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This thread is for my 2000 sport edition 4.0l 5spd. I bought it toward the end of last summer with 89k on it. so far I've put about 4500 miles on it with only minimal problems. This is where I am going to be showing off my new upgrades as I go along, and the one's that I have done in the past. All comments/criticism is wanted regardless of if they are good or bad, as I want this thing to turn out good.

Here is a picture taken a week or so after I bought it.


How it sits now with a 2inch BB (Not 100% sure on this though, it came with it), 31" BFG all terrains, and trimmed fender flares.


I will update with new pictures later tonight after I get off from work. Thanks.
 

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Hopefully in the next few weeks i can save up and get 2 12" subs to compliment my kicker mids and highs. after that im going to do a 2.5" rough country lift kit, some nicer wheels, and other little things. I have a uniden cb radio sitting in my garage waiting to be installed I just need some suggestions for a mounting place.

I trimmed my flares because I like the look better. That`s all that matters in the end to me.
 

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Here is my new kicker speakers in the sound bar. I also have the in-dash ones. The sound quality is really good but they definitely need subs to go with them.


This is my JVC head unit and custom Ipod/cell phone dock. I made it out of plexiglass in about 20 minutes. Once the weather warms up I'm going to spray paint it flat black to match the dashboard.


Right now the question is subs or lift. It will take me a while to save up for either of them because I make 25$ a week on average. I think I may need to look for a 2nd job.
 

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Lift. I had those kickers in my Jetta. They were sweet when I had 2 12" in the trunk, but when the subs got stolen :banghead: the speakers lacked bass. I am looking to upgrade sound. Have heard good things about Alpine and Pioneer. What size speakers are running in your dash and sound bar? 4.5" and 5.25" respectively? I could be wrong.
 

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Lift. I had those kickers in my Jetta. They were sweet when I had 2 12" in the trunk, but when the subs got stolen :banghead: the speakers lacked bass. I am looking to upgrade sound. Have heard good things about Alpine and Pioneer. What size speakers are running in your dash and sound bar? 4.5" and 5.25" respectively? I could be wrong.
I'll take your advice.

I just bought the factory replacement ones from Quadratec. They just plugged right in but at first I had no sound. What I did was take them all out again and reinstall them and put new butt connectors in my wiring harness to make sure there was still a good connection. All good for now.
 

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No school today because of a snow day so I just worked on the Jeep.:)

I got both of my pro comp fog lights on, cleaned the inside out a little bit, and started to look for places to mount my cb. Hopefully tomorrow after school I can have that done. So far I'm thinking that I'm going to take the 3 switches for the fog lights, rear defroster, and rear wiper out. Then relocate those in a different place so I could mount the cb in there. That would leave the speaker at the bottom exposed so it would be easier to hear than if it were tucked behind the dash.

Here's some pics just for fun:

Here she is with the new fog lights. I need it to warm up for a day so I can wash all of the salt off of it, I can barely see out of the rear window.


Close up of the passenger side light with the cover on it.
 

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This morning I got up early and went out jeep shopping for a little while. He's looking for a 4cyl TJ for under $5000. PM me if you know of any for sale that fit into those categories.

After stopping for some Dunkin Donuts to get some coffee, we decided to do a quick little trail in my Jeep. It snowed yesterday, so the snow was knee deep. There were a few snowmobile tracks going down the trail, so they pulled me off to the side and I started sliding sideways/backwards, digging myself deeper with every move I made. After 3 and a half hours of jacking it up with the high lift (which is now bent), shoveling out the bottom, and sticking trees underneath, I got it out. I was quite frustrated to say the least.

All jacked up while stuffing the tires with branches.


The first of about 20 spots I got stuck in.


EDIT: My front license plate got ripped off by the deep snow...
 

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I had this thread moved to the TJ forum because of some model specific questions and problems that I have.

1. Earlier today while out to get lunch, I turned on my jeep and it just died. I did this a few times then it started running fine again. I want to know what was wrong and if this will get worse because I use this as a daily driver.

2. Right now I have a NV3550 transmission with a bad 2nd gear syncro. How hard would it be to swap an ax15 tranny into it and upgrade the axles? I'm guessing a Ford 8.8 in the rear is the way to go but what about up front?

3. Where can I get some touch up paint in my color? I've checked a few different stores and websites but found nothing.

Thanks.
 

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Although mine is not yellow, I found Mopar touch-up paint in a bottle with a brush on eBay from a dealer in Arizona; Avondale Dodge. As for your technical questions, I'll let an expert help you out.:)
 

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Bump for old questions to be answered and some new ones too. I really need help here people.

1. Earlier today while out to get lunch, I turned on my jeep and it just died. I did this a few times then it started running fine again. I want to know what was wrong and if this will get worse because I use this as a daily driver.
This happened again while out snowboarding today. Also I keep blowing the turn signal fuse and my signals don't work. When I try to turn the hazards on it makes a "ZZZZZZZ" noise. Could this be a flasher relay that went bad? When I bought the jeep it had a bad one in it and the dealership put a new one in. Maybe they didn't install it right?

Another thing is when I turn my key to start the Jeep it will just beep so I have to take it out and turn it the other way or hold it. Could this be the chip in the key gone bad?

2. Right now I have a NV3550 transmission with a bad 2nd gear syncro. How hard would it be to swap an ax15 tranny into it and upgrade the axles? I'm guessing a Ford 8.8 in the rear is the way to go but what about up front?
I decided I would keep the stock axles and stay on 31's until mine wear out. After that get some 33's and when I snap the stock shafts I'll get some upgraded ones.

I still want to know what I would need to swap an ax15 in though.

Oh yea, and lockers. Would the Eaton Detroit Trutracs be a good LSD for all around off roading? Also, how can I tell what gearing I have?
 

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Yours is the same set up as mine is and they are 3.07 gears. I've been looking to swap axles out and I'm going to do the 8.8's in the rear and the 4 cyl Cherokee front axle that have the stock 4.10 gears. I've had Aussie lockers in the past and it's def. The way to go. 33's are helacious on the 3.07 gears :(
 

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The biggest problem of all this is my budget. Right now I work about 4-5 hours a week making minimum wage, it just doesn't cut it.

With that said I wouldn't have enough to get a new axle, then get lockers for it. Why wouldn't you just get new gears for your current front axle?

Are 4.10 gears the way to go with 33's too? I haven't really looked into gearing that much yet.
 

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Thanks White2000TJ.

I bought some spray on rubber coating earlier today to coat the rims. I put 2 coats on a section of the rim to see if it will hold up tomorrow. I know a kid who drives a Civic and did this and came out really good. I wonder how many weird looks I'm going to get tomorrow.

 

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Thanks White2000TJ.

I bought some spray on rubber coating earlier today to coat the rims. I put 2 coats on a section of the rim to see if it will hold up tomorrow. I know a kid who drives a Civic and did this and came out really good. I wonder how many weird looks I'm going to get tomorrow.

Hmm...lemme know how that works
 

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