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Old 05-13-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
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New TJ owner in need of some help ! (pics)

I recently picked up a 97 TJ with about 141k miles on the odo. I was surprised how great she ran. It is still stock but hopefully I will change that soon. I changed the oil with mobil 1 10-40w high mileage, change the coolant + added water wetter, changed the oil filter + airfilter, plugs and plug wires. The TJ came with some knarly 80's style graphics that I decided I would peel off. The passenger side of the car was quite easy but the drivers side, not so much. My fear is that the stickers were under the clear coat. Did any TJs come from the factory with these graphics ? How should I removed them without harming the paint ?

Also, I was messing around with the gear shifter and mistaking removed what I was told after is a very important piece of metal. I can change from drive to neutral and reverse to neutral to drive without pressing the button on the drive lever. Where does the missing piece of metal go ?

I would also like to know what kind of steelies are these in the following pics ? What size are these and that bolt battern, width should I be looking for ? I would love to do something similar to this since I would rather spend my money on a nice set of tires. Would I be able to pick these up at a local junkyard, if I take this picture ? Hope to hear from you guys soon and thanks in advance for any help !!
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:42 PM   #2
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Those steelies are Rockcrawlers. They are relativley cheap. If you find them at the junkyard you are lucky, but check around online.

For the graphics try using a heat gun to help get the graphics off.

I am not sure what the missing metal piece is. Is it shown in the picture? I do know that any car can shift from drive to neutral and from reverse to neutral to drive without depressing the button. Hope this helps.

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Old 05-13-2009, 05:31 PM   #3
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The metal piece that is missing is not shown. Thanks for the help
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Old 05-16-2009, 11:53 AM   #5
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i hate having to use that damn button... i grew up driving a stick, i never had to push a button to make it shift.

its just a safety feature that keeps you from putting it into reverse from neutral without meaning to. same goes when in drive oyu have to push it to select a lower gear.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:28 PM   #6
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Graphics can be removed with a pinstripe eraser. Dont know if you can pick it up at autoparts store. I got mine from matco tools, $15.00. Chuck it up in a drill and erase the graphics. Do not go full speed with a corded drill it will damage the paint. I use a cordles drill, makita.

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