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theguywiththeblackjk 01-27-2013 10:14 AM

Introduction.
 
Hello fellow Wranglers. I'm 19 and I just bought my first Wrangler. It's a 2008 JK, you could see pictures of it in my avatar and my Garage.

I just had a few quick questions that I knew someone on here could answer.

What are the first few problems, mechanically, I'll come across. I bought this off a gentleman who only put on 30,000 miles in 5 years. I personally drive 250 miles a week for work.

So in the 3-ish months I've owned it I brought it from 36,000 miles to 40,000.

Sure I've gotten my oil changed and changed my filter, but I'm a bit new as far as anything else goes.

Is there anything that's most likely going to break soon, or just something I'm going to need to work on in the future?

Thank you very much for your input.

kbwwolf 01-27-2013 10:25 AM

Some of em burn oil; some of em leak. Sounds like you're okay on both fronts. The headlights are feeble, IMO, but that's a subjective thing, and easily fixed.

If I were you I'd just roll with it. A lot of your future problems, or lack thereof, will depend on how the PO treated it and used it...and again, sounds like you're in luck. Other than general maintenance (oil, filters, spark plugs, etc), you should be good to go, till you start wheeling the crap out of it. Then you'll find some things to do.

Welcome to WF! :thumb:

kbwwolf 01-27-2013 10:26 AM

Awesome color choice, by the way. :)

theguywiththeblackjk 01-27-2013 10:37 AM

Thanks! I guess that's what I'll do then. My girlfriend won't let me modify it until it's paid off, but I'd really like THESE TIRES: Interco Tires RXS-03R - INTERCO TrXus STS All Terrain Radial Tire - Quadratec

THESE RIMS:Pro Comp 7069-7973 - PRO COMP Series 7069 1-Piece Flat Black Finish Alloy Wheel with 5x5 Bolt Pattern in 17x9 Size & 4.75" Backspacing - Quadratec

and finally THIS LIFT KIT: Jeep JK Wrangler Suspension Lift


But I have Wine taste and Beer pockets, as you can see.

kbwwolf 01-27-2013 10:53 AM

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Originally Posted by theguywiththeblackjk (Post 3284310)
Thanks! I guess that's what I'll do then. My girlfriend won't let me modify it until it's paid off, but I'd really like THESE TIRES: Interco Tires RXS-03R - INTERCO TrXus STS All Terrain Radial Tire - Quadratec

THESE RIMS:Pro Comp 7069-7973 - PRO COMP Series 7069 1-Piece Flat Black Finish Alloy Wheel with 5x5 Bolt Pattern in 17x9 Size & 4.75" Backspacing - Quadratec

and finally THIS LIFT KIT: Jeep JK Wrangler Suspension Lift


But I have Wine taste and Beer pockets, as you can see.

Haha...that may turn out to be a good thing. Modding a Jeep in a hurry, without doing a lot of research first, is often (not always) a financial disaster. Too many folks think it's as easy as choosing a lift and new tires/wheels. Couldn't be further from the truth. There's give-and-take in the process. For example, you'll need wheels with the proper backspacing to run larger tires without them rubbing on something; if you go too big on the tires, you're gonna need to regear your Jeep to regain the power you'll lose – especially in light of the fact that the 3.8L Jeeps are undergeared right out of the factory.

Lots of little things to figure out.

My guess is, months from now, you'll have a completely different list of tires, wheels and lift.

Best thing you can do is drive it for awhile...time and off-road use will expose its weaknesses – at least, the ones you most want to fix.

theguywiththeblackjk 01-27-2013 11:24 AM

Yeah, I noticed that once I get on the highway, going about 65, I have to constantly hit the gas harder to make it downshift because it'll just progressively go from 65 to 60 to 55 on the highway.

Terribly underpowered, where are all 250 horses exactly? Haha.

kik 01-27-2013 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by theguywiththeblackjk (Post 3284493)
Yeah, I noticed that once I get on the highway, going about 65, I have to constantly hit the gas harder to make it downshift because it'll just progressively go from 65 to 60 to 55 on the highway.

Terribly underpowered, where are all 250 horses exactly? Haha.

In the barn not in the 3.8.:D On a grade try taking it out of overdrive temporarily. Congrats. As far as anything else, if it ain't broke... You might want to check and/or replace the air filter and consider changing the dif. fluids down the road.

theguywiththeblackjk 01-27-2013 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by kik (Post 3284795)
On a grade try taking it out of overdrive temporarily.

Even on the Highway?

Regardless though, I just got a Pep Boys Rewards card and Membership. I know not a lot of people like big-name places like that, but my best friend works there and wouldn't let them do anything terrible to it. Haha, and it saves me money being a member.

ajones1992 01-30-2013 01:42 AM

I have another question to add to this if I may, new to jeeps.

I have heard some lifts in a way hinder off roading like flexing if you just do spacers? Is that true? And if I were to get shocks and coil lift with no spacers will that be good offroad or do I need to go for one of those $1.5k and up lift kits. And if I need a expensive one like that, would my best bet be to get a mopar one at 25% off? ( Chrysler employee)

DaK 01-30-2013 07:35 AM

WOW, 19 and whipped already. "My girlfriend won't let me modify it till its paid off". Are ya allowed to take it off road? WOW.... Sorry man but come on.

Congrats on the new ride. As Wolf stated, wheel it for awhile. Figure out what it is you want and don't want to do with this thing. Yap to the people you wheel with about their lifts and mods. Compare that to what you read here, must be 3 lift and wheel opinion threads a week on this board so there is enough material to read from. Biggest thing is seeing how they perform on the trail.

Now about this girl that won't let you modify your jeep....

Txrdstr 01-30-2013 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by theguywiththeblackjk
Hello fellow Wranglers. I'm 19 and I just bought my first Wrangler. It's a 2008 JK, you could see pictures of it in my avatar and my Garage.

I just had a few quick questions that I knew someone on here could answer.

What are the first few problems, mechanically, I'll come across. I bought this off a gentleman who only put on 30,000 miles in 5 years. I personally drive 250 miles a week for work.

So in the 3-ish months I've owned it I brought it from 36,000 miles to 40,000.

Sure I've gotten my oil changed and changed my filter, but I'm a bit new as far as anything else goes.

Is there anything that's most likely going to break soon, or just something I'm going to need to work on in the future?

Thank you very much for your input.

WOW, 19 and "girlfriend" already dictating your expenses, that Needs to be nipped in the bud real quick so you can enjoy the rig. Welcome to the forum. Now get your balls back.


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