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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,010
    Too bad we'll never know either, LOLOL...

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  • I know that painful urge to buy a Jeep, but unfortunately my dream will have to wait a few more years. As tomster calls me "the traitor" :)

    I'll enjoy that dream eventually but I'm "getting by" with a new 2002 Mercury Cougar. The gas mileage and price I couldn't pass up...and I was really getting tired of driving my Dad's old F150 pickup....with over 130,000 miles on it and not so good gas mileage. It cost me $35 to $45 to fill up both tanks and it seemed to never last long enough :)

    To those whose financial situation allows you to get a Jeep go for it...the ride is great!...just don't wait too long if you see one that you want. Your color choice and features may not be there on the lot for long. When you get it...ENJOY!

    Hug your Jeeps for me ;)

    smedcougar..aka dwrangler
  • Last weekend a budy and I went offroading to a few ghost towns here in Southern Nevada. It was a blast. We took the Old Spanish Trail for about while, very nice trail. I have only a few scratches from the trip. I got rock chips on myRocker Pannel. Who makes a great rocker pannel cover? Please advise...
  • Krylon or Rustoleum!
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    I you are looking to cover the lower few inches of your rockers, the Sun guards like tsjay has are a great solution. If you want something you can use as a step as well (but give up a couple inches of ground clearance on the sides), the turbocity rails have worked out really well for me. Pricewise, they are both in the $225-250 range, but that's cheaper than any bodywork you might end up with by not having them. Since the Turbocity rails actually stick out from the tub of the jeep a few inches, they have saved me from getting rocks thrown up on gravel roads. Every now and then, I'll hear a loud "clang" as a piece of gravel smacks up against the underside of them.

    If you end up with small rock chips, I've found that factory touch up paint along with Mothers chip repair kit (gets the paint blob smoothed out) works really well on our vehicles. Plenty of paint chips and such have been treated on all ours.

    I also bought a can of spray bedliner and hit the front wheelwells with two coats. I did this initially to get them black (as opposed to body color - white for me), but the added benefit is protecting the paint from chipping and rust. I also used it to hit the undercoating spots that were missed at the factory. Whenever I have to drill through the body for mounting anything, I use the spray bedliner to cover the bolt or screw from the exposed side (bottom of tub, wheel well, etc.) as well. HTH

    -twylie
  • I thought he meant like some sort of cover.

    There are a ton of rocker panel protection companies and products.

    Most need to get bolted onto the side of the body.

    4Xdoctor comes to mind.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Check out the picture of Thelma Jane with her Sun Performance Rocker Guards in the Jeep Owners Photo Gallery here in Edmunds.

    I really, really like them, and I think they are the best looking rocker guards out there. Like Twylie said, though, they don't have a step built into them like some do. I didn't need a step, so I just went for protection and good looks.

    I got mine through offroadtoystore.com. I would tell ya how much they were, but I couldn't find the paperwork (I'm thinkin about $225 like Twylie said). I probably posted how much I paid for them back about the time they came in, if ya want to check some old posts. I think it was Memorial Day when I put them on.

    Chef, if you're gonna wheel that Jeep, then I would certainly recommend a steering box skid and a Kilby gas tank skid also.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • I got mine from Four X Doctor and I really like them. They ship from California so it would be close to you.

    dewars
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Welcome to the group! Glad you joined us.

    Man, you are the one that must decide about the questions you asked. We don't know how you plan to use the Jeep, so we can't offer good advice.

    Those Rubicons are AWESOME, if you plan to do much "wheelin'" with your Jeep. They are actually a BARGAIN for what they sell for vs the cost of fixing up a Sport to the same capability. An aftermarket 4:1 transfer case alone would be about $2000. I don't know what you would pay for a Dana 44 up front if you had to buy one and install it, but I know it wouldn't be cheap. Also, dual selectable lockers??? Installed, I would guess about $2000.

    Let us know more about what you would do with the Jeep, and maybe we can help ya out.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • I also have the Four X Doctor guards and think they are great for no lost clearance if you want a step. They are also suppose to be strong enough so that you could jack your TJ up from the side using the steps. What I didn't like was the last bolt on the top and bottom of both sides. You have to cut 2 holes through the inner wall of the TJ to get the nuts and washers on those bolts.
    The holes didn't bother me so much, but it still took a while to get those nuts and washers on. You will want to use tape on your socket to keep the nut from falling out. If you pay to have them put on then it is not your problem.

    The Kilby gas tank skid like Tsjay mentioned is not hard to get on, just a bit heavy if doing it by yourself. The Kilby also gives you an extra inch of clearance over the stock gas tank skid.

    I cheated and went with a dealer installed DC steering box skid when I bought the vehicle.

    I also have a 4XDOC guard for the rear differential which I have not put on yet.

    I am looking at Skid Row for a skid plate for my engine.
  • shill3shill3 Posts: 124
    I am dying to get into a wrangler, but I need to (once in a while) put three kids in the back. The rear hip room is listed as 43.5", 3.9" less than the Liberty, but 2.6" larger than the rear seat of the KIA convertable sportage which seats three. My question is, have any of you ever put in a middle lap belt in the back or know if it is even feasible? The belts in my CJ were simple to remove, but I never before considered installing any.

    Unless DC follows through on the rumored "Scrambler", this is my only option (well, dream at this point).

    I have looked into a "safari" jeep, but they are hard to come by.

    Pardon the wild idea, it must be getting late.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Ok, it's been sitting there and no one has used it, so I'm going to have the honor of getting number 6700 post! :)

    Don't really have anything to say, except that I wish it would quit raining! I guess we are getting the remnants of Isidore here.

    Hope I can wheel tomorrow, but that place will sure be a swamp!

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • i wish it would rain here. it's so dry at hollister hills , but with my new tires who cares !! i'm not doing any wheeling this weekend ,but i'am going to a small jeep get togther on sat . that mud you got would be a good test for your new locker . CROME DON'T GET YOU HOME
  • Tom,
    You can send that rain out here to Colorado, we need it BAD !!
    Hey gang, remember when you change gears you need to change your speedometer gear. I went from 307's to 456's and now when I'm going about 40 mph, my speedo reads about 70. I'm having it fixed soon, but it's a little wierd right now.

    dewars
  • i have a 1997 big foot edition wrangler, i need to replace the steering column. have any of you done this, if so do you have any tips. thanks
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    What size tires are you running with that 4.56 gearing? That's a heck of a jump from 3.07 to 4.56! Are ya running 33s?

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Get your Jeep back from having the lift installed? How did it turn out? When do we get to see some pics?

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • What's the "Big Foot Edition" Wrangler?
  • i don't think there is a big foot edt. ? big foot is a ford thing . where did you here this ?
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