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Oct 14, 2008 (10:16 am)
I am purchasing a Jeep Wrangler for my daughter's 16th and would appreciate your expertise on a few questions I have. I have not purchased the vehicle yet, b/c I am having a mechanic take a look at it first. It's a 2004 Wrangler SE. It's missing the back seat, and only has a soft top. I'd like to purchase a back seat, hard top, the crome bar that extends across the front grill (?), a lift kit and a small summer top.
1. Is there anything you can tell me that a new Jeep owner should know?
2. Is there a specific brand I should purchase or not purchase? I found a hard top made by Fleet Air for under $1000.
3. I am looking for a back seat on craigslist. What make and year should I be looking for? I have found two 2005 Jeeps to be parted out. Will this seat fit?
Please feel free to educate me on the various models, b/c at this point I know very little. Obviously.
#23130 of 23393 Re: Things are sure slow around here, huh? [erickpl]
Oct 14, 2008 (7:16 pm)
It has been awhile since I have posted on here... Heck, it has been awhile since I have even read any of the posts, either!
This past weekend, I was having various problems with my 03 Sahara TJ. I took it to the local Goodyear place and they did a good job of doing the regular, overdue, maintainence. After a good tune up with plugs and several system flushes, it runs great!
Having moved to Florida back in March 07, I do miss the offroading that we had in northern VA. Oh well, at least I can give the 4wd system a run on the beaches south of Jacksonville. I do wish that I had the opportunity to get really off road somewhere in the northern FL area.... Jacksonville and the surrounding areas.
Anyone got any ideas????
Missing the off road challenge!
#23131 of 23393 Re: New Jeep Owner [villegac]
Oct 15, 2008 (6:10 am)
1. Ensure your daughter is aware of the higher COG of a TJ. I have a 97 SE that my daughter nearly rolled when going around a corner. So be aware that this is NOT a sports car (not very fast either). Look the Jeep over for signs of offroading. By default you'll have either 28 or 30" tires and 4.10 gearing. The missing back seat has me wondering if it was used like that. Pics would help.
2. For hard top, I'd go bestop or factory. Period. You can find decent deals on the various jeep forums. Other brands may not last as long or may have leak issues.
3. 2005 seats SHOULD fit. They changed the design a few years ago to have the latch lever be at the top of the seat vs down at the back/base like it was on earlier TJ's. Your manual should indicate how to fold the seat forward. Just make sure it matches up. If you don't have a manual, I can check. I have manuals for all year TJ's.
The SE is the basic model. Not bad for a 16 yo, but if they want to offroad later, the rear axle may need to be addressed. The stock D35 is okay, but for larger tires, could be an issue. If you ever go with larger tires, regearing will need to be considered. I hope you have a manual vs automatic.
There is a LOT you can do with the SE feature-wise, etc.
Personally, I'd stay away from chrome. Black looks lots better. Not sure what that chrome bar across the front is unless you're talking about a light hoop.
I can give you my email if you have specific questions, but feel free to ask away here if you'd like.
#23132 of 23393 Re: Things are sure slow around here, huh? [ocean_shipper]
Oct 15, 2008 (6:11 am)
You may need to head up into GA / SC for some wheeling.
#23133 of 23393 Re: New Jeep Owner [erickpl]
Oct 15, 2008 (10:21 am)
Thanks so much for all that info. It is very helpful. It is a manual, 5 speed. I think you are right about the black bar across the front instead of chrome. The Jeep is black and silver. Do you have a favorite site for the accessories we talked about; the hard top and black bar across the front? The back seat was used like that; evidently the 1st owner (only 2nd owner now) used it like that for travel luggage. There is only one small dent on the passenger side rear corner. The mechanic is checking it out today, so I'll know more today or tomorrow.
I'll see if I can get some pics to you also.
#23134 of 23393 Re: New Jeep Owner [villegac]
Oct 15, 2008 (11:16 am)
I have a few I can recommend, but not sure Edmunds would like me posting up other web sites.
For new stuff, you can check out www.quadratec.com or www.jcwhitney.com. To find used stuff, I can send you some mail.
I'd really like to see a pic of the bar you're talking about. Is it something like this?
Depending on the bumper (stock or aftermarket), you can find these pretty easily. Mine was made by a company no longer in business, but there are options to work with stock bumpers.
Here is the rest of my TJ, which is also a 4 cylinder.
#23135 of 23393 Re: New Jeep Owner [villegac]
Oct 16, 2008 (9:06 am)
I looked on some of my Jeep hangouts and counted at LEAST 6 hard tops for sale, so I know you can find one easily and save some $$. If you make your email visible, I can email some information about them. I also saw some back seats - but your interior colors would dictate which ones would look best.
You can email me at skimblzbvs at yahoo dot com if you want.
Oct 30, 2008 (1:30 pm)
I was wondering if there is anyone who knows how to connect a PA speaker to my CB radio, all i have is a headphone jack in the back of my CB but i hear there is a way to connect the speaker to it so that I can talk on the speaker and the CB with the same microphone. please help!!!
#23137 of 23393 Re: CB-PA? [jeepfan33]
Nov 03, 2008 (8:59 am)
Depends purely on the CB model. My cobra has a plug for an external speaker, but no PA capabilities. Probably need to check your cb's documentation to see if it is P/A capable.
#23138 of 23393 frame to drive under to remove hard top
Nov 19, 2008 (5:54 pm)
I need to build a frame I can drive under to remove & install my hard top with a hoist on my '05 unlimited.
I was thinking along the idea of a swing set "on steroids" type of frame that I could attach a hoist to and drive under, remove / install the hard top and drive away.
Has anyone done this or have an idea that would work?
Thanks for your help.