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04-16-2011 05:05 PM
jp2611 Double check with some of the other members but I would guess your tire pressure is about 4-8 pounds to high. There are other ways to figure out the air pressure for your tires. If they are not balanced properly that can lead to a wobble. There is a long list but the tire and air pressure are usually the simpliest easiest fix. Good Luck

Check the Death Wobble thread its a sticky read the whole thing Jerry gets into the particulars after tires are eliminated.
04-16-2011 05:01 PM
kerrit22 Hi all,

Im loving my jeep but I have run into an issue. While driving i feel a distinct wobble. I at first thought that was just a regular wobble, which leads me to my first question. Does the wrangler wobble normally, especially when going over bumps in the road?

Now at least twice while driving the front end just started to shake/rattle violently. I was about to pull over when it just suddenly stopped. Does this sound like the death wobble to you guys?

Can anyone reccomend a good repair shop in Los Angeles (west side, if possible) that really knows wranglers, that can check it out at a reasonable price?

Final question, i am currently on 30x9.5 tires, psi at 34. Are there larger/wider tires that would help it to feel more stable on the road and less wobbly?

Thanks all.

I love it and am happy to finally be a jeep girl, but I want to nip any issues in the bud before they get much bigger.
04-09-2011 11:46 PM
InfernoGirl Yes. The supertop Nx will fit the bill. No need for two soft tops.
04-09-2011 10:59 PM
M_ I just have never heard of someone having a summer soft top and then a daily driver soft top... You really only need 1 soft top and figure out which one suits your needs the most switching all the soft top hardware around would a pain in the butt I'd think... I'd say you need 1 soft top and your hard top and maybe a bikini top
04-09-2011 10:53 PM
jp2611 Oh boy-this will be interesting-your questions are good-but as MBRich mentioned you need to make it your own---Not saying you are not trying to and there are a lot of different ways to go with the tops--but it will get more confusing before it gets better. Maybe it would help if you gave us a little more information. Is your Jeep garaged? I may have missed it but what area of the country are you in? Is it "safe" to leave it parked on the street with the top open? Or off? Will it sit outside all day in the sun with the top down or off? Do you want one you can quickly throw up and down? I am sure there are many more questions but it has to do with your use and needs more than anything. Good Luck!!
04-09-2011 10:36 PM
supertop nx vs bestop sunrider

Hi again,

Thanks again for all responses, this forum is awesome, I never used anything like this when I owned my focus or my volvo

Anyway, I'm just curious about which soft top to get. I was all set on getting 2 soft tops, the best top sunrider because i really want the flexibility and easy up, easy down features that it has. And 2, the bestop sailcloth soft top, for my everyday use.

I am planning to keep my hard top but I probably wont use it very often, if at all so I was planning for the sunrider to be my summer top and the bestop sailcloth top as my daily driver top. So my question is: Is the supertop nx a combination of these 2 tops. will the supertop nx be completely convertible like the sunrider is??
04-08-2011 07:46 PM
nick50471 Welcome to WF.
04-08-2011 04:13 PM
MbRich Welcome - Nice purchase - You are going to find a ton of helpful folks on here to answer all of your questions as thing come up. You will also find tons of cool things that you never would have thought about previously. Also - where are you from? Check out WF Local Forums for Your Region and State - Jeep Wrangler Forum to see if there are any offroad clubs groups in your area. That will also help as you will get to see many different set-ups and that can help you decide on what you like and don't like.

As for the size - I'm with the others on the Hardtop - might give it a little bigger look. If you are thinking it looks wider, it might be the color matched fender flares.

As for tops - it's all about what YOU are wanting to do with YOUR Jeep. If you are replacing your hardtop and selling it off - I would recommend buying a nicer more durable soft top - like the Bestop Supertop NX - it's their new one and comes complete with factory style hardware - also has the built-in sunrider feature. If you are only looking to store your hardtop for the summer, maybe you could go with a cheaper option. Because mine is not driven everyday, I take the Hardtop off for the late spring/summer/early fall and replace it with a Safari top and park it in the garage. On rainy days - I either don't drive it or I get a little wet
04-07-2011 04:03 PM
M_ That's a really nice jeep I don't think you should've waited for a sport!
04-07-2011 03:56 PM
BLEGAN ooh shmexy. it probably is because of the hard top. especially if youre comparing to others with soft tops.
04-07-2011 03:53 PM
kerrit22 Hi, i do have a hard top, and i was thinking that may be part of it too. Here is a pic:

wrang2 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
04-07-2011 03:43 PM
Originally Posted by kerrit22 View Post
Hi all, Thanks for all the advice and I will upload a couple of pics later. I have a question though:
Does the sahara have a bigger body than the sport or otrher wranglers. I swear my sahara is bigger than all the little sports i see out there. I've always loves the size of the sport and people keep telling me they are all the same size, but i swear that my sahara is bigger. Can anyone tell me for sure if the 2003 sahara is bigger in body size than other wranglers, particularly a sport???? Thanks all.
the 97-99 is a tad shorter in length compared to the 2000-2003, but barely enough to notice (4"). i think it's also about 2 inches wider.. i thinkkkk. not sure on that one.

do you have a hard top? that would definitely make it look bigger.
04-07-2011 03:33 PM
kerrit22 Hi all, Thanks for all the advice and I will upload a couple of pics later. I have a question though:
Does the sahara have a bigger body than the sport or otrher wranglers. I swear my sahara is bigger than all the little sports i see out there. I've always loves the size of the sport and people keep telling me they are all the same size, but i swear that my sahara is bigger. Can anyone tell me for sure if the 2003 sahara is bigger in body size than other wranglers, particularly a sport???? Thanks all.
04-05-2011 12:59 PM
Ageless Stranger Welcome to WF.
04-05-2011 12:26 PM
Originally Posted by BLEGAN View Post
congratulations on your purchase!! Pictures??
04-05-2011 11:31 AM
BLEGAN congratulations on your purchase!! Pictures??
04-05-2011 08:51 AM
jp2611 Lots of options-and it should be more than just cost of the top. There are a lot of different types of soft-tops and a lot of different manufactures.

Bestop is the one who makes the "factory" soft-tops and their quality is kinda the industry standard, most people will compare whatever other maker to Bestop as far as trying to describe how good or exspensive their top is.

If you have a place to store your hardtop than you could run a smaller top or maybe without windows-and if you have a garage that figures into it as well.

There are "tops" that go together as 2 or 3 or 4 pieces and it may get confusing. There are also threads on here about the good and bad points of the tops-I would assume you have full hard doors-if so probably will need to look at door surrounds as well.

When you have more questions feel free to ask there a lot of people on here willing to help.
04-04-2011 11:38 PM
G-Pur bestop is the best. Others that are cheaper won't last as long, and you'll end up buying a bestop a few years down the road anyways. Since you don't have any soft top hardware, you should go with ether the bestop super top, which essentially is a stock top with better material and all of the hardware necessary, or the bestop sunrider. The sunrider is the one that comes with the 'sunroof' feature that enables you to flip the front of the top back like a giant sunroof. The material is a bit thinner, so it will be a little louder with the top up.

Well now that it's official, welcome to the madness, and don't forget to wave.

p.s. you're still calling it a car.
04-04-2011 11:12 PM
kerrit22 Thank you all sooooo much for your help. This forum has been amazing and helped me to finally get my first JEEP!!!! I am so excited. Unfortunately I lost #2, someone beat me to the punch, but I ended up finding something else and just bought it today. Whoohooo!!

So i ended up with a 2003 Wrangler Sahara, automatic, 6cyl, with 80,000 miles and I ended up paying 9,500 at a dealer all in. I'm really happy with the car, it is souped up with all the creature comforts and still all the coolness that is Jeep. It came with a hardtop which i like but im already ready to remove it and get the soft top.

Can you guys reccomend the best/easiest soft top to quickly remove and put on? I've been looking at the best tops but was wondering if there are any others with possibly better prices too. Thanks everyone and it's official- I'm a JEEP girl!!
04-02-2011 01:54 PM
jp2611 Generally speaking the automatic mated to the 4cyl / the 2.5 is not very well liked. If you choose an automatic would also make sure it is 4.0 or 6cyl. Just my.02
04-02-2011 01:48 PM
BLEGAN number 4 is the only one that doesnt say automatic.. does that make it stick? buy it ;]
04-02-2011 01:21 PM
TangoJK Based on what you haave listed..... Number 2 without question.
03-31-2011 08:33 PM
XJ Knight I'm a fan of the early 2000's sahara's.. If that one is in good running order that is the one i would buy.. Since you don't seem like you'll be offroading it, Jds is right.. The D44 is not needed in that case
03-31-2011 08:28 PM
JeepnMike I say number 2 would be the winner!!!
03-31-2011 08:26 PM
JDsDream Is this for DD on road only or are you planning to do some trails as well? If you are not planning to modify it then don't worry about whether it has the D-44 or not. I would suggest that you go with one of the 4.0s though. Take a couple out on a test drive. Check the handling at highway speeds and get them in the dirt to make sure that the 4WD is functioning properly. Good luck on your search and let us know what you find.
03-31-2011 07:33 PM
dont plan on modifying it

I really dont plan on raising or doing anything crazy to the jeep, so thats why i was trying to decide between the 4cy and 6cyl. I think I'm pretyy sure its gonna be the 6cyl now. But i just found another car to add to my list:

Wrangler, 2002 Safari, has 91,000 miles, automatic, 6cyl, $9000 (pvt seller)

all the others were sports.
03-31-2011 04:24 PM
Bone Oh, and don't buy one that's already "built". You'll appreciate it more if you put in the work, love, money, effort, blood, sweat, and skin from knuckles yourself. Plus, you'll learn more about the various parts and their functions than if someone else already did it.
03-31-2011 03:48 PM
GoldenSahara00 dose.
03-31-2011 03:48 PM
XJ Knight D44 Rear is also important if your gonna wheel it.. Saves one big step for many if you buy one with the Dana 44 rear from the factory
03-31-2011 03:45 PM
TTU #2 or #3 - which ever has the most upgrades (tires, lift, top, etc.)

Motor trumps year when it's that close
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