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Old 08-15-2019, 11:44 PM
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I am 70, and just got around to buying my very first Jeep, a 2015 JKU Sahara with an X package. I think they are incredible machines, and I was totally blown away with all the creature comforts and electronic wizardry. When I started looking for a Jeep, I wasn't even sure they had air conditioning in Wranglers!

Currently located in Salem, Oregon, but we winter in Arizona. I plan on towing the Jeep back and forth with our motorhome. That is actually how I found the forum. I was searching for the answer as to what to do with the key while towing (the answer I found was that steering isn't locked, so it does not need to be in the Jeep).

Initial purchases were floor mats (someone took the ones that came with it), hand grips for the front, and Daystar pieces for the hood latches...which seemed cracked and a bit brittle. I have an insulation package coming tomorrow from Amazon, as I think it will be needed in Arizona!

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Welcome to the forum, and the Jeep club! You came to the right place to learn about them, I started out here like you in late 2017 when I bought my first one and I've learned a lot since then.
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Thanks for the kind welcomes. I got the Mopar insulation package installed, except for the middle piece. My helper was busy, and I figured lowering the speaker bar would be a bit easier with 2 of us.

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I am 70, and just got around to buying my very first Jeep, a 2015 JKU Sahara with an X package. I think they are incredible machines, and I was totally blown away with all the creature comforts and electronic wizardry. When I started looking for a Jeep, I wasn't even sure they had air conditioning in Wranglers!

Currently located in Salem, Oregon, but we winter in Arizona. I plan on towing the Jeep back and forth with our motorhome. That is actually how I found the forum. I was searching for the answer as to what to do with the key while towing (the answer I found was that steering isn't locked, so it does not need to be in the Jeep).

Initial purchases were floor mats (someone took the ones that came with it), hand grips for the front, and Daystar pieces for the hood latches...which seemed cracked and a bit brittle. I have an insulation package coming tomorrow from Amazon, as I think it will be needed in Arizona!

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Welcome to WF! Never too late to start enjoying a Jeep! What insulation package did you purchase?
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Old 08-31-2019, 12:19 AM
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Welcome to WF! Never too late to start enjoying a Jeep! What insulation package did you purchase?
I bought the factory Mopar one from Amazon. Surprised the factory didn't include them. I saw a 2020 Gladiator at the towbar installation place yesterday...no insulation there either.

I installed the Hopkins plug and play taillight wiring today, so the only thing left to tow it is to wire in the disconnect switch (for my old Brake Buddy). I am really loving this thing. My wife commented that her visibility is like her old Suburban. I love being able to see more traffic from a higher view.

I also bought the soft grab bars...but I think I will put them in the back seats and get the metal bars for the front. Lesson learned.
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:39 AM   #12
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I bought the factory Mopar one from Amazon. Surprised the factory didn't include them. I saw a 2020 Gladiator at the towbar installation place yesterday...no insulation there either.

I installed the Hopkins plug and play taillight wiring today, so the only thing left to tow it is to wire in the disconnect switch (for my old Brake Buddy). I am really loving this thing. My wife commented that her visibility is like her old Suburban. I love being able to see more traffic from a higher view.

I also bought the soft grab bars...but I think I will put them in the back seats and get the metal bars for the front. Lesson learned.
I was looking at this STP insulation kit and then tossing carpet out and putting down one of those full tub vinyl liners. Sort of a double insulation / noise reduction method.

I personally got the GraBars. Look a little different mounting wise for a YJ, but they have a rear version as well for 4 door Jeeps

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I personally got the GraBars. Look a little different mounting wise for a YJ, but they have a rear version as well for 4 door Jeeps
I took my front ones off and mounted them in the rear. The bars would be nicer, but I had these and if someone is riding in the back, well, they should be thankful anything is there, right?
I stumbled across the "Cheap JK mods" thread today. I started at the end and am working backwards. I still have 152 pages of posts to go!!
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Welcome, I'm similar to you, turning 70 next month and just got a 16 2 dr wrangler. It's a 75th anniversary in Billet silver. This forum has been a large help getting to know the vehicle.
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Welcome, I'm similar to you, turning 70 next month and just got a 16 2 dr wrangler. It's a 75th anniversary in Billet silver. This forum has been a large help getting to know the vehicle.
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As noted in another post, I found out the previous owners of my Jeep bought it when they were 76 (and sold it at 80)!
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I also bought the soft grab bars...but I think I will put them in the back seats and get the metal bars for the front. Lesson learned.
https://www.northridge4x4.com/part/g...t-grab-handles

I bought these (well, the full set front and rear) and they have been excellent. The Grabars are very popular also, and are made in the USA (which I am all for of course, when it makes sense that is), but you pay for that. For a piece of steel, it was too rich for my blood. These RC handles were a good deal less and I love them so far. As well, many people have bought -super- cheap knockoffs on Amazon and such and have no complaints either. Just my opinion though, you do you! JUST BE SURE NOT TO DROP THE SCREW INTO THE PLASTIC A-PILLAR TRIM/CHANNEL!!!!!!!

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Welcome to the OP. Us old dudes gotta stick together (assuming we aren't too dried out)

I miss my steel GraBars. My JLUR came with grabbers installed as part of the A-pillar. They are nice enough but I used to love shaking my Jeep Dry with the GraBars.

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JUST BE SURE NOT TO DROP THE SCREW INTO THE PLASTIC A-PILLAR TRIM/CHANNEL!!!!!!!

And of course,

LOL. Yes. In the video I watched (just to make sure it would be easy), the guy had dropped one down the passenger side. As a result, I was 10 times more careful as usual with my fumble-fingers.
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LOL. Yes. In the video I watched (just to make sure it would be easy), the guy had dropped one down the passenger side. As a result, I was 10 times more careful as usual with my fumble-fingers.
I used a toilet paper roll and made a "guide tube". Worked great.
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