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Old 11-30-2011, 05:45 PM   #1471
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I changed out my steering stableizer & bought new tires & wheels!

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Old 11-30-2011, 09:32 PM   #1472
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:49 PM   #1473
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as i was leaving my buddys house i scuffed his rear bumper with my tire. shhhh dont tell him.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:00 PM   #1474
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I bought my first Wrangler today. I love it, 2003, I6 the a 5 speed. Now I just need to...........
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:09 AM   #1475
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I bought my first Wrangler today. I love it, 2003, I6 the a 5 speed. Now I just need to...........

congrats ...any pic s?
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:11 AM   #1476
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What I did with my jeep today

I bought my first Tag for it. We just bought our first jeep last Friday so Yaaa us. Today picked up the tag. Now i have to find out how to keep water from leaking in the back window of the hardtop 2003.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:59 PM   #1477
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Re Greased rear Drive line. Seem to have one squeaky u joint even though it's only about 3 months old. may have gotton a bad one. Just waiting now on the JKS Quicker Disconnects. Should be here today from Northridge 4x4.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:02 PM   #1478
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Here is the first pic. I will get some more eventually. I need to plan the lift and tires, but I think I need a hard top and full doors to get though the winter. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:06 PM   #1479
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Got my plate finally. i wanted it to say smokey bc thats the name of the jeep but it was taken so i got 04 TJ instead. i wanted a truck plate but i could only get this car plate looking plate bc of it being a special plate. ugh but oh well.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:07 PM   #1480
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Here is the first pic. I will get some more eventually. I need to plan the lift and tires, but I think I need a hard top and full doors to get though the winter. Any thoughts?
You dont NEED them, but they are pretty nice, the soft windows and top will do fine since the heater in a jeep works pretty darn good, just be sure not to open and fold the windows when they are really cold, they tend to crack..i had half doors and traded them for full doors in august, but in the winter i had a hard top and hard upper sliders..
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:09 PM   #1481
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Here is the first pic. I will get some more eventually. I need to plan the lift and tires, but I think I need a hard top and full doors to get though the winter. Any thoughts?

nice jeep i have a 04 wrangler x soft top and half doors and silver. lol mine is a columbia edition the only difference is the seats. anyway i am not getting a soft top or full doors bc i do believe it will with stand the winter and it only takes 2 min for my jeep to get so hot i have to turn the heat down lol

just like my neighbor told me. this jeep will be a money pit not bc it needs it but bc you will want to get things for it.

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Old 12-01-2011, 09:14 PM   #1482
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Here is the first pic. I will get some more eventually. I need to plan the lift and tires, but I think I need a hard top and full doors to get though the winter. Any thoughts?

heavy hardtop = poor gas mileage
lift and 33" tires/rims =
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:54 PM   #1483
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Yesterday...ordered a leather shift boot, black with yellow thread, for my 6-speed, to replace the cracked vinyl one.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:57 PM   #1484
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heavy hardtop = poor gas mileage
lift and 33" tires/rims =
i went from half doors and a soft top to full doors and a hard top..no diff in mpg at all
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I am trying to get down to thinking a 3" lift and 33s being ok. I am still thinking I want to go to 35s. My last truck I lifted as high as I could with the independant front sus. and could only get 33s.
It looks like I will need a few more parts to go that big. gears, slip yoke, and drive shaft. I too new to know anything yet, I am going to try and learn before I jump in.
Found a hard top for $1400 at a junk yard. New one for $1600. HMMMM!
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:31 PM   #1486
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Topped off the coolant and started it for the first time in about a week. It needs a new head because part of it is broken off at the lower thermostat housing bolt hole. One of the PO's had broken it off apparently and "fixed" it with JB weld, unbeknownst to me. It needed a new thermostat and I discovered the problem. I tried to fix it back, but it kept leaking. I finally let the JB Weld sit for a couple days before threading the bolt into it. It didn't get but barely past finger tight so I gave up in disgust. That was a week ago. It ran for 30 minutes today with me watching it for leaks. There were none. I haven't decided if I want to try driving it around town or not. It'll be a couple months at least before I can replace the head. I'm having jeep withdrawals
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:14 AM   #1487
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Topped off the coolant and started it for the first time in about a week. It needs a new head because part of it is broken off at the lower thermostat housing bolt hole. One of the PO's had broken it off apparently and "fixed" it with JB weld, unbeknownst to me. It needed a new thermostat and I discovered the problem. I tried to fix it back, but it kept leaking. I finally let the JB Weld sit for a couple days before threading the bolt into it. It didn't get but barely past finger tight so I gave up in disgust. That was a week ago. It ran for 30 minutes today with me watching it for leaks. There were none. I haven't decided if I want to try driving it around town or not. It'll be a couple months at least before I can replace the head. I'm having jeep withdrawals
Expansion and contraction are your worst enemy at this point, your head gasket's tolerance is at the mercy of it's mileage. If it's not your DD, I wouldn't trust it.
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:38 AM   #1488
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heavy hardtop = poor gas mileage
lift and 33" tires/rims =
I get better gas mileage with my hardtop than my soft top.
My lift and 33's is what dropped my mpg's down, but that's what I wanted (lift and tires).
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:55 AM   #1489
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Removed my rear D44 differential cover and drained the old gunk - nasty smelling stuff. Cleaned off all the old gasket maker and cleaned the inside of the differential with some brake cleaner before refitting with some new black RTV before filling with some fresh 85W140 and a bottle of MOPAR friction modifier. I have to add that I only managed to put about 1.6 litres back as opposed to the 1.8 litres required according to the manual.

No more humm at around 60mph and has gone much quieter in general. Not that it was noisy before but the lack of sound is quite apparent now.
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Mounted my fire extinguisher at the foot of my drivers seat! Got the idea from one of our forum members here
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Expansion and contraction are your worst enemy at this point, your head gasket's tolerance is at the mercy of it's mileage. If it's not your DD, I wouldn't trust it.
Nah, I've always got (ugh) the blazer. When I removed the housing in the first place, the bottom bolt wasn't even finger tight. I'm jonesing to drive it, so I may go check the mail with it (5 blocks) and see how it does. Definitely no out of town trips until I replace the head
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:46 AM   #1492
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Mounted my fire extinguisher at the foot of my drivers seat! Got the idea from one of our forum members here
Think I want to do this but does it affect the slide/tilt function of the front seat at all?
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:38 AM   #1495
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Cool.
Think I will go the whole 'killroy style' and paint the mounting frame red too
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Think I want to do this but does it affect the slide/tilt function of the front seat at all?

IMO mounting on the passenger side would be a better idea.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:45 PM   #1498
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Got this today. Ripping apart the tonk this weekend. Hopefully will be warm enough the next 2 days...

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I am trying to get down to thinking a 3" lift and 33s being ok. I am still thinking I want to go to 35s. My last truck I lifted as high as I could with the independant front sus. and could only get 33s.
It looks like I will need a few more parts to go that big. gears, slip yoke, and drive shaft. I too new to know anything yet, I am going to try and learn before I jump in.
Found a hard top for $1400 at a junk yard. New one for $1600. HMMMM!

also depends on your rear end if you have a 35 i would not go bigger than 33"
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