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Old 08-01-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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making my jeep my own

about a month ago I bought a 2004 wrangler unlimited, first jeep ever, always loved them though. anywho, the previous owner had a handful of mods done to it and a few of those I'd like to change and/or improve also some problems to address. any input would be awesome. (might be a lengthy post) The jeep is my daily driver so my wheeling would be mild... maybe



item: 1- damn throttle squeal (not whistle) when applying throttle and leaving off of it. It has a cold air intake which i wanna swap out for the stock system which i wish i had, but it isn't the problem, sounds like it is coming right from the throttle body (maybe oem system usually muffles it?) I'll tray and get a sound recording of it. actually have 2 intakes: the one installed is a spectre cowl induction,

and not sure of the brand of the other one, afe?

don't know if they even help or not since i do not have the stock set up.

2- figuring what the knocking and clicking sound from the front underneath is when i go over a bump even at a crawl, the track bar ends look a little sketchy could be those, do they sell replacement bushings? what are some other things that tend to go bad on these?



3- salesman said it was a 2 inch lift but that's all that was said, thinking about just doing a brand new lift, some kind of bb lift, might even be whats on it.



4- Have 2 sets. 245/75r16 BF Goodrich mud-terrain t/a on american racing rims


and 235/70R-16 General Grabber AT 2 16x8 KMC XD Enduro rims



thoughts, concerns, constructive criticism will be handled well. If more pictures are needed definitely not a problem.

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Old 08-01-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
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You get what you pay for. Keep that in mind it's the biggest lesson I've learned through building my jeep up

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Old 08-01-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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Everyone is going to have their own opinion, but in that first picture...it looks just perfect to me. The one piece of advice I have heard and think I like the best, is drive it for a while, especially before you lift it. See how you actually use it and then spend your money where it will count the most. You already have some nice sliders and a capable looking front bumper (and winch under that?), your PO may have left you in a really nice spot. I agree to focus on your mechanical issues first, then drive it and enjoy it for a while and see what presents itself as a priority to you.

Congratulations, by the way, that is one great looking Jeep!
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:02 PM   #4
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The click over a bump sound might just be coming from your swaybar quick disconnects. Probably rattling at the pins.
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:17 PM   #5
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Everyone is going to have their own opinion, but in that first picture...it looks just perfect to me. The one piece of advice I have heard and think I like the best, is drive it for a while, especially before you lift it. See how you actually use it and then spend your money where it will count the most. You already have some nice sliders and a capable looking front bumper (and winch under that?), your PO may have left you in a really nice spot. I agree to focus on your mechanical issues first, then drive it and enjoy it for a while and see what presents itself as a priority to you.

Congratulations, by the way, that is one great looking Jeep!
thanks, yeah it has an 8500 lb winch can't see what brand though. I only live like 30 min from the RC offroad park and am anxious to find someone to go with me but at the same time I want to make sure all my basis are covered.
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It looks capable to me, especially since it's mostly light duty. You may be surprised where it will go just like it is. The 'drive it a while' advise above is what I would do and work on the little things that may bug you. Doing a lift, tires and gearing would be a waste if you never really use it that way.
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item: 1- damn throttle squeal (not whistle) when applying throttle and leaving off of it. It has a cold air intake which i wanna swap out for the stock system which i wish i had, but it isn't the problem, sounds like it is coming right from the throttle body (maybe oem system usually muffles it?) I'll tray and get a sound recording of it.


don't know if they even help or not since i do not have the stock set up.
with a little research I found that it is the throttle body making the noise, where the port where the iac connects. Apparently the set up is an afe CAI kit which includes the aftermarket throttle body . anyone wanna swap for the stock setup? :P
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about a month ago I bought a 2004 wrangler unlimited, first jeep ever, always loved them though. anywho, the previous owner had a handful of mods done to it and a few of those I'd like to change and/or improve also some problems to address. any input would be awesome. (might be a lengthy post) The jeep is my daily driver so my wheeling would be mild... maybe



item: 1- damn throttle squeal (not whistle) when applying throttle and leaving off of it. It has a cold air intake which i wanna swap out for the stock system which i wish i had, but it isn't the problem, sounds like it is coming right from the throttle body (maybe oem system usually muffles it?) I'll tray and get a sound recording of it. actually have 2 intakes: the one installed is a spectre cowl induction,

and not sure of the brand of the other one, afe?

don't know if they even help or not since i do not have the stock set up.

2- figuring what the knocking and clicking sound from the front underneath is when i go over a bump even at a crawl, the track bar ends look a little sketchy could be those, do they sell replacement bushings? what are some other things that tend to go bad on these?



3- salesman said it was a 2 inch lift but that's all that was said, thinking about just doing a brand new lift, some kind of bb lift, might even be whats on it.



4- Have 2 sets. 245/75r16 BF Goodrich mud-terrain t/a on american racing rims


and 235/70R-16 General Grabber AT 2 16x8 KMC XD Enduro rims



thoughts, concerns, constructive criticism will be handled well. If more pictures are needed definitely not a problem.

You got as nice good looking capable rig there!

1-I know you say squeal but I'm curious...I would say judging by the sound maybe the intake filter sucking in air but my guess would be a bad seal on the intake to the throttle body or throttle body itself(looks like you determind it was the throttle body). I would go back to the stock setup for 2 reasons 1-Air Intake doesn't do anything for you on a jeep and 2-the factory original helps keep water from getting into your filter.

2-Would need to see pics of the end of the trac bar at the driverside tie rod end maybe larger? Mine made a clicking noise when I hit a bump and found the tie rod end of the trac bar was loose and sliding. They do sell new bushings for about $25 and they need to be pressed in and out. They do go bad as well as the trac bar tie rod end. If you get an adj front trac bar they make them where they delete the tie rod end.

3-Most budget boosts are around 2" The one on there looks like the SkyJacker BB if it's a BB and not a 3" I can't tell.

4-The 245/75R15 BFG All Terrains are great tires and slightly bigger than the General. Both sets of wheels are great but I like the black steel ones better especially if you go wheeling a lot but if not the others which I assume are Aluminum are just fine.
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