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  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    So, is there enough shade for the dog?

    Do you have the back seat in the jeep, or out?

    I made up a harness for the dog, which attaches to both rear seat belts, and then to her collar, so she can move around in back, but won't jump out or get thrown out in an accident.

    I just leave the factory soft top up for her (the dog, that is).

    By the way, topless for over a week, doorless for 3 days (put top and doors on last night for threat of thunder boomers). I made my own mirrors from some old ones I had in the shed. Thank goodness for black spray paint!!!!
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    The safari will provide some shade for Ross Allen. If we are driving directly away from the sun, then there wouldn't be any shade, but if the sun is that low, the temperature should be down some anyway.

    I think I was too worried about RA getting tossed out. I have wheeled topless and doorless the last two times, and he has made it fine back there. Altough there is some jostling around, the speed is so slow through the rough places that RA can ride it out with no problem.

    I took the back seat out within the first couple weeks of owning Thelma Jane, and it has not been back in there since.

    I'm getting quite a collection of Jeep parts in my garage. There's the back seat, the original springs and shocks, the bumper corners, and the factory gas tank skid. Of course, the hard top and doors are out there now also. I have sold the Canyon wheels, but they were out there too for a while.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • oceantoadoceantoad Posts: 186
    With your new found mechanical skills and all that extra stuff in the garage I can see you building a Frankenstein Jeep.:) Maybe you can adopt some poor wreck and fix it up for Mrs. Tsjay. Do that and you would always have a Jeepin buddy.

    Liked the poem, but you have way to much free time on your hands.

    What is the status on your gas tank?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Boy, turn on your AIM and chat with me! I'm vacating this week and I'm bored. No one to wheel with! :(

    I have the hole plugged where the nipple broke off on the roll over valve and I plugged off the vent line that ran to it. I put the tank back in with that "fix" in place, and I'm trying to find out from anyone who knows what they're talking about if it will be OK to run like that for the long term solution. The tank has two roll over valves, one on each side, so I still have the tank vented from the passenger side roll over valve. Why shouldn't one be enough?

    Thelma seems happy that way, and the check engine light has not come back on.

    You must be shocked that along with my vast skills as a mechanic and a trail guide, not to mention my role as a sex symbol, that I also am a poet. :)

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • oceantoadoceantoad Posts: 186
    The song that comes to my mind is one that I think Roy Clarke did. Thank God and Greyhound is the one bounces around in my head.

    Another thought bouncing around in my head, Tom as a sex symbol. Scary stuff!!!!!!!!! I know he is a great interior decorator, but sex symbol?

    Rick, not that long a wait till the 2003 model comes out. If you are looking for certain options you could always order a 2003 just the way you want. Kind of like Burger King, have it your way. Glad to see you getting back into a Wrangler.

    Still a happy camper.
  • texasjeeptexasjeep Posts: 270
    "now I have 3 daughters of my own..." "Just an old, worn out Jeep..."?

    "rusty ole floor boards.. hot on my feet"
    Have you seen the video? Alan Jackson is an idiot. That is a bronco not a Jeep. Looks like I won't be buying any of his crap or going to his shows anymore. :)

    I was reading my alumni news letter and some kid just graduated and his first name is "Jeep". I would love to see what he drives and what all his father owns.

    I just got my Jeep American flag stickers. They replace the Jeep sticker on the side and it is a sticker with Jeep painted like the American flag. I think they look sharp. I can find the ordering info and try and find a pic if anyone is interested.

    rickagoodman
    Welcome to the board.
    If you plan on off-roading, I would consider getting the Rubicon model that is coming out in '03. It will cost a lot but has some great goodies coming on it.

    huckhill
    I use to run with the back and side windows out on my YJ. I did eventually have a rip on the rear corner. I had it sewn back together, so it wasn't a big deal really. I don't what the cause was. It could of just been normal wear and tear. I have heard running like that is rough on the corners of the softtop though. I have a bikini top and I think there is a big difference between those two styles. You can get a lot more air flow with a bikini. I think it is worth it. I don't care for the looks of a safari top and don't have backseat passengers very often.

    Tom
    My gas skid bolted up with out lowering it, so I don't much about it. But you do have a breather hose for the D44 that runs up to the gas cap. If that is what you are talking about then you probably want both of them functioning. You can follow the hose up from the axle.
    You are on vacation for the week? Why aren't you in the Rockies or something. I am very disappointed in you. ;)
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    No, I haven't seen the video! Big bummer, because I liked the song up until you mentioned that. You sure it's a Bronc?

    I, for one, am interested in the flag sticker. I wanted some sort of flag to put on the jeep, but couldn't find one I like.
  • dwranglerdwrangler Posts: 127
    Welcome Rick! Well if you've read all those posts I have one question...do you have a headache? :) I've wanted a Jeep for a LONG TIME...I know Rob....just get the darn thing ;)

    Just a thought on the Alan Jackson thing...maybe that's the only thing they could use...maybe the negotiations went south...or rust monster brought it to an early demise...or the director was too dumb to know the difference. ;) Who knows :)

    Tomster, Nice poem....don't know about the sex symbol part ;)

    Thanks for the info on the availability of the 03's...hopefully I'll be ready by then...(money wise that is).

    If I see some of you all are online from my buddy list I'll chat with ya later.

    I'd like to echo tomster's comments to those in the military, law enforcement, fire/rescue. I too appreciate your sacrifices on my behalf.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    Hug your Jeeps for me til I get mine ;)

    dwrangler
  • texasjeeptexasjeep Posts: 270
    "now I have 3 daughters of my own..." "Just an old, worn out Jeep..."?

    "rusty ole floor boards.. hot on my feet"
    Have you seen the video? Alan Jackson is an idiot. That is a bronco not a Jeep. Looks like I won't be buying any of his crap or going to his shows anymore. :)

    I was reading my alumni news letter and some kid just graduated and his first name is "Jeep". I would love to see what he drives and what all his father owns.

    I just got my Jeep American flag stickers. They replace the Jeep sticker on the side and it is a sticker with Jeep painted like the American flag. I think they look sharp. I can find the ordering info and try and find a pic if anyone is interested.

    rickagoodman
    Welcome to the board.
    If you plan on off-roading, I would consider getting the Rubicon model that is coming out in '03. It will cost a lot but has some great goodies coming on it.

    huckhill
    I use to run with the back and side windows out on my YJ. I did eventually have a rip on the rear corner. I had it sewn back together, so it wasn't a big deal really. I don't what the cause was. It could of just been normal wear and tear. I have heard running like that is rough on the corners of the softtop though. I have a bikini top and I think there is a big difference between those two styles. You can get a lot more air flow with a bikini. I think it is worth it. I don't care for the looks of a safari top and don't have backseat passengers very often.

    Tom
    My gas skid bolted up with out lowering it, so I don't much about it. But you do have a breather hose for the D44 that runs up to the gas cap. If that is what you are talking about then you probably want both of them functioning. You can follow the hose up from the axle.
    You are on vacation for the week? Why aren't you in the Rockies or something. I am very disappointed in you. ;)
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I would LOVE to be out in the Rockies, so just send me the money for gas, food, and motels, and tell me where to meet you. :)

    The axle vent is fine, Tex. It was just the gas tank vent on the drivers side roll over valve that got messed up.

    Sure wish Gill's would be workin' tonight! Maybe it will be. Let's all give it a try tonight, OK?

    I have not seen that video, but that really sucks about it being a Bronco! I still like the song, though, and just about every other song old AJ has come out with. He'll still get my bidness.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • bamatazzbamatazz Posts: 311
    Wow..im gone a few days & you jeepers go posting CRAZY!! Good job. Well VACATION time is here!!
    I will work tomorrow then of to the beach on Monday. WOW I really need this vacation too.

    RICK!! Welcome aboard!! I cant believe u read EVERY post!! that took some time & patience.
    Keep us posted on that JEEP

    Well yesterday on the 4th. I parked TAZZ in front of our restuarant with A Large American Flag Attached to the roll bars. It looked GREAT.

    I hope everyone had a GREAT 4th, Im glad its over.. WHEW..

    HEY tom.. Get those parts listed on eBay!!
    Get some $$

    Keep JEEPIN'
    BamaTazz (Terry)
  • Just wanted to say thanks for the warm welcome.

    Dwrangler- yeah it took quite a bit of time to read all of those messages and it was quite a headache causer, but I think it was worth it just for all of the information that I got.

    Tsjay- I hear ya about choosing the wife over the Wrangler. In retrospect I should have gone the other way, but hindsight is 20/20.

    Oceantoad- I do plan on ordering my Jeep. I just want to wait for pricing before deciding exactly what I want. As Texasjeep said, the Rubicon is coming out and I'd love to have one of those, but I just don't know about the money on that one. We'll have to wait and see. Of course, if I get the Rubicon I'll miss out on adding all of the mods later on so I don't know about that.

    Bamatazz- too bad you still aren't into taking Tazz wheelin' because I'm going to be looking for someone to hit the trails with. Since we're both in AL that would be convenient.
  • Well, it looks like Gill's is still down. If anyone feels like chatting my AIM username is rickagoodman. Feel free to IM me.
  • tjraytjray Posts: 38
    I haven't seen Alan Jackson's apparently lame video but I have a poster of him sitting in his CJ and it looks lifted and it has a Ramsey Winch on the front bumper. Also there is an insurance agent here in town whose first name is Jeep,there might be an interesting story behind his name, maybe I'll ask him about it. Eat,sleep,Jeep, life is good- Tjray
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    The chat room is working again, and we had a good session tonight with debs, kahuna, rick, and me. Gill was even there for a while.

    So, tomorrow night (Saturday), let's all go there!

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    Welcome to the board! Good to have another Jeeper amongst us. I'm not too far across the line into GA and would be up for some offroading in your state sometime after you get your Jeep. We're heading over into Taladega NF today to do some hiking and exploring on the forest roads. Apparently some of the forest service roads aren't very well maintained and require good ground clearance. We're going to stop at the ranger station in Heflin to pick up a map and talk to the rangers. Hopefully they'll be able to steer us off the beaten path.

    texasjeep - I'd like to get the info on the Jeep decals. I've seen them on eBay but would like to now who you got them from. Did you get you BulletProof in the standard width? Pics on their site don't do a great job of shots directly on center.

    I got my disconnects installed yesterday. Took about an hour to get everything in place, but I can get the sway bar disconnected in about 30 seconds now. I went with the JKS ones, which were pricey, but very well designed and built.
    -twylie
  • whitespcwhitespc Posts: 4
    I am interested in buying my first jeep wrangler. This is strictly to be used as a "fun" car as I already have an everyday car.

    I have found a 1998 Wrangler SE with 23,000 miles. It has a 4 cylinder and NO air. The price is $11,400 after negotiation.

    Should I be opting for the 6 or do you think the 4 will be sufficient for driving to the store, gym, and occasional runs through some mild dirt?

    What other questions should I be asking or what problems should I look for before buying this?

    Thanks!
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    The 4 will be OK for the things you listed. The place most people notice the lack of power is on the highway, where you will find yourself in the slow lane alot. The 4 has plenty of torque for around town. I assume you are talking about a 5-speed here.

    The no-air thing is a bigger problem. I originally bought my 1998 6-cylinder w/o air and later had it retrofitted with a factory system. Even in the relatively cool Northwest (where I was living at the time) a/c is needed sometimes, and on road trips you won't want to have the top down for hours on end. There is no insulation in the firewall to keep engine heat out of the passenger compartment and it can get pretty hot in there w/o a/c.
  • whitespcwhitespc Posts: 4
    Goducks1, how much was it to have the air added?

    I purchased the car... I ended up getting it for $11,000. No air and 4 cylinder...

    How does this do in the snow or in the mud with only 4 cylinders?
  • bamatazzbamatazz Posts: 311
    Dude,,, where in BAMA are ya..
    Im in the Birmingahm area(Hueytown)
    My AIM in BamaTazz01.
    Good to see another BAMA boy.
    Jeep Decals- I orders the "TJ" decals a few days ago.
    Im gonna put them under "wrangler" on the sides.
    Twylie..dude..I wish I would have know your schedule better..like to get with ya sometimes.
    Since you know about car steroes.
    I think Im gonna spend my $$ that way, not on a CB radio.
    I'll be leving for the ALABAMA gulf coast on Monday..
    I wanna see 100 post by thursday!!

    KEEP JEEPIN.
    BAMATAZZ
  • I'm in the Birmingham (Inverness) area so we're pretty darn close. I added you to my AIM so hopefully we'll get to chat sometime. Stop by Gill's tonight if you get a chance.
  • whitespcwhitespc Posts: 4
    Just bought a 98 Wrangler SE. It has stock wheels and I want to replace these....

    What would be a good size replacement that offers a bit more width and height? I do not want to throw off the speedometer and I do not need any mud/swamp diggers since I will probably only get through some sand or dirt trails.

    Thanks
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    First off, welcome to the group. Congrats on getting that Jeep!

    I really like my AR767 wheels, and they are only about $40 apiece most places. They are the black spoke wheels. For tires, I really like the BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A's that I had before going to the BFG Mud Terrains I have now.

    You should be able to go with 31 x 10.50 tires, even if the Jeep has no lift of any kind. That's what I did for a while with no problem, even though I now have a 2" Procomp lift.

    I have some pics posted here in the Jeep Owners Photo Gallery, if you want to take a look at those AR767s.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • whitespcwhitespc Posts: 4
    TS,
    Think I will be able to 4 wheel considering I bought only a 4 cylinder? Also, do you think the 4 cylinder can still drive the wheel size you mentioned?

    Thanks
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I like the looks of the BFG all-terrains, but ended up getting the Bridgestone Duellers. I really like them, and they are definitely better than the Goodyears.

    4 cylinder is fine for most off-roading. You don't need to go very fast in the dirt. Don't know if it would matter to you, but you can't use chains or cables with wider tires, including the 30" tires that came on my Sport. When I bought mine, I wasn't worried about snow, however, while I was 4 wheeling in our local mountains I found a lovely community that is (more or less) within commuting range from work and moved. Now snow is a regular part of my winters, so I think I'll get the smaller tires on my next Wrangler.

    There is often a problem with the dash gauges in the '98. I called a dealer this morning and got a guy who said that it would be 3 hours of labor to fix, but I don't think he knew what he was talking about (there is a TSB out for the problem). I also had to replace my exhaust manifold, but I have the I6 - don't know if they are the same on the 4 cylinder.

    In any case, enjoy your Wrangler - I know I love mine. I'm really looking forward to taking it up to Washington this summer - I refuse to drive all that way in the Tacoma, even if we don't do any 4x4 stuff!
  • Hey all you jeep fans out there.....I have a 1998 jeep wrangler and I recently noticed my cigarette lighter is not working......I usually plug my phone in there.....but no juice.......do you guys have any idea where the fuse is for this.........its not listed anywhere in the owners manual.....and I checked behind the glove compartment (it's not listed)....and I looked under the hood next to the battery......nothing states which fuse is for the lighter.....I even called the dealer....the service guy had no idea and wants me to bring it in ........I'd rather not spend that kind of labor charge for a simple fuse.......any ideas?.......
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Sure, you can go with 31's with a four cylinder, especially if it's a five speed. And, heck yeah, you can sure wheel a four cylinder! They are just as good on the trail as a six, cause ya gotta remember, you're in four wheel low range when you are wheelin'. You don't begin to use all the power of a six cylinder when you are in four low.


    For wheelin and around town, the four cylinder is fine. It's just not good for highway driving of any distance.


    Tom


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?


    P.S. Why don't ya join us in gill's for some chatting sometime? http://itsajeep.org

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Welcome! I'll try to do a little research for ya tomorrow. It's a little late tonight. :)

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • thanks tsjay.........look forward to hearing from you .......
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