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Old 08-27-2018, 04:33 PM
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Hey y'all! This is barely my second post on this forum, and it's super dope to have a community where I can find tips and tricks from. Last time I posted, I was merely contemplating purchasing a Jeep; but as of today it's been about a month and a half since I've bought my Jeep. I named her Athena (lol) and she's a 2007 Wrangler.

I'm only 24 and I work for a tech company so my income is great for a single woman my age, HOWEVER I am trying really hard to start budgeting so I can start modifying the Jeep. Since she's used, there's some changes I want to make that are necessary before I get into the cosmetic stuff that isn't technical; i.e. the windows have zero tint, so I need to tint them, the headlights are still stock and I'd like brighter ones.

Issue is, I'm not a "car person": i AM however, a learning person so I've been reading up on cars, highlighting and reviewing the entire car manual, subscribing to helpful YouTube videos and etc. but even then, ideally I'd love to have a tangible person walking me through the basics to tell me through their expertise what they think of the Jeep - so since that's not happening, this forum is the next best thing.

Right now my main concern is the tint, along with the fact that the Jeep has no carpet. I know that's ideal for ruggedness and off-roading, however although I live in Texas and DO want to take her off-roading, on a daily practical basis i won't be doing that, so I feel like adding in carpet will be best. Also, if anyone has experience with non-carpeted Jeeps can you fill me in; I know carpeting helps insulate air conditioning and etc., but when it rains, water puddles ever so slightly at the base of the foot space, and when it's hot (aka everyday in southwest texas lol) the floor is so hot if I'm driving in leather sandals or something with a thin sole you can totally feel it. On top of that it's just so hot inside; I know this isn't a vehicle for luxury, I'm totally cool with that and I love her so much as of now, but I feel like the air conditioning would go a longer way if I got carpet to help insulate?? Am I right, or is there something else?

I also want to change the headlights out but I don't know where to start with product purchasing. I know Quadratec is HUGE with Jeep owners but I was wondering if anyone had any reliable YouTube videos that could be of help to me, or links to reliable products you guys own. This can include Jeep specific things, or other tools like jumper cables, tire pressure meters, and basic car tool kits. Keeping in mind this is my first car and I'm a little anal about having my bases covered, I'd appreciate any tips and tricks or help!!

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Being a Texan who has had a jeep without carpet...get carpet. If you’re in the metroplex or any larger area search for local jeep clubs. It’s highly likely someone has their stock carpet for sale. (While it’s out I personally would throw down some dynamat or similar.). Also Look at eBay for used if you’re on a budget. Other options are new. And if you have the change it would likely be worth it.


Tint. Get 20% on the back and rear sides. Front two sides can’t be more than some strange number which basically means go to your local tint shop and say “make it as dark as legal.” I don’t like darker than 20% on rear as it makes it impossible to see at night.

Headlights. There are about 15 options. Go LED. I was happy with the “trucklites” on my last TJ. IM even more happy with the OEM LEDs on my 17 JKRHR. many many options.

Tire gauge. I like accurate and affordable. “Accutire digital tire pressure gauge” on amazon.

Jumper cables: I would look at the small battery jump boxes instead. No second vehicle needed.

Look and make sure the previous owner didn’t steal the OEM jack and tire tool (and if the jeep has keyed lugnuts, do you have the key). Both of my used jeeps were missing the jack and tire tool.

A small air compressor can be a day saver (yes even a cheapo from autozone) if you have a slow leak that snuck up on you.



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Carpet will definitely help with insulation. I run doorless most of the summer so my carpet gets pulled when the doors come off to keep it from getting wet in the rain, but I put it back in for the winter. When I have the carpet out I use a set of cheap rubber floor mats for the driver and passenger foot wells, and even those help a lot with blocking engine heat. I don’t have personal experience with either product, but if you’re adding carpet look up reviews on bedrug and bedtred.
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Carpet will definitely help. I would also go to the tint shop and ask them for whatever is legal. Not sure about headlights, I think the stockers are fine so I didn't change them.

Jumper cables/boost box, tire repair kit and inflator/air compressor, flashlight,work gloves, tow or snatch strap, and water are about the minimum I run with. Also make sure you have the jack/tire iron and make sure they work. I've run into a few used vehicles that were missing them or someone had the car roll off the jack and bent it.

As for mods, take your time and make sure you are sure you need them. Nothing goofier looking than a Jeep that looks like someone just said "I'll take one of everything" and bolted it on. Run away from any list of "must have mods." Base the mods on your specific needs.

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I don't have lots.of specific jeep as ice except to say that the folks on the forum are the best and always willing to help out with good advice.

As for jumper cables, get the longest largest wire size you can afford. Do not be cheap on this. Under $100 will get you peace of mind and a very good quality set of cables.

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Go through the Jeep and check torque/tighten all the bolts...for some reason , my 07 JKU rubicon has lots of loose bolts. Even the windshield bolts fall out and hit my knee while driving wash board roads. If loose, back them all the way out, apply blue loctite and retorque....


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Welcome! Jeeps are a whole lotta fun, enjoy
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Congrats on the new Jeep!

For headlights, if you don't want to break the bank, I suggest Quadratec Gen II LED headlights. Basically the same as Truck Lite LEDs but slightly cheaper in price. I've had them for over a year now and LOVE them. Super bright, the output shines far and evenly. No "hot spots." Low beams have crisp cutoff line. Worth every penny! Apparently the "Gen I" versions weren't great, but the Gen II's have been perfect. OEM 2017+ LED headlights are awesome as well, just pricey.

As for the interior heat situation- You are correct about carpets helping retain the cold. Quadratec has carpet. BedRug brand floor liners seems popular by members of the forum. Or check out a site called Stockinteriors dot com.

I personally always do 20% tint on all windows except windshield. Helps reduce heat, and gives you privacy without being too dark. If you have it done professionally, they usually have different grades from low to higher quality. It's worth it to get the good stuff.
You may want to also look into a headliner if you have a hardtop. Not necessary. My Jeep came with the OEM ones, I only noticed they did anything once I rode in a Jeep with no headliners. Again, Quadratec has them lol.
-Some carpeting & tint will for sure be the main ingredients to retaining the cold-

Do you know where the water is entering the interior from? Doors? Roof?

Some helpful YouTube channels for installation videos, etc:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiC...mudXP-Q/videos

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEE...XNbWvRw/videos

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I appreciate the help!! thank you!!
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Congrats on the new Jeep!

For headlights, if you don't want to break the bank, I suggest Quadratec Gen II LED headlights. Basically the same as Truck Lite LEDs but slightly cheaper in price. I've had them for over a year now and LOVE them. Super bright, the output shines far and evenly. No "hot spots." Low beams have crisp cutoff line. Worth every penny! Apparently the "Gen I" versions weren't great, but the Gen II's have been perfect. OEM 2017+ LED headlights are awesome as well, just pricey.

As for the interior heat situation- You are correct about carpets helping retain the cold. Quadratec has carpet. BedRug brand floor liners seems popular by members of the forum. Or check out a site called Stockinteriors dot com.

I personally always do 20% tint on all windows except windshield. Helps reduce heat, and gives you privacy without being too dark. If you have it done professionally, they usually have different grades from low to higher quality. It's worth it to get the good stuff.
You may want to also look into a headliner if you have a hardtop. Not necessary. My Jeep came with the OEM ones, I only noticed they did anything once I rode in a Jeep with no headliners. Again, Quadratec has them lol.
-Some carpeting & tint will for sure be the main ingredients to retaining the cold-

Do you know where the water is entering the interior from? Doors? Roof?

Some helpful YouTube channels for installation videos, etc:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiC...mudXP-Q/videos

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@mx1791 I actually don't know where it was coming from since I don't drive it every single day as of now; nothing else was wet or otherwise humid? So Im going to assume maybe it was the doors. Thanks for help!!
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@WhiskeyRanger thank you for the help!! I absolutely agree. I know especially down in Texas where Jeep culture is really intense with a lot of folks there's people especially my age who have insane Wrangler's with wild lifts and tons of little add-ons and that's awesome that's what they want to do, but when I say "mods" I def mean sensible things like the tint, the lights, I'd also like to buy a new hardtop (that's a whole other topic bc idk if it's even worth it) because this one is beat up at the top (i mean it's 11 years old so what did I expect) but other than that, yeah, I don't see myself investing in things I have no use for cosmetically
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BedRug brand floor liners seems popular by members of the forum.
I pulled my carpet and decided to go with BedRug, rather than deal with the complications of finding a local company to spray in bedliner. The cost to spray out a two door is about the same as a full set of BedRug liners, so I thought it would be a wash.

For me, it was a mistake. They do not even remotely follow the contours of the tub and they collect dirt like it was the primary purpose of the material. I'm going to pull them out, CraigsList them and go back to carpet, until I spray on a liner.
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Go through the Jeep and check torque/tighten all the bolts...for some reason , my 07 JKU rubicon has lots of loose bolts. Even the windshield bolts fall out and hit my knee while driving wash board roads. If loose, back them all the way out, apply blue loctite and retorque....
Shops will offer this as a service, if you lack the time or resources. When I first bought my used JK, I took it to a local shop with a great reputation. They went over every part of the Jeep, tightening and adjust to specifications anything that needed attention. They found loose hub assembly bolts that I had missed in my inspection. A great catch that saved me a lot of heartache, down the road.
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Dont discount Craigslist for a top? I've bought several items for my Jeep from CL up here in the DFW area. There are groups on Facebook that have meet ups and classifieds too. I only know this from my niece and a younger guy here at work, that both own Jeeps.
As far as the floor goes, I'm leaning towards bedtred, the rubberized type. I have a dog that sheds a ton and this will help with hair as well as water when its naked.
I like Quadratech. If you figure out what you want, send Rick a PM and he will hook you up with a forum discount. They have also price matched Amazon and other vendors when I find things cheaper than their discounted rate.
Welcome to the sickness! You will find your Jeep will cost you more in mods than you ever imagined!
Oh, on tint, get the darkest legal. Even a strip across the top of the windshield isn't a bad idea.

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First replace the top and add carpet. Your feet will be happy and your hands will be happy not having to pull out the the channel piece to open the top every time. Any top after 2011 is a dream compared to an '07 original. For lights I would get any of the major LED brands. Makes the stock lights like look like reflected candles. Good luck and enjoy buying some new tools to wrench with.
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Right now my main concern is the tint, along with the fact that the Jeep has no carpet.
Make sure whoever you choose to do your tinting uses a quality film product, such as made by 3M and other well known companies. Do some calling around and asking what products they use. The cheap stuff fails, turns purple, etc.

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You bought a wrangler for your first vehicle?! You're awesome in my book. Glad you are enjoying it.

I pulled my carpet and have no plans to put it back. Have the rubber floor liners and I love it. Do people actually sell their used carpet? I would literally just give away my carpet to someone if they must have it.

Highly recommend a lithium ion jump box over cables. You can jump a battery yourself and takes up even less room than cables. Costs not much more than quality cables too. Basically just a heavy duty phone charger. (And it can charge that too)

12v air compressor can be a savior.

My jeep is an 09 so similar to yours. Other considerations for that year.
Rugged ridge dash multimount on quadratech. Gives you a dash tray, phone mount, and gopro mount all in one and looks like it could be factory.

Your old hood tie downs are probably worn out and may give you hood flutter on windy days. Daystar hood wranglers for $25 fixed mine.

Grab handles so I dont bust my butt getting in and out.

Dash cam cause people be trippin... literally. In front of your vehicle. and then saying you hit them trying to get insurance money.
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I agree with all of the above lol. My first mods were 20% tints and the lights (headlights, and interior dome light). Shortly after, i replaced my rear taillights to IPCW LED lights.

I would get the bolt upgrade kit like this: https://jeep.rebeloffroad.com/Jeep-G...e-g8hw0711.htm it helped with my 08 JK


As always do your research and remember, it is your jeep. Build it the way you like it. Anyway congratulations and enjoy your new Jeep!

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