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I do all my own work, nobody touches the jeep but me 28 44.44%
I do most of my own work but will go to a shop for a rebuild, gears 29 46.03%
I can change oil, do simple repairs, shop does the rest. 6 9.52%
I'm lucky I can put gas in, shop does it all. 0 0%
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:11 PM   #1
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who does their own work- poll

I've been reading a lot of posts about people taking their jeeps for this or that and was wondering how many here do their own work.

1 I do all my own work, nobody touches my jeep but me.

2 I do most of my own work but will take it to a shop for harder items

3 I can change my oil but anything more it goes to a shop.

4 I'm lucky I can but gas in, I need a shop for everything.

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Old 04-11-2014, 06:50 PM   #2
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1: I do all my own work BUT my wife works at a Chevy dealership "I know that's bad but" I have access to 12 lifts, every tool I could possibly ever need, and a shop full of mechanics if I DO need to ask a question. Only trade off.... I have to do it on Saturdays between 8 and noon.

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Old 04-11-2014, 09:07 PM   #3
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Yea I do everything myself. I guess I let the machine shop do the machine work on my short block, is that cheating?
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:12 PM   #4
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I do all I can some things are beyond my capabilities
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:24 PM   #5
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I do all my own work cept heavy Welding (I only got a HF 90amp) and machining.
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:50 PM   #6
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No such thing as cheating, if yu don't have the tools or you need the help it is what is, get the help when or where yu can get it
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:53 PM   #7
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I am a carpenter by trade so unfortunately I know nothing about welding but I have a good friend that I trade work on his house for my jeep..... Works out great
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:57 PM   #8
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Heh yea, I've been around computers all my life so I trade repair work (hardware/software) for the heavy welding. I wouldn't trust a 90 amp on my bumper lol.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:57 PM   #9
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Everything but gears and welding, welding I'd love to learn, gears I have no interest in learning, not worth eating up gears on some trail to say "I did it myself"
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:12 PM   #10
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I've done everything but rebuild an auto trans and set up the gears in a differential.
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:05 AM   #11
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Id say im about a 2.5 - oil, brakes, spark plugs...theres a limit to what my appartment landlord allows. They think it lowers the value to potential renters, but for me if i saw a bunch of people repairing thier cars in the lot id say "jackpot!"
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Old 04-12-2014, 01:03 AM   #12
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1 All the way. When I get something tough I get the answers here and repair manuals.

I truly love the work but it's even better when I get the opportunity to teach someone else.

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Old 04-12-2014, 01:47 AM   #13
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I do 95% of work to mine. If I don't have a tool or need to put it up on a rack. I'll find someone to asst. Otherwise it's all me!
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Old 04-12-2014, 04:34 AM   #14
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surprised and happy with the results so far, I was really expecting to see quite a few that used a shop for everything.
I'm a #2, I do 90% of my own work including paint, lift, etc. I did have a machine shop build my motor
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:41 AM   #15
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I do everything myself including paint and body. I am a retired auto tech and still have most all of my tools. I still do it all it just takes a while longer. I don't trust my vehicles to someone who doesn't have my level of experience.
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:50 AM   #16
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So far I've;
Braised exhaust back to manifold
Replaced headlights
Did headlight relay
Installed soft top
Installed cb
Installed center console
Repainted dash and installed leds
Changed fuel filter and all fluids
Replaced carb (new one needs to be replaced again)
Replaced wheel bearings
Replaced all shocks
I will be;
Doing monstaliner
Replacing radiator (probably today)
Brake lines and brakes
Another new carb
Valve cover gasket
Fabricating bumpers
Welding up new exhaust
And more...

So far I've paid for;
Wheel balance and front end alignment which the Shop failed to complete.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:31 AM   #17
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The only thing I paid to have done was the exhaust. Took the guy an hour to do it. All custom formed, no pre bent pieces and fully welded.

What I've done:

LED Dash lights
Shocks
Gas tank skid
Plate
Fuel pump and sending unit
Plugs
Filter
Cap and rotor
Rear brakes
Oil sender
TPS
Diff fluids
Trans fluid
TC fluid
Door jamb switch for courtesy lights
Welded some inserts into the passenger door so I could reattach the footman loop
Repaired an egged out bolt hole on shock mount
Removed/cut out trac bars

Scheduled:
Output shaft bushing and seal
Rear u joints
Body mount replacement
Cowl seal replacement
Repair body rust
12v/USB power block
Thermostat replacement
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:53 AM   #18
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I'm a 2.5. Since I'm a woman (and an old one at that) I have a hard time doing anything that requires a lot of strength. I've done all the interior upgrades/fixes myself, some minor engine stuff (I'm getting ready to do the Team Rush mod on my distributer), but now that I've found a local shop that I trust, I take it to them for the more complicated or heavy duty stuff. And I usually have the shop do my oil changes because even though I'm capable of doing it myself, I don't like to. I try combine it with other work that needs to be done so I feel better about taking it in.
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Theres something to be said when you fire up that 4.7 stroker that you built with your own 2 hands and it's purring like a kitten :P (someday soon I hope!)

I once rebuilt/improved an LT1 from 240 rhp to 350ish rhp. Did everything but the heavy welding (Headers to tip) and machining. It was an extreme pleasure for someone to go "Wow, that's nice" and to reply with "Thanks, I did it myself"
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Old 04-12-2014, 01:24 PM   #20
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Thankfully my significant other is a mechanical and electrical engineer so we do all of the work for my Jeep at home! We have a nice 3 car garage shop full of everything you could possibly need! We use our own CNC Mill for parts, both have our own welding equipment, plasma cutter, band saw, every tool(and nut or bolt) under the sun honestly! Super lucky and a lot of fun to design stuff yourself!!
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Theres something to be said when you fire up that 4.7 stroker that you built with your own 2 hands and it's purring like a kitten :P (someday soon I hope!)

I once rebuilt/improved an LT1 from 240 rhp to 350ish rhp. Did everything but the heavy welding (Headers to tip) and machining. It was an extreme pleasure for someone to go "Wow, that's nice" and to reply with "Thanks, I did it myself"
I totally agree. When I mention that I have a stroker in mine everyone replies with "Golen?" And I say "Heck no I built it myself!" Feels good every time I drive it.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:59 PM   #22
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We own 20+ year old vehicles. Everyone should be a 2 or 1. That or sale or scrap your parts to me.
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:53 PM   #23
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My husband does all the work himself...so, not me but definitely not a shop.
Love it when a man can fix any and everything
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:22 PM   #24
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My husband does all the work himself...so, not me but definitely not a shop.
Love it when a man can fix any and everything
LOL my wife says the same thing.

Her: Oil is low
Me: yea? So?
Her: FIX IT!
Me: Why don't you?
Her: It's your job to fix the cars, it's mine to be lazy and look pretty
Me:........Check
Her: And Mate...
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:37 PM   #25
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Yep...
Me: change oil light came on
Him: ok...what's for dinner

We have a good connection. Thumbs up!
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:07 PM   #26
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I do just about everything on mine except gearing, welding and body. Don't know how to set gears nor do I have a good spot for body work yet. Know how to weld, just don't have one (yet). Luckily, a buddy of mine is a welder and is always looking for side work!
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:31 AM   #27
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looks like yj owners are a do it yourself bunch, wonder what the poll results would be on the TJ and JK forums.
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:39 PM   #28
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I'm a 2... I try to do everything I can. The YJ is so simple and easy to work on... i love it.
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:53 PM   #29
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If you own a jk you can afford to get the work done, haha
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:14 PM   #30
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If you own a jk you can afford to get the work done, haha
And That's Why the yj owners call you mall crawlers. Just because you can afford to pay someone to do your lift kit doesn't mean you should be excused for not knowing how to change your wipers.
Lmfao. Not personal.

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