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Old 04-18-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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New (to me) Jeep

Greetings everyone!

In the next month I will be taking ownership of a 2002 TJ Sport. I'm excited to join the forum since this is my first Jeep. I am also the owner of a new FIAT 500 and I've had a great time getting to know my fellow owners on the forums for my other car.

I have made a list of things I'd like to mod on my Jeep and I'd like to solicit the opinions of everyone here for some product recommendations.

1. Exhaust - I've got it narrowed down to Magnaflow or Flowmaster. Thoughts/ Experiences?

2. Tub Liner - I have limited (read: none) garage facilities so a roll on liner would be ideal.

3. Fender flares - I like the look of the ones people use when they put gigantic tires on their Jeeps but I'm going to keep the tires stock for budgetary reasons.

4. Stereo - I've read that marine units are best. Head unit/ Speaker/ Amp recommendations?

5. Intake - I'm leaning K&N CAI based on some of the ones I've previously owned.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Old 04-18-2013, 03:58 PM   #2
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Welcome and Congrats! Intakes a lot of people on this forum are against the K&N Filter.
I like MagnaFlow but I went MBRP this time. I have MagnaFlow on my Tundra.

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Old 04-18-2013, 04:24 PM   #4
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Welcome. Since you asked...

I'm not a fan of aftermarket exhausts on these small engines we have in our Jeeps.

CIA, not worth a dime unless you maybe are going to be building a high rev hardcore trail rig. If not, the factory intake is better than any aftermarket CAI you can find. Don't believe the marketing hype, they do not improve anything.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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@kshaws21- whats your reasoning in keeping the exhaust stock? I love this Jeep but I'm not a fan of the exhaust note. And I will take your advice on the CAI, keeping it stock suits my wallet just fine.

@ superTJ - what made you choose MBRP over MagnaFlow?

And thanks to all of you for the warm welcome. I am stoked to join the Jeep club.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:23 AM   #6
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@ superTJ - what made you choose MBRP over MagnaFlow?

I read some good reviews. I wanted a bolt on and the MagnaFlow was more expensive. The MBRP shortened the exhaust and keeps it under the Jeep a little tighter.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:35 AM   #7
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Built my own cai( dont care what the naysayers say) and i run a flowmaster.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:53 AM   #8
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I've never been a fan of Flowmaster personally. The "wooshy" sound from the 40 series bugs me. That being said at least 6 or 7 of my vehicles have had Flowmasters on them. My Jeep is the most tolerable one even though it's a single chamber. The other day my friend and I loosely attached a MAC muffler off of one of his Mustangs to my Jeep and it had a much deeper tone. Once I get settled into my new place I might go that route.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:58 AM   #9
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Welcome, and congrats on the Jeep! WRT the stereo - a marine head unit isn't usually NEEDED, but I got one for grins - some super cheap Pyle head unit. I like it. You're not going to get competition sound quality out of it, but it works for me. Doesn't have a CD player, but it does have a USB port you can plug a flash drive into and play MP3s out of, so that's pretty cool. I think it's this one:
Pyle PLMR19W Marine Stereo with Weather Band 267-7252
(It was like $40 on sale when I got it...so some searching around for a deal might be worth your time)
I was worried about how the white head unit would look in the dash, but I think it's kinda neat. I've had it for about a year now, and it still works fine.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:47 AM   #10
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@kshaws21- whats your reasoning in keeping the exhaust stock? I love this Jeep but I'm not a fan of the exhaust note. And I will take your advice on the CAI, keeping it stock suits my wallet just fine.

@ superTJ - what made you choose MBRP over MagnaFlow?

And thanks to all of you for the warm welcome. I am stoked to join the Jeep club.
I just don't like the sound of aftermarket pipes on the small weak Jeep engines is all. A big powerful V6 like is in the new Camaros or the powerful 6 in a Porsche sound great, no pipe or muffler will ever make a stock Jeep 4.0 or 2.5 sound good IN MY OPINION. I know people that have put them on and think their Jeep sounds great, while I think bleh it sounded as good or better stock. If the engine was more powerful, it might be different, but the stock engine just doesn't produce enough power to make an aftermarket exhaust sound good IN MY OPINION.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:09 PM   #11
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I just don't like the sound of aftermarket pipes on the small weak Jeep engines is all. A big powerful V6 like is in the new Camaros

A guy in my squadron bolted an SLP loudmouth setup on his new V6 Camaro... It sounded EXACTLY like the Chevy Beretta that my junkie aunt used to race around her trailer park.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:23 PM   #12
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A guy in my squadron bolted an SLP loudmouth setup on his new V6 Camaro... It sounded EXACTLY like the Chevy Beretta that my junkie aunt used to race around her trailer park.
And people think they can make a stock Jeep engine sound good with big mufflers and pipes? Just enjoy the capabilities of your ride leave the other junk for the ricers....
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+1 for the Chevy Beretta reference!

I definitely recognize that this is a long haul thing and not a sprint. I was talking to the current owner (my Dad) and I think the tub liner is going to be the first project. It's been stored near the ocean so it's got some surface rust issues around the drain plugs and who knows where else.

But the stereo will be second. The current setup is cooked.
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And people think they can make a stock Jeep engine sound good with big mufflers and pipes? Just enjoy the capabilities of your ride leave the other junk for the ricers....
Erm.. Yeah... There are some great sounding 4.0's out there. Deeper and throatier than a 60° V6 which anything north of 2000 rpm sounds like someone punched Gilbert Gottfried in the junk.

It's a different strokes for different folks situation just like anything else. Do I wish my Jeep had a different exhaust configuration? Yes, absolutely. I wish it wasn't so raspy sounding. The beautiful part is... I can do it. Stock exhausts are boring. Even the most subtle aftermarket muffler can add a little more personality to your ride.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:08 AM   #15
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Erm.. Yeah... There are some great sounding 4.0's out there. Deeper and throatier than a 60° V6 which anything north of 2000 rpm sounds like someone punched Gilbert Gottfried in the junk.

It's a different strokes for different folks situation just like anything else. Do I wish my Jeep had a different exhaust configuration? Yes, absolutely. I wish it wasn't so raspy sounding. The beautiful part is... I can do it. Stock exhausts are boring. Even the most subtle aftermarket muffler can add a little more personality to your ride.
Oh yeah your absolutely right. Everyone's taste is different. Near me there is a guy that has an awesome TJ, lifted, great bumpers n winch, rock sliders, lights on bumpers and hood, big red letter general grabbers, etc. it looks great, but has a loud aftermarket pipe setup that sounds horrible to me, you can hear him comin even before you see him and after he passes by, good Lord it's ridiculous! TO ME, he ruined a great looking Jeep with the silly pipes.

You say stock pipes are boring, but I like how quiet my ride is. Goin down the road the only sounds you hear are the tire sounds which isn't but a little noticeable.

Kinda like some of the younger guys I met on a pretty difficult trail a while back, they were bouncing up through these big ol ruts, tires spinning high revving, thrashing all over to make it through. They had to stop, back up several times. I just eased through there on one attempt without even spinning the tires. Those guys were at the top looking back at me like, how in the world did he do that? To some my creep up the rutty hill was boring, but TO ME it was more satisfying than thrashing my way up like they were, much less chance to break something.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:38 AM   #16
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The engine needs air in / air out. If you run a stock engine CIA and new exhaust will do nothing for your jeep. But to each his own and to his own budget.

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