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Old 06-06-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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Smile First post. My new(to me) jeep

I've always wanted a wrangler so when I totaled my ride I figured why the heck not. I'm in love. I wish I hadn't waited so long. She's stock and will have to stay so for awhile but suggestions on little things to do are welcome and appreciated.
-flares will be taken care of as soon as I get a day off and the weather stays nice.
-debating on a name. still feeling out her personality.

The day I got her.




As she sits today




And yes, one side has the door on and one does not...That passenger side door is a real pain

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Old 06-06-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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Welcome and great looking Jeep! Just hose that door hinge down with some PB Blaster and it will budge soon.

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Old 06-06-2011, 06:18 PM   #3
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Nice!!!, welcome to the forum.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:20 PM   #4
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nice rig - I love those LJ's
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:47 PM   #5
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Nice ride, you'll find plenty of useful information on this forum!
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:50 PM   #6
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Ahhhh! I'm currently coveting your LJ. Welcome to the forum!
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:52 PM   #7
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Congrats on the LJ! Here's a suggestion of a cheap easy install that I did and really enjoy and use everyday. It's a dash tray made by Daystar. It holds a lot more than the stock tray, it keeps things from sliding off like your phone and wallet... and it's only $25. Note: the padded insert doesn't come with it, it's just left over tool box liner that I had and cut it out to fit.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:47 PM   #8
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I think I lucked out with the LJ. I was in a time crunch to buy and this was just sitting there. I didn't realize what I had till I jumped on this forum. I've been lurking for the past few months to get some ideas. Some of the jeeps on here are intimidating but I've got the idea that its all personal preference. I wave at everyone...ha.

NCJeepin - thanks for the advice. I've read that a couple times and will be trying that next weekend.

Phil05LJ - Thanks. That is exactly what I was hoping to get in the responses. That looks great and right around my budget. I tend to keep my phone in the cup holder but this looks like a better option.

I may be alone on this but the more I look at the pictures the less I hate the faded flares. Anyone think they look ok being gray?
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:00 AM   #9
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Paint them. Flat black. You'll be glad you did.
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I may be alone on this but the more I look at the pictures the less I hate the faded flares. Anyone think they look ok being gray?[/QUOTE]

Get them painted silver. I just bought a 98 black wrangler with silver fender flairs, front/back bumper with silver caps and some American racing chrome rims. on the black the silver really pops and gives it a clean look.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:19 PM   #11
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Welcome. Nice LJ.

Once you get the passenger door off use some white lithium grease in the hinges. They will come off with not problem after that.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:38 PM   #12
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Hinges! Been fighting with mine for a month now. I'm moving in for the knock out. Passenger side is great now, comes off smooth now. driver side not so much. What i did was unbolt the hinge on the door side(leave door closed) swing out hinge, put 2x4 under and hit wood with hammer. worked great on first 3 hinges. Upper one on driver side, the splines that are in top have of hinge are stripped, bottom half bushing is seized. Go open your door watch the head of the pin. If it moves with the door you should be ok. If not, well let the fun begin. I'm on night shift. Got off work, started round 9 with the doors. worked on in all morning and most of afternoon. Figured I'd get six hours of sleep before work tonight. Ya right. laid down in bed, mind running over next move......... back outside I go. No sleep for me. 'You know you drive a Jeep when......'
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:45 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forums. Yeah, you stumbled into a great find with an LJ. You'll have lots of stalkers for sure on here.

As far as the faded flares go...there are a couple of options. (Actually, there are quite a few, but I'm going to rule out the "replace them with new ones..." based on your "it has to stay stock for a while" comment.)

Mothers back to black--This is a dye/restoration product. The color will only last for a few weeks/months, but you can make it last a while longer with a good UV protectant like Aerospace 303.

Forever black--this is a straight dye product. It can be messy, and will stain your paint if you don't remove the flares or tape them off. It will last a lot longer than mothers.

I've used both of those products over the years, no complaints with either one. Just take your time and follow the directions.

Another option that I personally haven't tried, but many swear by it--Krylon fusion spray paint. If you go this route I highly recommend removing the flares for the job.
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sweet ride, i just got mine also and love it.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:28 AM   #16
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congrats! Got mine Yellow Jeep few months ago and already can't imagine driving a car after having a Jeep !!!
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:30 AM   #17
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Thanks everybody.
I'm not looking forward to trying to get that door off and according to the weather I will have to wait another week. Until then top down will have to do.

djw97tj - what did you use on your flares?

LaTuFu - Thanks for the suggestions. I was actually thinking about using the Krylon fusion spray paint. I also had someone suggest using Dupli-Color bumper coating, any thoughts?

1205club - nice ride. Are those 33's with no lift?
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Both paints are good but peoples opinion's vary on them. As for the door. PB blast it or WD40 it alot and work the door back and forth. Get you jack and some 2x4's and start jacking the door up very slow and easy. Eventually it should pop up. I took out the metal sleeve inside my hinge. No mater how much I cleaned it, oiled it, or put white lithium on it it always stuck. Good luck.
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thanks,it has a JKS's ACOS on the front. it was on it when i got it, just enough to level it out. 33's no rubbing, i havent been able to go wheeling in it yet (recovering for surgery) but a 4" is in the future.
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