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Old 04-25-2006, 01:06 AM
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My First Jeep

What's up everybody.. I'm a newbie here

I'm a teenager and I just got my first car -- none other than a YJ Wrangler. Actually it's not in my possesion yet, I should be getting it tomorrow. Anyway, I had a few questions.

My dad picked out this car for me, even though I had been looking around and found some really nice Wranglers. When I first saw it, I was a bit disappointed because I felt it was run-down and not of high quality. It is a white '94 wrangler with a black soft top. It has...... 180,000 miles Is this alot, or is it just me? Will it hold out and perform well in the next couple of years?

It's very basic right now and I really want to modify it to spice it up a little. I was going to start off with getting new seat covers, a new steering wheel, a new shifter knob, as well as a center dash console (it doesn't have one!) Any tips or ideas on ways to make it more confortable and/or look cooler? I will repost in this thread when I get it tomorrow and let you guys know how it drives.

Until then, peace out

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I started myself out with an 1987.... It was only $300. Then i needed to put a $350 in it for a carb. Now I'am looking for a replacement window....

Jeep= just empty every pocket.

Drive it and have fun!

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Hey Kevin congrats on the Jeep being your first vehicle. I just gotta tell ya though, you didn't get a "car" you got a "JEEP". Cars are for girls (except you Kat ).

And with the appropriate maintenance your YJ should definitely last you a few years. Just take care of it and fix what's needed and it won't let you down. There's all kinds of ways to make it look cooler hell lift it 6 inches and put 35's under it and it will look pretty damn cool if you ask me.

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Old 04-25-2006, 04:49 PM   #4
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Welcome Kevin

Trust me, many of us wish we got a Jeep for our first vehicle.
Even one that isn't much of a looker is cool. Given a little time and $$$, you'll have it how you want it.

Congratulations....show us some pics when you get it
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Congrats on the new JEEP. Like everyone else said a little time and money and your jeep will last a while.
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Congrats on the new Jeep. Not only a YJ, white, 1994, and a black soft top. I own the twin! A lot less miles (66,000) but none-the-less what a great selection. I've had my about a year now. Paid $7500 but have probably dumped/pumped another $4k into it and loved every minute.
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What's up everybody.. I'm a newbie here

I'm a teenager and I just got my first car -- none other than a YJ Wrangler. Actually it's not in my possesion yet, I should be getting it tomorrow. Anyway, I had a few questions.

My dad picked out this car for me, even though I had been looking around and found some really nice Wranglers. When I first saw it, I was a bit disappointed because I felt it was run-down and not of high quality. It is a white '94 wrangler with a black soft top. It has...... 180,000 miles Is this alot, or is it just me? Will it hold out and perform well in the next couple of years?

It's very basic right now and I really want to modify it to spice it up a little. I was going to start off with getting new seat covers, a new steering wheel, a new shifter knob, as well as a center dash console (it doesn't have one!) Any tips or ideas on ways to make it more confortable and/or look cooler? I will repost in this thread when I get it tomorrow and let you guys know how it drives.

Until then, peace out

Kevin

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1. When the folks hand you the keys to any car used or new, rejoice. Don't be disappointed. They are giving you a new level of explicit trust.
2. My first car was a 79 Jeep CJ-7. It made such an impression on me that my second car was a Jeep CJ-7, and 15 years later and after going through a series of non-descript blah cars, I got myself an 89 Jeep Wrangler and they will have to pry my cold dead fingers from the steering wheel this time. In fact my wife's car is an 03 Liberty so we are an all Jeep family. Point being there is something special about Jeeps that gets in your blood if you let it.
3. Regardless of the mileage, a Jeep is a Jeep. I just dropped a second engine into said 89 Wrangler with new Weber carb. Goin for a tranny rebuild next.
4. Go to JcWhitney's website. They have a special section just for Jeeps. Seat covers and such are easy but Stainless steel or powder coat trimmings are da bomb. That first CJ I had was all pimped out at least for 1986 it was.
5. Spend you money first on engine maintenance and performance. The bling comes later when the thing is running great. In fact it was always cooler to show off the performance hidden under the junky exterior...
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:02 AM
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Well I just got my jeep. I love it so much more than when I first saw it... it must be because it's sitting on my driveway this time. I took a few pictures and I'll upload them sometime soon.

Anyway, can somebody here with a YJ answer this question:

What size are the speakers that are on the left (of the steering wheel) and right? Has anybody here replaced those? If so, was it difficult?

If it's too much of a hassle I'll just add a soundbar and fade the sound to the back speakers since my current speakers sound horrible with the bass setting set at anything higher than -2.

I think there are a few problems with the ignition, more specifically the locking system that allows you to take the key out (I only got the car about an hour ago, so I'm still messing around with it)

Also, I need to replace one of the sun visors and the passenger side soft top window. Are these replacements difficult? I'm guessing the sun visor one is easy..

Thanks in advance guys, and thanks for the warm welcome.

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That thing is nice! And you were worried? The speakers are pretty small. 4" I think. You do have lots of options in that department. If you are planning on spending a lot of time topless though, look for speakers that are weather resistant and make sure you secure them well. Don't know what kind of area you will be driving in but I've lost more speakers....

If you can get it keyed the same you may just want to replace the ignition cylinder.
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First ride

I wish my first vehicle looked that good. You have plenty of options with a ride like that. Much more than if you had been given an old Honda Civic, or Accord.........you should be tickled pink with that ride.!!!!!!!
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The YJ looks great. Looks like someone cared for it! Not sure about the dash speakers, I went the sound bar route and then added a set of Tuffy Wheel well boxes with 6x9's as well.

Visors are easy just a couple screws. There's a ton of aftermarket parts for these things. Biggest problem I've had is the da**!!%%**###+# torx fasteners.

Off to a great start! Wish my first car had been that clean (Grandma's 1966 Dodge Coronet white with gold roof)!
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Old 04-26-2006, 10:57 AM   #12
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Whoa! That's a *fine* looking YJ. You'll have a blast with it.
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Old 04-26-2006, 03:34 PM   #13
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WOW it looks great.....
I'm glad you're feeling better about it
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Old 04-26-2006, 05:07 PM   #14
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Those speakers are easy to change... if your a contortionist. They are the biggest pain to get into of any I have ever seen.

Replacing your ignition is very easy.

Anyway, very nice YJ.
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you need to give quadratec a call at 1-800-745-5337 lut them know what jeep you have and your address and they will send you a catalog. great company! love it and have fun man!
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Old 04-26-2006, 11:47 PM
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Thanks everybody!

I literally drove my jeep for 5 hours today.. just got home from school and bam, hit the road all day. I have such a headache... but I'm happy to say I almost have the manual trans down. I still stall here and there but for the most part I drive the beast smoothly.

I'm looking into adding a soundbar but wouldn't it be really easy to steal since I have the soft top? Anyway, I'll update you guys with my progress.. Later!
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Welcome to WF....and dang that is a nice looking YJ......ESPECIALLY for your first vehicle.

You'll have tons of fun in that thing.
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Hi, i have altso bought a jeep for my first car.
Mine is a 88 wrangler laredo with the 2.5l, My tbi "carb" is the fuel pressure regulator house broken and the rest of it is in bad shape. I have heard you can buy the weber carb to the jeep. but do i have to rebuild anything or is it just bolt on? I live in Norway and i hve problem with gettin parts here, if you can put with some links it would be great!
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your heep looks good. the front speakers are 4x6 and they are a pain i took my dash completly apart when i replaced mine
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Welcome from Central IL nice YJ also it's not a car it's a JEEP

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Old 01-25-2010, 04:20 PM   #22
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I have a white '93 YJ that looks about like yours. Nice and clean. I make it my standard practice to go thru any new vehicle and do a complete tune up and all fluid changes. When you have it running nice, then start with the add-ons and accessories. Quadratec will be in your favorites soon if not already.

Congrats, nice Jeep.
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Thank is a killer clean JEEP .
Welcome to the JEEP thing .
Your gonna love it and so will the girls when the top is down and the temps are up , so be ready to make some more friends ( a Jeep plus ).

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Old 01-25-2010, 07:31 PM   #24
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DDAAMMNN for the miles that is a really clean jeep. shoot mine is a 94 and it only has 60k miles on it and your's "Almost" looks better :P haha
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Wow! I wonder where this kid is at now. I don't know if anyone noticed; but the post is almost 3years old. I'd love to see the Jeep now.
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Hahahahahahahahahahahah !!!!!!!!! Wow i didnt even notice how old this was till just now!!!!!!! Wow thats pretty funny!

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