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Old 01-26-2012, 08:55 PM
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Hello from Sinking Spring, PA!!!

Hello all!

Just joined the forum...seeking knowledge and wisdom from my fellow Jeepers!

I am a long-time Jeep driver - got my first used CJ when I turned 16, and have been hooked ever since. Funny story with that, actually. As you can imagine, my parents weren't too keen on the whole Jeep thing, but my Grandma said "Just let him get it, and he'll outgrow it soon enough." Ironically, that was the only thing that Grandma (God rest her Soul) ever got wrong. In fact, I still love my Jeep as much today as ever. "Go anywhere, do anything. Jeep." Yep, still holds true 30 years later!

So, I'm one of those Jeepers that's embraced the years of change and evolution. Here's a list of my Jeeps to date:

1978 CJ-7 Golden Eagle, Stock with an 8-cyl and 3-speed. Bought it used. Awesome vehicle...wish I still had it! Will always be my favorite - it was virually indestructible!
1985 CJ-7 Renegade, 6-cyl and auto. Bought it used. This one had a 2.5" lift, winch, bumpers, grill guard, and saw a lot of off-roading, including a tour in Germany courtesy of the US Army. Good vehicle, but it cost me a lot to maintain.
1987 Wrangler Sahara, 6-cyl and auto. Beautiful vehicle, bought it from my Brother. Great vehicle, but those square headlights just didn't seem right. Perhaps a little too nice for wheelin'.
1997 Wrangler Sahara, 6-cyl and auto. My first brand new Jeep. The TJs were a great improvement all around. Unfortunately, I had to sell it.
2000 Wrangler Sport, 6-cyl and 5-speed. My second new Jeep. It was a dandy - I really liked the Solar Yellow body color with all the black trim and other accessories. Sold it only after the odometer turned 120k...time for a new one!
2010 Wrangler JK Sport, 6-cyl and auto. My first JK; custom ordered with 1/2-doors and other options. I really like the improvements and refinements, but it does have a few nagging problems. Great vehicle so far, though. I would have to say that it has probably the best 4WD system of any Jeep to date (IMHO).

I continue to use my Jeep as a daily driver, but I also love to take it offroad as well. My JK has an ARB front bumper, MOPAR rock rails, and a Pure Jeep rear bumper for armor. An OME 2" lift is waiting in my living room for installation (too cold in the garage right now). Then it'll be time for some bigger tires and some new adventures!

So that's my history with Jeep. Still love 'em after all this time. As we all know, they are "rough around the edges," but there is nothing in world like a Jeep, right?
If you've ever interested in any advice or assistance with the older Jeeps, please let me know! I used to do all my own work and modications, so I know CJs and TJs really well!

I hope to see you on the trail sometime!



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Welcome. I wheel with a couple of other JK owners from the Sinking Spring area, I'm about an hour south of you. Maybe we'll see you at Rausch sometime.
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Hello again! Wow! Thanks for all the "Welcomes!"...it sure is cool to be part of the Jeep community!

-->@Jeepin Dad: Perhaps we will see you sometime at Rausch Creek! I was just there for the first time last fall, and it was a blast! What a great place for wheelin'!! I was a little apprehensive at first because I was fearful that they might have a ton of stupid CYA rules...but that was not the case. As it turned out, they were 'real' trails with something for everyone, in terms of both skill level and vehicle modifications.

I hadn't been real wheelin' in a long, long time, and that trip to RC really re-invigorated my interest. My wife loved it so much that she got me an OME lift kit for Christmas! Go Wife!!! So, we're definitely going to be back there this year!

Funny thing...when we got there, all the other vehicle in our group had lift kits...our one friend had a JK with a 2", his buddy had a Toyota P/U with a 3" and the guide had a 4" YJ. Impressively enough, my stock JK did everything they did (except for a couple of things the guide tried...he had this passion for crazy rock formations). Fortunately, my bumpers and rock rails provided the much needed armor, but my undercarriage got banged around pretty good...there's a nice big dent in my muffler and one on the fuel tank skid plate, but otherwise the JK held its own quite nicely. A small lift and some bigger tires will make things even more fun, though! We all had a blast that day for sure, though!

So, hopefully we'll see you there one of these days!

Thanks again to the group! Take care!


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