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Old 03-15-2011, 08:49 PM   #1
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I got my first car, 01 TJ. Plans and a picture.

Hi everyone! I've been looking around this site for a week or so and I love everyone's Jeeps. I just got my first car, an 01 TJ and I absolutely love it. It's pretty much bone stock and 5 speed manual. Only 63,000 miles so I'm pretty happy with this! I'm only 15 and I plan on doing a whole bunch to this. It's only a 2.5L but it's still great for me.

Here's my new baby Wendy!

Some plans I have for this:
Pioneer 3200UB headunit.
Rockford Fosgate 10" P2 Subwoofer.
2 Pioneer 5 1/4" TSG speakers for roll bar.
2 Pioneer 4" TSG speakers w/ adapter for dash.
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Rear bumper.
2 Fog lights brush guard.
4" Skyjackers Suspension Lift.
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Flowmaster Super 40 Muffler.
3000 lb. Winch.
Skyjacker Tie Rod.
Fire Extinguisher Holder/ Gas container Holder.
CB Radio.
Optima Red Top Battery.
Splitfire SPark Plugs.
Maybe once I learn more bout Jeeps, this list will go on. =]

Here is a picture I took of it, not the best angle but you can see it.

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Nice lookin Jeep.

FYI, referring to a Jeep as a car has been a touchy topic around here.

As for your plans, I hope you have a really good job, a rich family, no bf/gf/bills to pay, and/or able to do any installs yourself. These mods are going to take quite a bit of money & time.

What ever you do or don't do to it, good luck and enjoy!

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Welcome and congrats on the new Jeep!
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:07 PM   #4
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Welcome! My first car was on 01 TJ as well. been 2 years since I got it.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:16 PM   #5
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I'd suggest the sounds system last, unless your speakers are completely blown. You're also going to want to get a stronger winch. 8000# Should work great for you. Nice Jeep though. I wish I got a Jeep when I was 15.
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Oh sorry, I didn't mean car. A Jeep is a Jeep. ahah
Well, the only plans I have from now until the end of the summer is the audio upgrade, muffler, and the guards. I know I can do that for sure. TheTJRod has a thread for everything I need to know about audio plus my friend owns a car shop so installation fees are cheap. Also, no gf bills and I'm applying to many jobs soon so I should be okay. Thanks for looking at my Jeep!
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I'd suggest the sounds system last, unless your speakers are completely blown. You're also going to want to get a stronger winch. 8000# Should work great for you. Nice Jeep though. I wish I got a Jeep when I was 15.
If I was looking for an offroad vehicle now, I would totally take this advice. Making it go offroad often is my plan for next summer. However, I'm still perfecting my manual shifting skills and I have the stock cassette player. I don't even own cassettes LOL. So that's why I'm going to do the audio. Also, thanks for the tip on the 8000# winch. Do you know of any specific ones?
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first, focus im keeping the gas tank full and everything maintained. I have a hard enough time with that. lol
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first, focus im keeping the gas tank full and everything maintained. I have a hard enough time with that. lol
LOL, I know right. It wasn't the most practical choice for a high school kid. We got about 19mpg from the first fill-up so I should be able to maintain that.
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If you have the money then go for a Warn winch. Smittybuilt makes a winch too, it's semi-budget friendly, but a lot of people have mixed opinions on it. In regards to the cassette player, you can buy a tape that has a cord on it that plugs into your ipod/iphone/mp3 player. Griffin makes a good one for like $15. Sounds pretty decent too. WAY better than an FM transmitter.

I just put a 4" Skyjacker lift on my Jeep, it rides decently with the sway bar disconnected.

Make sure you research whatever product you want before you buy it. There's a wealth of information on here, and all of it is from Jeep owners.
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LOL, I know right. It wasn't the most practical choice for a high school kid. We got about 19mpg from the first fill-up so I should be able to maintain that.
19mpg?!?

I get 10-12!
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If you have the money then go for a Warn winch. Smittybuilt makes a winch too, it's semi-budget friendly, but a lot of people have mixed opinions on it. In regards to the cassette player, you can buy a tape that has a cord on it that plugs into your ipod/iphone/mp3 player. Griffin makes a good one for like $15. Sounds pretty decent too. WAY better than an FM transmitter.

I just put a 4" Skyjacker lift on my Jeep, it rides decently with the sway bar disconnected.

Make sure you research whatever product you want before you buy it. There's a wealth of information on here, and all of it is from Jeep owners.
That sounds good. Stuff like the WInch and lift and tires are long term plans for me. I'm redoing my entire audio for $250. I can afford that easily and crutchfield gives everything you need. But, this car is gonna be growing over the next few years so we'll see where it ends up.
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19mpg?!?

I get 10-12!
Yea but mine is only 2.5L with no mods done to it yet. ahah
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Sweet man. And one last tip, lol. Stock air intake is way better than any of the aftermarket ones. It keeps water out alot better than the aftermarket ones.
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LOL, I know right. It wasn't the most practical choice for a high school kid. We got about 19mpg from the first fill-up so I should be able to maintain that.
haha yep, and after i change the oil/filter
air filter
drain both diffs
change tranny filter
spark plugs
replace transfer case oil
do my rear brakes
fix my fuel pressure regulator
and fill up the gas tank, im done. lol

so far all i got left is the rear diff and fuel pressure regulator and transmission.

Wont be long till i need new wheel barrings and radiator flushed.
my front belt looks new along with radiator so maybe ill be safe there.
I need to under coat the underside of the whole jeep being in Michigans salty winters.

the list goes on and on and Im not even close to putting on that 4 inch lift and 8k pound winch. lol ill just keep dreaming. haha
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Sweet man. And one last tip, lol. Stock air intake is way better than any of the aftermarket ones. It keeps water out alot better than the aftermarket ones.
Thanks man. I'm glad I'm getting advice because now I know more and I'm gonna end up saving money!
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You'll learn a whole lot on here. Soon enough you will be "THE" Jeep guy at your school.
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Do some research and I think you will find you will revise that list alot, but its good to have ambition

Goodluck man! There's alot of people here to help you along your way, and alot of great information here if you just search!
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haha yep, and after i change the oil/filter
air filter
drain both diffs
change tranny filter
spark plugs
replace transfer case oil
do my rear brakes
fix my fuel pressure regulator
and fill up the gas tank, im done. lol

so far all i got left is the rear diff and fuel pressure regulator and transmission.

Wont be long till i need new wheel barrings and radiator flushed.
my front belt looks new along with radiator so maybe ill be safe there.
I need to under coat the underside of the whole jeep being in Michigans salty winters.

the list goes on and on and Im not even close to putting on that 4 inch lift and 8k pound winch. lol ill just keep dreaming. haha
I got my car from a Dodge dealership so they did all the basic maintaining and the previous owner of the jeep put new rear brakes on and the front still has 70-75% left!
and just wondering, what is the salty winters?
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You'll learn a whole lot on here. Soon enough you will be "THE" Jeep guy at your school.
ah how i wish i would have had a jeep in high school, but i did hve a camaro but still no jeep, your a lucky kid u will love it
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You'll learn a whole lot on here. Soon enough you will be "THE" Jeep guy at your school.
That is pretty much my goal. LOL, their is about 5 Jeeps at our school. Two cheerleaders w/ new Rubicon fully loaded, spoiled! one stock YJ and a really nice CJ. Their all graduating this year but I still have 2 years so I cant wait to have the Jeep taking up two parking spots while the civics have trouble going over the speedbumps aahah
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Do some research and I think you will find you will revise that list alot, but its good to have ambition

Goodluck man! There's alot of people here to help you along your way, and alot of great information here if you just search!
Thanks! But yeah, I can't wait to see what ends up happening. I just made this list to start myself off with a goal. All long term projects have changes eventually
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ah how i wish i would have had a jeep in high school, but i did hve a camaro but still no jeep, your a lucky kid u will love it
Hahah I would love a camaro! But I'm already loving this Jeep. And, i dont commit adultery
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That is pretty much my goal. LOL, their is about 5 Jeeps at our school. Two cheerleaders w/ new Rubicon fully loaded, spoiled! one stock YJ and a really nice CJ. Their all graduating this year but I still have 2 years so I cant wait to have the Jeep taking up two parking spots while the civics have trouble going over the speedbumps aahah
Do these cheerleaders happen to be 18?
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Oh I'm definitely going o have fun with this thing. I honestly never thought I would end up deciding on a Jeep but I'm so glad I did. We originally went to just look at the Ram 1500 when this baby caught my eye.
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Do these cheerleaders happen to be 18?
Haha soon. Man, you wouldn't believe her family. Her brother graduated last year with a 4.7GPA with a perfect SAT and their rich up to their asses. I wish I had classic good looks and smooth skills. But that's when the Jeep comes in handy
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dealers dont replace all that stuff unless you tell them to and pay for it. a full service wont cover your tranny and transfer case. alot of the stuff is ignored. Most the time its fine but I plan on using my TJ to 300k+ miles. Im going to atleast treat it as if I am to be safe.

salty winters are because here In michigan its snows, snows alot. and salt helps melt the snow on the roads, so they spray salt all over the roads to melt snow and ice, giving you better traction. But salt makes thing rust BAD. you will see 2007 cars covered in rust if you dont keep them clean and painted where salt and water collect.
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dealers dont replace all that stuff unless you tell them to and pay for it. a full service wont cover your tranny and transfer case. alot of the stuff is ignored. Most the time its fine but I plan on using my TJ to 300k+ miles. Im going to atleast treat it as if I am to be safe.

salty winters are because here In michigan its snows, snows alot. and salt helps melt the snow on the roads, so they spray salt all over the roads to melt snow and ice, giving you better traction. But salt makes thing rust BAD. you will see 2007 cars covered in rust if you dont keep them clean and painted where salt and water collect.
good point. but it's hailed in elk grove twice in history so i don't need to worry. ahah but yea, is it the same deal with water? It rains here like mother nature is on her period.
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water will rust things, but your fine. keep the mud off (if you go mudding, wash it after) and keep metal from being exposed. even if all you do is crawl under with a can of spray paint and gently get the exposed spots that are starting to rust.
but if you dont live in a snowy condition where they use salt or you dont live on a dirt road (again thats me, i do like 5 miles of dirt roads every time i leave my house) then you will be fine.

you may think a muddy jeep is cool, and it is. but its also cool to show your proud of your jeep and keep it clean.
I once heard here "If It Aint Broke Then Keep it clean" and really agreed with it.

my dads 01 f-150 is a rusty mess cause he NEVER washes it. my 2001 jeep is still pretty rust free because I put effort in to keep it that way.

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