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keginthecloset 03-14-2009 11:21 PM

Newbie Questions

Not a present Jeep owner but hope to be within a year or so. I love them. Have some questions I have wondered about. This seems like the best place to have them answered.

Live in Indiana and I have to deal with cold winters. Do soft top jeeps stay warm? I heared they do but i'm looking for more than one person's opinion.

One thing I really think i'd want to do is put a diesel engine in it. What are your thoughts on this? I am a big fan os diesel powered vehicles and would be willing to spend the extra dollars to make a diesel powered jeep. What diesel engine would you recommond in a jeep? How much do you think it would cost?

Main reasons for wanting a diesel is improved MPG and the fact that they last longer.

Any other general suggestions you would give to a first time jeep owner?

Thanks in advance to anyone with advice.

G-Pur 03-15-2009 07:49 AM

I live in the Boston area, and yes the tops do stay warm. Sorry, can't tell you about the diesels though.

jgano23 03-15-2009 08:58 AM

the soft tops stay just as warm as the hard tops in the winter. i can't answer you questions about the diesel, but i do know that there are some guys who have done that swap. you can do a search for the threads and possibly get some answers there too.

jgano23 03-15-2009 09:02 AM

i did a thread title search for diesel and there are what came up:

hope this helps.

Lancem 03-15-2009 09:07 AM

where you at in Indiana??

jpdocdave 03-15-2009 09:13 AM

reevesdieselyj is the man on this one. he's not here much though. cummins 4bt is the engine.

keginthecloset 03-15-2009 09:55 AM


Originally Posted by Lancem (Post 339105)
where you at in Indiana??

Somewhat close to Ligonier. Just south of Fort Wayne in Decatur.

Thanks for the replys. I will defiantly be checking out the links and other threads.

keginthecloset 03-15-2009 10:48 AM

Here is another thing I don't know of.

Who would you take it to for a diesel conversion? I would not do it myself but I don't know who I would take it to.

Also what do you guys think of manual diesels in a Jeep? That is defiantly what I would want but I think it might be hard to come by. IDK.

Coyote_94YJ 03-15-2009 11:16 AM

Not really. There are a lot of people swapping diesels into their rigs with manual transmission. You can get adapters to go from the 4bt to just about anything. I prefer manuals over autos, and when I do my Cummins swap, I'll be running a manual transmission or 2.

MoA 03-15-2009 05:36 PM

im from kokomo and i have no problems in the winter with my softtop.. but ive only ran it like once or twice in the winter with the softtop.. mainly bc my mom broke my back window to my hardtop.. either way the heaters in the jeeps are AMAZING..

EMS 34 20 03-15-2009 08:25 PM

I upgraded to the Sailcloth Replace-a-top Huge improvement over stock. Had it for 2 winters and love it.

buckshot500 03-30-2009 09:51 PM

My 1990 YJ had almost no heat, until today.
I found out about a better blower motor from a chevy truck. Turns out autozone lists the same unit for the YJ replacement part # PM102. $19.99

( If you do this mod, be very careful with the heater core. Cut the hoses of the core, don't try to loosen them!)

This motor is larger in diameter, & needs the firewall hole enlarged a little.

Easy to do, only took me 1-1/2 hours.

The YJ's came with such a wimpy blower, that this must be what you are hearing about cold jeeps.

lalalaurena 04-03-2009 11:40 PM

I don't think there is any difference either. Mine came with both soft and hard top and i sold my hardtop about a year after i got it. So much easier just being able to drop the top whenever you feel :o)

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