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  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    does not use the thicker cloth, I think. I'm not 100% on that, but I'm pretty sure it is the case. The feature is really nice, according to mtngal, but I'd prefer to just drop the top entirely. :)

    -Paul
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    I sold mine via a different jeep forum that has 4 sale section.

    there are alot of tires and tire wheel combinations that sell on EBAY. they sell fairly well.

    I got $225 for my five tires / 4 with 6500 miles.

    I've got BFG AT's on now, they are quiet and ride well ( now that I lowered the inflation from 40 to 30, as I learned on this forum)

    jeff
  • so what does everyone use for a gps system i am looking at some but i dontwant to spend a fortune
    thanks
    Dan
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I use a Magellan Meridian Platinum GPS (handheld) for trail riding and geocaching. I can take it out and secure it. I mount it using a RAM mount I got from gpscity.com.

    Here's a pic of it mounted on my dash (w/o the GPS in it).image

    The GPS I got is this one.Meridian Platinum GPS.
  • gsyoung1960gsyoung1960 Posts: 52
    jeff62301,
    Good trick to remember about the tire inflation. Do you think the new tires ride better than the factory?
  • c2kmanc2kman Posts: 3
    I am a relative Jeep novice. I am trying to decide between a new 2005 Wrangler Rubicon and a 2005 Wrangler X Rocky Mountain Edition. Big difference in price but can anyone please spell out the other major differences and why I should not consider the "X' over the Rubicon for the money? Not planning on doing a lot of off roading or rock climbing.

    Thanks
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    my new tires are 33x10.5x15 BFG ATs, that were installed 2 hours after picking the jeep up from having a 3.5 SF Rubicon Express Lift put on, so I don't know how they ride compared to the stock tires since I changed so much at the same time. the jeep overall has a stiffer ride than stock, but I'd say its the lift and not the tires.

    jeff
  • laura0808laura0808 Posts: 2
    My sister just got a soft top for her 05 Jeep Wrangler and I'm looking for specific direction to putting it down in nice weather in order to keep the top in good condition. I had a 97 Wrangler in high school and through the course of constantly putting it up and down the plastic got cloudy and scratched and it never seemed to "fit" in the back. I'm assuming it's because I didn't know the proper way to do it. I was hoping to help my sister avoid the same fate on her new top.

    Any help/directions would be wonderful.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    C2kman:

    If you are not going to off road, or if you are going to off road only on moderate terrain, then that Rocky Mountain is just your ticket.

    Rubicons look pretty cool and all, but they have WAY more capability than you need for the use you have described. Why pay several thousand dollars more for things you don't need?

    Rubicons have lots of goodies for the folks who rock crawl or wheel their Jeeps hard. They have heavy duty axles front and back with selectable lockers. The transfer case low range is geared at 4:1 vs. the standard 2.72:1 for other Wranglers. They have 4.11 gearing and come from the factory with 31" tires.

    Either way, you are gonna LOVE that Jeep! Good luck.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    there is a video that comes with new jeeps, it has great directions on how to raise and lower the top.

    its important to take the windows out before dropping the top, roll them in towels or buy a special bag to keep them in when the top is down.

    jeff
  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    >dude 2.60 is wicked expensive in vermont it is like 2.17

    It's been so long since I've heard anyone use the word "wicked." Ahh, memories.

    -Mike
  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    >have you ever thought you live on the wrong side of the hill?

    Often. In fact, I think sometimes I live on the wrong side of the country.

    >I don't even bother looking at the prices of gas in West L.A. around work any more.

    Me neither. I love how on local radio, they track down the alleged best deals on gas. "The Arco at Lincoln and Ocean Park is practically giving away gas for $2.45." Please....

    -Mike
  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    Sorry to hear what happenend, Matt.

    When my top got sliced, insurance actually picked up the tab. Didn't pay a cent out of pocket.

    Also, I recall being able to deduct loss & damage expenses for similar occurrences from my taxes. Might want to check into that if you do end up paying.

    Good luck.

    -Mike
  • laura0808laura0808 Posts: 2
    thanks so much Jeff...My sister and I both appreciate the help.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Here is a quick outline of the process.

    1. Remove rear window.
    2. Remove rear side windows.
    3. Store all three windows in one of those window rolls or lie flat somewhere safe. Be sure if they rub anything, you clean them with soap/water prior to storage.
    4. Undo the 2 clips above each door that clip into door surrounds.
    5. Undo latches over windshield.
    6. Loosen rear corners and tuck inside tub.
    7. Lift up front part of top (near windshield).
    8. Move to rear of Jeep and draw it in, tucking into tub as you go.
    9. When you get to the last bit of the top that has the clips from the door surrounds, when they fold over themselves (between them), point them INWARD towards the seat. If they stick out, the stitching will come loose a LOT faster.

    When putting the top up:
    1. Move the header part to the windshield and insert the hooks into the windshield header, but to not totally secure. Just have them attached.
    2. Move to the back of the Jeep and press/pull down on the rear bow and tuck the corners in.
    3. Reattach the rear window.
    4. Do the side windows. Since the plastic clips over the doors are not inserted yet, you have a more room to get your fingers in there to attach the zipper for the side windows. Using the velcro on the rear part of the windows to hold the end up makes life a lot easier.
    4a. Once the zipper is started about an inch or two, hook in the front part of the side windows that connects to the edges of the door surround. If you do that last, you will have a devil of a time getting them in place.
    4b. Repeat process for other side.
    5. Once the windows are all on, reattach the side clips above the doors and secure the front latches.
    6. DONE.

    I actually store my upper doors in back of my jeep (seat removed) under my tonneau/duster cover. My rear and side windows I keep stored in a Jeep bag made for this and keep that in my garage on some shelving up and out of the way. This way, I don't lose them, they are covered and clean, and nothing will get set on them since I have them high enough my wife and kids cannot reach them.

    Hope this helps.
    -Paul
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    The Rocky Mountain Edition has the Dana 44 in the back, so that is a plus! The Rubi has D44 front AND rear, as Tom mentioned and it has lockers front/rear. This is good for rock crawling and being in the mud since if one wheel is in the air or free spinning, the one with traction will still move (which isn't the case w/o lockers).

    The Rocky Mtn Edition (RME) has some nice appearance packages, and honestly gives it a unique look. The Rubicon has the tougher transmission, sits a bit higher due to the 31" wheels vs the 30" on the RME (the suspension might be a bit higher too). You'll probably save some money by doing the RME.

    The 4:1 transfer case on the Rubi makes it real easy to leave your foot off the gas when ascending/descending steep obstacles like rocks or a steep hill. Makes it safer so that you don't have to use the brakes.

    Either way, if you think you'll want both tops down the road, go ahead and opt for the dual top option - hard and soft tops. Makes better sense to do it when you buy vs aftermarket for this one. Speaking of aftermarket, with either choice you have a LOT of options for accessorizing or modifying your Jeep. Have Fun!

    -Paul
  • c2kmanc2kman Posts: 3
    Thanks very much for the advice. This was just the kind of information I was looking for.
  • c2kmanc2kman Posts: 3
    Your response was also very helpful.

    Thanks again.
  • yeah i picked it up when i was in school this past year
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    My particular corner of the SoCal mountains has multiple hazards, all of which could require me to evacuate quickly. While Paul mentioned the primary one, brush fires, our house is located about a mile away from the San Andreas Fault zone (and we've had a couple of shakers in the 4-5 range recently). It is entirely possible that I'd have to evacuate when there would be no electricity to power the gas pumps, so it makes sense to keep enough gas in the tank to get me to a larger urban area.

    I like having the option of the sunroof on the Unlimited and have used it more than I've dropped the top. It partly has to do with the weather - I can go from 70 degrees and perfect topless weather to 100 degrees and too hot for no A/C in a half an hour's drive.

    I agree with everyone else's comment about the Rocky Mountain Edition vs. the Rubicon. If you are going to do lots of tough off-roading then get the lockers in the Rubicon - it is cheaper to get them that way than to add them later. Otherwise get the Rocky Mountain Edition - they look great, have excellent features and it is amazing what the Wrangler can do on the trails in its stock condition.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    In your reply to c2kman you said the Rubicon has a tougher transmission. This is news to me. I never heard this before.

    When did they start doing this? Always been that way? What tranny does the Rubi get? You mean the auto is tougher in the Rubi than what you would get in regular Wranglers, or the six speed is tougher in the Rubi than in other Wranglers? Both trannies are tougher in the Rubicons?

    Tomster

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • normisnormis Posts: 9
    Hey All -

    I've been a lurker here for a while, and I've wanted a Wrangler for as long as I can remember. Finally started making some bucks a few years ago, and started saving with my eye on the prize. I finally put down a deposit today on a 6 speed '05 Unlimited, E package, Black with dual tops, side steps, 7 speakers, floor mats. Had to look for about a week and a half before my local dealer located a dealer who would send one up. It's being driven up tomorrow morning (about 50 miles away - which scares me to death!). Anyway, I pick it up at 6:30 tomorrow night - I'm so psyched that I don't think I'm going to be able to work tomorrow :D :blush: . I'll try to post a few pics tomorrow evening.

    Norm
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Norm:

    That is SUPER! Congrats on the new Unlimited!!! I'm really happy for ya, guy. Be sure and post to tell us your first impressions of that puppy.

    I'm glad your dream is coming true, and I'm glad you came here to share your joy with us. Please stick around and become part of the family here.

    Where do you live? Wanna do a little wheelin'???? :)

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • normisnormis Posts: 9
    Thanks Tom - I'm in Rockville, MD. Lookin to go wheelin' any time...
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Norm:

    I guess that would be a pretty long haul for ya, but if you ever want to come over here to western KY, I would be glad to trail guide for you at Turkey Bay.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I'll take a guess that he's talking about the transfer case Tom.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Must be, Mac, cause I sure have never heard anything about the Rubicons having any different trannies than other Wranglers.

    Tomster

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Way to go! I also had the dealer get mine from a different dealer, but the one he got it from was over 100 miles away. It arrived without any problem. Do make sure you do an extra careful inspection - the other dealer tried to pass off some junk that the other dealer hadn't picked up on (I think their only prep was to wash it). The carpet in the back was too short (they took the carpet out of another Unlimited on the lot and put it in almost instantly), the ash tray was missing (it had the smokers package - by the time I had signed the financial papers it had been replaced), the second key had probably been lost because the second key was cut but hadn't been programmed (we didn't discover that until the next morning - the dealership found someone to program the key even though it was Saturday and the service department was closed). The previous dealer had put a chrome insert on the front that outlines the grille that I didn't pay for (the dealership I bought from didn't know about it either). So make sure that everything is right before you drive off.
  • Well everyone I finally brought my baby home today, my jeep is a 2003 Rubicon in Inca Gold, with all the fixins like dual top, sentry key, auto dim rear view, 7 speaker CD sterio, leather steering with cruise, I'd been looking 4 about 3 months 4 the one I wanted & was going back & forth about new or used & found this one basically in mint condition in San Francisco about 1.5 hours west, so I went & checked it out & two weeks later it's finally sitting in my garage :) as you can tell I'm pretty excited about it. Well be expecting many many more ?'s from me and thanks again for all the help this site has provided me, Mike A. (p.s. I'll get pics up ASAP)
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Mike:

    Congratulations! Man, A RUBICON! Yeeeeeeeehawwwwwwww!!!!!!!

    You live 1.5 hrs east of Frisco? Man, you must live very near the Rubicon Trail, right??? You must have gorgeous scenery all around you.

    Sounds like you are definitely in a great place to drive a Jeep.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
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