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Old 02-11-2014, 04:17 AM   #1
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My new to me Jeep and ?'s

Here's my '11, picked her up yesterday. I love it, but am already missing some creature comforts. Manual windows, I can live with, but 4 doors without power locks, might be more difficult. How hard/possible would it be to add power locks? Anybody that has done it, please chime in. I'm not an idiot, but not a super wrench either.

Other mods/adds required:

spare cover (looks like ebay has a billion of these)
Bra (need suggestions on this, does the grill tend to get rocks, or should I protect just the hood edge?)
Rims and Tires (oversize-depending on funds available...not worth my marriage)
Rocker panel covers
New Stereo (this stock one sucks)
I see there are bags for the windows, is that something I need? Not sure how much I'll have them off, probably have the top down more than anything.

If this turns out to be anything like my Harley, there will be many, many, many more mods to come. I just can't leave anything stock anymore.... Anyway, hello to all and see you out on the trails!!
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I should have searched first, but to answer my own question yes, these packages exist for power locks. If anyone has any tips on these feel free to pass on your knowledge, THANK YOU!!

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Sooooo, I guess I should play around a bit more. It has power locks if you use the key, so it might just be a case of finding the right code on the remote?
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The remote may show power locks, but if it wasn't built with the harness for power locks it won't matter what you try with the remote. There have been people who have put in either aftermarket or Mopar branded power locks after the purchase, however, you will be messing with a factory harness to do so, and with that, there's a possibility of a mess.

Honestly, you'd be better off getting a good alarm and just get used to locking the doors manually if you really want too, many of us don't lock our doors at all - it's less damage to the Jeep if someone opens the door, looks through it, and leaves, rather then breaking a window, cutting a windows, or the soft top. Get used to not keeping anything in the Jeep, and there's a lot less to worry about - or look into the Tuffy products.

I mention the alarm, because an alarm with a proximity sensor is better than just locking the Jeep anyhow. I can leave mine topless and doorless and it will give a warning chirp when someone is too close to the Jeep for too long. It also scares cats away.

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As for your list - forget the bra, and look for Rubicon rail take offs, they run about $150 or so. Upgrade your wheels and don't worry about the spare - you need a matching size spare anyhow or you can mess up the drivetrain, don't run different sized tires.
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And find a set of tinted windows for the soft top. IMHO the clear ones look terrible
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I want to get the power locks done on my doors too. I agree with tinting the soft top windows. You could either buy them or tint them yourself.

I tinted them myself using static cling and peel tint that your find at a local auto parts store. Pretty easy...only took me about 2 1/2 hours. And a lot cheaper than paying around 300 for the factory tinted windows.
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Thanks all, I'll keep ya'all updated. I'll get out and do some work when it warms up a bit here. I freaking hate winter.
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Well it's sort of looks like you have a cut rate JKU.. but things are odd you have the fog light/hook front end, but the lowest grade tires for any jeep.. maybe the dealer did swap or whom ever order the jeep from the factory wasn't sure what should be on it.
I think your next move would be to replace those tires. Because of the JKU's longer wheel base.. and those tires.. you'll get a bit of sway when turning curves and lets not take about if you decide to putt gear or carry 5 people or more in it.. those tires just wont hold up.
Now if you got this for a song.. then it gives you a clean slate to work with assuming the dealer didn't tamper with any gear ratios etc. One thign that would help here is if you have the window sticker, take a picture of it and post it here. This can tell allot about that jeep's options and were to go from there.
As for the Bra/rock guard/bug guard. Looking at our user 08 Wrangler and all the traveling we do spring and summer.. yes the front end will get a bit scratched up. Most tend to repaint with products like bed liner paint or plasicoat. One area is the radiator mainly the transmission cooling unit which is in front of the rad. We're opting for the full bra but just the fornt part and not the silly hood part which is a "V" shape.
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Not running a spare is poor advice unless you're going to stay strictly on road where AAA can come get you if needed, in which case you wouldn't need more aggressive tires anyway. Just run the stock wheels for a few weeks longer than you would have otherwise until you can save up for 5 without aggrivating the wife.
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no doubt I need tires. the plasticoat idea is good. I may try that.

Cascadian, no I would not consider running w/o a spare. But if I only get (4) tires an oem tire would be like a car's donut spare, ya? just enough to get me to a garage.

Great feedback guys, thank you!!
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Get a set of Duratracs or whatever you like, tons of threads on here about tires.

IMHO, forget the bra, I think they look silly.

Most importantly, enjoy the Jeep. Make it yours and drive the hell out of it!

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If nothing else, get you some higher end take off wheels on Craigslist. Those can be had for <$500 easily for the set of 5.
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geauxwillett, Agreed, CG is my friend. Just seems like when there is a 'decent' deal there they are either 200 miles away or gone by the time I get to them....I'm in Syracuse and am planning on driving down to Wilksbarre, PA to look at a set of 33-12.5's on Sat. but only if they're still there. As for wheels, I'd love some better wheels, but might have to paint whatever comes with and wait. Funds are running lowwwwww......
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Georgepink if money is an issue right now I bought A SET OF 5BFG MTs all 5 with rims only 1.000 miles for under a $1.000 and they are good on road and off have over 15k on them and they still look great so CONGRATS ON THE JK and welcome to the WF.
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Georgepink if money is an issue right now I bought A SET OF 5BFG MTs all 5 with rims only 1.000 miles for under a $1.000 and they are good on road and off have over 15k on them and they still look great so CONGRATS ON THE JK and welcome to the WF.
I might consider it, but unlikely. Can you post pics and asking price, please?
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George, I see you are in Syracuse. I'm north of you and have 5 17" wheels (tires not included) off my 2012 Sport for sale. $250.

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...and now their gone too.
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George, I see you are in Syracuse. I'm north of you and have 5 17" wheels (tires not included) off my 2012 Sport for sale. $250.

those look nice, but I think if I'm going to spend the cash, I am going to go bigger. Thank you, though.
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Keep your eyes open they come and go so fast....a lot of the "new Jeep buyers" upgrade in the first year...and their factory rims may be "good enough" for what you wanna do.
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got a set of mud and snow yesterday with black <needs repaint> rims. If I don't freeze, i'll try and get them on today, repaint over the summer. Their only 15's but they'll do for now. phase 1: tires (semi complete)
phase 2: creature comforts restore- keyless entry and alarm <coming>, get rid of that poor excuse of a stock radio <coming>
phase 3: pay for divorce lawyer if I spend too much more....
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tires / wheels done

next up fix a wheel stud that stripped when they put the crappy wheels on
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tires / wheels done next up fix a wheel stud that stripped when they put the crappy wheels on
The contrast between your Jeep and the tires is awesome! Much better improvement over the steelies. I bet it rides better now. You might want to consider the matching spare. If you're 5 miles deep in the back country, a "donut" might create more serious problems.

You also mentioned your grille and IMO I think you should coat it in plasti dip. If you do the hinges too, I think it would really enhance the color of your Jeep.

Congrats on your purchase!
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If nothing else, get you some higher end take off wheels on Craigslist. Those can be had for <$500 easily for the set of 5.

^^^PLUS ONE^^^ I scored 5 brand new 2014 Rubicon takeoffs on Craig's List w/o TPMS for $750. Paid $100 for transfer and balance from my old set and then resold my 5 original 17" wheels and tires for $250 after 24,000 miles of wear. Net cost - $600! You WILL NOT find a better deal than takeoffs, unless you steal them.

Why doesn't anybody like these Rubicon wheels and tires? You are throwing them away. Jeep should get a clue and offer Rubicons on 16"steel wheels for a $200 credit as an option! They would make even MORE $$$$
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The contrast between your Jeep and the tires is awesome! Much better improvement over the steelies. I bet it rides better now. You might want to consider the matching spare. If you're 5 miles deep in the back country, a "donut" might create more serious problems.

You also mentioned your grille and IMO I think you should coat it in plasti dip. If you do the hinges too, I think it would really enhance the color of your Jeep.

Congrats on your purchase!
I definitely plan on getting another for a spare, but the guy I bought the wheels from only had 4. I'll find one at some point.

The cool thing about this is I've had it less than 2 weeks and already have a full sheet of cheap / free mods, adds, customizations, etc. this is getting as fun as the Harley.

As for the ride, (I expected it), but it's loud now.

Mods upcoming: fix wheel stud, find something to clean back window, bed liner entryway, grill coated, and then...........COME ON SPRING!!!!
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Looks good man, congrats on the new ride.
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So, I'm loving the tires and what they can do, but not sure I want them on 24x7x365. One of the things that bothers me, is my tpms warning is on saying that the tire pressure is incorrect. Not being that knowledgeable, I'm thinking with the 15" wider tires, everything is ok, but it bothers me nonetheless.

My question to those in the know, is since I didn't get rid of the OEM rims, what size tire could/should I put on to lift a little, get better traction, be able to tow, and still get decent gas mileage (mileage has dropped to 12 with these tires). Then I'll have winter and summer tires/rims and that's fine, but I partially justified this purchase with getting better mileage than my f250. now not so much. eh, it is what it is, but thought maybe you guys would have some suggestions. Any thoughts?
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They make a "tool" called a Pro Cal that can fix or allow you to "reset" the computer for the correct tire pressure.........and I am just thinkin' here and HONESTLY IDK...but why couldn't you get someone's "stock take offs" and use them?
It would have the sensors, and your mileage should go back up...only other option I got is to buy new wheels but from what I "hear" it would be cheaper to get someone else's that is switching tires and rims.....just a thought.....Good Luck!!
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So, I'm loving the tires and what they can do, but not sure I want them on 24x7x365. One of the things that bothers me, is my tpms warning is on saying that the tire pressure is incorrect. Not being that knowledgeable, I'm thinking with the 15" wider tires, everything is ok, but it bothers me nonetheless.

My question to those in the know, is since I didn't get rid of the OEM rims, what size tire could/should I put on to lift a little, get better traction, be able to tow, and still get decent gas mileage (mileage has dropped to 12 with these tires). Then I'll have winter and summer tires/rims and that's fine, but I partially justified this purchase with getting better mileage than my f250. now not so much. eh, it is what it is, but thought maybe you guys would have some suggestions. Any thoughts?
Your TPMS light on will happen pretty much whenever you make a change to the stock setup. The computer is configured to look for certain things, and you've changed it.

I run 15" MBTKOs on my jeep with 33" DuraTracs and love them. Gas mileage is 14-16, calculated by the computer. I'm not a math whiz and wouldn't attempt to do it by hand. EVIC is good enough for me.

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They make a "tool" called a Pro Cal that can fix or allow you to "reset" the computer for the correct tire pressure.........and I am just thinkin' here and HONESTLY IDK...but why couldn't you get someone's "stock take offs" and use them?
It would have the sensors, and your mileage should go back up...only other option I got is to buy new wheels but from what I "hear" it would be cheaper to get someone else's that is switching tires and rims.....just a thought.....Good Luck!!
The Procal is made by AEV. aside from resetting the tire pressure, you'd also want to make sure your EVIC is set for the right sized tires to correct your odometer reading. Again, you're changing what the computer expects to be there, and I believe miles are counted based on rotations of the axles but doesn't know to calculate differently because of faster/slower axle rotation due to different tire sizes. The Procal will also allow you to recalibrate your speedo for the new tire size, too. When you swap out to bigger tires, your jeep thinks you are going slower than you are. Don't want to unwittingly give a cop a reason to write you up! A Procal is cheaper than just about any speeding ticket you'd get.

The Procal also allows you to switch fog lights to DRL and lots of other things. You should at least take a look at it and see if it's worth it for you.

Superchips also makes the FlashCal, which is similar to the Procal, but people have been having issues with their products. You should check them out, too. Make your own judgement on which would be better for you. You might not consider the other people's issues something worth worrying about.

Takeoffs are another option. That's purely a personal decision.

JP, this is for the OP, I just quoted your message because you brought up the points I was going to talk about. Hope you don't mind!
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Your TPMS light on will happen pretty much whenever you make a change to the stock setup. The computer is configured to look for certain things, and you've changed it.

I run 15" MBTKOs on my jeep with 33" DuraTracs and love them. Gas mileage is 14-16, calculated by the computer. I'm not a math whiz and wouldn't attempt to do it by hand. EVIC is good enough for me.



The Procal is made by AEV. aside from resetting the tire pressure, you'd also want to make sure your EVIC is set for the right sized tires to correct your odometer reading. Again, you're changing what the computer expects to be there, and I believe miles are counted based on rotations of the axles but doesn't know to calculate differently because of faster/slower axle rotation due to different tire sizes. The Procal will also allow you to recalibrate your speedo for the new tire size, too. When you swap out to bigger tires, your jeep thinks you are going slower than you are. Don't want to unwittingly give a cop a reason to write you up! A Procal is cheaper than just about any speeding ticket you'd get.

The Procal also allows you to switch fog lights to DRL and lots of other things. You should at least take a look at it and see if it's worth it for you.

Superchips also makes the FlashCal, which is similar to the Procal, but people have been having issues with their products. You should check them out, too. Make your own judgement on which would be better for you. You might not consider the other people's issues something worth worrying about.

Takeoffs are another option. That's purely a personal decision.

JP, this is for the OP, I just quoted your message because you brought up the points I was going to talk about. Hope you don't mind!

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