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  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Have you guys tried the silverstars?

    I can't justify the price of the Magic J's though the afterglow is too cool. :)

    -Paul
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    I had them on my WRX. For the price, they weren't bad and I did notice a difference over stock although not as much as the mfg would have you believe.

    Stephen
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    If you're looking for performance rather than appearance, take a look at the 'E' version of both Cibie and Hella. Twylie gave a good post earlier.
  • Tom - Glad to hear you are still beating Thelma's corners around!! She is probably in need of full body armor now :) How did that Timberwolf CJ go in the mud? I looked like it just had a pretty big body lift and not much ground clearance under the skid, so I imagine you did about as well in the mud as it did.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Think again! :)

    That guy had 35" Superswampers and was locked front and back. No way I could keep up with him.

    It was just a lousy day... the mud ruined things. He has a pretty nice place to play there, but it needs to be dry when ya go.

    I hope we can go back sometime when the conditions are better.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    I've got the Silverstar replacement bulbs in my Explorer and my wife's car. They are better than stock bulbs (whiter, cleaner light), but not nearly as good as the light thrown from the E-code lenses. If you're looking to save a few bucks, try one of the E-code lens housings with H4 bulbs from a motorcycle shop. Probably about $80-90 total, vs. 35 for the Silverstar bulbs alone. Worth the extra money IMHO.

    -twylie
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I like the Cibies and Hellas. I prefer the Cibies but a friend at a local shop gave me a good deal on the Hellas. And besides, I figure you should use German lights on a German SUV, right? ;) You can keep the stock harness so long as you use stock wattage bulbs. Upgrading the lights and speakers have made my TJ safer AND more enjoyable.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    People, I am gonna be climbing the walls! I didn't get to wheel last Saturday, since I didn't have a wheelin' bud, and the weather was so crummy that I was afraid there wouldn't be anyone at Turkey Bay, if I drove all the way down there and took a chance on hooking up.

    Now, this Saturday I have to work! Guess it would be too sloppy at Turkey Bay to do any good wheelin' anyway... rain again! Wet conditions just ruin the wheelin'. You can still go, but the "fun" things are best not attempted when the ground is muddy.

    Oh well, maybe I can hang in there another week. Guess I'll have to, huh?

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    You could get sick during the week... :) That'd cure that problem. :) hehehe

    -Paul
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Well, I talked to my financial advisor ;) and discussed with her the benefits of upgrading the lights in the TJ. She didn't see the point of replacing lights that worked fine, but she was reminded of doing something similar. She agreed.

    I ended up ordering IPF 920H replacement lenses and the Magic J H4 bulbs with the green afterglow to match the green TJ. I also ordered the IPF 968 lamps for fog lamps. I won't be using the stock fog lamp wiring, but this TJ doesn't have it anyway. :) I'll mount the switch somewhere nice. If y'all want photos, I'll take some while I do the mods and put them up on my Webshots for ya. Let me know if you want to know where I got this stuff and I'll send ya an email. I don't use my Yahoo mail often and I can't give out my work email here.

    I'm also hoping to order at some point the blue afterglows for our Grand Cherokee. :) She doesn't know that yet though. :) hehe

    -Paul
  • While researching new cars on the net, I stumbled upon this site. Your obvious love for your Jeeps convinced me to take one for a test drive. After driving a few Jeeps, I could not get them out of my mind. No other car would do, so I am now the owner of a 2004 Jeep Wrangler X! It is the Columbia Edition, black with a soft top, half doors, tinted windows, and air conditioning. I have had it for just over a week now, and I think I am officially obsessed. It is snowing outside now and I have to drive through a valley and up hills to get to work...can't wait! Thank you everyone, your enthusiasm steered me towards my Jeep, and I couldn't be happier!
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Welcome to the club! The Wrangler is a fun vehicle. One bit of advice: Your Wrangler will handle a bit differently than a passenger car-particularly in icy weather. Drive carefully until you acclimate yourself to your Jeep's capabilities. I suggest finding a large, empty snow-covered parking lot to practice your braking and steering technique. Don't get me wrong; a Wrangler's road manners are anything but treacherous. However, most new TJ owners need to become familiar with the handling characteristics of a vehicle with a short wheelbase and a high center of gravity.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I'm sure Tom will welcome you too with a big YEHAW, but welcome!

    The X is ripe for lots of fun mods if you want to take the step of wheelin' it. I have the 4cyl in mine/my daughter's TJ, and haven't really taken it offroad. Maybe I'll take her to Hungry Valley one day in the Spring and show her things she can do.

    Depending on your intended use, the X can be changed to enhance that experience - offroading being the main thing. For a daily driver, the softtop can get a bit noisy, but if you keep the airflow going through the vents, the windows will bow out and reduce noise considerably.

    Enjoy your ride. I had an X in Hawaii a while back and LOVED driving it around. Too bad I had to keep taking the top up and down with the rain/sun. :)

    -Paul
  • Hey, looks like wranglers are selling like candy..Dont really see as many on the road then i did in the summer.....I have a quick question for you guys.. What's a good way to remove snow and ice from the soft top windows.??????????? Just curious cause snows heading my way///6-10 inches!!! A littel update on my jeep.... Getting a 2 inch lift this christmas for her,..And some jerk scratched the hell out of it with a key. So that ruined my day..other than that it gets more fun everyday...
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    To get rid of the snow/ice, I get in and tap the windows softly and most of it comes off. After heating up the interior a bit, the rest should come off easily. Don't wipe it! You'll scratch the windows!

    As for the top, I just leave it and let the driving do it. :)

    You can also use a car cover available from most off road places designed to fit the TJ. That makes it easier - just wipe the heavy snow off then take the cover off. If you dont take the cover, leave it someplace where it can dry. If you have to take it with you, keep a breathable bag handy to carry it.

    -Paul
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I agree with Paul, though I've wondered if something like Rain-X would help prevent ice/snow accumulations on the soft top windows. The Rain-X site says to check with the manufacturer before applying it to plastic. I may try it on my Sahara regardless, if it screws up the windows I'll have an airtight justification for buying a new sailcloth replacement top...:)
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I swear you're following me. :) Both on the 3 Series and this forum... or we just have the same cars. hehe

    I just threw out my old windows for the TJ. I should have tried Rain-x. You could probably call JC Whitney and talk with them about the sailcloth windows to see if RainX would work.

    I was told by them that for cleaning you can use the BMW convertible window cleaners, so there are definitely things you can use on the windows. If RainX has any alcohol content though, I suspect you probably can't.

    But go ahead and use it anyway and mess up your windows. Those sailcloth tops are NICE! I put a black one on my green TJ this past summer and love how it looks and works.

    -Paul
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I agree with Paul, though I've wondered if something like Rain-X would help prevent ice/snow accumulations on the soft top windows. The Rain-X site says to check with the manufacturer before applying it to plastic. I may try it on my Sahara anyway; if it does screw up the windows I'll at least have an airtight justification for buying a new sailcloth replacement top...:)
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Welcome, sean! I use my Wrangler for a daily driver when the roads are bad and don't have a problem as long as I stay cautious. Because it locks the front and back wheels I get annoyed when the road is partly icy - I tend to just leave it in 2WD and drive very carefully.

    I hope all you folks with bad roads are enjoying your Jeep days - I, unfortunately, am looking at 50s, a slight chance of a sprinkle with the snow level more than 2000 feet above me! By the way, Paul, Hungry Valley is dry and brown at the moment - might get a bit muddy Sunday - but otherwise lovely for off-roading right now.

    Can you snowbound people share some of that snow with us out here? From what I hear you've got more than you want, and we'd like some.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Just head up to Tahoe or Mammoth. :)

    I think I'll make a dad/daughter day and take her offroading, but I don't want to go alone. You always want to have a bud with ya. Maybe she'll drive the TJ and I'll drive the WJ (once I get the AT's on it). Then we'll have buddied up... just need some tow straps now. :)

    -Paul
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