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willpgivens 06-04-2013 12:31 PM

Buying First TJ
 
I'm new to the form and new to the jeep world as well. I'm 17 and have been saving for a jeep for 2.5 years and finally have enough. I went test driving yesterday and drove an 06 with the half doors and soft windows. I liked everything but I felt like the windshield and visibility were very disabling. Felt like I had about 10 blind spots. Is this something that you just have to deal with? I plan on buying one with full doors so I was wondering if that increases visibility as you don't have all the fabric around the windows. Would raising the seat ease this issue? What about taking the top/doors off?

Like I said, I'm very new to all of this and would appreciate all the help I can get. Do not want to sink all my money into a jeep and not be able to see the road.

Thanks!

DocterWrangler 06-04-2013 12:34 PM

When we first got our jeep I felt the sane way. You get used to it easily. I have tinted soft windows and full doors. And having the top down you can see everything, almost no blind spots.

cerberus 06-04-2013 09:26 PM

I also have the full doors and soft top with tinted windows.
I have never felt that the visibility was a problem.

mrpotatohead 06-04-2013 09:34 PM

I've found that it never hurts to take a quick glance over your shoulder when changing lanes. There have been a couple Fiats and motorcycles get lost in the rear blind spots that I could have taken out if I had just used my mirrors. It goes without saying that your mirrors should be adjusted properly but I change seating positions regularly.

MarkGLHS 06-05-2013 04:20 AM

your question on visibility is a tough one to answer as it is all relative. the visibility out of a typical wrangler is better than many vehicles (for example, a Camaro) but not as good as others. If you are coming from a vehicle with excellent all-around visibility and want to retain that benefit then maybe a wrangler isn't a good choice for you.

there are millions of wranglers out there operating safely with good drivers who manage the blind spots, just like lots of other vehicles that do not have ideal visibility. if you are a good driver, you'll be fine in a wrangler.

Palmers2000tj 06-05-2013 08:38 AM

Not to change the subject but if your going to be taking the top off alot you might want to think about the half doors! I love mine and I think it gives the jeep a sleeker look. Unless your going to pull the doors off all the time or buy aftermarket!

Capt. Morgan 06-05-2013 09:02 AM

The one thing that was on mine when I bought it was in the lower outside corners, the previous owner placed small round convex mirrors. This really helped the blind spots near the rear quarters on my LJ. Aside from that little bit in the rears, visibility is great out of it, even running a lift, 33's, and tinted soft and hard windows.

THE JAMMER 06-05-2013 01:40 PM

Capt Morgan. Love your sign off. What caliber would that pile of brass be??

Jaminjer 06-05-2013 04:25 PM

raising the seats approx 1" helps seeing over the hood and steering wheel better.

mrpotatohead 06-05-2013 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Jaminjer (Post 3829067)
raising the seats approx 1" helps seeing over the hood and steering wheel better.

I've seen several people do this on here. How tall are you guys that you need to raise the seat? My fiance is 5'2" and drove my TJ the entire time I was on deployment without problems

kshaws21 06-05-2013 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by mrpotatohead (Post 3829383)

I've seen several people do this on here. How tall are you guys that you need to raise the seat? My fiance is 5'2" and drove my TJ the entire time I was on deployment without problems

I wonder the same thing. Can't see how in the world the seat isn't high enough for anyone.

n00g7 06-05-2013 06:24 PM

With full doors visibility is great.

JAK 06-05-2013 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DocterWrangler (Post 3824637)
When we first got our jeep I felt the sane way. You get used to it easily. I have tinted soft windows and full doors. And having the top down you can see everything, almost no blind spots.

I second all this. The wavey soft widows threw me for a loop for a while in my 97 TJ with half doors. After a few hours driving it you'll get used to the windows and the blind spots arn't bad if you set your mirrors right. And of course looking over your sholder before changing lanes is always a good idea.

SurfKaster 06-05-2013 06:38 PM

Of all the vehicles I've driven the Jeep gives about the most panoramic view of all. Full doors/half doors, soft top/hardtop you're still driving a tiny box. I find it hard to find more than 3 blinds spots with no side mirrors.

monkeee2002 06-05-2013 07:14 PM

The best way to deal with those pesky blind spots in a TJ is:

PUT THE TOP & DOORS IN THE GARAGE.

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