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Bet 04-21-2013 11:51 PM

New to TJs - questions
 
New to Wranglers, but not new to Jeeps!

Got this wrangler and it came with it's bugs - bad flasher cluster connection, non-working stereo, and it threw out the code p0432 (CAT 2/1) but hasn't came back since I cleared it out.

It has a bit of rust on the left fender as many wranglers do, so I'm looking for some diamond plate covers, or if I can't find any cheap enough I'll just make my own - any ideas where to get them for less than 100 bucks?

The guy I purchased it from did some sort of frame... "painting" which I think it's just spray paint but I can't be sure, should I put some extra coating on? I do see and feel some rust chips inside the frame - any suggestions for combating that? I've done some heavy rust repair on my '95 XJ but I haven't messed with anything inside the frame.

Another question - the passenger seat is supposed to fold forward and raise up a bit when you pull on the small strap right? Because today I was messing around with it and found a busted cable, so the seat doesn't come up, just folds forward. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

Thanks in advance


http://i.imgur.com/3DYdeYy.jpg

viperx6x9x 04-22-2013 01:47 AM

Can't help with the other questions. But i remember a post about broken seat cables. There is a lever you can pull, i will have to find where exactly, that will fold the seat without that strap. You could also try making a strap out of paracord or something.

It will look like crap, but for a temporary fix, a piece of bailing wire would make a usable pull strap untill you can fab up something that looks decent.

viperx6x9x 04-22-2013 01:50 AM

oh yeah, stereo could be a number of things. But on the off chance it is just a blown fuse, check your accessory fuse.

I wired my aftermarket one up wrong and it immediately blew that fuse and nothing worked. Wired it right, replaced the fuse, everything worked as it should.

SAABseanSCANIA 04-22-2013 08:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Bet (Post 3666503)
New to Wranglers, but not new to Jeeps!

Got this wrangler and it came with it's bugs - bad flasher cluster connection, non-working stereo, and it threw out the code p0432 (CAT 2/1) but hasn't came back since I cleared it out.

It has a bit of rust on the left fender as many wranglers do, so I'm looking for some diamond plate covers, or if I can't find any cheap enough I'll just make my own - any ideas where to get them for less than 100 bucks?

The guy I purchased it from did some sort of frame... "painting" which I think it's just spray paint but I can't be sure, should I put some extra coating on? I do see and feel some rust chips inside the frame - any suggestions for combating that? I've done some heavy rust repair on my '95 XJ but I haven't messed with anything inside the frame.

Another question - the passenger seat is supposed to fold forward and raise up a bit when you pull on the small strap right? Because today I was messing around with it and found a busted cable, so the seat doesn't come up, just folds forward. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

Thanks in advance


http://i.imgur.com/3DYdeYy.jpg

Where are you located? Looks good.

Bugs: It's a TJ!

Fenders: Fix the rust, treat with phosporic acid, finish however you like, then cover with whatever or repaint. I don't personally like the covers because hiding is not repairing!

Frame: I'd get underneath it and see exactly what the PO was trying to paint over (if anything). If you can feel chips on the inside of the frame, then there could very well be areas that need addressing. I had to replace a good amount of frame sections on my last TJ. Don't spray undercoating over rust; I hope the PO didn't do that.

Seat: My cable is broken too. Reach under the seat and you'll feel a curved end of a lever. Move (I can't remember up or down lol) and that will fold the lower portion of the seat forward. You get used to doing it to where repairing it just doesn't even warrant the time to do it.

MoonLacedBlood 04-22-2013 09:13 AM

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Originally Posted by SAABseanSCANIA (Post 3667669)

Where are you located? Looks good.

Bugs: It's a TJ!

Fenders: Fix the rust, treat with phosporic acid, finish however you like, then cover with whatever or repaint. I don't personally like the covers because hiding is not repairing!

Frame: I'd get underneath it and see exactly what the PO was trying to paint over (if anything). If you can feel chips on the inside of the frame, then there could very well be areas that need addressing. I had to replace a good amount of frame sections on my last TJ. Don't spray undercoating over rust; I hope the PO didn't do that.

Seat: My cable is broken too. Reach under the seat and you'll feel a curved end of a lever. Move (I can't remember up or down lol) and that will fold the lower portion of the seat forward. You get used to doing it to where repairing it just doesn't even warrant the time to do it.

Pull it down (atleast that's how my Tj seat works) and push up my seat practically just flies up to me.

Bet 04-22-2013 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by viperx6x9x (Post 3666849)
oh yeah, stereo could be a number of things. But on the off chance it is just a blown fuse, check your accessory fuse.

I wired my aftermarket one up wrong and it immediately blew that fuse and nothing worked. Wired it right, replaced the fuse, everything worked as it should.

The speaker wire is actually sliced, I found it infront of the fuse panel, behind the glove box. I'm going to be buying a new headunit because I want to plug my iPhone in - so I need to figure out the sound bar as well, because that isn't hooked up either.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SAABseanSCANIA (Post 3667669)
Where are you located? Looks good.

Bugs: It's a TJ!

Fenders: Fix the rust, treat with phosporic acid, finish however you like, then cover with whatever or repaint. I don't personally like the covers because hiding is not repairing!

Frame: I'd get underneath it and see exactly what the PO was trying to paint over (if anything). If you can feel chips on the inside of the frame, then there could very well be areas that need addressing. I had to replace a good amount of frame sections on my last TJ. Don't spray undercoating over rust; I hope the PO didn't do that.

Seat: My cable is broken too. Reach under the seat and you'll feel a curved end of a lever. Move (I can't remember up or down lol) and that will fold the lower portion of the seat forward. You get used to doing it to where repairing it just doesn't even warrant the time to do it.

There's some spots where you can see that the paint isn't smooth by any means, but I can't chip it off or put my finger through it - think I should grind if off where its bad, use some Rust Bullet and go from there?

As for the inside of the frame, I was thinking about washing it out, letting it dry and then using some Eastwood Inner Rust Coat or whatever it's called.

MountainMan96 04-22-2013 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by viperx6x9x (Post 3666838)
Can't help with the other questions. But i remember a post about broken seat cables. There is a lever you can pull, i will have to find where exactly, that will fold the seat without that strap. You could also try making a strap out of paracord or something.

It will look like crap, but for a temporary fix, a piece of bailing wire would make a usable pull strap untill you can fab up something that looks decent.

The lever is on the outside of the back of the seat

Bet 04-22-2013 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by MountainMan96 (Post 3668142)
The lever is on the outside of the back of the seat


That doesn't make my seat come up, only flip forward.

Shark_13 04-22-2013 09:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Bet (Post 3670045)

That doesn't make my seat come up, only flip forward.

The one to tumble is under, reach from the front, there is a flat handle to push down.

SAABseanSCANIA 04-24-2013 06:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bet (Post 3667978)
The speaker wire is actually sliced, I found it infront of the fuse panel, behind the glove box. I'm going to be buying a new headunit because I want to plug my iPhone in - so I need to figure out the sound bar as well, because that isn't hooked up either.



There's some spots where you can see that the paint isn't smooth by any means, but I can't chip it off or put my finger through it - think I should grind if off where its bad, use some Rust Bullet and go from there?

As for the inside of the frame, I was thinking about washing it out, letting it dry and then using some Eastwood Inner Rust Coat or whatever it's called.

for ME, I grind through and eat the rust up before it can grow, but I'm also in New England and rust is terrible.

I'm not familiar with the Eastwood stuff but it probably is a converter of sorts: which is just a formulation of phosphoric acid that converts iron oxide (rust) to magnetite, which is coatable. I've actually flushed my frame with it and water, to at least SLOW the oxidation process.


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