw a pic up of my Jeep on the intro page (while it was still on the lot)... maybe I'm over-exaggerating the chrome... maybe not. And I lost the tire cover argument with my wife. I would've loved to have something custom like BB... my wife wanted the standard "life is good" or "compass". Hopefully, I lose this battle to win the war.

Going to wait on the hard-top/soft-top switch-out until the spring when I get a shed and a winch. I've heard rumblings that I'm not supposed to leave the soft-top apparatus in the Jeep while the hard-top's on. Is that true?

Does anybody know of regional groups for Jeepers? Now that I have a Jeep, I'd like to go trailing with other Jeepers in NNJ, but I'm not sure how to do it. Any thoughts?

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