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Old 05-16-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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Hey Guys, I am new to Jeeps, I bought one the other day to try out and see what I thought. Any Helpful tips appreciated. Here is what I bought.......
1999 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, has factory dual top(both Tops Included) 5 spd 4.0l, 181000 miles. It is not lifted, interior is a mint, Dana 44 rear axle and full doors. Any other information you to help me I am willing to give.

Issues I am trying to Solve:
#1. High Beams do not work, Switch flips and indicator comes on in the instrument panel, but lights go out.

#2. Plastic piece that changes from hard and soft top on the windshield that the door closes against. The one for the hard top is in perfect shape, The ones for the soft top that the steel over door bow snaps in to are both broken, What are they called? and Where can I buy them?

After that I just needs some tips of things to improve or what have you. I do not plan on lifting it at this time and it will be a beach cruiser and hunting vehicle.

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Old 05-16-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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Post some pictures of her first like we say, pics or it didn't happen

And maybe some 31" tires would be a good addition if you're using it for hunting but not planning on lifting it just yet.

But don't worry about that. We all say we won't lift the jeep, then the next thing you know you put some spacers in. Then, you just can't stop and you've drop few thousand into it over a few years Be forewarned, modding a jeep isn't a slippery slope, it's a freaking cliff, and we all jump at one point or another. You're one of us now. One of us. One of us. Haha

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That's a good looking jeep. One thing I'd do is take the milk jugs off (the plastic things on the end of the bumpers). Gives it a whole different look. Much more rugged and jeep like
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Thanks, any ideas on my two issues?
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:52 AM   #6
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For the first one, I'm crap at electronics. Ask me about lifts all day. Wiring, I'm bringing it to my buddy's uncle to fix.

For number two, not exactly sure what you're talking about. Are you saying the door surrounds that are screwed in and removable? Or the plastic the runs vertically down the side of the windshield? (Again, pictures always help if you can snap a few)
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Plastic vertical piece on the windshield
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it swaps from hard to soft top and the soft top ones are busted
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:23 AM   #9
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it swaps from hard to soft top and the soft top ones are busted
Sorry man. I'm still not really sure what you're referring too because I only have a soft top and all my friends have soft tops as well. I mean I have the plastic vertical pieces but I never remove them.
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Quote: After that I just needs some tips of things to improve or what have you. I do not plan on lifting it at this time and it will be a beach cruiser and hunting vehicle.

That is what they all say

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What sort of headlights are they? I had some aftermarket HIDs in the jeep and the highbeams didn't work because they were hooked up wrong. If they are HIDs some of them don't come with highbeams, just low. Take a look at the bulbs or see if there is a little metal box under the hood, that would be the transformer if they are HIDs.
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That's a good looking jeep. One thing I'd do is take the milk jugs off (the plastic things on the end of the bumpers). Gives it a whole different look. Much more rugged and jeep like
X2 Odd how I was thinking the same thing LOL
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:09 PM   #13
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Thanks I will check the headlights, and I will get to the bumpers.
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do not plan on lifting it at this time and it will be a beach cruiser and hunting vehicle.[/QUOTE]

i thought my was gunna stay stock ... and in aug of last year i put a 2.5 in lift on and bumpers ... then 6grand later we have alot of new parts lol
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Replacing headlights did not fix the problem, is there a fuse or relay under the hood? Multifunction switch seems unlikely since the indicator comes on inside the instrument panel and the fog lights go out, but maybe i just dont know??? Found the other part solution!
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Yes, there is a relay and fuse. Standard relay, you can find for a couple bucks at the store. Fuse is in the same box (but is for the whole light fixture I believe).

If it's still broken after you replace the relay, there is a connector going to the back of the light. The connection quality in there might be bad. Put a tester on it to see if it switches. You may need to clean out junk on the terminals and get some dielectric grease to protect the connection.
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Is the fuse and relay under the hood or behind glove box? The one under the hood doesn't have key or diagram. So I am trying to figure them out
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Fuse box is behind the glove box
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Don't see one for headlights behind the glove box specifically high beams, what about under the hood? What do the big fuses go to?
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Don't see one for headlights behind the glove box specifically high beams, what about under the hood? What do the big fuses go to?
Fuse #10 is for the headlights, but since your lows work that should be fine. I reviewed the circuit and was wrong, there are no relays for the lights, it's operated by a switch in the stalk (probably not working for you).

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#2. Plastic piece that changes from hard and soft top on the windshield that the door closes against. The one for the hard top is in perfect shape, The ones for the soft top that the steel over door bow snaps in to are both broken, What are they called? and Where can I buy them?

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Sorry man. I'm still not really sure what you're referring too because I only have a soft top and all my friends have soft tops as well. I mean I have the plastic vertical pieces but I never remove them.
I am wondering if the part being referred to is the Door Seal

Jeep Part 55176618AB - Door Seal

My Jeep also came with these broke. The run vertically along the inside of the windshield, where the door shuts against. Oddly enough, It never leaks there. Only leaks where there is no reason to be leaking. For example, my brand new door skins. Door Seals are about 30-35 bucks. If it isn't leaking there, replace your other goodies first. Literally rains all winter here in Portland, Or, and I have never had a leak where it is broke/cracked.

As far as improvements................. I'd upgrade your wallet. Once asking that question, you are definitely going to need a wallet to produce limitless options. I say drive it a while. See what you like, see what falls off, etc..... Then start from there. I'm still fairly new as well, and leaving it alone was best. Within 6 months, the jeep told me what needed to be fixed, then upgraded via repairs.

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Ok, Thanks so much for the help, It is the door seals, but these are specific to old supertop, and they do not make it anymore, to bestop's credit they offer replacement parts to make it work, I just think I can do it better and more affordable, the door seals for the hardtop are good anyway. Thanks so much.

I was afraid I was down to replacing the multifunction switch, I just wasn't sure about how big of a job that was. Any ideas?

Lastly an update, new plugs wires, tire cover and bikini safari top, some touch up paint as well, gotta work on rust removal and protection and replace gas tank skid plate, figure out this headlight situation, work on bumpers and maybe install a winch!

Thanks everyone still taking advice!
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Ok, Thanks so much for the help, It is the door seals, but these are specific to old supertop, and they do not make it anymore, to bestop's credit they offer replacement parts to make it work, I just think I can do it better and more affordable, the door seals for the hardtop are good anyway. Thanks so much.

I was afraid I was down to replacing the multifunction switch, I just wasn't sure about how big of a job that was. Any ideas?

Lastly an update, new plugs wires, tire cover and bikini safari top, some touch up paint as well, gotta work on rust removal and protection and replace gas tank skid plate, figure out this headlight situation, work on bumpers and maybe install a winch!

Thanks everyone still taking advice!
haven't done it, but anything less than 4 wrenches on quadratec and a monkey could do it.
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Changed headlight switch posted above and no luck, replacing the multifunction switch today will let you know how it turns out!
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Did NOT WORK..........any ideas?

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