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#23283 of 23397 Re: $5,000 to spend on a Jeep Wrangler [willymack76]
Feb 04, 2011 (6:02 am)
The TJ arrived in 1997 and by the 1998.5 model year most of the bugs had been worked out. It's easily identified by the HVAC controls which are rotary, compared to the earlier cable operated slide action.
Look for anything from '98.5 onward in as close to original condition as possible, and that hasn't been heavily offroaded. Choosing the 4.0 I6 over the 2.5 I4 is a no brainer as they both get similar mileage and the 4.0 can be expected to live to at least 200K miles.
The earlier YJ and CJ models are harder to find parts for and are more rust prone than the TJ, but the biggest difference is the suspension, leaf springs on the YJ and CJ, coils on the TJ. The difference is night and day.
Feb 14, 2011 (7:29 am)
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#23285 of 23397 Replacement shocks
Feb 19, 2011 (1:25 pm)
98 Wrangler with 153,000 miles, stock suspension. I put a set of basic NAPA shocks on it and they were no better than the worn out factory ones I took off. It is strictly a street vehicle, mostly around town, some highway. I have always heard Bilsteins were the best, but I sort of hate to buy such expensive shocks for a high mileage Jeep. Any brand anyone can recommend that is cheaper than Bilstein but is still a good shock? I did a search of this and maintenance and repair forum and did not find recommendations. Thanks.
#23286 of 23397 Re: Replacement shocks [fairview]
Feb 20, 2011 (3:05 pm)
Either you had a faulty set of NAPA shocks or your originals weren't as worn out as you thought they were.
I've been very happy with the OME (Old Man Emu) shocks that I fitted to my '99 over 100K miles ago. Still going strong!
#23287 of 23397 Re: Replacement shocks [fairview]
Feb 20, 2011 (7:46 pm)
Mac24 is the pro so I would listen to him, but my take is: I replaced my shocks w/ Bilsteins, and they were fine, but what *really* made the difference was replacing my OEM steering stabilizer w/ a Rancho Steering Stabilizer. Made all the difference in the world in handling. And it was pretty affordable too ($75?).
#23288 of 23397 Re: Replacement shocks [mac24]
Feb 22, 2011 (9:45 am)
I love my OME's as well. Mine sees offroad action, but the onroad handling is very nice!
Mar 03, 2011 (6:42 pm)
just bought a 97 wrangler. Brought it hime and the check engine light came on the next day. Then the airbag light came on, hmmmm. Then the whole instrument panel went first RPM, then MPH, finally the whole shabang except the odemeter. My guess is that in the detailing of the vehicle someone got a little over excited with the pressure washer and got water where water has difficulty getting to. i had shut off the truck and later turned it on. Alls back to normal except the check engine light. It runs a little rough and is fairly gutless going up hills. checked the oil and some 13 year old filled it over. my guess is this does not help with gutless problem.
Would love to here more from the pros. ThanX
#23290 of 23397 Re: check engine light [fabricator1]
Mar 04, 2011 (10:30 am)
The light indicates that the PCM is holding one or more trouble codes.
The codes on the '97 are a little different to later models, but are displayed by flashing of the MIL and can also be read from the odometer. Read the code/s and post them here.
To determine which Diagnostic Trouble Code(s) are stored in the PCM of your '97 TJ:
Turn the ignition key to the "On" position three times in succession (i.e., On, Off, On, Off, On), within five seconds
The Malfunction Indicator (Check Engine) Lamp will flash the appropriate number of times to indicate the DTC number, with a short pause between the first and second digits (e.g., 2 flashes of the MIL, followed by a short pause, followed by 5 more flashes, indicates error code 25)
The appropriate DTC will also be displayed in the odometer window
Note: All DTCs consist of 2 digits. If more than one DTC is stored in the PCM's memory, the procedure above will display all codes in succession. Regardless of how many codes are stored, Code 55 will always be the final code to be displayed. Code 55 indicates the "completion of the fault code display on the Check Engine Lamp".
Mar 04, 2011 (7:17 pm)
I have been terribly reticent in my posting/lurking here. this has been one of the most fabulous groups of Wrangler owners ever! Mtngal? TSJay? Mac24 & ericPL (thanks to God you're both still active here!). I've not owned a Wrangler since I let my '98SE go to a neighbor's friend; but those Wrangerless days are numbered! I do recall all the fun posts we shared in days of yore, and Mac & Eric's (OK, and Tom's) words of wisdom. I shall return! With a replacement Wrangler! I sooooooo miss Eugene!
#23292 of 23397 Re: Blast from the Past [redrocker15]
Mar 05, 2011 (8:17 am)
Glad you're still around and haven't lost your Wrangler lust, even if you don't currently own one.
If you've been lurking I expect you remember how the forum was changed some time ago from a loose knit discussion under the one heading 'Jeep Wrangler', to a whole bunch of separate threads, one for each question that was asked.
The camaradarie and chat have gone, along with many of the regular posters, and it's now just a Q&A forum.
Ericpl and I are the only ones from the past that appear with any regularity; in fact we're the only ones that appear with any regularity period!
To be honest I mostly come here to answer questions just to keep my knowledge fresh, a 'use it or lose it' attitude; it used to be fun, now it's just mental exercise.