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soupy1957 11-18-2007 06:33 AM

2008 Wrangler Purchase
 
Hello fellow Wrangler owners!!

I'm a "newbie" here, after having been looking at the Wrangler for many years and never buying.
Yesterday I went and made the deal. I had a 4x2 (yes, that's right, it's not a typo...I like the way a 4x2 responds, since I was raised on them), Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner (2005) with 24,777 miles on it, that I traded for the 2008 Wrangler V6, with the dual-top package, electric this-and-that, etc., etc..
I have a picture, (not that you'd need to see it, but I love to show it off), that I'll attempt to post in here, but I'm not sure if I can.
A couple of things are concerning me, as a new owner, and perhaps ya'll could take a moment and help me out.
First off, I had the soft top taken off at the dealership and the hardtop put on, (after all, winter is more or less here) and so the soft top is sitting folded up in my garage til spring. I watched the guys in the Service Department do the switch, and I sorta get the picture, but I'm wondering about any special hints, for the Spring installation of the soft top. Anything you'd be willing to tell me to watch out for, so that I do the job correctly?
Secondly, I personally DON'T like the fact that the horn honks when I do an external lock-up of my vehicle. Can I set it to only flash the lights, instead of honking the horn? It's obnoxious when I come home late at night and disturb the neighbors.
Finally, I have been a motorcycle rider for years, and a manual-transmission shifter for years, (my Wrangler is a Standard Shift, as I requested it to be), and I'm in the midst of learning the feel of the Wrangler (only brought it home yesterday). I have stalled it out a couple of times, most likely because I didn't give it ENOUGH gas, in First gear. I know I'll get used to the Wrangler's feel really soon, but I'm wondering if any of you found a good way to handle "first gear" in the Wrangler?
Ok, enough....
-Soupy1957

Jeepfan 11-18-2007 07:16 AM

Congradulations and welcome, I have been told by the dealer (not from experience since i own a 98 TJ and not a JK,) that you can start out in second gear. Not sure if it will help but might be worth giving it a try.

Chris

soupy1957 11-18-2007 07:19 AM

2nd gear
 
My Toyota was like that ...really didn't need first gear unless I was at a "full stop."

-Soupy1957

soupy1957 11-18-2007 07:23 AM

another photo insertion attempt
 
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I'll try again..
-Soupy1957

JCS05Rubi 11-18-2007 07:44 AM

Nice Jeep :) From my experience with other vehicles factory alarms, the lights flashing and horn beeping is an adjustable "preference." Usually the information to change those settings is found in the owners manual

activelydying 11-18-2007 07:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by soupy1957 (Post 159680)
I'll try again..
-Soupy1957

Nice purchase. The only thing I can see wrong with it is the fact that it's so damn clean. It needs mud. Did you get the mud option? :D

soupy1957 11-18-2007 08:01 AM

lolol....no mud yet...still kissing the fenders "good night." It'll take me a few weeks to get to the "it's ok to get it muddy" stage..

-Soupy1957

toycop 11-18-2007 08:57 AM

There aren't really any tricks to swapping the tops. I will say that the soft top install is easier than hardtop removal and install. Even so, my son and I were able to re-install my 4 door's hartop. With yours being a two door, I would think the rear piece of the top would be easier to handle.

soupy1957 11-18-2007 09:00 AM

Easier removal
 
Yep, based on what I saw yesterday, when I watched the two Service people put the hardtop on, it's not about weight, (especially with the two sections out of it during install), but about the awkwardness of it.

I'm just primarily concerned about the soft top because there seemed to be soooo many steps defined in the owners manual.

-soupy1957

soupy1957 11-18-2007 02:44 PM

By the way, since it was a Saturday, and the Service guys were going home, I scheduled the "Detailing" for the Friday after Thanksgiving.
I noted that they hadn't put the floormats in yet, which "I presume" are supposed to be included?!
I was treated right by the sales person and the Service folks, and have no complaints at this point about their attention towards me.
-Soupy1957

sgnellett 11-18-2007 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by soupy1957 (Post 159705)
Yep, based on what I saw yesterday, when I watched the two Service people put the hardtop on, it's not about weight, (especially with the two sections out of it during install), but about the awkwardness of it.

I'm just primarily concerned about the soft top because there seemed to be soooo many steps defined in the owners manual.

-soupy1957

Look on the window sticker, it should say one way or the other if they were included in the pkg you got, like 24d, something like that?

soupy1957 11-19-2007 04:43 AM

Go PATS!!!
-soupy1957

LimeTJ 11-19-2007 04:22 PM

Welcome Soupy. What bike(s) are you currently riding? I have the original floor mats, extra charge, and replaced them with some real mud & snow catchers. Bought the Mopar tire tread floor mats and the they have a hole in them for the floor hooks. Going to fill the hole with silicone to prevent moisture from leaking out. Enjoy the new JK.

Jase 11-19-2007 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by soupy1957 (Post 159669)
First off, I had the soft top taken off at the dealership and the hardtop put on, (after all, winter is more or less here) and so the soft top is sitting folded up in my garage til spring. I watched the guys in the Service Department do the switch, and I sorta get the picture, but I'm wondering about any special hints, for the Spring installation of the soft top. Anything you'd be willing to tell me to watch out for, so that I do the job correctly?

The owners manual has 2-3 different types of tops it tries to explain. Be sure you are looking at the instructions for the right type of top.

Quote:

Originally Posted by soupy1957
Secondly, I personally DON'T like the fact that the horn honks when I do an external lock-up of my vehicle. Can I set it to only flash the lights, instead of honking the horn? It's obnoxious when I come home late at night and disturb the neighbors.

With the Jeep locked already, hold down the lock button for about 5 seconds, then hold down the panic button with the lock button for a second, then release them both simultaneously.


WELCOME to WF! :wavey:

soupy1957 11-20-2007 05:04 AM

Bikes? Bikes?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LimeTJ (Post 160168)
Welcome Soupy. What bike(s) are you currently riding? I have the original floor mats, extra charge, and replaced them with some real mud & snow catchers. Bought the Mopar tire tread floor mats and the they have a hole in them for the floor hooks. Going to fill the hole with silicone to prevent moisture from leaking out. Enjoy the new JK.

Did I say anything about Bikes? Motorcycles maybe, but it's been a LONG time since I was on my Schwinn!!

-Soupy1957

soupy1957 11-20-2007 05:06 AM

Jase, good point about the "top" and the number of different types...thanks for the tip.

As you have described the horn honk steps, I have done exactly that, a few times now, with no results. It said something about the key slot having to be in the "Lock" position, and I thought I had it all the way back towards me, but perhaps not. Is there a "ya gotta hold a button" type thing for setting the "Lock" position, that I'm missing or something????



-Soupy1957

Superbuick96 11-20-2007 05:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by soupy1957 (Post 159669)
Hello fellow Wrangler owners!!

I'm a "newbie" here, after having been looking at the Wrangler for many years and never buying.
Yesterday I went and made the deal. I had a 4x2 (yes, that's right, it's not a typo...I like the way a 4x2 responds, since I was raised on them), Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner (2005) with 24,777 miles on it, that I traded for the 2008 Wrangler V6, with the dual-top package, electric this-and-that, etc., etc..
I have a picture, (not that you'd need to see it, but I love to show it off), that I'll attempt to post in here, but I'm not sure if I can.
A couple of things are concerning me, as a new owner, and perhaps ya'll could take a moment and help me out.
First off, I had the soft top taken off at the dealership and the hardtop put on, (after all, winter is more or less here) and so the soft top is sitting folded up in my garage til spring. I watched the guys in the Service Department do the switch, and I sorta get the picture, but I'm wondering about any special hints, for the Spring installation of the soft top. Anything you'd be willing to tell me to watch out for, so that I do the job correctly?
Secondly, I personally DON'T like the fact that the horn honks when I do an external lock-up of my vehicle. Can I set it to only flash the lights, instead of honking the horn? It's obnoxious when I come home late at night and disturb the neighbors.
Finally, I have been a motorcycle rider for years, and a manual-transmission shifter for years, (my Wrangler is a Standard Shift, as I requested it to be), and I'm in the midst of learning the feel of the Wrangler (only brought it home yesterday). I have stalled it out a couple of times, most likely because I didn't give it ENOUGH gas, in First gear. I know I'll get used to the Wrangler's feel really soon, but I'm wondering if any of you found a good way to handle "first gear" in the Wrangler?
Ok, enough....
-Soupy1957

Congrats,
Just wondered what how much your 2wd Wrangler cost, and what options did it come with? ( I can tell you opted for the 17's.) Nice ride....

foxinthemudd 11-20-2007 08:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Superbuick96 (Post 160433)
Congrats,
Just wondered what how much your 2wd Wrangler cost, and what options did it come with? ( I can tell you opted for the 17's.) Nice ride....

I don't think that wranglers come with a 2wd option... I think he was meaning that he grew up with them and thats what he's used to.

foxinthemudd 11-20-2007 08:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by soupy1957 (Post 159695)
lolol....no mud yet...still kissing the fenders "good night." It'll take me a few weeks to get to the "it's ok to get it muddy" stage..

-Soupy1957

damn really? I think after I picked my rig up that was the first place I headed...lol oh well thats just me I guess. Nice purchase man and welcome to the addiction and empty wallet! :D

Jase 11-20-2007 09:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by foxinthemudd (Post 160463)
I don't think that wranglers come with a 2wd option... I think he was meaning that he grew up with them and thats what he's used to.

2wd is an option for the 4-doors :zap:. Soupy has a 2-door, so his is definitely 4wd.

Jase 11-20-2007 09:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by soupy1957 (Post 160431)
As you have described the horn honk steps, I have done exactly that, a few times now, with no results. It said something about the key slot having to be in the "Lock" position, and I thought I had it all the way back towards me, but perhaps not. Is there a "ya gotta hold a button" type thing for setting the "Lock" position, that I'm missing or something????

I am pretty sure this is something you can do from outside of your vehicle without the key in the ignition. When I said press the lock button, I meant the button on your key fob. The directions from my manual state:

If desired, the “Sound Horn On Lock” feature can be
turned on or off by performing the following steps:
1. Press the “Lock” button for 4 to 10 seconds.
2. While the “Lock” button is pressed (after 4 seconds),
press the PANIC button. Release both buttons.

The “Sound Horn On Lock” feature can be reactivated by
repeating this procedure.


Other things you can do is deactivate the lights flashing on lock and the all-to-annoying seatbelt chime.

dwdrums801 11-20-2007 05:13 PM

you got the 2 wd :rolleyes:


actually its a 1 wheel drive

LimeTJ 11-21-2007 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by soupy1957 (Post 160430)
Did I say anything about Bikes? Motorcycles maybe, but it's been a LONG time since I was on my Schwinn!!

-Soupy1957

I ride bicycles and motorcycles. The term "bike" is used to refer to motorcycles.:)

soupy1957 11-22-2007 04:48 AM

I had 10 years on a 1986 Honda Shadow VT500C and sold it about 4 years ago. (Miss it sometimes, but mostly DON'T "miss it")

So the Wrangler is a great compromise, considering how I can open it up and ride in the wind, in the summer months.

An observation: You know how, when you buy a new vehicle, you tend to notice how many more of them are on the road? I've noted that a ton of the folks I've seen driving Wranglers, are using their soft tops during these winter months? You suppose it is because they don't OWN a "hard top" or that they simply don't find the need to use the Hard Top?

Interesting fact: Those of you who know the history of the Jeep Wrangler will appreciate this......I've had a set of license plates that I've transferred over a few times, and likewise transferred them to the Wrangler (my first Wrangler, in case you missed it). I know that my current Wrangler version is a "JK" but I'm sure you can appreciate it when I say that my plate starts with "1CJ -" (down right prophetic, eh?!)

-Soupy1957

P.S.: Still haven't gotten the horn to quit honkin when I push the "Lock" button, (made quite a noise last night, when I tried to set it, and pushed the "Panic" button....lol). I'm going to the dealership tomorrow for "detailing" and I'll get THEM to set it!!

Someone in here said that I could stop the dinging of the seat belt chime......how do I do THAT? (Maybe I can get THAT set).


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