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Old 12-05-2011, 05:36 PM   #1
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Couple of n00b questions..

As requested: Moving the questions I raised in my intro post here.

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1997 Sahara 4.0 4wd 5 spd 93k

1. (lots of posts on this one, but I'm still not sure) 2nd gear tends to grind and is generally kind of funky to get into when the truck is still warming up. Is my Jeep broken or am I doing something wrong?

2. I'm looking at Bestop seat covers (in black). I've read they fit snug and are comfortable in most of the reviews and fit and finish is most important to me. Any argument to those claims?

3. The spare cover on my Sahara is ugly and I'd like to replace it with a molded plastic version anyway. Mopar sells one, but I'm not sure it'll fit my stock spare. Any experience putting one on an older TJ? Any argument against the hard shell style?

4. My TJ is setup for being towed, so (below the front bumper) it has two female ends that look like they can each fit a small tow ball and pin. Does anyone know where I can find some small D hooks to put in them? I'm having a hard time sourcing them, but think it'd make my front bumper look bad!

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Old 12-05-2011, 07:24 PM   #2
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1. sounds like synchros ur not pushing in the clutch
2. do a search on seat covers, there are a 100 million threads
3. waste of money to me. use that money for better mods.
4. buy or make or have made a front bumper of ur choice.

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As requested: Moving the questions I raised in my intro post here.

Thanks in advance for reading.

1997 Sahara 4.0 4wd 5 spd 93k

1. (lots of posts on this one, but I'm still not sure) 2nd gear tends to grind and is generally kind of funky to get into when the truck is still warming up. Is my Jeep broken or am I doing something wrong?
As for the transmission, the AX15 is notorious for not wanting to shift from 1st to 2nd when cold. Just letting it Idol won't fix the problem, the Transmission has to be moving to warm up. My brand new AX15 (not a rebuild) still does the same thing and I am running Red Line MT in it. Just the nature of the design which was addressed in later transmissions. I can often get by with starting out in 2nd with my 4.56 gears and being on a slight downhill once leaving the house. The problem will be worse in the cold weather. Sorry I can't give you any real solutions on the situation.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:52 AM   #4
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1. sounds like synchros ur not pushing in the clutch
2. do a search on seat covers, there are a 100 million threads
3. waste of money to me. use that money for better mods.
4. buy or make or have made a front bumper of ur choice.
Thanks for the input. I hear you on #3, but I just can't stand looking at the palm tree logo on my spare.

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As for the transmission, the AX15 is notorious for not wanting to shift from 1st to 2nd when cold. Just letting it Idol won't fix the problem, the Transmission has to be moving to warm up. My brand new AX15 (not a rebuild) still does the same thing and I am running Red Line MT in it. Just the nature of the design which was addressed in later transmissions. I can often get by with starting out in 2nd with my 4.56 gears and being on a slight downhill once leaving the house. The problem will be worse in the cold weather. Sorry I can't give you any real solutions on the situation.
Honestly, just hearing that is solution enough. If it's par for the course, I'll just work with/around it. You're so right: It has to drive to warm up. No amount of idle time will avoid the grind. Thanks!
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Just a quick update for the sake of info sharing, here's where I'm at.

I've read that the rubber shifter boot might be causing this problem when cold. My CJ has a slight body lift, and the mixture of the two might be causing my trouble.

It doesn't really get under 50 degrees here very often but I *did* notice that the shift boot was not fully installed when I picked up the Jeep. Can't remember if this problem showed up when I installed the boot or not but I'm going to take it off again and monitor that situation. I will also be changing fluids next week sometime.

Seat covers, I've decided on too. Going Bestop in black, front and back. So far, I see nothing but good feedback. Believe me, I will be updating this post with mine if they turn out to be garbage.

Spare tire cover I'm going to swap in a soft black one that has the Jeep logo embroidered on it. With no snow and very little rain, I decided a hard shell is unnecessary and too costly. Even with the soft option being cheaper, I am hoping Santa drops that off for me in a few weeks here.

Finally the D hooks. I (still)can't find any. The search continues.
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Why not go with no spare cover?
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3. The spare cover on my Sahara is ugly and I'd like to replace it with a molded plastic version anyway. Mopar sells one, but I'm not sure it'll fit my stock spare. Any experience putting one on an older TJ? Any argument against the hard shell style?
I have a molded plastic spare cover that I am willing to get rid of(it is just sitting in my apartment taking up space.) The word jeep on it is faded from silver to black but other than that it is in pretty good condition. Not sure what the price for one of these things is and even if it would be worth it since you are in CA and I'm in NC. It was on the 30x9x15 spare when I bought it. Shoot me a message if you are interested.
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Why not go with no spare cover?
Yes, more precisely a set with a small receiver. Not 2", but the smaller standard size ( 1 3/4?)

My spare doesn't match the wheels on my truck right now. That'll change, but for the moment I just want to cover up my backup.

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I have a molded plastic spare cover that I am willing to get rid of(it is just sitting in my apartment taking up space.) The word jeep on it is faded from silver to black but other than that it is in pretty good condition. Not sure what the price for one of these things is and even if it would be worth it since you are in CA and I'm in NC. It was on the 30x9x15 spare when I bought it. Shoot me a message if you are interested.
I appreciate the thought, but I'm good with the soft cover option. Thought about it, realized it's an easier and cheaper option. Thanks!
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My old YJ grinded going into 2nd sometimes and 3rd sometimes when cold so I decided to drive it till she just wouldn't go anymore...basically 2 years later I sold the Jeep and it still did it and was still running.

As for the spare tire cover and seat covers...blah. It's a JEEP, who cares??? Ditch the spare cover all together.

For the recovery D rings. Harbor Freight, Agri Supply, Tractor Supply Company, are cheaper than any 4x4 place by far. Harbor Freight has a place where I live and it is CHEAP for tow stuff, straps, d-rings, etc.

Good luck!
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My old YJ grinded going into 2nd sometimes and 3rd sometimes when cold so I decided to drive it till she just wouldn't go anymore...basically 2 years later I sold the Jeep and it still did it and was still running.

As for the spare tire cover and seat covers...blah. It's a JEEP, who cares??? Ditch the spare cover all together.

For the recovery D rings. Harbor Freight, Agri Supply, Tractor Supply Company, are cheaper than any 4x4 place by far. Harbor Freight has a place where I live and it is CHEAP for tow stuff, straps, d-rings, etc.

Good luck!
Nice. Good advice, I'll keep that in mind.

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