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Jeep Wrangler, SUV
Jul 07, 2005 (12:01 pm)
Well, my name is Paul and I'm a Jeepaholic! I'm fairly new to Wranglers. My previous Jeep was a 2000 Grand Cherokee Limited (Patriot Blue). With this Jeep, I've learned SO much about maintaining, fixing, and upgrading my vehicles that it has been worth the investment. I have been to Camp Jeep California (in 2004), and have wheeled with Tom both as a passenger in his Jeep as with my own.
Location: North Alabama
Family: married with two grown kids - 15 year old son and 19 year old daughter
Use of Jeep: A daily driver that I get to take offroad (not as often as I'd like)
Personal Website: N/A
I've lived in Missouri (St. Louis), Oklahoma (Enid), Texas (D/FW), and California (near Bakersfield) prior to my recent move to Alabama. I have a loving wife and 2 kids, ages 15 and 19. My son enjoys being in the Jeep with me and has aspirations about it becoming his sometime soon.
I have a 1997 TJ SE. Here are the specs:
- 2.5L 4 banger (and all that implies)
- Dana 30 Front / Dana 35 Rear
- AX-5 Manual Transmission (5 speed)
- 30" BFG AT KO's on Canyons
- Jeeperman bumper
- Front with brush guard/light bar
- Rear (w/o tire carrier)
- D-shackles front and rear
- Toys by Troy Ultimate Rockers
- Toys by Troy Steering Skid
- Kilby Gas Tank Skid
- OME 2.5" HD lift (with Unlimited rear shocks)
- JKS Bar Pin Eliminators
- Bestop Safari/duster combination
- Bestop Soft top
- Home made quick disconnects for softtop hardware
- Omix fender flares (OEM style)
- JKS Quicker Disconnects for the front suspension
- IPF H4 lighting upgrade
- IPF 968 driving/fog lights
- Blacked out light rings
- Mirror relocation brackets
- Magellan Meridian Platinum GPS with RAM mount
- Hand throttle
- Home made trunk (under the duster)
- Alpine HU with XM and iPod integration
- Alpine/Kicker amplifier setup
- Edge Auto soundbar with Kicker 6x9
- MB Quart 5.25's in dash
- Kicker 8" sub in Tuffy security console
- Cobra 75WXST CB with Wilson 2' antenna on arizonarockyroad.com mount
- Replaced radiator
- Homebrew Fuse #4 bypass switch
- Uhoh handles
- Various performance enhancing decals under the hood and on the side
If ya have any questions, just lemme know.
And the list is going to include:
- Winch (probably a T-Max 9000 or 10000)
- 31" or 32" tires (TrXus or BFG MT's)
- Wheel spacers (if I go to 32")
- Staun tire deflators
To keep the post smaller, I've attached 2 photos: one of my latest configuration and one of it in 'action' on the trails. I don't have any good pics of me, but this one will do. Camp Jeep 2004 with my son.
#5 of 274 The Wave!
Jul 07, 2005 (12:17 pm)
I don't own Jeep but want to welcome all of you Wranglers with a hearty wave ...
with thanks to Mac, whose pic I borrowed!
#6 of 274 Re: Jeep Wrangler Owners: *Wave* & Meet [tsjay]
Jul 07, 2005 (4:44 pm)
Hi, fellow Wrangler owners!
I've really enjoyed driving our Wranglers and will try to always have one in my driveway.
Name - Harriet
Location - Frazier Park, CA but commute to West L.A. for work.
Married to a great guy who lets me buy Wranglers, no kids.
Wranglers (both our cars at the moment are Wranglers):
'98 Sport, manual, black, hard top, stock except for BFG AT tires (and occasionally a Roady) called the Noble Black Steed (bought new in '98).
'04 Electric Line Green Unlimited, soft top, auto, stock (though will be replacing tires soon).
We had a great time at the California Camp Jeep last year and got to meet Paul. I'm hoping that I'll be able to do a Jeep Jamboree one of these days.
#7 of 274 *Wave*
Jul 07, 2005 (4:47 pm)
We are a Jeep family, 2 out of 3 of our cars are Jeeps. I have a 2004 Rubicon and my wife usually drives our '04 Grand Cherokee with selec trak 4wd.
Use of Jeep: A daily driver (because I don't want to drive anything else!) and soon to be occassional off roader.
I'm a technical writer and currently in Grad school.
My Rubicon came with almost all available options except for the locking gas cap and I have the dual top group. Soft top is on for the summer.
I have added the following:
XM Roady2 Satellite Radio with PIE adaptor and permanent power supply
Husky Liners, front, rear and back (love these)
Raingler ballistic nylon hand straps
Buchannan 1 inch seat risers
Jeeperman trail skids (rocker protection)
Jeeperman light bar
Replaced factory tow hooks with Reese heavy duty hooks (They just look a little meaner)
On order: Cobra 75 CB, 3 ft firestick antennae, Teraflex antennae mount
I love my Rubicon more than any vehicle I have ever owned, including my beloved Mustang GT. We also have a little sports car that I've only driven a handful of times since I purchased the Rubi last May. I have never had more fun in a vehicle. We also love our Grand Cherokee, though not a blast to drive, it makes up for that with its usefulness. In fact, this past weekend we got a lot of use out of it, folded down the back seats to accomodate my wife's purchases and then slapped a table onto the Thule rack on top. (Thule racks, btw, add a great deal of practicality to SUVs). My wife got a little taste of off roading when she took our son to Boy Scout camp. There was a place to drop your Scout about a mile from the camp. That's because the road going to the actual camp was not useable by cars. She asked if she could take him up to the camp because she wanted to see it. She was told that depended on what she was driving. She slapped the Grand into 4wd and made it easily.
#8 of 274 Re: The Wave! [tidester]
Jul 07, 2005 (7:16 pm)
Consider it a big wave from me too (thanks Tidester!).
This is scary! I've just realized how much I look like Tom (or he looks like me).
My hair is much shorter, head and face, I wear black instead of white, smaller dog, and I wear shorts with less baggy legs (or at least I don't point them at the camera...ewww!), but other than that if he wasn't older than me (though I won't say by how much) I could be his evil twin.
'99 Green Sahara
ARB HD suspension
31" BFG AT KO's
9000lb MileMarker hydraulic winch
Pretty mild really, but it gets me there.
#9 of 274 *Wave*...by proxy
by KarenS HOST
Jul 08, 2005 (9:28 am)
I don't have a Wrangler, but my son does! The first few times he gave me a ride and all these people in other Wranglers were waving I thought "wow...this kid is popular!".
Nice to see you all here!
#10 of 274 Jeep wave!
Jul 08, 2005 (2:43 pm)
Hey all, I'm from Chicagoland, about 20 miles west of Chicago.
I just recently purchased a 2005 Jeep Unlimited, Silver, Soft/Hard Top. I love it! I come from years of sports coupes (Mitsu Eclipse, G35 Coupe), and I've gotten more comments and attention from this car than all others combined! It's an absolute blast to drive.
Location: West Chicago
Family: married with one stepdaughter
Use of Jeep: To enjoy my commute, and have fun.
Jul 08, 2005 (6:30 pm)
Location: Knoxville TN
Jeep: 05 Sport
I have only done 2 mods ... an iPod adapter for the stereo & CB with Antenna
Use of Jeep: Back up for daily driver (87 Volvo 740 w/ 284000 miles) ... weekend great fun
Hoping to learn more about wheelin ... I will get there slowly
#12 of 274 Midwest Jeep wave
Jul 08, 2005 (7:02 pm)
Family-Wife of 4 years, and twin 19 month old boys (God help me! )
Jeep-Screaming yellow zonker '04 Unlimited softtop
Mods-2 car seats in the back, "Cowboy Cactus" on the antenna and 47 more payment slips in the glove box
Other vehicles-Black '03 Chevy Venture AWD (the wife's all-weather assault vehicle and child transport device), dark green '95 Firebird (my summer toy, although it doesn't see the road as much as it used to)
I've wanted a Jeep for years, but couldn't get past the "They're not practical enough" issue until the advent of the Unlimited. Took delivery June 10th of last year. Like Tom, I had a habit of getting the "new car itch" about every 12-18 months, but my Jeep has largely changed that. I still see new cars out there that I wouldn't mind having, but NONE that I want enough to give up my Jeep for. I'm a regular reader of the Wrangler forum, but tend to keep to myself and don't post a whole lot...perhaps I need to do something about that.
Jul 08, 2005 (7:46 pm)
Use of Jeep:Daily driver
My first Jeep driving experience was in the Phillppines in 1968 thanks to the US Army.Miserable ride!!! The first Jeep I owned was a 1949 CJ2A in the early '70's in Conn. No name, no top, daily driver. Miserable ride!! The next Jeep was a '58 (or '59 DJ3A???) named the Blue Goose,(a daily driver with a painted picture of a Blue Goose on the doors) while living in Kailua, Hawaii in (or around) 1975. I covered the bed with wood and used the Blue Goose for diving. Miserable ride.!! The "60's and '70's are a little fuzzy sometimes:) I also drove another Jeep for a period of time in the late '70's ,again thanks to the US Army. Bad luck. I was drafted in '67 and out of the Army in '69. You could still get called back in if needed. Well, I got called back but into a National Guard unit for their summer training and I was the company Medic in an artillary unit doing mostly night firing. Not a happy camper but once again I had a Jeep. Miserable ride!!! No Jeeps until Sept of '04. Burnt out on miserable rides. Then I got that feeling again. Presently have an '03 Freedom Edition Wrangler. They came as a package with same color (red)flares, black vinal interior, 4.0, 5 speed, HT.chrome rims, etc. Name: Rosie. Sweet ride!!!
Mods: Mostly stock
Just got (Today) new tires. Toyo Open Country A/T's.No raised lettering
Just got(Today): Black American racing rims. They go nice with the red.
Heavy duty floor mats
Stripped all decals and created my own design . Black sunburst on each side above the JEEP decal.
I have always worked jobs that were a little on the edge and brought me into the darker side and/or tragedies of peoples lives, so Rosie is a breath of fresh air. Retired now and plenty of time to get in the wind. I love dirt roads, loud music and extreme fun. Life is short, so eat it like a warm piece of apple pie. John