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Old 09-16-2011, 01:47 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I have ordered my first ever Jeep, a new Wrangler unlimited, but a bit peeved off that I have to wait to late December or early Jan before it gets out to Aus. At least it will be a 2012 model.

Anyway, I am after some help on parts that are not up to scratch and should be changed out early to avoid any problems as I live in remote Australia. It can be little things or big ticket items. I wasn’t paying that much attention (prior to ordering) but I did hear something like changing out the seals on the transfer case or somewhere on the steering. Stuff like that, so I and others that follow who have never owned a Jeep, can have a better more reliable experience.

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I'm not the person to ask, so I'll leave this to the veterans.

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Old 09-16-2011, 01:53 PM   #4
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Welcome. Your TC seals and steering will be just fine.

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Old 09-16-2011, 01:56 PM   #5
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Throw a few of these transfer case linkage bushings in your glove box.

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Old 09-17-2011, 08:41 AM   #6
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That's the fun of it. So many things you can do to a JK! I would recomend some floor mats for starters.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:26 AM   #7

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If you're talking about specific parts to shore up, there's a couple of good threads here on gussets, etc., and tons of valuable info from the more experienced owners on upgrades. I would think it depends on what you want to do - if it's a daily-driver with an occasional foray onto non-paved paths, the stock vehicle will work well. If you're considering the other extreme (i.e. Moab), find a couple of experienced hands and/or a great shop and ram the pedal on your bank account to the floor (at least for a short while). If you search here, there's a reference link to a page that talks about axle upgrades that was great! Unfortunately, I had that link open when my last computer crashed and I wasn't able to get it back (/reminds self to search for that one again) ...
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:24 PM   #8
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Hi Guys,
Thanks for the replies so far.
I mainly want upgrades for reliability. Mods for better off road will come shortly (I have to get the car first). I have heard about soft uni joints up the front and a mate has chewed his out in 75,000. Is it possible to put grease nipples in the standard uni's or is it better going to aftermarket when they chew out. This is the sort of stuff I am looking for.
As for the drive it will be about 70/30 off road with the 70 being the off road. The other issue I have is that to get to a lot of places you need to do 1000 km of travel before the fun starts. My nearest town is 240 km away with nothing in between. The other factor is the remoteness. If you get stuck out bush you have to be able to get yourself going again or you perish! I have 4 deserts at my door step to play in and some spectacular gorges in either other direction.

Ps Thanks for the welcome.
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:41 PM   #9
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Been to Australia once. Flew into Sydney and then to Canberra for two weeks. Beautiful by air as well. Absolutely loved your country sir. Hard pressed to find a friendlier bunch for sure. I'd go back in a heartbeat. You must have your petrol delivered and have a tank on your spread? 150 miles is a long way to go for groceries or a fill up. bet you carry some jerry cans with you for those times when you might not make it.
Great choice of vehicle. Right hand drive i presume. it was a little strange at the round-about at Canberra Airport, but you get used to it pretty quick.
I'm sure that if you are using it mostly for transportation in the bush, it will be fine. It will be worth the wait I'm sure. I've had a TJ and two JK's and not a problem with any. Of course I don't drive it off road much. Primarily in the fall hunting season and on a lot of wood roads more than rocks. Nice to have the reliability and 4 wheel extras when you need it.
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