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02-04-2009 12:37 AM
KellyK Dont be a panty waist. Try and do some simple mods on your own and get to know your jeep. I like to call this forplay. (check on the boards before starting said project) Dont want ya trying to re-gear with a cresent
And dont turn around and sell it in a month or two. Its not a car... its not a truck... its a JEEP.. and now a family member
Welcome aboard.
02-04-2009 12:15 AM
HMS Corsair If you haven't already, check out Lone Star Jeep Club - You're in Lewisville I'm in McKinney. We have over 400 members and always looking for more. Come to a club meeting or function and you can see first hand what people have done, see what works for people and what doesn't, ask plenty of questions, and come to our runs.
02-04-2009 12:12 AM
sonofabeach first thing I did was rip the carpet out that sum b!tch. A while back I rattlecanned the floor with Duplicolor truck bed liner and it's worked out great.
Get some mirror relocation brackets so you can roll without doors or just buy some mirrors that attach to the window frame.
Get a couple of tow hooks for the front bumper. I've never used mine but they look good. LOL!
02-03-2009 11:54 PM
rketr Crap...scratch that...found that one burried in the list already...
02-03-2009 11:48 PM
rketr I know this post is a bit older, but there's one more very important Do that I can't believe we forgot... your spotter. They can see stuff that you can't.
05-11-2008 10:37 PM
Ripcord Ya don't worry it's in the works.
05-11-2008 06:32 PM
Originally Posted by Ripcord View Post
Dont hate on all the people with chrome. Some of us had stupid pre owners and can't afford to replace it yet.
What replace? Just get it off! I had a stupid pre-owner who put on a chrome grill cover and chrome nerf bars. They were off the Jeep the first day I had it.

(I still can't believe he spent $189 for that cheesy grill cover and probably close to $300 for the chrome nerf bars. I wish he would have spent it on some good armor instead.)

Edit: I see now that you have a chrome tube bumper. Okay, so you may have to replace that.
05-08-2008 01:38 AM
Originally Posted by sean42069 View Post
dont booze n cruise
x2. Give your keys to someone sober.
05-08-2008 12:04 AM
sean42069 dont booze n cruise
do take out what you bring in
05-07-2008 06:06 PM
soupy1957 For me, in my early fifties, I have to depend on my Jeep as a daily commuter vehicle, so I am a bit more trail-careful than some might be. I'm not independently wealthy, so I can't fix multiple items that could break on a rough trail.

I bought it for it's history, for it's looks, for it's longevity, and because I've wanted one since "The Rat Patrol" show in the 60's.

If I had no issues with $$$$$ , I'd buy myself an old WWII Willys, already restored. I'd drive it in the parades in town, on July 4th, and Memorial Day.

Relatively easy trails, trips to Florida (I'm in CT), and Ohio, back and forth to work.....that's enough for me.

It's just a thrill to take the top down and the doors off, and enjoy the ride!!

05-07-2008 04:52 PM
Smeghead As I found out today, if its been raining hard and you have a soft top, get in REALLY FAST otherwise you get a free shower
05-07-2008 03:47 PM
Originally Posted by RatherBNmexico View Post
well they pretty much covered everything
NOPE! We all forgot the most important!


05-07-2008 02:41 PM
RatherBNarizona well they pretty much covered everything haha
only thing I would empahsize is to always wave to a fellow Jeeper,
and have fun with it, you will be suprised at what a Jeep can do
05-07-2008 01:37 PM
Originally Posted by Scout View Post
I may make this a stand alone Sticky.
05-07-2008 01:17 PM
Jerry Bransford There's lots of good advice above, here's one more basic kind... air down your tires when you offroad. Airing down does several good things for you... it makes the ride a LOT better but more importantly airing your tires down substantially improves traction and makes tire damage far less likely.

Don't be afraid to air down enough either. Most new offroaders are afraid to air down very far for fear the tire will unseat from the wheel. You can safely air down to between 13 and 15 psi without problem.

Some are afraid to go below 20 psi which is not even really airing down at all. I had a new Rubicon owner on a trail with me last year who had a lot of trouble on a fairly easy trail because he had only aired down to 20 psi. We finally got him to air down to 13 psi and he had no more trouble on the trail afterwards.

Just carry some kind of an air compressor with you so you can air up before you get back on the highway. And a decent air compressor will make airing up a LOT faster. Inexpensive air compressors that brag about their ability to pump up to 200 psi pump out such a low volume of air that they can take 45 minutes or longer to refill four Jeep-size tires. Costco has a pretty decent compressor for $50 or so that lots of Jeepers like.
05-07-2008 01:06 PM
jp'rs_peep'rs I'm thinking:


For the love of christ please maintain your vehicle.

Change that oil reg...
Grease those zerks...
Rotate those tires...
Fill the fluids, all of 'em...
Make sure the lugs are tight...
Clean the air filter...
Wash the damn thing once -n- a while...
Obey the driving laws....
Tread at your own risk...
Please have insurance....
And go to some Jeep related functions....
Also protect your lights with some guards of some sort...
Vac it out once -n- a while....

It really isnt all that important to me if some likes chrome.
Here in SE WI. salt eats everything, so running all the chrome and stainless steel stuff is a no-brainer. When I went to get light, grill guards purchased all stainless steel. "Silver ('06 tj)" is used for biz primarily and needs to look good all the time.

Ya, know...if you wanna run speggeti strap tires and bling rims, knock youself out. Thats what I love about jeeps...anything that cranks your crank can be done.

05-07-2008 11:30 AM
9JΞΞРωяλиglєя7 Nice! You live in Lewisville, I'll probably run into you sometime. Im over in Grapevine, I need a Jeep buddy to go offroading with. Need any help putting on mods ect. you know who to message. BTW listen to what these guys are saying, they know their $h!t.
05-07-2008 11:07 AM
rketr More from a buddy of mine:

Do... chase down other modified Jeeps you see on the road, just to find out what they have.

Do... crawl underneath any modified Jeep you see, even if you don't know the person. If they catch you under their Jeep, they'll understand.

Do... a thorough inspection of your Jeep after every wheeling episode. Even if it was a light trail, as funny things can happen and you don't want to be caught with a faulty piece of equipment on or off road. your spotter at all times. He/She can see all aspects of what's going on, you can only see from the driver's view.

Don't... run bigger tires than your Jeep can handle. They're heavy, they break stuff.

Don't... push the breaks to the floor if you're going off a ledge and it gets tipsy, this will only carry the momentum from behind you and want to lay it over on it's top.
05-07-2008 11:05 AM
Originally Posted by keetz02 View Post
best one I have seen up here;

Don't...install useless poser chrome accessories. They just make us laugh.
Dont hate on all the people with chrome. Some of us had stupid pre owners and can't afford to replace it yet.

Next thing to go after this lift is on tho!
05-07-2008 10:45 AM
keetz02 best one I have seen up here;

Don't...install useless poser chrome accessories. They just make us laugh.
05-07-2008 10:08 AM
nregas1 STICKY
05-07-2008 10:05 AM
Originally Posted by Dare2BSquare View Post
DO LISTEN TO SCOUT. (He's here to help)
Now that's funny.

Just look for this sign: and you'll know he's near by ready to help.
05-07-2008 09:15 AM
robertv i think not being lazy with your jeep is a big deal to fully enjoy it. check the weather, on nice days put the top down, when the weather is supposed to be bad dont be lazy about putting the top back up.
05-07-2008 08:55 AM
Dare2BSquare DO LISTEN TO SCOUT. (He's here to help)
05-07-2008 07:26 AM
waynecotton Wow thanks for all the advice this is great!
05-07-2008 07:07 AM
Originally Posted by Scout View Post
I may make this a stand alone Sticky.
I second the motion.... this needs to be memorialized....

Welcome to WF Wayne....
05-07-2008 06:58 AM
Originally Posted by MoA View Post
hey rketr.. mines been sitting in the garage for about a month and a half now..

its a work in progress..

new axles, regearing em, ect.. =p didnt mr cs jeep sit for like a year?

these things take time sometimes =p
I suppose the diff is that you ARE using it. Wrenching trumps the rule Was more referring to Mr. Bling who polishes the chrome with a diaper and has no idea what that 4-Lo thingy is.'s yet another:

Don't...for he love of God, Don't...lower the Jeep. Or put 22's with rubber band tires on it. If you do, each and every other owner of a Jeep is allowed to stop by your house and smack you!
05-07-2008 01:17 AM
MoA hey rketr.. mines been sitting in the garage for about a month and a half now..

its a work in progress..

new axles, regearing em, ect.. =p didnt mr cs jeep sit for like a year?

these things take time sometimes =p
05-07-2008 01:06 AM
Smeghead Dont put an intake on it and dont call it a car lol
05-07-2008 12:54 AM

Thought of a couple more:

Do...wave to other Jeepers. And return the wave if they beat you to it. out other Jeepers in need (i.e. w/ a flat on the side of the road). Even if its a Barbie Jeep...

Do...only what you are comfortable doing on the trail. No need to get pushed into something you won't like.

Do...keep your body parts inside while wheeling. Rocks hurt...nuff said!

Do...trailer your rig to the offroad site (if you can). It sux breaking something and having to limp home...if even possible. your ride. Makes it more personal to you.

Do...pace your modifications. No need to race getting everything at one time.

Do...writeups with pictures for mods that you do. I can't tell you how many times I've been helped by somebody who spent a few minutes documenting a given project.

Do...find out which rattle can (ie. spray paint) matches your color. Buy lots of it!

Do...keep track of what mods you do. Its fun to look back over the years.

Do...speak up and share experience. Another newbie is watching and likely has questions you can help with.

Don't...underestimate your Jeep. I guarantee you'll be amazed at what it will do for you (even with the 4 banger)

Don' afraid to mod stuff yourself. If it breaks or you screw it up, best thing about Jeeps is that there are 50044020 companies out there making replacement parts for every bolt in your rig.

Don't...listen to "outsiders". There is no such thing as "it is too tall" or "why would you do that?" or "hows the weather up there" or "I can actually park my Suburban under it!"

And another huge one:

Do...tread lightly. Do not destroy the trails out there. We don't need to give more reason for the bureaucrats to vie and try to take away our wheeling rights. It is hard enough to keep what we already have.


Ok...nuff from me...bed time
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