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Old 06-09-2013, 09:34 AM   #1
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I have so many questions...where to start.

Just purchased a 1998 Wrangler Sport. I can tell a few after market options were added so this is where I need help.

1. Love the fenders (if that's what those are or is it fender flares?). Anyone know the style or model type they are? If I ever need to replace them.
a. The bolts holding them are have a little rust, can those be replaced by any other regular bolts/screws or can rust be easily cleaned/removed?

2. It's defiantly lifted but how to tell by how many inches or what would you guess?

3. Can a hard top be painted? I've removed a purpleish looking tint from the back windows and need to remove the residue next.

4. One of the speakers on the sound bar does not work, suggestions on what to look for on fixing it?

5. In the front "springs" around the shocks is a round golf ball sized thing that is extremely cracked on both sides and dry rotted looking. Are these bushings of some sort to help reduce impact and once was rubber? Lol do they need to be replaced?

6. When sitting idle the engine seems like it is sputtering wanting to cut off, it doesn't, but doesn't sound right and shakes a little.
a. When sitting idle also smells like it could be burning something, oil? No smoke though.

7. To get a copy of a key made can this be done at any place like Home Depot or is there chips in these older models that has to be done at a dealership?

8. Do they take regular gas? (I pray so)

9. What types of soft tops fit a 98?
a. What is involved in purchasing one and from where?
b. Do you have to buy a whole frame for soft tops or do they come with everything you need?
c. Do they sell different soft tops for whole doors or half doors?
d. Mine is considered whole doors correct?

10. If you buy half doors, do they come with keys or do you get them rekeyed?

11. Particular oil that has to be used? Manual 6 cyl w/ 92k miles.

12. How much of a difference is there in mph when using large off terrain tires?

13. Should the odometer have been adjusted for the larger tires? Is there a way to tell?

Any help would be appreciated. I want to be very hands on working on this myself. As a female I would like to be able to fix what I can on the side of the road if it happens to break down or seem like I know what I'm talking about when asked questions. ; )

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Old 06-09-2013, 09:59 AM   #2
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The cracked ball in your coils is called a bumpstop, it basically stops your axle before you do any suspension damage of hit your fenders with the tires. If any sort of lift has been done I would make sure bumpstop extensions have been used to compensate. As far as mpg goes, if your looking for something good on gas, sell your jeep haha they are ok stock, but once you start throwing lifts and big off road tires at it you will notice slightly reduced power and lower mpgs, you can compensate by doing a re gear but they can get costly depending on what your doing

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For your soft top question, yes you will need a complete setup including door surrounds and hardware. Any top from 96 to 06 will fit your jeep yes you can quite easily paint your hard top, just be sue to prep it well. I would recommend lighter fluid to remove the tint residue.
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And your fender flares are what's known as pocket style flares, and if your replacing any hardware definitely go with stainless steel nuts and bolts. They cost a bit more but worth it. And good conventional 10w30 oil will be fine for your engine. And yes just regular unleaded gas for it
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Back window residue is glue from tint use soapy water and razor blade ,lighter fluid is alittle rough that will destroy any painted or plastic parts it will come in contact with. The bump stop are no big deal the are Kinda easy to replace I don't have none left on mine. I have a 98 sport also. Need a tune up kit for idle problem. The burnin smell could be a leak on to exhaust or other hot surface.and yes the speedometer should be calibrated for bigger tires they sell gears at quadratec but I have a speedometer app on my iphone that tells you where your off I have 33" tires and I'm off by 4 mph

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3. Do a search, there have been several threads on hard top painting.

6. Do a tuneup first, plugs, wires, cap, rotor. Also get get some throttlebody cleaner and clean the throttle body. Writeups on all the above are out there.

7. If your key is black, you can get one made anywhere. If gray, I believe it has the optional security chip.

8. Regular 87 octane gas is fine.

9. You'll have to buy a complete soft top kit with a frame. After that, you can just buy replacement canvas if it wears out. Check the online Jeep parts stores. They have a top selector that will tell you what fits your yr and with what doors. You have full steel doors.

11. 10W-30 is the recommended oil. There are several threads on whether it needs an oil with higher ZDDP which was common in older oil formulations. I run M1 High Mileage as it has the higher ZDDP.

12, 13. Larger tires will make your speedo read low. Best way to check is to use a GPS. If you have a smart phone it should have a GPS as well. To correct, you will have to change the speedo gear in the transmission if it hasn't been done.

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Old 06-09-2013, 10:20 AM   #7
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The top questions are all good ones . you can run full doors with all tops but you will need a frame for the soft top you get unless its frame less style
Best thing to so is goto quadratec.com and see there guides that may help a bit
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Post a pic of your jeep can't tell about lift from profile pic can't zoom on it!!!!!!

The bolts on fender flares are replaceable use stainless hardware. wont ever have to clean and will never rust
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The speaker issue may be anything from-loose wire to bad components. take speaker out and check with another speaker for example switch them from left to right. if wire not feeding sound check connections all the way from supply source.

The key question I have a blk key and no chip in it my 98 tj sport
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Welcome to the forum, obsession and addiction

Get familiar with the search function. You'll find more answers to questions you didn't realize you had just by reading everything.

For the lift question, start looking for lift reviews. It's fairly common for the reviewer to take measurements from various reference points. Go measure your Jeep from those reference points and you'll know.

Speaker troubleshooting. The first step would be to disconnect the terminals on the back of the speaker and reseat them. If it still doesn't work, then swap the working one with the non working one to determine if its the speaker or the incoming signal. If one side remains dead then you'll have to start looking at the connection to the radio. Hopefully its just a blown speaker.

The 98 key isn't chipped. At least my 99 isn't. Anyone can cut one. If you have issues with the key coming out in any position of the ignition and you want it fixed (some like that ability), you'll need to pull the lock cylinder and have a new key cut based on the tumblers by a locksmith.

Odometers don't get adjusted, but speedometers do. Check your speed with a GPS or one of those speed warning trailers the police set up in areas of speeding complaints.

Yes, you have full doors. If I were to buy half doors and cared about locking it, then I would pull the locks and have them rekeyed to match my existing key.

Soft top. Lots of reviews on here about the various mfg. I would probably get this one. www.quadratec.com/products/11116_32XX_PG.htm

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