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Old 04-12-2014, 05:49 PM   #1
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Just Got Into My First Jeep. Few Questions.

Hi.
I've just got into a brand old '99 4.0L Wrangler, and also my first Jeep. I'm excited.

I wanted to ask about two things I've noticed.
It came with a hard and soft top. Hard top is fine, soft top doesn't seal along the edges. It seems fine for good weather but I want to keep the soft on all summer and it's definitely not keeping rain out. I have a feeling I'll have to get a different type of top, but here are a few photos to show what I mean. Here are the photos.
(That thing is getting painted matte black ASAP.)

The next thing is that when I have the wheel cut 100% in either direction there's a grinding noise that's coming from, what I think, is the drive shaft. It does this going forward and in reverse, and in both 2WD or 4WD. I had originally thought it was the wheels rubbing because he has 31x10.5 tires on there but I noticed today it wasn't. I took a video to make it more clear. Here's the video.

Thanks for the help.

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Old 04-12-2014, 06:00 PM   #2
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I think you're missing door surrounds and do you have a tailgate bar?

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Old 04-12-2014, 06:47 PM   #3
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I have neither of those things.
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:31 PM   #4
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Yep, that's the problem The door surrounds is a major part as it's what the top and sides of the soft top clip into and make everything tight and keeps the water out.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:31 PM   #5
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I have neither of those things.
Yep, no door surrounds. As mudslidex stated, they keep everything tight and the rain out. I wound not use the soft top without them. I am sure you can pick up OEM ones used or after market ones cheap online. Invest in a tail gate bar too! This way your rear zipper window is secure and you can access your tail gate. Get these things and you'll be set!
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:34 AM   #6
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You shouldn't ride around without your door surrounds if you have the soft top on, door damage will ensue.
I think you should head over to the tech section with your video.
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The door surrounds and tailgate bar will be much cheaper than a new top. I like the color!
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:19 PM   #8
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Concerning the sound, are you sure the other tire is not contacting the lower control arm? Usually this isn't an issue with 31's but if it's factory rims they have a large backspace that it may happen. Also try crawling under the jeep and grab a hold of your driveshafts and see if there is any movement in them. There should not be any and if there is then you have a bad u joint. Does it make this noise any time other than when wheels turned full lock?
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:28 PM   #9
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Could b the axle u joints. they will click and grind like that when turning if they are bad. Don't think turning would have any affect on driveshaft
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Concerning the sound, are you sure the other tire is not contacting the lower control arm? Usually this isn't an issue with 31's but if it's factory rims they have a large backspace that it may happen. Also try crawling under the jeep and grab a hold of your driveshafts and see if there is any movement in them. There should not be any and if there is then you have a bad u joint. Does it make this noise any time other than when wheels turned full lock?
The noise only happens at 100% fully locked turns. I'll check the rest of the stuff this afternoon. Worst case scenario are U-joints an expensive fix?
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The noise only happens at 100% fully locked turns. I'll check the rest of the stuff this afternoon. Worst case scenario are U-joints an expensive fix?
Try reversing your jeep at least 10' (to reset the 4wd?) Someone may have put it in 4low and not got out of it properly.
This happened to my car and the sound mostly went away!
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:15 PM   #12
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Ujoints themselves are pretty cheap. I think axle joints are 25$ each. One on each side. They are fairly easy to do also. There are vids on YouTube how to do it with out a press. Not sure how many miles you got on it but prob a good idea to do them around 100k or so anyway. It's a good way to start getting to know ur jeep

When mine were bad at full lock is when I noticed then originally. Also had a little wobble on highway
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Also check the brakes.. that could be the pads being very worn

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