Before I get with the questions I would like to thank everyone for all of the great information on this site. I purchased a 2001 Sahara 2 weeks ago and it has come a long way thanks to all of you.
How should I prioritize my "needed" repairs? I am working with a "semi" tight budget right now so I can't really do all of this at once. I have been a mechanic for about 14yrs so I feel as if I know my way around a car/truck but I have limited mechanical experience with the TJ but quite a bit of general Jeep drivetrain repairs.
-Rear end is "whining" 60-70mph on decel and light load
(D44 w/3.73 open diff)
-Axle seals are mildly seeping
-Fuel Gauge is either on or off, seems to occur more around 3/4 tank
-Trans grinds *sometimes* 1st-2nd and when going to 1st rolling
-light leak on the t-case, looks like it could be the speedo drive or OP
-Crap factory speakers
-Signs of stich loss on the soft-top at the back lower corners
-Tempermental volume knob
-A/C low on freon
Should I be worried about the rear end or will it last? Who makes good shocks w/ no lift? Are there any common leaks in the TJ A/C system?
Is there any way to repair the top??
Stuff I've done already
-Changed rear diff lube
-Changed t-case fluid
-Repaired broken seat release strap
-Buffed plastic windows
-Adjusted rear brakes
-Replaced blown sub with elemental designs e3.6
-Replaced spark plugs
-cleaned wiring harness near the fuel tank
-I think thats it...
What should I worry about fixing first? I plan on keeping this thing for a long time.... Your opinions would help me alot, fire away!