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Old 01-26-2013, 08:29 AM   #31
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Wildboar Fast Back top would be my choice. Looks sharp and I don't think you'll mind the extra room for cargo, seats, etc.

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:57 AM   #32
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What was it that you were so unhappy with the JKU? I was actually looking at JKU's and ended up with an LJ haha
I guess it wasn't that I totally disliked it, I was just not as happy with it. First it was pre 2012, so the power sucked! I had it stock and I could barely drive up any hills on the highway. I wanted the reliable straight six with the ease of use/mods/repairs. I also got it with the 3.73 gears, mistake considering how I like 35's. It wasn't a rubicon, which I should have gotten (for the obvious reasons). Also, it was so new that I hard a hard time justifying really doing some of the extreme mods that I have always wanted to do (Example, bedline the entire thing). And last, and I know this is just personal opinion, I didn't feel as much jeep pride when a mother and her kids pulled up in a JK next to me. I am glad more people are into jeeps now for sure, so I'm not complaining about it. Maybe thats, stupid I know, just how it was for me. I just love TJ's!

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I understand where you are coming from. My brother has a JK ans I definitely like the extra creature comforts it offers in the interior. I feel like for every one thing people complain about being wrong in the JK there is one thing they did right. But yeah I get the frustration most of the lifted JKs I see here in NYC are just that; lifted JKs who's owners look at you funny when you wave to them. Though to be fair most people who drive jeeps around here don't wave.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:51 PM   #34
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Thanks for all the input about the tops guys! Thinking the wildboar top is the way I want to go. Just stopping by to update the progress of the jeep. Bed lined all the fenders, bumpers, side steps and rocker guards today. Pics of the finished product later.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:58 PM   #35
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Thanks for all the input about the tops guys! Thinking the wildboar top is the way I want to go. Just stopping by to update the progress of the jeep. Bed lined all the fenders, bumpers, side steps and rocker guards today. Pics of the finished product later.
Did you get the Jeep back yet?
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #36
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Did you get the Jeep back yet?
They called on Friday and said it should be done early this week! Biting my nails!
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They called on Friday and said it should be done early this week! Biting my nails!
Hope it looks sweet.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:10 PM   #38
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I also vote for the wildbore fast back, that is sick looking.
Need more pics, now.....hehe.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:13 PM   #39
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The top will be later, maybe a few months (still living in Florida until mid summer, so the soft top i have now will work ). I'll get some pics up of the linex job as soon as I get her back and put together. Shouldn't be any later than this weekend depending on when I get the call.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:24 AM   #40
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I like that wild boar top, how much are those costing these days... a quick internet search didnt give much pricing info.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:31 AM   #41
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The top will be later, maybe a few months (still living in Florida until mid summer, so the soft top i have now will work ). I'll get some pics up of the linex job as soon as I get her back and put together. Shouldn't be any later than this weekend depending on when I get the call.

There is a guy by the name jscherb(he had a huge thread on JF) that built a Safari top for his LJ and sold the plans to gr8tops(I don't think they have come to market yet) that would be my choice if I had a LJ

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/gr8tops-119066.html
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:27 AM   #42
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Yeah, an early CJ wouldn't be a good only vehicle. Like I said, I like my TJ, but it's just an entirely different vehicle than an early Jeep. It's like a cross between a Jeep and a car...
Just curious, what's your opinion of the JK then?

I feel like its less of a jeep than the TJ, but still a jeep.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:56 AM   #43
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Just curious, what's your opinion of the JK then?

I feel like its less of a jeep than the TJ, but still a jeep.
I've only driven a few JK's, and not very far. Not fond of the "feel" in my limited experience. Not very fond of the look, either.
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I've only driven a few JK's, and not very far. Not fond of the "feel" in my limited experience. Not very fond of the look, either.
Ive heard from a lot of people that the JK's (2 or 4 door) ride like crap. Especially the 4 doors. I have a friend who went and test drove some then drive mine and he said my TJ rode and handled better then any of the JK's he test drove
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Ive heard from a lot of people that the JK's (2 or 4 door) ride like crap. Especially the 4 doors. I have a friend who went and test drove some then drive mine and he said my TJ rode and handled better then any of the JK's he test drove

I dont know about that...having owned a JK and now back to a TJ, I would say the JK feels a bit more disconnected but it certainly has a more civilized ride.
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Ive heard from a lot of people that the JK's (2 or 4 door) ride like crap. Especially the 4 doors. I have a friend who went and test drove some then drive mine and he said my TJ rode and handled better then any of the JK's he test drove
Even with your worn out shocks and busgings, and worn sway bar links, steering, etc.? I thought they handled fine.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:41 PM   #47
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Congrats on a great rig! Happens to be the exact jeep im trying to find for my next one

looking forward to seeing your progress
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Even with your worn out shocks and busgings, and worn sway bar links, steering, etc.? I thought they handled fine.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:14 PM   #49
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While I'm not super fond of the looks of the JK (compared to most other Jeeps), if I had the money I'd put my wife in a new Pentastar JKU.

Although, then our herd of GM's would be out-numbered by Daimler/ Fiat/ Chryslers..
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:18 PM   #50
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I've only driven a few JK's, and not very far. Not fond of the "feel" in my limited experience. Not very fond of the look, either.
One other thing, what makes the TJ not a true jeep? The coil springs? Plastic dash? Etc
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One other thing, what makes the TJ not a true jeep? The coil springs? Plastic dash? Etc
They are just so different from the early CJ5's that I used to build/ drive. They have almost nothing in common.

Like I said, they are Jeeps, just evolved. I'd imagine there were some raised eyebrows among Jeepers when the biscuit fenders came out in '55. Probably the same thing when CJ7's came out in 1976. I know there was when the YJ came out, and the biggest change there was square headlights.
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They are just so different from the early CJ5's that I used to build/ drive. They have almost nothing in common.

Like I said, they are Jeeps, just evolved. I'd imagine there were some raised eyebrows among Jeepers when the biscuit fenders came out in '55. Probably the same thing when CJ7's came out in 1976. I know there was when the YJ came out, and the biggest change there was square headlights.
I know that a CJ5 and TJ aren't going to be twins, I just was wondering if there were a few differences that just kind of stood out from the rest.
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I know that a CJ5 and TJ aren't going to be twins, I just was wondering if there were a few differences that just kind of stood out from the rest.
They're totally different vehicles. The early CJ5's were very utilitarian in stock form. No plastic, manual cam and lever steering, leaf springs, smaller than a TJ, etc. It would be easier to point out the few things they DO have in common.
Basically they're both small (even though the TJ is much bigger) open body 4 wheel drive (although not all early Jeeps were 4X4, the DJ's weren't).
They both have very similar shape/ styling, which is what makes the TJ still a Jeep.

It's like comparing a Model A Ford pickup to a modern F-series truck.
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What do you all think of these? Or just stick to the regular Rubicon decals? I'll need to replace either way one I get the Jeep back.
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What do you all think of these? Or just stick to the regular Rubicon decals? I'll need to replace either way one I get the Jeep back.
Im not sure how well those will stick on after the bedliner, but I like those better than the factory rubicon stickers.
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Im not sure how well those will stick on after the bedliner, but I like those better than the factory rubicon stickers.
I agree. I'll have to see the texture in person before ordering. If its smooth enough (it will be clear coated) I might be able to make it work.
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I agree. I'll have to see the texture in person before ordering. If its smooth enough (it will be clear coated) I might be able to make it work.
If that doesnt work you could always have a stencil of it and paint it on
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Having going back and forth over the last few days driving my sons TJ and my JK I am very happy to get back in my JK. It rides better it is quieter and just so much more smooth and has tons more power.Oh it also has power windows locks and bluetooth and did I mention it makes almost instant heat and gobs of it really nice on cold mornings. The only thing I can say for the TJ is it cost 5k and I have no worries of dinging it up. The JK I am always worried I am gonna scratch the paint.
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Having going back and forth over the last few days driving my sons TJ and my JK I am very happy to get back in my JK. It rides better it is quieter and just so much more smooth and has tons more power.Oh it also has power windows locks and bluetooth and did I mention it makes almost instant heat and gobs of it really nice on cold mornings. The only thing I can say for the TJ is it cost 5k and I have no worries of dinging it up. The JK I am always worried I am gonna scratch the paint.
And that's what makes it just that much less of a real Jeep
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And that's what makes it just that much less of a real Jeep
So, you do understand why a TJ isn't a "real" jeep. A JK is much more like a TJ than a TJ is like an early CJ.

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