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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,898
    lol, obviously my head's still on vacation. Even on my good days I have trouble remembering what's what!

    Maybe you can hook Keats up with a hosting site?

    Steve, Host

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    You can get photos hosted at Photobucket.com. They have free accounts.

    What you want is a place where "hot links" are allowed (if I am using the right term). This means that the host site allows you to type the photo's URL on some other website, and that makes the picture show up on that other website automatically.

    Lots of sites DO NOT allow hot links, because every time someone on that other website calls up the page where the picture shows up, that is a "hit" on their server. I'm sure no expert on web stuff, but I do know that there is such a thing as bandwidth, and that limits the amount of "traffic" that a website can handle at once. So, allowing hot links opens up your website to extra traffic, and that can cause a "traffic jam."

    You can upgrade to a "paid" account at Photobucket, but I haven't been a member long enough to try to even find out what you get when you actually pay for an account. I'm just beginning to use my free account.

    Let me see if I can make one of my pics that is hosted at Photobucket show up here. This will be my first attempt to do that with the Photobucket account. Drum roll please....

    image

    Tomster

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Ok, at Photobucket, you get a free 25MB account. Each picture can be no more than 250KB, but you can upload pics bigger than that. They have software that downsizes the file to less than 250KB, if the file is bigger than that to start with.

    If you get the paid account, you can have 250 MB instead of 25 MB. The paid account is $25 per year.

    Photobucket is associated with e-Bay somehow.

    Tomster

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • gman1259gman1259 Posts: 209
    THis is a cool picture! A great shot.
  • wheelsdownwheelsdown Posts: 250
    It is getting time to give Red Ryder a spring cleaning and wax job. I have been using Turtle Wax. It does a good job but I am tired of trying to clean the white residue out of the recesses around the bolts and other places where it collects.

    What is a good wax that does not leave the residue?

    Terry
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Whoa, Terry, that REALLY brings back some memories!

    I can remember the washing, waxing, and wet paper towel bug gut removal at rest stop days, but they seem to be in the distant past.

    Clean that puppy up good, Terry. Drive Red around Chi Town with pride.

    When ya gonna be down this way? Would love to either have you join me on the trails at Turkey Bay in your Jeep, or you could ride with me, if you don't want to take Red out there.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • dave__dave__ Posts: 80
    I really like Mequiar's Tech Wax. It's still the kind you apply and let dry to a haze but the haze is light and removal is much easier than regular wax. I bought my Jeep last fall and waxed it twice before the weather got too cold. Even after a few salt coverings it still beads when I wash it.

    Yesterday was my first topless day of the season! :) :) :)

    It's supposed to rain today so the top's back up. Come on summer!!!

    Yours in Jeep Coolness,

    Dave
  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    Terry, I use Zymol. It's expensive for wax, but it's 100 percent carnuba and goes on and off in a straight motion and it's very easy to use. It's very thin and imparts a great shine to the clear coat.
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    another (althoguh expensive) option is Zaino. Great stuff.

    -twylie
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    ............. for anyone interested in Zanio there's a 'Topic' here on Edmunds devoted solely to it, and you wouldn't believe it's size!
  • koolbreeze2koolbreeze2 Posts: 252
    I don't wax very often but when I do I also use Meguires. Works well and easy to remove. My Jeep is red and it gets very red when waxed. Also looks good dirty. The inside is black but now looks brown because of taking my sons Chesepeak(sp) Bay Retreiver with me all the time. He loves the Jeep and his hair has given the inside a new look. Looks like an expensive Camel hair interior. Only duct tape will remove it. Go Easy, J
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,898
    I hesitate to link to it, because people get lost first in the discussion, and then get lost (for years!) in their garage, waxing and polishing. And y'all thought Tom was bad with his paper towels and bug juice. Here goes, but you've been warned:

    Zaino Car Polishes/Products--Your Experiences (Part 2)

    Here's one for the rest of us:

    Store Bought Waxes Part II (No Zaino Posts)

    Steve, Host

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    The inside is black but now looks brown because of taking my sons Chesepeak(sp) Bay Retreiver with me all the time. He loves the Jeep and his hair has given the inside a new look. Looks like an expensive Camel hair interior. Only duct tape will remove it. Go Easy, J

    Sounds like the cargo area carpet in Thelma Jane from Ross Allen riding back there all the time.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • koolbreeze2koolbreeze2 Posts: 252
    I let the hair build up because it keeps people from wanting to ride in my Jeep:) Nothing like a good dog and a ride on country roads in the Jeep. Puts a big smile on my face. How did he get the name-Ross Allen. Sounds like an investment banker. Go Easy, John
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    They were already calling him "Ross" at the dog pound when my daughter got him, so she kept that as his name. Well, I thought he needed a middle name, so he could be a proper redneck dog, and Allen seemed to go real well with Ross.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • Hi,
    I just bought my 1st Jeep Wrangler (1989). I noticed that the Leaf Springs look awfully flat. My shocks are good but I seem to still have a rough ride.

    Are the springs supposed to be flat?

    Or are they supposed to be rounded like you see on trucks?

    Thanks alot for you help.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Well, they start off curved (but not dramatically so), and will gradually flatten over time. On a sixteen year old Jeep you probably have no way to know if the springs have been changed, but even when new, YJs were known for their kidney buster ride. You really need to ride in a similar model to see if yours is normal or not.

    For a much improved ride and a 2 1/2" lift, have a look at the OME springs and shock kit.
  • Hello I've been reading this forum for a few months now and thank you very much for all the great info, but I'll be asking many ?'s for a while. Does anyone know if there are any differences between the 03' to 04' Rubicon and the 04' to 05' Rubicon, any and all info would be great. From what I've seen they're pretty close, all I've seen is that some of the 03' options have become standard and more options have been added. Thanks again (Mike from California) (p.s. I heard that there is a Rocky Mountain Wrangler comin soon any info on that?)
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I wheeled with a gal today who has an 04 Rocky Mountain Edition. Nice Jeep. You get the Dana 44 in the rear on one of those puppies, and that is REAL important to folks who plan to do more than "light" off roading. Maybe the "05 Rocky Mountain Edition" is just now coming out???

    Welcome, Mike. Glad you are posting now.

    The manual tranny is now a six speed, but it was a five speed in 03's. Not sure about other differences.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Hi and Welcome, 89!

    Sorry, but I have no experience with leaf spings, since the only short wheel base Jeep I have ever owned is a TJ.

    Looks like good old Mac answered your question. Mac knows what he is talking about, so you can believe what he tells ya.

    Just wanted to welcome you.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • Yes, the '05 Rocky Mountain Editions are now out...in Colorado, anyway. Great looking seats and the Dana 44...just no trac-loc limited slip with the group. That's sad since it doesn't cost that much to add. Oh, well.... ;)
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    No more TracLoc available? Or they just don't include it as part of the package?

    The gal I was wheelin' with today had TracLoc in her Jeep, and I believe it was really helping her on the trails. Not as good as a locker, but WAY better than an open differential. Also, my bud at work has TracLoc (in a Dana 35), and it makes a difference for him too.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • Now here's how you do it (in Colorado, anyway). Grab the wife and head out for lunch at the new Bistro in town. Have a couple of Guiness dark brews (I think that's where we stopped) and then drive down past the Jeep dealer. You see 3 new Unlimiteds sitting there and one just happens to be white with the grey top...just the color you like. Walk up and talk to John (or whatever their name is), take a test drive (in places he never even knew existed), off the side of the road and down through some ditches (he was sure he was with fruitcakes), across a vacant field rutted with deep tire tracks and mud (he knew his boss was going to chew him out with this thing coming back muddy), do some 360's in the field, and then off the curb and head back to the dealership. When you get there, tell him OK, I'll give you $100 over invoice right now, but I want to see the invoice. He brings out the GM with the invoice, we compare the sticker, and shake hands on the deal. One hour later we own a new Jeep and have some new friends (one is a salesman with a whole new attitude about Jeep buyers and their driving habits). We leave the Jeep at the dealership for detail while we go shop for new 31" tires so we can get those awful GSAs (Get Stuck Anywhere or Go See Auntie) off and put something worthwhile on the new Katy Coyote! Then head for your favorite restaurant for some Glenlivet and Greygoose and tonic and then home to write your fellow Jeepers on this forum. See how easy that was?? Not a bad day after all! Oh, yes, for all those interested in pricing...we paid $24,500 loaded with the 6 speed...$100 over the invoice minus the $1750 Chrysler is offering right now...so only $22,700. Of course, this is Colorado and Jeep country so there is hardly any waiting or difficulty in finding the right new toy! And in 3 weeks it will be 10 days in the Utah backcountry to break her in the right way!! Happy Jeeping, All! (A mug of Guiness raised in toast...our kind of Jeep wave) ;)
  • It's just not part of the package...have seen lots of them around and none have the trac-loc! Too bad because it really ruins the package.
  • Like Tom indicated, the only difference I know of is the new 6 speed manual. Lots of friends in the Jeep business and there doesn't seem to be any other changes. Good luck and welcome aboard.... :)
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Keith:

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeehawwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hope you will be posting some pics????

    More details! Options? Top(s)? Are we talking Rubicon Unlimited or standard Unlimited?

    Congratulations! Best of luck with that puppy.

    You gotta post a few times in your earliest days with that Jeep. Tell us about the fun you are having.

    I like your name for her, too. Katy Coyote.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • I'm a first time buyer shopping new jeeps and I find that most of the interiors are grey or black. I live in the deep south and it seems they would be really hot and show more dust than the tan. Alot of exterior colors are not available in the tan and I find myself shopping for a jeep based on which ones I can get with a tan interior but the selection at the dealers is much better for black and grey. Is it what comes on the inside that counts?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Egg:

    From what I have seen, the black or grey is gonna look the best over the long run. The tan seats will get dark stains that would not even show on the darker fabrics.

    What model are you in the market for? Unlimited? Standard wheel base Wrangler? Rubicon? Sport?

    What use will the Jeep get? Daily diver? For fun only?

    If you are after PURE FUN, you are definitely on the right track in thinkin' Jeep!!!

    We'll be glad to help you decide on model and options, if you want some input. We need to know how you will use the Jeep, though.

    Tomster

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • jacknimblejacknimble Posts: 171
    What type of tires did you replace the GSAs with?
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Love your buying experience - wish I had terrain around here for test driving jeeps, but no such luck. And while Guinness might be Irish, it's a great toasting beverage for anything... And getting the grey top means that you wouldn't have a problem finding it in a parking lot full of other Jeeps - it'll be one of the very few.

    interior color - I've gotten sort of tired of the grey/dark grey interior, but as Tom says, it will wear better in the long run. I don't particularly find the dark interior any hotter than the light blue in our old Tacoma. On the other hand, the black Sport (hard top) doesn't seem any hotter than the Green soft top Unlimited. Perhaps the soft top has less insulating value than the hard top (though not much) and overcomes whatever advantage the green color has over black. It's kind of hard to be thinking of heat at the moment - we had a dusting of snow Friday and Saturday mornings. Today the sun is out and it's back to being spring. Unfortunately most of the trails I like are still closed :cry:
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