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Old 05-05-2010, 09:43 PM   #1
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name your dumbest rookie mistake with your jeep. i had just bought my jeep a few days before mine happened. i disconnected the sway bar and just took off the pins. left the metal rods in and drove to the mud hole behind my house and had some fun. it was only when i got back and tried to put it back together did i realize my mistake. i spent another hour playing in the mud but this time in rubber boots looking for those metal pieces.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:54 PM   #2
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I didn't make sure the adjuster cable in the rear drum was in its guide and the metal lever its attached to rubbed a nice groove in the drum...made a heck of a noise too.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:55 PM   #3
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i went wheeling with a few friends and forgot to connect my swaybar. i swear i had that thing on 3 wheels rolling into a gas station on a curve. i thought she was going over

last winter i climbed a snow hill at walmart, broke through it, and got highcentered on the axles about a foot off the ground.
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a couple weeks after I got mine, I took mine to a local park.
There was about a 10 foot hill, and I hit it with a little more speed than I wanted.
I am sooooo glad nothing broke. It was very stupid and I could have been seriously injured or wrecked.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:40 PM   #5
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I have nothing to add. Yet. But enjoy reading about other peoples lapse in judgement.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:10 PM   #6
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just remember, no matter how dumb you are in your jeep...there's always someone dumber

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Old 05-05-2010, 11:15 PM   #7
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:35 AM   #8
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theres gotta be more stories out there so lets hear em
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:24 AM   #9
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I didn't make sure the adjuster cable in the rear drum was in its guide and the metal lever its attached to rubbed a nice groove in the drum...made a heck of a noise too.
lol i did the same thing a month ago
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:39 AM   #10
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just remember, no matter how dumb you are in your jeep...there's always someone dumber

I can't stop watching it. What a dumbass, indeed.
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:38 AM   #11
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just remember, no matter how dumb you are in your jeep...there's always someone dumber

wheel lift like that is actually more common then you might think on the tall short arm lifts. if your not stupid like that driver, it is also very controllable and very predictable. however looking at that vid, it seems pretty clear that the driver is horsing around, which will always lead to trouble when it comes to vehicles.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:40 AM   #12
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i went wheeling with a few friends and forgot to connect my swaybar. i swear i had that thing on 3 wheels rolling into a gas station on a curve. i thought she was going over

last winter i climbed a snow hill at walmart, broke through it, and got highcentered on the axles about a foot off the ground.
i got stuck like that in my own yard i also tend to make my jeep go on three wheels... some people get pretty impressed
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:42 AM   #13
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lol i did the same thing a month ago
good to hear i'm not the only one
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:17 AM   #14
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spent $50 replacing electronic switch and such just to find out that my battery terminal was loose...
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I bought a Sahara instead of a Rubicon.
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:04 AM   #16
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spent $50 replacing electronic switch and such just to find out that my battery terminal was loose...
i spent 2 nights looking for a rear end squeek. took the wheels and rotors out and was about to tear into the axles. here it was my trunk box was a little loose.
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Old 05-06-2010, 03:23 PM   #17
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Reading through these, I don't feel so bad about mine anymore. The first thing I did when I bought my Jeep was take off the top. I wasn't 100% sure on how to put the top back on. So for the first week I had random leaks, lol.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:57 AM   #18
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This thread made me think of this famous picture for some reason:

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I replaced my Soft top and didn't match it up nice and tight with the front frame piece so its a little extra loose and flappy in the summer.

Thank god for the 6x9 speakers that I can crank and still hear my stereo.
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I layed on the hood to watch the meteor shower last fall and dented it all up with my arse... oops... oh well, it adds charactor.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:10 AM   #21
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In my old CJ7 I had the hood propped up doing some work on the engine. I went inside for a few minutes. Came back outside to see that a heavy gust of wind had caught the hood and slammed it up onto the windshield. It put some nice dents in the hood. Thankfully not so bad that it wouldn't close correctly.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:26 AM   #22
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tried taking out the back seat for bed lining. Broke 3 out of the 4 bolts in the holes, spent $60 on extra hardened steel drill bits to drill them out. then 4 days and 6 broken bits later, decided to drill new holes and use bolts and nuts. looked at the seat, and realized i never had to unbolt the brackets in the first place to get the seat out! Just pull the pins, take out the seat and leave the brackets! ugh!
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tried taking out the back seat for bed lining. Broke 3 out of the 4 bolts in the holes, spent $60 on extra hardened steel drill bits to drill them out. then 4 days and 6 broken bits later, decided to drill new holes and use bolts and nuts. looked at the seat, and realized i never had to unbolt the brackets in the first place to get the seat out! Just pull the pins, take out the seat and leave the brackets! ugh!
After reading your post, I had to giggle because of how true your signature is. haha, but yeah that sucks man.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:59 AM   #24
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After reading your post, I had to giggle because of how true your signature is. haha, but yeah that sucks man.
haha! Ya, your telling me!

but... we live, we learn, and WE JEEP!!!
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i was out wheeling today and before we started a steep incline my cousin asked if i put it in first this time and i said yeah . i started climbing and we stalled out halfway up. started in second again
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I went wheeling and was trying to get the driver side tire up on a stump but I just couldn't get on top. I tried many times until I realized that I forgot to disconnect the sway bar. The sway bar was never straight after that.
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forgot to add this...

My dad needed to transport 2 lacrosse goals. We didn't have a truck or anything, so we had to use the Jeep. They are the big, heavy lacrosse goals. We piled them on top of the Jeep, with the fronts of the goals hanging over the top. The fronts are pointed, and are hanging over the hood. My dad hit the brakes a little too hard at a light, and they fly forward and make 2 huge dents in the hood. Ooops.
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Old 05-08-2010, 06:21 PM   #28
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293 views and only 28 replies, seems like some members are withholding some stories
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I bought a stock hardtop wiring harness from Howbill's in hopes to do a quick change with my stock wiring harness on my soft top.

I recently discovered the dashboard wiring harness does not contain the wiring for a rear defroster and wiper. (I was hoping that the same dash harness was used for all stock wranglers).
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hmmmm.... wish I had something to add..... I must not of had my jeep long enough.....
outside of the understandable first attempt to go backwards in 6th.... My Jeep and I have had a rather uneventful time so far.....
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