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Old 09-19-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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Teach me about my YJ!

I've heard rumors these things are water tight (ie I can hose the dash off) - is this true??

What other fun facts can y'all share with a newb? I wanna know all the tips and tricks!

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Old 09-19-2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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I don't know about all that, but the they are made to be able to withstand wet weather with the top off. There is a lot to learn if this is your 1st Jeep.
Check out the "stickies" in this section. Read all youu can. Jeeps are awesome and addictive, but they can be a never ending project

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Old 09-20-2013, 10:49 AM   #3
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yea don't do that
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:01 AM   #4
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I've heard rumors these things are water tight (ie I can hose the dash off) - is this true??
I do hose out my interior although I don't spray the dash directly. That being said water does get all over it and I haven't had any problems.

The electronics are not water proof so your mileage may vary.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:36 AM   #5
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I've pressure washed the entire interior before including the dash. The gauges fogged up for a day but everything worked fine. It's not something if make a habit of doing though.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:21 AM   #6
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Thanks for the thoughts everyone. Are there any other cool tidbits I should know?
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Here's a tidbit. Get used to driving a giant brick that, if you're lucky, will get 16 mpg on the freeway, downhill.

Get used to things always breaking. By always I mean...as soon as you fix something. As stated previously, read everything you can about your jeep so you know what you're talking about when something breaks.

Find someone who doesn't mind lending you their car when your jeep is on blocks for the weekend...because you just had to replace that leaking slave cylinder, but the job is taking twice as long as the Hanes manual says it should.

Jeeps are noisy, uncomfortable, and depending on where you live, downright miserable under certain weather circumstances. But all that being said, I love her and plan on keeping her despite her laundry list of flaws and the fact that I am forced to endure 122 degree summer days with no AC in that rolling microwave. Guess its...dare I say...a jeep thing?
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:56 AM   #8
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That all sounds....awful! Haha

And yet despite being 25 years old and having enough miles to go to the moon....its still worth $2k!
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:58 AM   #9
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Here's a tidbit. Get used to driving a giant brick that, if you're lucky, will get 16 mpg on the freeway, downhill.

Get used to things always breaking. By always I mean...as soon as you fix something. As stated previously, read everything you can about your jeep so you know what you're talking about when something breaks.

Find someone who doesn't mind lending you their car when your jeep is on blocks for the weekend...because you just had to replace that leaking slave cylinder, but the job is taking twice as long as the Hanes manual says it should.

Jeeps are noisy, uncomfortable, and depending on where you live, downright miserable under certain weather circumstances. But all that being said, I love her and plan on keeping her despite her laundry list of flaws and the fact that I am forced to endure 122 degree summer days with no AC in that rolling microwave. Guess its...dare I say...a jeep thing?
Definitely a jeep thing. I live in AZ with no AC. I feel your pain.

My 90 gets rained on now and then and it hits the dash. My new alarm is having some issues I think are related to it getting wet. Other than that I have had no issues with water in the dash. Just don't go hosing it off directly. There's no reason for that.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:30 PM   #10
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I've pressure washed the entire interior before including the dash. The gauges fogged up for a day but everything worked fine. It's not something if make a habit of doing though.
Me too, except with just a hose and nozzle, not a pressure washer. All my gauges work fine still.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:27 PM   #11
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I was able to figure out removing the top today. Not nearly as hard as I thought it'd be. The mechanism for folding down the soft top frame was ghetto-rigged with a piece of PVC at some point so I have to unscrew a nut to fold it down.
Other than that, I'm a happy camper so far.

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Any idea on how to better repair/replace this? I'm not entirely sure what it should be as both sides have this PVC piece and nuts and bolts to keep it all together.
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:14 AM   #12
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That looks like a supertop bow.

It's supposed to slide up and down that center bow, and theres holes that it catches on to tension the op. If it's rigged like that. i'd guess the PO had to replace the catch for some reason.

You're probably best off getting a replacemnt bow system from bestop, or getting a whole replacement top if its more cost effective (if the rest of the top is in sad shape too).
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:16 AM   #13
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Oh and yea, i wouldnt spray your dash.. I pressure washed my herculined floor a few times, but i was always careful not to hit the dash directly. That being said, my old YJ would leak water into the dash whenever there was a solid rain storm, and i never had any serious issues because of it. Except that my radio would die until it dried out... Yea, it's a Jeep Thing..

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