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Old 08-20-2012, 08:21 AM   #1
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My first jeep, couple of questions

Hey everyone,

Picked her up last week, an '04 Sport 4.0l 5spd with 110k on the clock. Broke her in with a 520 mile trip this weekend haha. Aside from the abysmal gas mileage she ran like a champ.

I've got a couple of things I want to take care of in the short term, as well as some longer term goals. I need to get a new windshield for inspection, nice crack right through the driver's view. Safelite near me wants $275! I'm checking if my insurance covers it, otherwise might do it myself. I want to do a full tune up, what all should I check/replace? I was going to do plugs, oil, probably air and fuel filters, maybe trans and diff fluids? What's the recommended interval on those guys? A/c fan only works on high, so need to replace the resistor for that guy. Other than that, unless inspection turns up any problems, that should do it for safety and reliability. Is there a recommended service manual, or will just a cheapy cover it? I know with Volkswagens, Bentley's were the bible. And what online stores are reputable for jeep parts?

After that's taken care of, I'm replacing the stereo. Have my system started on crutchfield with a digital media receiver in the dash, polk 5.25 up front and 6.5 overhead. Probably going to get a 4x100ish amp for the speakers. Eventually add an amp/sub, maybe see what I can find on Craigslist. Don't need earth rattling, just want something decent for when the tops off. Probably at the same time as the stereo I'll switch dash lights to led, probably blue, and maybe the footwells and soundbar lights too. Might do led's on a separate switch so if I need actual light I still have it for those two spots.

One other thing I'd line to take care of cleaning the while beast. When I swapped the hard top for the soft top, the soft top is ridiculously dirty. What's the best method and cleaners for that guy?

Farther down the line, maybe this winter (Christmas presents for myself?) I want to add an sye, 1" body lift, and probably different/more skid plates. Right now she has running boards, I don't know if I should just take them off or wait until I smash them to replace with rock sliders.

I'm just on my phone right now, but when I get a chance I'll throw up some pictures. 2" lift, 32" tires, blue sport. Frame is really clean. She spent a good chunk of her life in Virginia. Glad I spent a little more instead of buying the rust bucket I looked at about a month ago.

I'm searching through old threads, but if you guys have any answers/suggestions I'm all ears. Thanks!

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Old 08-20-2012, 09:14 AM   #2
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for the manual, there is a full service manual online somewhere, and it literraly tells you everything you would ever want to know about your jeep, its a hugeee pdf file i would post the link but I'm not sure where.
for the fan resistor there is a write up on here somewhere I had to do that as well.

Also, my jeep, I was told they were 6.5" overhead speakers but they turned out to be 5 1/4, I only have the four speakers though maybe you got a better package.

to clean the soft top, I use an old t-shirt and very little dish soap, I'm sure they sell specialty cleaners. They also sell zipper lube. If you live in a salty area like Mine I would get some.

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Old 08-20-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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The sound bar stock uses 5.25 speakers, but from what I've read the 6.5 polk DBxi's fit, and even if I have to trim a bit I'm not worried. The dash I'm getting the adapter plates and running 5.25s there.

For the manual, that'd be great. I'll search around for that link. I've seen quadratec get wood reviews so yeah, I'll prob be sending them my next paycheck
Thanks for the tips.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:46 PM   #4
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:02 PM   #5
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After that's taken care of, I'm replacing the stereo. Have my system started on crutchfield with a digital media receiver in the dash, polk 5.25 up front and 6.5 overhead. Probably going to get a 4x100ish amp for the speakers. Eventually add an amp/sub, maybe see what I can find on CraigslistQUOTE]

I just did this last week to my 2003 Sport. Went with the 5.25 polks in dash with adapter plate and the 6.5 polks overhead. I just had to use the adapter brackets polk gave for the overheads.
As far as the amp, I went with the Alpine powerpack for the 4 speakers. This thing sounds great and I placed it in the dash behind the radio.
Alpine KTP-445U "Power Pack" Upgrade any car radio to 45 watts RMS X 4 at
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:22 PM   #6
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I have the EXACT same set up as dveary and love it. I just installed that "power pack" with a buddy a week ago and was stunned how much better my stereo sounds now. For the price you cant beat it. It only took us about an hour to install and will probably take less time if your doing it all at once.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:10 PM   #7
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Dan, since you are running the soft top think carefully about any sound system you put in. It only takes a knife to break into a convertable. If you put in anything too flashy or too visable, it has a chance of walking.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:59 AM   #8
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Yeah I know. The receiver has a removeable faceplate, and I'm not doing anything flashy with the soundbar. I try to not keep anything important in the jeep anyway. Usually unlocked and with at least the back window unzipped. I figure if anyone wants to steal anything they'll go after the g35 my room mate drives or one of the BMW or Audis the execs at work drive haha.

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