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Old 08-03-2013, 06:49 AM   #2731
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hey guys. Im Bill, just bought 97 tj yesterday but learned how to drive in a wrangler some years ago. im in the hyde park poughkeepie area is anyone is up this way would love to get a chance to say hi.. jeep has a few things im going to do before i put it on the road since i still have my other car.

exhaust manifold replacement ( i think its cracked due to out on accel)
fluids
power steering box leaks but i got to see how big of a deal it is.

bought the jeep from ct
blue with what looks to be a budget boost and 31s
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:21 AM   #2732
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anyone on here recommend some honest shops in the hudson valley area.. ??

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anyone on here recommend some honest shops in the hudson valley area.. ??
Dip this lift that, guy who owns it is a cool dude. Hes on here somewhere. Shop is in montgomery, look him up on fb or shoot me a pm for his number. His name is Kyle.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:12 AM   #2734
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Dip this lift that is Kyle, def a good guy to work with. In New Windsor is Jeep Vehicle Services, Duke is the owner and has a very good local reputation. In Middletown is Orange County Jeep Works, Mike is also a good guy and an excellent fabricator for any cool ideas you may have. No shortage of jeep shops in the area, have personal experience with all three and they were all honest no bs types.
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hey guys. Im Bill, just bought 97 tj yesterday but learned how to drive in a wrangler some years ago. im in the hyde park poughkeepie area is anyone is up this way would love to get a chance to say hi.. jeep has a few things im going to do before i put it on the road since i still have my other car.

exhaust manifold replacement ( i think its cracked due to out on accel)
fluids
power steering box leaks but i got to see how big of a deal it is.

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blue with what looks to be a budget boost and 31s
Hello! I live in Hyde park. I'm in Poughkeepsie all the time.
AND... I have a blue 97 with a budget boost and 31's (just ordered my jks bl. Getting ready for 33!s). Haha my steering box is leaking as well. I have a durrango box sitting in the garage. Waiting for a break from work so i can stop chugging power steering fluid. I use m&m motors in rhinebeck. Amazing guys. Honest, good old shop. I cannot say enough about them. We use them for all of our vehicles.
P.s. I have the ny giants sticker on my drivers side fender, make sure to give a wave!
Hope to see you cruizin' the main drag (rt. 9) lol soon.
Good luck! Names bob.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:40 PM   #2736
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We have a 95 Wrangler, mostly stock except wheels, small 4 manual. (The wife drives it more than I do.) Sheet metal is rusting badly, but mostly good mechanically. We want to bring it back to great condition and then some. I just don't have the time to work on a project this big. Does anyone know of a good shop in the Albany area with a jeep attitude who would want to take on this challenge?
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:39 PM   #2737
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Hello! I live in Hyde park. I'm in Poughkeepsie all the time.
AND... I have a blue 97 with a budget boost and 31's (just ordered my jks bl. Getting ready for 33!s). Haha my steering box is leaking as well. I have a durrango box sitting in the garage. Waiting for a break from work so i can stop chugging power steering fluid. I use m&m motors in rhinebeck. Amazing guys. Honest, good old shop. I cannot say enough about them. We use them for all of our vehicles.
P.s. I have the ny giants sticker on my drivers side fender, make sure to give a wave!
Hope to see you cruizin' the main drag (rt. 9) lol soon.
Good luck! Names bob.
mine does not seem to be eating up the fluid crazy fast but i have a bottle in the center and its full now so we will keep an eye on it..

first thing to happen is replace the header this week.. looks like i found some replacements in the 100 something range.. looks like an omix basic factory replacement..

once that is done im taking the rear diff cover off to swap the fluid and reseal it because right now it shows a leak due to the gunk around the edge..

take it as it comes from there and ill have some stickers on soon that will make it stand out and im sure ill try to see you fellas out at meet of some kind, ill have many questions (last car club i was in was for miatas and autocross but that was a totally diff vehicle ha)

ill be back with more questions im sure
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Very nice. I'm fairly certain my header is cracked as well. But still have to deal with it. The first thing I did was to re seal my rear diff. Very easy. And no leaks since.
For my list.
Swap leaky steering box
Go get core charge
Install jks body lift
Figure my tire situation ( will need replacing before winter making the jump to 33's)
Sort header for after winter. (I hate working on vehicles in the winter) swapped to a 20g on the wrx in like below temps outside. It was real dumb.

Welcome from the miata world.
I've owned my jeep now for just under a year and its been a lot of fun. (Plus the wife won't let me get another motorcycle for a while, should've never sold the old one. So doors off is a nice way to live. )
I came from the turbo Subaru game for 8 years. Im already planning to keep the jeep and make it what I want and get back into a Subaru to use everyday. I can't wait. Me, the wife, the ( new ) daughter and the pitbull cruising, no doors, no top!
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HA bob you and i are one of the same.. im still daily driving my 2003 wrx till i get the couple little things done on the jeep then ill swap the reg and daily the jeep and sell the wrx to put money toward wedding coming up in december.. man i know ill have something to talk about with someone from the area if we cross paths at a meet.. deff keep ya posted on this weeks progress
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HA bob you and i are one of the same.. im still daily driving my 2003 wrx till i get the couple little things done on the jeep then ill swap the reg and daily the jeep and sell the wrx to put money toward wedding coming up in december.. man i know ill have something to talk about with someone from the area if we cross paths at a meet.. deff keep ya posted on this weeks progress
Very nice!
Here is the old girl. I loved this car.
20g xt supported with all the usuals. Open source tuned.
She snapped cylinder 3 connecting rod at 178,000 miles sold her and bought the tj.

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I'll keep an eye out for you. I notice all of the subarus around!
P.s. on planning a wedding. Remember you love each other every time you feel a fight coming on. Also remember to drink plenty of beer during the planning process.
Good luck!
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Very nice. I'm fairly certain my header is cracked as well. But still have to deal with it. The first thing I did was to re seal my rear diff. Very easy. And no leaks since.
For my list.
Swap leaky steering box
Go get core charge
Install jks body lift
Figure my tire situation ( will need replacing before winter making the jump to 33's)
Sort header for after winter. (I hate working on vehicles in the winter) swapped to a 20g on the wrx in like below temps outside. It was real dumb.

Welcome from the miata world.
I've owned my jeep now for just under a year and its been a lot of fun. (Plus the wife won't let me get another motorcycle for a while, should've never sold the old one. So doors off is a nice way to live. )
I came from the turbo Subaru game for 8 years. Im already planning to keep the jeep and make it what I want and get back into a Subaru to use everyday. I can't wait. Me, the wife, the ( new ) daughter and the pitbull cruising, no doors, no top!
I had an '04 and an '07 STI. The '04 was my favorite.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:41 AM   #2742
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I had the grey 03 running around with the Thule aero rack and the stig family stickers on the back... The planning process ain't bad because we were engaged for a couple years ago the planning has mostly all happened its just putting it into effect... Never a rush to do anything
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:49 AM   #2743
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Manimal, Miata?? Got an old 92 with a blower on it, driven it in almost every state in the country. Once did 8000 miles in 7 days back when I was a kid, great little car no complaints in 22yrs of driving it.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:12 PM   #2744
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wrangler is at the shop before it goes on the road.. right now looks like rear end needs to be re built ($1300) and still waiting to hear why it pops out of 4H and is tricky getting it in sometimes.. good thing i got cash left over from buying it
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wrangler is at the shop before it goes on the road.. right now looks like rear end needs to be re built ($1300) and still waiting to hear why it pops out of 4H and is tricky getting it in sometimes.. good thing i got cash left over from buying it
Hope its not a newer one. Chrysler was being investigated for the trans cases popping out of gear. And that seems awful expensive for a rebuild. Did you go to any of the shops we mentioned?
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re diff rebuild for 1300 parts and labor was als garage.. happent o be friends of ours so i had them take a look at it..got to see were we go from there no work being done yet still figuring out what we going to do
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I may not know what I'm talking about, but that sounds steep for a diff rebuild.
Did you drive it to the shop?
Did it make any noises?
Did they give you any other options? (Used, etc?)

http://www.automotix.net/usedautopar...FUyi4Aod8jQAEQ

I found this after about 30 seconds on google.
Again, I am still very new at the jeep thing, and may have no idea what I'm talking about.
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i was running some of these ideas today all day at work.. to me it feels like if i have them do this than it is there responsibility and it is the same price as the entire rear end.. rest of it works just fine, new brakes and everything so for the same $$ at the end of the day i feel a little more comfortable in something that is a little over my mechanical comfort zone being done by a pro... its a really close call on choice and i love this website, saving it for other bits and pieces ill need, but on this one im not comfortable enough to do the entire thing myself and ill just let the man who does it every day do it
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Not a bad idea just find out what type of warranty he offers. On a side note are you lifting it? If so maybe just use the money to install a better axle now rather than later?? We spend so much money doubling down as our mod plans change.
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Came with 2 inch bb and 31 tires so I won't be going any bigger
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Took drive shaft off the rear end this morning and pinion nut was not tight... Imoved it by hand... Tightened it back down and went for a drive...whining on engine braking is totally gone now
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Just saved $1300...hopefully. Drive it for a bit and see how it does. Any plans to wheel it? It's like letting a dog off of the leash, whole new beast. Plenty of mild wheelin available in the area, perfect for 31's.
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Came with 2 inch bb and 31 tires so I won't be going any bigger
You will be surprised with what you can do with 31s. But then you will find those few things you can't do, and you will want 33s.
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And 35's, 37's, 40's...haha
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You will be surprised with what you can do with 31s. But then you will find those few things you can't do, and you will want 33s.
Yes!
Started completely stock. Now on teraflex bb and 31's....
Jks body lift arrived yesterday and got a quote for 33's today.
I find its a much easier decision because I need tires in about a month anyway. Why not add $100 body lift!?!
we do live basically in the same town. Hopefully I can give you some insight when you're ready. I'm always down for wrenching!
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ya.. ll have to see were it all goes from here.. i got the jeep because i wanted to take doors and roof off and i wanted to be able to tow jetski.. i have been offroad but it wasnt a major concern. im more concerned with keepin life simple. thanks to some lucky timing i might be selling the jeep i just bought for what i paid for it and spending that same amount on one that is a 2002 with many less miles and feels "tighter". my 97 feels worse than other ones i have been in and i learned to drive in a TJ... so if i can upgrade for pretty much no $ lost im down.
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ya.. ll have to see were it all goes from here.. i got the jeep because i wanted to take doors and roof off and i wanted to be able to tow jetski.. i have been offroad but it wasnt a major concern. im more concerned with keepin life simple. thanks to some lucky timing i might be selling the jeep i just bought for what i paid for it and spending that same amount on one that is a 2002 with many less miles and feels "tighter". my 97 feels worse than other ones i have been in and i learned to drive in a TJ... so if i can upgrade for pretty much no $ lost im down.
Jump on that. Sounds good. I found my '97 tj with 74,000 miles on it with full doors, hard top and a whole bunch of documented maintenance for $5,000. It is a 4 banger, but I bought it to daily drive and like you said take the doors and the roof off.

Hey, On a side note. Does anyone here daily drive on km2's? I've been looking for some "real world" experience. And what better than advice from jeeps that drive in the same conditions and area I do. Thanks ahead of time. (If it makes a difference I'm looking at the 33x10.5)
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heyya folks. Well, I am in the process of moving off of Long Island and up to Ridgefield CT, which puts me in striking distance of Hudson Valley and Westchester for meetups, wheeling trips etc. I have a great jeep crew from LI- keep me in mind for any weekend wheeling!!
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