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Old 08-22-2012, 12:16 PM   #181
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Not buying a Rubicon from the get-go.
Not if you dont need one.(I set out INTENTIONALLY wanting a Sport "S" model myself and would not trade it for a Rubi).)But if you really do,yea,do your homework FIRST before buying your Jeep.

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Old 08-22-2012, 12:19 PM   #182
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Try not to let your lady give you RH on the highway when you're doorless. Or at least, be aware of a car pulling up along side of you.

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Old 08-22-2012, 12:47 PM   #183
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Try not to let your lady give you RH on the highway when you're doorless. Or at least, be aware of a car pulling up along side of you.
LMAO sir!!!! HA!
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:34 PM   #184
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I ran through the puddle in my profile pic in my first 15 minutes up at Rausch.. it's not that deep at all (my stock JKU made it through) but it was stupid of me to go through it without knowing how deep it was.. (thankfully it wasn't froghole)
Obviously a good idea to know how deep the hole is first, but...umm...how do you check? If the water is muddy and can't see through it, what are you supposed to do, walk through it? Use a huge stick?


I suppose maybe some fishing line and a weight would tell you, but you'd have to do that in several places to be sure the weight isn't just hitting a high point...


Am I missing something?

Also, does water come into the cabin/floorboard going through stuff like this? I have yet to go through something like that, but certainly plan to at some point(!), but I have an amp under the seat...concerned it would get flooded/killed going through something like that.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #185
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Obviously a good idea to know how deep the hole is first, but...umm...how do you check? If the water is muddy and can't see through it, what are you supposed to do, walk through it? Use a huge stick?


I suppose maybe some fishing line and a weight would tell you, but you'd have to do that in several places to be sure the weight isn't just hitting a high point...


Am I missing something?

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Assuming youre in the woods, there should be plenty of sticks available for your plunging needs. Line/sinker seems unnecessarily complicated for a simple task
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:56 PM   #186
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Don't leave a bottled water anywhere in the jeep with the top off except maybe in the cup holders on a sunny day...They make GREAT fire starting magnifying glasses.

I burned a hole in the passenger seat of my last jeep this way. I pulled it out of the garage, was sitting in the driveway checking some emails on my phone before taking off and in just those few moments smoke started coming from under the bottle...damage done in about a minute.

Had it been there without me there to stop it, could potentially have started a full blown vehicle fire.

Needless to say i'm very aware of all water bottle locations in it now when the top is off!
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:59 PM   #187
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Don't leave a bottled water anywhere in the jeep with the top off except maybe in the cup holders on a sunny day...They make GREAT fire starting magnifying glasses.

I burned a hole in the passenger seat of my last jeep this way. I pulled it out of the garage, was sitting in the driveway checking some emails on my phone before taking off and in just those few moments smoke started coming from under the bottle...damage done in about a minute.

Had it been there without me there to stop it, could potentially have started a full blown vehicle fire.

Needless to say i'm very aware of all water bottle locations in it now when the top is off!
OMG! That never crossed my mind.
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Assuming youre in the woods, there should be plenty of sticks available for your plunging needs. Line/sinker seems unnecessarily complicated for a simple task
What about water coming into the cabin going through deep holes; is the jeep pretty water tight or should I expect the inside to get soaked going through stuff like that?
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:15 PM   #189
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OMG! That never crossed my mind.
Yea, I've always kept small towells in the glovebox for cleaning up messes on the go (spilled drink etc) and now when I leave the vehicle with the top down and water bottles inside I just put the towell over the bottle(s) just in case.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:21 PM   #190
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What about water coming into the cabin going through deep holes; is the jeep pretty water tight or should I expect the inside to get soaked going through stuff like that?
I'm very curious about this as well. I worry about ending up with moldy or mildewed carpets.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:42 PM   #191
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I'm very curious about this as well. I worry about ending up with moldy or mildewed carpets.
I figure the carpets can be cleaned, not worried about that so much as I am the $500 amp under the seat
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:48 PM   #192
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One avoidable mistake is to wait to determine which mods you really DO want and what is a good $deal on the parts....

Tastes/fashion/driving styles change over time. The basic 'Jeep' configuration is surprisingly adept in multiple environments as is.
Best advice yet^

We all make mistakes and will continue to make mistakes, classify them as you will. I think the biggest (and perhaps only) rookie mistake is not learning how to competently drive your stock Jeep, with experienced wheelers, on some mild/moderate trails, before spending a dime on a bunch of mods suggested by web wheelers and product shills. $.02.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:52 PM   #193
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I figure the carpets can be cleaned, not worried about that so much as I am the $500 amp under the seat
you'll get wet if your driving through water up to the doors. take the amp out before hand
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:57 PM   #194
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Obviously a good idea to know how deep the hole is first, but...umm...how do you check? If the water is muddy and can't see through it, what are you supposed to do, walk through it? Use a huge stick?
Send the new guy in first. If he sinks, go around!
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:16 PM   #195
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Send the new guy in first. If he sinks, go around!
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:17 PM   #196
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:21 PM   #197
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My rookie mistake was to go mudding with the top down and two young kids in the back. It took me a day to get the interior clean. My kids are still not clean.
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Not putting a protectant on the soft top prior to boggin' in GA mud. Can't get the stains out with anything.
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So mud does stain your top when you go mudding?
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:16 PM   #200
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Since we are all infected with the mod virus the second we sign the papers to buy our Jeeps, I will throw one in on the subject.

Do not go lightly into the DIY mod world unless you have lots of tools, or friends with tools, and a somewhat carefree attitude toward making small but nevertheless irreversible changes to things like frame rails, welded-on brackets, and such.

I have always turned my own wrenches, so the engineering/fabrication stuff is fun for me, but I can imagine a DIY virgin standing over his/her new bumper saying, "WTF, I have to cut the frame to put this on??! What the hell does "bolt-on" mean??"

Just remember: when you're at the end of your abilities/tool set/experience level, just post up here and you'll get a hundred replies on how to escape, and probably a few offers of local help.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:40 AM   #202
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Not putting a protectant on the soft top prior to boggin' in GA mud. Can't get the stains out with anything.
Try the pink or white Go-Joe that comes in the white tub. It works wonders on the soft top.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:51 PM   #203
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Here you go for GA.

Every motor vehicle which is so constructed or loaded as to obstruct the driver´s view to the rear thereof from the driver´s position shall be equipped with a mirror so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of such vehicle.
which means you can ride doorless and mirrorless since you have a rearview as long as nothing blocks it. My buddy who is a cop says they won't pull over Jeepers unless they have zero mirrors.

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you'll get wet if your driving through water up to the doors. take the amp out before hand
Maybe older Jeeps have this issue? I went into some deep puddles with water above the bottoms of my doors and it never came in. Of course I never let my foot off the gas either!
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:57 PM   #204
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when taking off your doors, don't let them swing all the way open
I did this the other day dam dent I normally park on a hill infront of my place and never have to worry about it happening but someone parked in my spot. Wind was just strong enough to take the door all the way and I wasn't paying attention.

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