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#4670 of 23397 Advice on options
Jan 23, 2002 (8:53 am)
I am currently in the market for a 2002 Jeep Wrangler (Sahara). I am scratching my head over a
few options, and would like some input from others.
The Options are:
Dana heavy duty rear,
Llimited slip rear,
If I get the anti-lock brakes I cannot get the heavy duty rear. So which one is the better choice? And is the Limited slip rear worth the extra money. Any Input would be appreciated.
#4671 of 23397 Why did you get hung up on a Wrangler
Jan 23, 2002 (10:30 am)
This is a post for any person who might be interested in explaining why they got involved with the Wrangler.
The first vehicle I ever drove on the road was an old Jeep Commando or Commander that belonged to a friend. Spent some fun time off road in that one and a little bit of time in the Willys that he had earlier.
I was in the Marines and stationed in N.C. I was suppose to go to recruiters school so I got rid of my MG B and bought a CJ5. Figured the Jeep was a bit more fitting. Bashed around in the pines and on the beach for a while and got sent to Okinawa instead of recruiting.
From Okinawa I went straight to Spain and finally after being out of the U.S. for over three years I returned home, got out of the Marines, picked up my CJ and headed west.
Joined the Army and bashed around in the desert in the CJ before selling it and heading to Germany for three years.
Got back to the U.S. and bought a Nissan 4X4 truck. Kept the truck for 6 years and then went 2 wheel drive.
Spent some time in a Cherokee that belongs to a friend, plus his patrol vehicle which is a Cherokee (BIA Police). That patrol car is quick.
Come April I will be getting back into a Wrangler or at least ordering one. A Liberty would make more sense, but would not be as much fun. I have never been known to have much common sense.
The truck gave me more room to haul things, but there were places you just could not get into.
Time to put down the top and go small again.
#4672 of 23397 oceantoad
Jan 23, 2002 (4:10 pm)
I guess I got ineterested in Wranglers because a brother in law, a nephew, and a cousin each had Wranglers, and they seemed to really enjoy them.
That got me looking, but the clincher was when I saw a Jeep just like my Thelma Jane at a dealership that I passed by twice a week. I had to stop and drool each time I went by! That one finally sold and was no longer there when I passed by, but I knew exactly what I wanted after seeing that one.
When I ordered Thelma, I ordered the same color and everything as that one.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#4673 of 23397 How I got stuck
Jan 23, 2002 (5:42 pm)
dec 2000.Ive been thinking about getting a new truck just for ME, nothing practicle just for ME. Saw a White Sahara hard top on the road
I loved it I had to have it..started doing my reasearch (here thanx tom). Went to several dealerships looking at them. Wanted a sahara hated the interior.. then the 60th AE came out that was it. Asked my beautiful wife..as they say the rest is history..
Jan 23, 2002 (8:48 pm)
The saga is so long. Mine started when I was 17. I took my car in to a shop to get worked on and sitting there with a for sale sign was a 79 CJ7. I bought it!! This was an excellent jeep. Unfortunately, when I started college I needed some cash. Jeep left. A couple of years later(after getting a job and not going to college any more) I bought an 84 CJ7. Once again, Excellent Jeep. Traded that for a 87 Wrangler. Got Married. Drove the Jeep away from the wedding all decorated and topless(the Jeep, not us). Now for the first kid. Jeep unpractical. Bye Bye Jeep. Second kid, still unpractical. 10 years pass since I last had the wrangler. Started looking at the new wranglers in June 2001. Practicality be damned. Bought a 99 Sport in December. WOOHOO. Guess this is not really how I got hooked on wranglers but Jeeps in general. What more could you ask for in a vehicle, good looks, 4wd, convertible. Nuff said. Now if it would only snow a little here.
#4675 of 23397 Love those Jeeps!
Jan 24, 2002 (6:01 am)
I first started looking at them when I was a college student counselor at a camp in the San Bernardino mountains. I had a 69 Opel Kadet that I loved driving through streams and on dirt roads up there. I also realized that there were limitations to the Opel, so that was when I started to want to own a Jeep. The first one I drove was a US Army jeep and thought they were great fun, but ended up buying things like trucks and vans (other than the LeCar my ex chose). When my current husband decided to quit driving for a living, we sold his Toyota flatbed truck and he told me I could buy anything I wanted. Being horseless now, I chose the vehicle I've wanted for over 25 years - which ended up being my black '98 Wrangler Sport. Ever since I got it I've spent lots of time driving through streams and on dirt roads and being much happier than I was, now that I can easily get away from the urban sprawl. In fact, I wouldn't own the house I love so much if it hadn't been for the Wrangler - I was on the internet looking for 4x4 trails around Frazier Park when I happened upon a site with houses for sale. They were so much cheaper than where I was living, that I just had to take a look! I am so much happier now, and it is all indirectly or directly related to the Wrangler.
Jan 24, 2002 (6:05 am)
I know, there are those who won't understand, and to them I'll say, "It's a Jeep thing..."
And I'll second the motion for snow. There's none at the moment, but a possibility for this weekend (I hope, I hope).
#4677 of 23397 Ship date of 29th!
Jan 24, 2002 (8:43 pm)
Well I called DC and they said the projected ship date to the dealer for my new 2002 rig is the 29th! Its sounds like things went fast. The factory is in Toledo and the dealer I am buying from is in Wisconsin.......how long should the shipment take I wounder...under a week I suppose.
Also I have decided to get the 31inch BFG AT KO as soon as I get it as I can sell the stock 30s for 45$ a tire. Has anyone noticed a difference doing this swap? Also TJSAY.....did you get ANY rubbing when you went to the 31 BFG AT?
Anyway.......kinda excited..........though not at the long drive from Milwakee to Las Vegas!
Jan 25, 2002 (7:00 am)
I did that. They gave me an even swap for the spare (1997) in September 2001. Those Goodyears stink, but are worth some bucks. I think you could do better than $45, more like $85 if they are new. Better yet, ask the dealer to swap them before there are ANY miles on them. They can use them as spares from the dealership (with the right coaxing ).
They rub at full turn of the steering wheel, especially in reverse. You get used to it. I put in a 3/4" Daystar spring lift, but it didn't really noticeably help with that, but does give a little more height.
#4679 of 23397 steamer
Jan 25, 2002 (8:28 am)
I have had no rubbing at all with my 31's. Mine are 31x10.50's. A wider 31 inch tire might rub, but mine haven't. Also depends on the wheel, and I have the canyons like you will be getting. So, if you get the 10.50 width and have the canyon wheels, you shouldn't have a rub either.
I would guess a week would be pretty close as far as your shipping time.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?