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Jeep Wrangler



  • shill3shill3 Posts: 124
    Word is that there will be two Camp Jeep events in 2003, one on each coast. Also, the Saturday events will be open to all vehicle owners.

    Which is more fun, Camp Jeep or a Jeep Jamboree?
  • Hey Deb, long time no chat! Where have you been? Hang in there it'll all be worth it when you finally start to teach. If you need any help with school AIM me, I'll also put my AIM name here for anyone else. I'm jeepinkahuna. Have fun with your vacation,
  • hey kahuna , i saw you over at rob's site. do you come here a lot ? i don't think i've seen you before.
  • Hey wheelerman, yea, I come here every day. I've actually been around for years...I just rarely post :) I have a yellow and black X, my third Wrangler, I definitely need mods though! I mostly chat at Gill's with many people here. Rob actually goes to Gill's quite a bit but with the birth of Rob Jr. he doesn't have as much time. I've seen Tom ask you to come over to Gill's for a chat. You should come over. (You're not betraying Rob or anything:) and as Tom says, it's totally free of banners. Gill is a really great guy to host all of that for free. It's been pretty slow lately with the holiday but at times it is packed and can get pretty lively. You haven't lived 'till you've heard one of Tom's jokes! j/k :) Anyone up for Gill's tonight?
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    I think youngturk may have asked about this a while ago, but I decided to try and find a way to get an external MP3 player's signal to the factory CD deck. I tried a freestanding FM modulator (the iRock) and it worked OK, but not great. I finally settled on an inline modulator that plugs into the antennae jack behind the glove box. It's hardwired and you can set it to one of 3 FM statiosn on the low end of the dial. So far it looks like a decent solution. The "right" answer is to get an aftermarket deck that supports an AUX input, but for now a new radio is down on my list of Jeep to-dos. If anyone has a tape deck, I found the Radio Shack tape adapter works better than the ones from Sony or Jensen.

  • kelleyokelleyo Posts: 182
    What are you doing for a subwoofer?

    I just had an Alpine head unit and 4 new speakers installed (I ahve the factory soundbar).

    It sounds great but I really miss the bass I get from the subwoofer in my Lincoln LS.

    Anybody else have Sub ideas?

    Alas there is not much room in the TJ!
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    This one is specifically designed for the Wrangler and fits in the center console:

    I have one, and while it won't impress anybodys kids, it's more than adequate to round out the standard system. It's listed as being suitable for '97 to '00. I'm not sure if the console changed after that date, or if it's just because the factory system became available then.

    Finally, for around $10-$15, Clarion make an adaptor harness that allows a true plug in installation. I bought the sub kit on eBay and the harness from Crutchfield.

    There are many other solutions but this works well for me.

  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    I have the factory "sub" in ours. Takes up the lower 2/3 of the center console but puts some of the bottom back in tunes. Not what I'd call a real sub, but considering it's completely hidden and takes up no room, I decided to get it when we ordered ours. My understanding is that you can retrofit the sub console to the 97-00 Wranglers without too much difficulty. The amp is internal so you just need to tap the rear channels for signal and run a trigger wire with ground.

    I have an MTX Thunderform in my Explorer and it puts out some real bass. I wish they made one for the Wrangler.

  • kelleyokelleyo Posts: 182
    Thanks for the info.

    I did a search on Jeep Wrangler Subwoofer on Ebay and found this:

    I think it is promising as the sub will fire into the back seat and not into thin air.. I already have a tuffy secure trunk so I can remove it and put this in.

    decisions decisions....

  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    from Pismo and did take the Wrangler out on the beach. It was OK, I guess, and I had fun watching a truck get stuck in the sand (amazing how fast one tire can dig a hole), but sort of boring after a while. Might have been more fun in the sand dunes, but it seemed like it was all ATVs there, and I had visions of getting really stuck going someplace I had no business going to in a car because I didn't know better. I really am more interested in mountain stuff. But at least I got off-road and had a real excuse to use 4Hi!
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    I've heard the sound deck ( I think that's what theat sub enclosure you posted a link to is called) is suppose to sound pretty decent, but you'll lose all the space behind the rear seat. Having the sub in the console actually works pretty well. It opens to the driver's right hip and puts the bass up closer to the front passengers. Check one out the next time you're at a dealer. Before we bought ours I tried the regular 4 speaker setup against the one with the sub console and decided the console mount was worth the $200 or so that it cost.

  • rhighrhigh Posts: 6
    Has anyone raised the seats in the 2003 jeeps, and how did you do it? I like the new 4 speed trans but feel like I'm sitting in a hole compared to the 2002 and prior jeeps.
  • i've seen a kit for the tj's before that would raise the seat one in. . i just don't know who makes it. do you take your jeep offroad ? i've heard a lot of bad things about the new 4 speed.
  • rhighrhigh Posts: 6
    In the market for a new or used jeep cant decide get a new or 97-02 last jeep CJ-5. Whats wrong with the 4 speed auto trans.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    I wish I had a way to LOWER mine. (1997 TJ Wrangler Sport).
  • kelleyokelleyo Posts: 182
    I wish there was a way to make mine go back about 2 more inches (I am 6' 4" and have long legs).
  • shill3shill3 Posts: 124
    I have the sound deck and it does sound great (hey, it's the first Jeep I've ever had with a radio!). But, it does take up what little space you have behind the rear seat. And, to hear it up front at highway speeds, you have to blast out your rear passengers.
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    Buy a YJ. They have much more leg room.
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    the only gripe I've heard about the new 4 speed auto is that on extreme climb angles, the tranny can lose pressure and not allow you to go forward or backward, you have to roll back to more level ground to get the tranny to engage again. You can search in the Rubicon board on JU and find some posts about it. It appears to only happen at VERY steep angles.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    The "only" gripe? Whoa! That is scary! I would hate to be in the middle of a real steep climb or descent and have to put the thing in neutral and roll back to level ground. All you would have going for you is the brakes then, with no compression braking.

    I prefer the good old five speed manual anyway.


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
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