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Old 05-10-2010, 10:15 PM
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Got my first Wrangler! Now what?

I purchased my first wrangler this week. It is a 2006 Golden Eagle. Its in really good shape, but needs a few things. I am looking for advice on what I am going to need for this summer.

First, it is a Soft Top. I am a busy guy in the summer and when I have time off Id like to use it the best I can. So putting the top up/down seems like its gonna waste a lot of my free time. I am looking for some suggestions and ideas for what to do. So far all I have come up with is this top from Bestop.

Trail Covers, All Weather - Tops and Accessories for Jeep & GM, Ford, Dodge Trucks by Bestop

I just dont know how good it is, or how practical? Will it take just as much time as putting the bestop on as it would putting my soft top up?

Second, the doors are coming off. Not sure what to do about the dome light. So far this seems to be the cheapest solution, any thoughts?

No Doors EE001 - Dome Light Switch Clips for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

Third, need an Ipod adapter. I tried plugging my belkin into the cigarette lighter, but when I shift I smash my hand into it, so I need an alternative. This is what I have found so far. Anyone have it and like/dislike it?

Quadratec Exclusive JW-AUX-IN - Auxiliary Audio Input Adapter Kit for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

Fourth, the GOlden Eagle comes with some extra speakers above the drivers and passengers heads. I know most wranglers can take rain without any problems, but I am worried about these speakers being exposed. ANyone have any idead about covering them up or should I just leave them alone?

Fifth, one of the Factory fog lights fell off. Need a new set of fog lights but I m not sure what the best brand is. I always thought it was Piaa but Im not sure anymore.


Thanks in advance for the help. Like I said before, I am new to this so bare with me.

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Trail Covers: These are handy if you are going to leave your top down overnight. Keeps, dew, rain showers and animals out. Once you get the hang of it, takes about 5 minutes to put on and a couple minutes to take off. I have one.

Dome light: I believe your Owner Manual will tell you what fuse to remove.

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Trail cover looks good. Was mentioned that it takes 5 mins to put on...I'd go with regular top...I can get mine on in 5-7 mins or so. That or a nice tarp works as well

Dome light: I pulled my fuse like 6 or 7 years ago and have never missed it. Have considered (briefly) getting (or making) something like: this. Kinda pricy...you could pick up the pieces at your local auto parts store for around $5 or so.

iPod adapter? So far I've had pretty good luck with one of those Belkin ones that transmits to FM channels. And the buddies that I trail with enjoy getting free music too

Rain on speakers? You'll probly be ok. Got 3" of rain in my TJ once and nothing shorted out. Of course the ride home was a little...uhm, squishy?

Fog lights? Don't know what your budget is, but recently picked up a pair of these. Easy to install and super bright.

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First, it is a Soft Top. I am a busy guy in the summer and when I have time off Id like to use it the best I can. So putting the top up/down seems like its gonna waste a lot of my free time. I am looking for some suggestions and ideas for what to do.
Honestly, once you do it a few times it shouldn't take you long at all. I can put my doors (they are the full steel ones) and soft top back on in under 10 minutes. After reading some suggestions on here, I cut off the door bolts (the threaded part below the actual hinge pin) and sanded/cleaned/greased the hinge pins so the doors come on and off easily. The top was frustrating at first, but after figuring out the correct way to do it, it's quick and easy.

That being said, I wouldn't mind picking up a trail cover myself. Closing it all back up in the dark is kind of a pain, but I don't want to leave it open for all the neighborhood creatures to inhabit (and they would).
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Forget all that stuff...put all your money in the middle of the driveway and set the it on fire...Unless your married in which case you will need to drag the spouse out in the front yard and hold them down before you set the money on fire. Good luck and post some pictures....of the Jeep, not the fire.
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i think the dome lights switch clips are cheap and easy to use. i used to remove the fuse in the past but its much more of a hassle.

for fog lights, i use these: IPF 968CSG - IPF 968 Driving Lights - Quadratec
they are a bit on the pricey side, and i think they're not even "real" fog lights, but they're very bright and also help illuminate the street. in fact, i almost don't need high beam when i have them on. plus, they look good.

forget quadratec for iPod/iPhone accessory shopping. they're no car electronic experts. the aux kit may be a doable solution, but i'd suggest you upgrade your headunit to an alpine or something with USB and iPod/iPhone integration. much better sound quality than via mini jack.

as for device holders, check out Brodit.se. their website is a PITA, but the products are the best by far. search for jeep wrangler in the car selector and it gives you 4 choices. i've had the angled mount for far more than a year and it's perfect (for my iPhone).
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Bestop Trail covers are the bomb! Takes 2 minutes to button it up for the night. Way faster and easier than putting up the top and windows. Works great! Highly recommend one.

Soft top takes 5 minutes up/down when you get used to it.

Check the manual, it's either fuse #4 or #10, I think for the dome light, or the clip things work too.

No clue about the speakers, are you saying there are 4 speakers in the sound bar? Anyway, they should be fine.

Congrats on the Jeep, we definitely need pics! Don't forget to wave!
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That being said, I wouldn't mind picking up a trail cover myself. Closing it all back up in the dark is kind of a pain, but I don't want to leave it open for all the neighborhood creatures to inhabit (and they would).
That's not being very friendly to the racoons, stray cats and crows.

It's just held in place by 6 elastic straps and velcro (at the mirrors). Once you get use to it and know which end goes where, starting with the windshield cover portion, it goes on tickety boo and is fairly tight fitting too. I recommend it for overnight convenience/security. No zippering required.
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ditto on the trail cover, had mine forever and love it!!
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So my plan was to take the most popular answers and use those to make my decisions. It looks like this is what I should do:


1. I am going to go with the all weather Bestop cover. Sounds like putting the top up isnt a big deal, but my doors most likely will be stored elsewhere. I dont want to have to go get them every time and the all weather top sounds like the best option.

2. The clips sound like cheapest option and I found them on ebay for 6.99. If they become a problem or fall off then removing the fuse will be next.

3. Not going to get that adapter for the ipod. Gonna look for another Belkin that plugs into the cigarette lighter, but can be put in the cup holder or elsewhere. Less money and less hassle.

4. I still dont know about the speakers. I mean its a wrangler so I thought everything in it was suppose to be waterproof, but like I said, they sit above the driver and passenger facing downward. No water can get in, but it makes me a little nervous.

5. Good suggestions for the fog lights. My question is: will they fit the pre existing holes from the factory fog lights? Might need to start a new thread to get this answered.

Thanks for the help again


PS What is the "Wave"?
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whenever you pass (or are in general eyesight of) another Jeep you wave and scream at them!

this is me in my drivers seat

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"WHOOOOHOOOOO"

*other driver smiles politely, gives a little wave, and speeds away as fast as they can
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*GASP*

In short, you are now part of an elite group of people -- you were smart enough to get a Jeep

Jeepers are required(!) to wave to each other. Even if it is a simple single finger (not that one) acknowledgement, you gotta do it...and return it if presented to you.

It is a time honored salute that has been around for decades.

Search around...you'll find a ton of articles on it

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Dude, removing the fuse for your dome light is wayyyy easy........and the cheapest.....cause its FREE!!
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*GASP*

In short, you are now part of an elite group of people -- you were smart enough to get a Jeep

Jeepers are required(!) to wave to each other. Even if it is a simple single finger (not that one) acknowledgement, you gotta do it...and return it if presented to you.

It is a time honored salute that has been around for decades.

Search around...you'll find a ton of articles on it

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question: do you guys in the US wave at ALL jeeps or only at the wranglers, like here in europe? and does everybody actually do it or is it more of an insider sort of thing? do you always get the wave back?
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I only wave at other wranglers... and not everyone knows about it, obviously. but i think it should be in the driver's manual or something, because I get some strange stares from JK owners... no offense to anyone, but everyone else seems to have the wave down pat. so, no I dont ALWAYS get the wave back, but you can tell by who you wave to whether or not you have a chance to get it back... *cough cough* south florida JK owners *cough cough*
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I only wave to Wranglers. One time an XJ waved at me, so I swerved at him and ran him off the road. I sure taught him a lesson about the Jeep wave!... haha, ok I'm just kidding! I on;y notice wranglers doing the wave, but i have seen lifted XJ guys waving too. I will wave at anyone who waves back! haha
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question: do you guys in the US wave at ALL jeeps or only at the wranglers, like here in europe? and does everybody actually do it or is it more of an insider sort of thing? do you always get the wave back?
Suppose it depends on who you ask. I typically only wave at other Wranglers. I've tried Liberty / Compass / Patriot / etc, but only get strange looks in return.

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I only wave at other wranglers... and not everyone knows about it, obviously. but i think it should be in the driver's manual or something, because I get some strange stares from JK owners... no offense to anyone, but everyone else seems to have the wave down pat. so, no I dont ALWAYS get the wave back, but you can tell by who you wave to whether or not you have a chance to get it back... *cough cough* south florida JK owners *cough cough*
As to JK's I dunno. I'm afraid its new size opened a new level of 'soccer-mom' vehicles -- at least around here it did.

One theory is to wave at the rig, not necessarily at the driver.

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