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03-15-2011 10:17 PM
Mr_RPM Im not quite the jeep expert but the 2.5 will do just fine in a stock to mild application for offroading. from what I hear around here anyway (I have the 4.0L myself)

but when you starting running tires bigger then 31s and do some big off roading the 2.5 starts to suffer. Keep it geared properly if your going to go bigger then 31 inch tires and you should be able to keep up with the crowd.

but from what I hear they are very slow, bad for on ramp merging and things. even my 4.0 is slow so I can only imagine.
keep it healthy and running well and it will work just fine. no matter what engine you have its still a jeep right? =)
03-15-2011 10:09 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by n00bkiller944 View Post
Congrats and welcome! My first car was a pretty sweet '91 Toyota Previa Mini van so your doing pretty well!

Enjoy the site and make sure to catch up on all the maintenance as you never know how the previous owner took car of her!
What I've discovered so far is that most of the time, the previous owner towed it on a RV for a while and sold it. Not sure about the first owner however.
03-15-2011 10:08 PM
n00bkiller944 Congrats and welcome! My first car was a pretty sweet '91 Toyota Previa Mini van so your doing pretty well!

Enjoy the site and make sure to catch up on all the maintenance as you never know how the previous owner took car of her!
03-15-2011 10:07 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by GoldenSahara00 View Post
I hate spoiled kids with jeeps fyi :O

So i take it you bought yours yourself, or at least worked for it somehow?

I bought mine, and had the only jeep at school. then two kids started driving their dads and two kids bought them after I did.

Yeah what can I say I inspire my peers.
I worked for this for the longest time. My brother is a Wedding photographer and I go with him every weekend and take pictures, make videos, edit for the past 3 years. I help around whenever I can, get straight A's every year, and I don't ask for allowance so they got me this.
03-15-2011 10:05 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by Mr_RPM View Post
water will rust things, but your fine. keep the mud off (if you go mudding, wash it after) and keep metal from being exposed. even if all you do is crawl under with a can of spray paint and gently get the exposed spots that are starting to rust.
but if you dont live in a snowy condition where they use salt or you dont live on a dirt road (again thats me, i do like 5 miles of dirt roads every time i leave my house) then you will be fine.

you may think a muddy jeep is cool, and it is. but its also cool to show your proud of your jeep and keep it clean.
I once heard here "If It Aint Broke Then Keep it clean" and really agreed with it.

my dads 01 f-150 is a rusty mess cause he NEVER washes it. my 2001 jeep is still pretty rust free because I put effort in to keep it that way.
Just wondering, how good is the 2.5L? I'm not looking for speed cos this thing tops out at like 80mph. BUt how is it when mudding, etc.?
03-15-2011 10:04 PM
GoldenSahara00 I hate spoiled kids with jeeps fyi :O

So i take it you bought yours yourself, or at least worked for it somehow?

I bought mine, and had the only jeep at school. then two kids started driving their dads and two kids bought them after I did.

Yeah what can I say I inspire my peers.
03-15-2011 09:58 PM
Mr_RPM water will rust things, but your fine. keep the mud off (if you go mudding, wash it after) and keep metal from being exposed. even if all you do is crawl under with a can of spray paint and gently get the exposed spots that are starting to rust.
but if you dont live in a snowy condition where they use salt or you dont live on a dirt road (again thats me, i do like 5 miles of dirt roads every time i leave my house) then you will be fine.

you may think a muddy jeep is cool, and it is. but its also cool to show your proud of your jeep and keep it clean.
I once heard here "If It Aint Broke Then Keep it clean" and really agreed with it.

my dads 01 f-150 is a rusty mess cause he NEVER washes it. my 2001 jeep is still pretty rust free because I put effort in to keep it that way.
03-15-2011 09:49 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by Mr_RPM View Post
dealers dont replace all that stuff unless you tell them to and pay for it. a full service wont cover your tranny and transfer case. alot of the stuff is ignored. Most the time its fine but I plan on using my TJ to 300k+ miles. Im going to atleast treat it as if I am to be safe.

salty winters are because here In michigan its snows, snows alot. and salt helps melt the snow on the roads, so they spray salt all over the roads to melt snow and ice, giving you better traction. But salt makes thing rust BAD. you will see 2007 cars covered in rust if you dont keep them clean and painted where salt and water collect.
good point. but it's hailed in elk grove twice in history so i don't need to worry. ahah but yea, is it the same deal with water? It rains here like mother nature is on her period.
03-15-2011 09:46 PM
Mr_RPM dealers dont replace all that stuff unless you tell them to and pay for it. a full service wont cover your tranny and transfer case. alot of the stuff is ignored. Most the time its fine but I plan on using my TJ to 300k+ miles. Im going to atleast treat it as if I am to be safe.

salty winters are because here In michigan its snows, snows alot. and salt helps melt the snow on the roads, so they spray salt all over the roads to melt snow and ice, giving you better traction. But salt makes thing rust BAD. you will see 2007 cars covered in rust if you dont keep them clean and painted where salt and water collect.
03-15-2011 09:45 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by john97TJ View Post
Do these cheerleaders happen to be 18?
Haha soon. Man, you wouldn't believe her family. Her brother graduated last year with a 4.7GPA with a perfect SAT and their rich up to their asses. I wish I had classic good looks and smooth skills. But that's when the Jeep comes in handy
03-15-2011 09:43 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by JDsDream View Post
Welcome to the Forum

The very first thing you should do is have fun with it. Figure out what you want to do and then build it the way you want.
Oh I'm definitely going o have fun with this thing. I honestly never thought I would end up deciding on a Jeep but I'm so glad I did. We originally went to just look at the Ram 1500 when this baby caught my eye.
03-15-2011 09:41 PM
john97TJ
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Originally Posted by scuba916 View Post
That is pretty much my goal. LOL, their is about 5 Jeeps at our school. Two cheerleaders w/ new Rubicon fully loaded, spoiled! one stock YJ and a really nice CJ. Their all graduating this year but I still have 2 years so I cant wait to have the Jeep taking up two parking spots while the civics have trouble going over the speedbumps aahah
Do these cheerleaders happen to be 18?
03-15-2011 09:41 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by 05wrangler View Post
ah how i wish i would have had a jeep in high school, but i did hve a camaro but still no jeep, your a lucky kid u will love it
Hahah I would love a camaro! But I'm already loving this Jeep. And, i dont commit adultery
03-15-2011 09:40 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by GoldenSahara00 View Post
Do some research and I think you will find you will revise that list alot, but its good to have ambition

Goodluck man! There's alot of people here to help you along your way, and alot of great information here if you just search!
Thanks! But yeah, I can't wait to see what ends up happening. I just made this list to start myself off with a goal. All long term projects have changes eventually
03-15-2011 09:38 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by john97TJ View Post
You'll learn a whole lot on here. Soon enough you will be "THE" Jeep guy at your school.
That is pretty much my goal. LOL, their is about 5 Jeeps at our school. Two cheerleaders w/ new Rubicon fully loaded, spoiled! one stock YJ and a really nice CJ. Their all graduating this year but I still have 2 years so I cant wait to have the Jeep taking up two parking spots while the civics have trouble going over the speedbumps aahah
03-15-2011 09:38 PM
05wrangler
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Originally Posted by john97TJ View Post
You'll learn a whole lot on here. Soon enough you will be "THE" Jeep guy at your school.
ah how i wish i would have had a jeep in high school, but i did hve a camaro but still no jeep, your a lucky kid u will love it
03-15-2011 09:36 PM
JDsDream Welcome to the Forum

The very first thing you should do is have fun with it. Figure out what you want to do and then build it the way you want.
03-15-2011 09:35 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by Mr_RPM View Post
haha yep, and after i change the oil/filter
air filter
drain both diffs
change tranny filter
spark plugs
replace transfer case oil
do my rear brakes
fix my fuel pressure regulator
and fill up the gas tank, im done. lol

so far all i got left is the rear diff and fuel pressure regulator and transmission.

Wont be long till i need new wheel barrings and radiator flushed.
my front belt looks new along with radiator so maybe ill be safe there.
I need to under coat the underside of the whole jeep being in Michigans salty winters.

the list goes on and on and Im not even close to putting on that 4 inch lift and 8k pound winch. lol ill just keep dreaming. haha
I got my car from a Dodge dealership so they did all the basic maintaining and the previous owner of the jeep put new rear brakes on and the front still has 70-75% left!
and just wondering, what is the salty winters?
03-15-2011 09:34 PM
GoldenSahara00 Do some research and I think you will find you will revise that list alot, but its good to have ambition

Goodluck man! There's alot of people here to help you along your way, and alot of great information here if you just search!
03-15-2011 09:33 PM
john97TJ You'll learn a whole lot on here. Soon enough you will be "THE" Jeep guy at your school.
03-15-2011 09:32 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by john97TJ View Post
Sweet man. And one last tip, lol. Stock air intake is way better than any of the aftermarket ones. It keeps water out alot better than the aftermarket ones.
Thanks man. I'm glad I'm getting advice because now I know more and I'm gonna end up saving money!
03-15-2011 09:32 PM
Mr_RPM
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Originally Posted by scuba916 View Post
LOL, I know right. It wasn't the most practical choice for a high school kid. We got about 19mpg from the first fill-up so I should be able to maintain that.
haha yep, and after i change the oil/filter
air filter
drain both diffs
change tranny filter
spark plugs
replace transfer case oil
do my rear brakes
fix my fuel pressure regulator
and fill up the gas tank, im done. lol

so far all i got left is the rear diff and fuel pressure regulator and transmission.

Wont be long till i need new wheel barrings and radiator flushed.
my front belt looks new along with radiator so maybe ill be safe there.
I need to under coat the underside of the whole jeep being in Michigans salty winters.

the list goes on and on and Im not even close to putting on that 4 inch lift and 8k pound winch. lol ill just keep dreaming. haha
03-15-2011 09:30 PM
john97TJ Sweet man. And one last tip, lol. Stock air intake is way better than any of the aftermarket ones. It keeps water out alot better than the aftermarket ones.
03-15-2011 09:29 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by john97TJ View Post
19mpg?!?

I get 10-12!
Yea but mine is only 2.5L with no mods done to it yet. ahah
03-15-2011 09:29 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by john97TJ View Post
If you have the money then go for a Warn winch. Smittybuilt makes a winch too, it's semi-budget friendly, but a lot of people have mixed opinions on it. In regards to the cassette player, you can buy a tape that has a cord on it that plugs into your ipod/iphone/mp3 player. Griffin makes a good one for like $15. Sounds pretty decent too. WAY better than an FM transmitter.

I just put a 4" Skyjacker lift on my Jeep, it rides decently with the sway bar disconnected.

Make sure you research whatever product you want before you buy it. There's a wealth of information on here, and all of it is from Jeep owners.
That sounds good. Stuff like the WInch and lift and tires are long term plans for me. I'm redoing my entire audio for $250. I can afford that easily and crutchfield gives everything you need. But, this car is gonna be growing over the next few years so we'll see where it ends up.
03-15-2011 09:27 PM
john97TJ
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Originally Posted by scuba916 View Post
LOL, I know right. It wasn't the most practical choice for a high school kid. We got about 19mpg from the first fill-up so I should be able to maintain that.
19mpg?!?

I get 10-12!
03-15-2011 09:25 PM
john97TJ If you have the money then go for a Warn winch. Smittybuilt makes a winch too, it's semi-budget friendly, but a lot of people have mixed opinions on it. In regards to the cassette player, you can buy a tape that has a cord on it that plugs into your ipod/iphone/mp3 player. Griffin makes a good one for like $15. Sounds pretty decent too. WAY better than an FM transmitter.

I just put a 4" Skyjacker lift on my Jeep, it rides decently with the sway bar disconnected.

Make sure you research whatever product you want before you buy it. There's a wealth of information on here, and all of it is from Jeep owners.
03-15-2011 09:23 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by Mr_RPM View Post
first, focus im keeping the gas tank full and everything maintained. I have a hard enough time with that. lol
LOL, I know right. It wasn't the most practical choice for a high school kid. We got about 19mpg from the first fill-up so I should be able to maintain that.
03-15-2011 09:22 PM
Mr_RPM first, focus im keeping the gas tank full and everything maintained. I have a hard enough time with that. lol
03-15-2011 09:19 PM
scuba916
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Originally Posted by john97TJ View Post
I'd suggest the sounds system last, unless your speakers are completely blown. You're also going to want to get a stronger winch. 8000# Should work great for you. Nice Jeep though. I wish I got a Jeep when I was 15.
If I was looking for an offroad vehicle now, I would totally take this advice. Making it go offroad often is my plan for next summer. However, I'm still perfecting my manual shifting skills and I have the stock cassette player. I don't even own cassettes LOL. So that's why I'm going to do the audio. Also, thanks for the tip on the 8000# winch. Do you know of any specific ones?
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