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Old 03-05-2008, 11:33 AM   #1
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TJ comfort into the Noughties

So our Jeeps are a bit basic to say the least when it comes to comfort. Because I use my TJ to cart my road bike around I end up driving it as much as my nicely spec'd other cars. However the standard toys on them are slowly making their way onto my Jeep. Here's my list. Please comment on the best for each or any other must have toys:

Central Locking/Alarm : Looking at Electric Life

Remote Start : Ditto

Proper Stereo: I got a Sony xplod with Bluetooth/ipod and the dash conversion kit, but I think the Jeep really needs a stereo with Loudness function (auto volume increase) with a softop.

Sat Nav: Garmin Nuvi/Tom Tom

Seats: I want some leather seats !!!??

Any other good toys?

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Old 03-05-2008, 11:40 AM   #2
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I can only comment on the Remote Starter.......Love It!
This is something I never would have thought of but the TJ I recently purchased already had it installed......and I use the thing All the time.

It's fun to sit in my Warm Work Vehicle at the end of the day while others are out scrapping their cars......then I hit the button and watch thier heads look up at the Jeep with no one in it

With that said....I still don't think I would Buy one.....but love having it!

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Ah wow, I was thinking you would still need to depress the clutch but I guess you wire around that requirement...

Yes, I have advanced start on my Q7 and it's great to forget about the key
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Nope, My jeep is just that, a Jeep. I dont want power windows or locks, or any hi-tech crap, thats what my wifes Commander or my 4x4 Ram 2500 is for. I believe in the K.I.S.S. principal when it comes to the Jeep.
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Oh that reminds me. Top of the list if you have plastic windows is the Bestop sliding glass window set. Helps wind noise and at last you can use parking gates etc.

I understand and accept the kiss concept, however it gets a tad annoying for instance to have to continually open the passenger door! A few toys doesn't diminish the off road capability and makes everyday use much more enjoyable.
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Nope, My jeep is just that, a Jeep. I dont want power windows or locks, or any hi-tech crap, thats what my wifes Commander or my 4x4 Ram 2500 is for. I believe in the K.I.S.S. principal when it comes to the Jeep.

I am guessing Keep It Stupid Simple???Anyway I have lots of bells and whistels on mine.I also have the remote start,Dual DVD players,in dash LCD panasonic CD player,800watt amp w/12" sub,1000watt power inverter and yes I love to see people stop and look at the Jeep when I hit the remote start in parking lots.Remote start has been out for quite a while now but people still stop and start looking for a person in the jeep.I like toys. And yes I also have the slideing windows.Mine are rugged Ridge but they are great over the zipper windows.Hey Dazman put up some pics!!!
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:32 PM   #7
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stay away from all sony car audio it all sucks. i have a pioneer head unit with ipod and bluetooth, if you are looking at new speakers take a look at infinity kappa series speakers, you can find them very cheap on ebay(i paid $115 for kappa perfect components, normally around $300) if you are looking for a sub look at audiobahn, mtx, memphis, and kicker. for a good headunit go with pioneer, alpine, clarion, or kenwood.
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:35 PM   #8
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Why dont buy an SUV or a Pick Up Truck???
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Nothing wrong with gadgets in the Jeep... Mine are more utilitarian than comfort at this point but a nicer stereo system (no sub) is coming.
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Hey Dazman put up some pics!!!
Will do once I fix my wheels - all the MT center caps went for a spin. Also I need powder coat my rear bumper...once it's finished...
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stay away from all sony car audio it all sucks. i have a pioneer head unit with ipod and bluetooth, if you are looking at new speakers take a look at infinity kappa series speakers, you can find them very cheap on ebay(i paid $115 for kappa perfect components, normally around $300) if you are looking for a sub look at audiobahn, mtx, memphis, and kicker. for a good headunit go with pioneer, alpine, clarion, or kenwood.
I got some VDP sound pods to replace my old weathered sound bar. Sound is excellent with just the head unit amp! Shame I had to drill the crap out of my roll bar though...no idea why they could not use the standard holes.

Does the Pioneer have a loudness function, like Becker where the louder the car gets the volume auto ramps?
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Why dont buy an SUV or a Pick Up Truck???
I have a Q7, it's the SUV that gave me all the ideas for the Jeep!
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That’s what I'm saying, I also have a expensive SUV that I will never us it for something like that, but a cheaper SUV like a 02 Grand Cherokee or something like that will give you all the comfort and the ability too pull stuff and off roading as well.
Because jeeps are not designed to be comfortable .
I bought the jeep just for the fun of it, I don’t have to worry of lock the doors , or deal with power windows or stuff like that.
But in taste and choices we all are different.
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Ah wow, I was thinking you would still need to depress the clutch but I guess you wire around that requirement...
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I have to say...personally I do respect a desent stereo, but...after reading the replies to this tread I now have a much better understanding of the JK.
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Does the Pioneer have a loudness function, like Becker where the louder the car gets the volume auto ramps?
no it does not, are you too lazy to lean over and turn the knob?
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:26 AM   #18
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The JK does not cut it. The best part for me is the ABS but I bet with bigger tires the brakes are still poor (anyone know?)

I'd also have to lift it and start on the still poor items like audio, ipod, bluetooth, nav, ENGINE etc....

I honestly prefer the TJ. so I'll pimp this ride for a while ..
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So our Jeeps are a bit basic to say the least when it comes to comfort. Because I use my TJ to cart my road bike around I end up driving it as much as my nicely spec'd other cars. However the standard toys on them are slowly making their way onto my Jeep. Here's my list. Please comment on the best for each or any other must have toys:

Central Locking/Alarm : Looking at Electric Life

Remote Start : Ditto

Proper Stereo: I got a Sony xplod with Bluetooth/ipod and the dash conversion kit, but I think the Jeep really needs a stereo with Loudness function (auto volume increase) with a softop.

Sat Nav: Garmin Nuvi/Tom Tom

Seats: I want some leather seats !!!??

Any other good toys?
1. Central Locking - meh. I have a soft top and locks are pointless
2. Proper Stereo - you can secure one, but get a Tuffy to keep it. I have an ALpine with XM, Ipod, and CD. Dual amp with sub, 6x9's in the bar, and 5.25's in the front. Sounds great.
3. Sat/Nav - somebody on here did a writeup where they installed a factory setup in an older TJ and the handheld unit can be removed. I just have a handheld Magellan using a RAM mount. Simple/Effective.
4. Leather seats. Check www.katzkin.com. You can get leather covers that replace the factory materials. Katzkin is VERY nice stuff and I have a 2-tone setup in my Avalanche that I'd LOVE to have in my TJ as well.

Other toys? How about seat heaters while you're modding the seats? Other than that, I don't see a lot that I'd want in my TJ for creature comforts.
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1. Central Locking - meh. I have a soft top and locks are pointless

4. Leather seats. Check www.katzkin.com. You can get leather covers that replace the factory materials. Katzkin is VERY nice stuff and I have a 2-tone setup in my Avalanche that I'd LOVE to have in my TJ as well.

Other toys? How about seat heaters while you're modding the seats? Other than that, I don't see a lot that I'd want in my TJ for creature comforts.
Locks are pointless for security but central locking makes opening the passenger door and trunk, especially when you are working on your car, SOOO much easier. How many times have you had the key in ignition, listening to the stereo and then had to take it out to open the trunk...

That is such a cool Leather site. After the brakes this is the next mod....
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this will be very comfortable for your jeep. hook it up to your stock rails.




















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Old 03-06-2008, 12:57 PM   #22
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Oh yes. Not sure about the velvet and mud though!

What about this in black /black though, with a nice OEM jeep logo?

http://www.katzkin.com/05/FC/mainFS.html
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how much would that cost.. IMO no matter how much you do to a jeep the front and rear solid axels ad frame will give it no confort.. you can buy a 93 civic that rides and brakes better.

I understand where you comming from though.. I was thinking before I bought; a luxury car or jeep.. its a total 360* change.
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You cannot go wrong with the Garmin Nuvi. I have it and its great.
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how much would that cost.. IMO no matter how much you do to a jeep the front and rear solid axels ad frame will give it no confort.. you can buy a 93 civic that rides and brakes better.

I understand where you comming from though.. I was thinking before I bought; a luxury car or jeep.. its a total 360* change.
It costs 750 US for the leather covers, front and rear, which look like they are factory standard for say a Japenese or US made car. I think this is decent value considering I just bought some canvas covers from JCW, just with a jeep logo for 150 US I think... I know they will slip and slide and look knackered after 3 years like my old ones.

Leather on the other hand, esp black will wear well for years. Go offroading and you just wipe the mud off/hoover the sand. It's also great for heat and with the sun +100 for 7 months of the year that is needed.

Haha I think I'm trying to convince myself with this crap now. bottom line is I love playing with the TJ as it's so simple and as I'm driving it quite a bit onroad these days becuase it's so convenient for 'truck' type activities (carrying stuff, not worrying about getting it dirty - sorry guys!) it needs pimping for my satisfaction. AND with the right aftermarket stuff I think you can make it damn nice inside - It's already the dogs from the outside. Apart from the sat nav I'm hoping for no bolt on the side non factory look stuff.
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Locks are pointless for security but central locking makes opening the passenger door and trunk, especially when you are working on your car, SOOO much easier. How many times have you had the key in ignition, listening to the stereo and then had to take it out to open the trunk...

That is such a cool Leather site. After the brakes this is the next mod....
Never had that problem. I don't lock the doors as security, as you mentioned is pointless.
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Dazman, no comment.............except maybe you bought the wrong vehicle.
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Proper Stereo: I got a Sony xplod with Bluetooth/ipod and the dash conversion kit, but I think the Jeep really needs a stereo with Loudness function (auto volume increase) with a softop.


Any other good toys?
Sony audio all sucks! With the exception of the Xplod series.... i have Xplod Deck and 1200 Xplod Amp, and I have the best sounding system at my high school. Its funny when I turn the gangsters heads to my Jeep. The Xplod series is superior to all-most all other audio stuff with the exception of Kicker and Rockford Fosgate(I have a 1F capacitor from them) IMO

I also have 2 12" 600W subs, and a VDP 6-speaker soundbar from quadratec that I highly recommend

1 more thing, skip the leather seats and get suspension seats, no one will mock you on or off-road, and they are more comfortable than leather.

Oh, and get floor mats for easy mud clean-out

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