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Old 10-31-2008, 09:17 PM   #1
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Help for active duty soldier

My little cousin has gone over seas and just deployed about a month ago. He is more like my little brother and I have taken his Wrangler while he is gone to "fix" it up for him. He has a 2000 Wrangler, 4 cyl (which sucks). He has not taken the best care of it and I have alot of little things to fix on it before I can get to the real fun. I just wanted to get you guys input on a few things I could do to it to make it better.
I will post pics later but we already have nice aftermarket wheels with BFG's
I reciently got a winch for it. (not sure I am going to mount it yet) I want to put tubular bumpers on it first. My first order of business is to purchase a new a/c control module for the dash, his had a terrible accident, no heat and it is cold outside. Where can I get one of those? Also, I have access to a full machine shop so it you guys have anything good you have built yourself that would save me money, let me know I am all for it. I just want to get it up and ready for him when he comes home for leave in June. Power mods, looks. Thanks for any help guys and any deals you could let me know of.

Also, I was a proud ower of a late model 1971 CJ-5 which I fully restored and I know some of you guys love the old ones. I will post pics of it to just for fun. Thanks for any and all help

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Well First off, Let me start out by saying welcome and Thank Your cousin for what he does. It's a great service that we do to our country.


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My first order of business is to purchase a new a/c control module for the dash, his had a terrible accident, no heat and it is cold outside. Where can I get one of those?

The website Aftermarket Air Conditioning For Jeeps is great for everything related. You can buy switches or knobs or an entire setup.

You said in your post, that it hadn't been taken care of the best, correct? I would start with a full tune up, then move to the mods and repairs. How are the seats? Those are one of those important things that get overlooked. It sucks when your on a trail and all of the padding in your seat becomes no longer there, and it sucks even worse when the brackets disapear or work less than par(Friends jeep not my Rubi) I don't know how familar you are with the jeep product websites, but here are a few:
Jeep Parts, Jeep Accessories & Jeep Soft Tops From The Jeep Parts Experts - Quadratec
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Jeep Parts, Jeep Accessories, and Jeep Tops by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware ? Your Jeep Parts Source
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Just to name a few. What Kind/type of winch did you purchase? Is the jeep stock other than the rims/tires? Are you going to lift it? What type of wheelin do you want to do?

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The seats are shot and I am looking into that if you have any ideas. I have already done a good tune up except for some fluids that I havnt had time to change. This is his daily driver and he doesnt go far. He like to go off road but nothing major by and stretch. He calls me every time it rains and tells me to grab my truck and go. We ride around, bounce through some fields (we live the the country) and find whatever mess we can get into and we are back home in a few hours. I got a 4700lb Warn winch (nothin major) but brand new from Lowes(my previous employeer) for about $50 so I cant say much, it is not as big as I would like but it will help. He has Mickey Thomas aluminum wheels polished. Thanks for the responce
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Old 11-01-2008, 11:12 PM   #4
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Heh, let me know if you can use any help. I am not a mechanic by any means but would be willing to help you on this project. I am 12 min west of you and am off 7 days at a time.
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Might go in and change out all the fluids for synthetic. That way if he doesn't keep up with the maintenance it won't hurt him as much. It will also give you an idea as to any developing issues.
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what kind of bumpers are you looking at precisely? The double tubular's are "tinfoil"..

As the seats, i'd look for something at the junker then if not go with aftermarket bucket seats.

Any big plans for lifts or what?
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The seats are shot and I am looking into that if you have any ideas. I have already done a good tune up except for some fluids that I havnt had time to change. This is his daily driver and he doesnt go far. He like to go off road but nothing major by and stretch. He calls me every time it rains and tells me to grab my truck and go. We ride around, bounce through some fields (we live the the country) and find whatever mess we can get into and we are back home in a few hours. I got a 4700lb Warn winch (nothin major) but brand new from Lowes(my previous employeer) for about $50 so I cant say much, it is not as big as I would like but it will help. He has Mickey Thomas aluminum wheels polished. Thanks for the responce

I just got a set of seats for my jeep for a great price. They were $159 each from quadratec and they can be used with a 5 point restraint system.
Rugged Ridge 13405.09 - Rugged Ridge Sport Seat for 76-02 Jeep® CJ-5, CJ-7, CJ-8 Scrambler & Wrangler YJ, TJ - Quadratec

Quadratec also has a nice high back bucket seat for $125, they don't recline but they are still nice
Rugged Ridge 13401.04 - Rugged Ridge Premium High-Back Bucket Seat for 76-02 Jeep CJ5, CJ7, CJ8 Scrambler & Wrangler YJ, TJ - Quadratec

also try looking on ebay for a used set. as for the bumbers i have a great set that i got from ebay. the guy that makes them has a website: Ryans Products . his stuff is great. the bumpers that i got were infinished so they were pretty cheap for the set. i would got to his site and click on the ebay items icons and see what he has. all my bumper needed was some paint to finish it up.
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Thanks for the offer tarheel, I might have to take you up on that. I am looking for that exact bumber or somthing really close, and if I havet o I will make a winch mount myself for it, that is a cake walk. Thanks for all the other advice guys (and gals) you have been a great help and if you think of anything else shoot me a email or keep posting.
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Thanks for the offer tarheel, I might have to take you up on that. I am looking for that exact bumber or somthing really close, and if I havet o I will make a winch mount myself for it, that is a cake walk. Thanks for all the other advice guys (and gals) you have been a great help and if you think of anything else shoot me a email or keep posting.
hey man keep us updated on what you want to do lifts, tires, armor..etc
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I have a set of springs and shocks from a stock Rubicon that will give his Jeep about a 1/2" to 3/4" lift. Perfect for 31's. Smithfield is just a short trip up 95 for me. You can have them for the price of a handshake. If you have beer, me and Tarheel will probably never leave!
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:50 AM   #11
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47MTP, thanks for the offer and I am all for it. I sent you a PM about it, whenever you are ready. Tarheel, I do have a dedicateed beer fridge
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chester... im glad you doin this for someone who is serving our country... my friend just left for marines we took him to horse race track rented out a private room .. had a big dinner thing and had a race dedicated in his name... i was wondering if you could get anymore winches that price?
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i dont know of any winches for $50 in my area, but OK 4wd Tire & Auto has a superwinch LP8500 for $365. it is a really nice winch and that is a really great price, especially for an 8500 lb. winch.
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:57 PM   #14
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Hey man,
Great idea to set up your cousins jeep while hes over fightin for us.
It sounds like you have a good grasp on what you need to do first and plenty of suggestions to sift through.
the only thing I would suggest against is tube bumpers. They are pretty much crap, and most guys on here will tell you that. The only people who wont are the ones who made the mistake of buying them and need validation.
If you are looking for good bumpers at a good price, go on the jeep forum website and contact "bserk". I think his real name is Eddie. His bumpers are stout, welds are great, prices are fair, and he will get back to you right away.
good luck!!!

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