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  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    For some interesting trivia that applies to your question - there's a vanpool program through my company and one of the things they consider is the disadvantages of having people sit in the same seats all the time. Seats will wear differently for each person, and from your post, I get the impression that your wife spends far more time in the right seat than you do. It probably doesn't fit you very well.

    My husband and I carpool to work (he drives in and I drive home), so I spend as much time riding as I do driving. I'm perfectly comfortable being a passenger and don't notice any difference.
  • jimlw2jimlw2 Posts: 122
    Hi mtngal - Saw your new Fit on CarSpace and it really looks fit! Sharp looking and your photos do great job of giving us a good feel of the interior. Thanks for sharing and happy driving your new toy...I mean car (aren't they really grown-up toys?) :)
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    I love tossing the keys to a friend and have them drive once in a while, even offered to let a friends 16 year old daughter drive,,but she opted to wait until we were out sometime during daylight.

    when i was test driving (test riding), i told the salesperson I wanted him to go along on the test drive so i could ride in the passenger seat and back seat, he thought i was nuts, apparently no one had ever done that before.

    jeff

    it was sunny when i went to the mall today , and raining when i left ( no top ) wasn't bad until i had to stop at stop lights.
  • gman1259gman1259 Posts: 209
    How did the Fit do going up the Grapevine?
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    The Fit does quite well on the Grapevine - we did both sides this weekend (Bakersfield Saturday and Santa Clarita Sunday). It's got a 5 speed Auto in it (very nice!) and does downshift to 3rd for the steepest parts - rpms around 5000 so it is noisier than at other times. However, it is still quieter than the soft top Unlimited! It can maintain 70 mph with the cruise control set, and this morning we computed the gas mileage at 39 (all highway driving, going up and down the Grapevine). Looks like it will be somewhat sensitive to speed, just like the Wranglers. The first tank (to and from work Friday, driving 70) came out to 30 mpg, where we slowed down to 65 over the weekend. We're going to keep it around 65 for this tank and see if the difference is the slow-n-go traffic or the speed. With the Wrangler the slow-n-go doesn't bother it's mileage figures much, where speed will make a huge difference (as will stop and go).
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    does anyone besides besttop make soft doors? I know best top makes good stuff,, i just can't bear to part with $375 for something that won't be on the jeep that often.

    jts
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    Nope. Rock Gear did for awhile but they closed down apparently. A used pair of Bestop doors on Ebay can be had for $200 or so.
  • highdeserthighdesert Posts: 12
    I bought some "anti-fatigue mat" at Lowe's for $4 per linear foot (36 inches wide) for use as a cargo liner for the Unlimited. It's about 1/4 inch thick and is a decent match for the dark khaki carpet. I'm happy with it so I thought I'd share! Twelve bucks total...call me cheap. :blush:

    Dennis
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  • jimlw2jimlw2 Posts: 122
    Hi Dennis - Very innovative idea and budget conscious to boot. Thanks for sharing your idea.
  • wpowellwpowell Posts: 125
    So, after conquering every speed bump, curb and handicap ramp at the local mall I was ready for something new. I broke out the globe, gave it a spin and landed here:

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    Actually, I "had" to attend a work function in Maui and we rented a Jeep while we were there. When the rental car folks said "Jeep" I assumed they meant a Liberty with boat trailer tires, but I was wrong; we got a (drum roll, please):

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    I have to say I felt right at home in the Unlimited Rubi, but the scenery was a little different than what I am used to. What an awesome place to roam around in a Jeep. I highly recommend it if you are ever in the neighborhood! Here's one more for the road:

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  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    A rubi rental!? Now that's a great idea! Maybe I'll go to Hawaii so I could test one out. Eventually I'll need to replace the Unlimited I have, and why not with a Rubi? And why not do a LONG test drive, just to make sure it would work out. Wouldn't that be a good excuse to visit Hawaii? I might even be able to afford it with all the money I'm saving on gas having the Fit as my daily driver...
  • nolid5nolid5 Posts: 148
    Nice! Tough Job :shades:
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Bet the front driveshaft was removed. :)

    My Wrangler on my Maui trip had the front DS gone, to prevent that spur of the moment offroading that some may try to do.

    But we only had an X. :( Rubi's were just starting to come out on the market.

    Did ya check out Iao State Park? :)

    -Paul
  • pinhead1pinhead1 Posts: 3
    Can anyone tell me good or bad about their experience with the Sunrider soft top? Thanks,
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    The sunrider top is easy to put back and fun (remember sunscreen). My owners manual doesn't mention it, but I understand later ones tell you not to have the sunrider open without removing the back window if you are going to be driving at highway speeds. I tried it and it creates a strong suction on the side windows that will pull them in against the supports and perhaps stretch them. Otherwise, it's a quick alternative to putting the top all the way down.
  • wpowellwpowell Posts: 125
    Paul,

    The front DS was there, but it may not be for the next guy :P I kinda got it into the lava field and did a little, uh, rock crawling. Not my fault; they basically taunted me by giving me a Rubicon as a RENTAL! Is lao State Park the giant lava field in South Maui? If so, yes, I saw a little more of it than I should have :blush:
  • wpowellwpowell Posts: 125
    Anyone heard from the team captain??
  • wpowellwpowell Posts: 125
    I absolutely agree with mtngal. I pop open my sunrider probably 5 times for every time I actually put the top down. Takes 60 seconds and you can just "flop" it closed if you are out of the Jeep for a little while.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Tom's still here, he just doesn't post as much these days, though his last post was only a few days ago......Tom's last post.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    and has not been at a puter much.

    As for Iao state park, it is kinda in the middle of the island. As you come south from the airport towards the Four Seasons hotel, there is a road in town that you can take to the west. You go past a mall, then the road basically runs right into the park. So the stuff in south Maui is NOT it. Here is a pic from Iao...

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    The south side of the island didn't do much for me, except as a jumping off point to get to Molokini Crater for some nice snorkeling and scuba.

    Try the Hana Highway. Beautiful drive and awesome with the top down. It is so twisty, I think of it as a Jeep trail that happens to have asphalt.

    -Paul
  • pinhead1pinhead1 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the info! I just got my dream car 2 months ago 2006 Wrangler X - Solar Yellow and will now look to buy the soft top. So with the Sunrider it is best to keep back window open, does it flop much when open on highways?
  • believebelieve Posts: 74
    Hi everyone,
    I finally found my Jeep!!....I've been missing my 91 for years now. Saturday I pickup my 2002 Sport {"yellow"). It has both soft and hard top and only 30000 miles. I'm finally getting rid of the ford ranger.....it really hasn't been a bad vehicle....easy on gas.....but the fun factor is totally missing!!!.....anyway....just excited here!....later
    Lew
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Way to go! Sounds like a nice find, I like the yellow (bright colors work with Wranglers). Now the fun will start! Post pictures as soon as you can - we love looking at them!
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Mark:

    Thanks for asking about me. I also got an email from old Tex (Texasjeep) asking about me. It's nice to know that I have been missed around here.

    I still check in almost every day, but I just haven't had much to say. I just don't seem to have much enthusiasm for anything any more.

    I'm still trying to pick up the pieces and get on with my life after losing my best friend and soul mate, Ross Allen. That has hit me harder than anything that I have ever been through in my entire life. I have Hank now, and I am developing some pretty stong feelings for him, but no matter how much I end up loving Hank, I know that I will never forget my Rossie Pup. I still think of him and cry at least once during the day almost every single day, even though it has been seven and a half months since I said goodbye to him.

    For the newer folks around here, please take a look at the website that I made for my Puppy. Well, even for you old timers, you might want to go back and take another look, since I have probably added some stuff, if you have not been there for a couple months or more.

    http://home.earthlink.net/~tsjay53/

    Everyone who was a member of this forum at the time was very supportive back in September, during the early days after I had to have my Ross Allen put to sleep. Thanks to all of you.

    Tom
    Have you hugged your Jeep today?

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  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    but I just haven't had much to say

    There's a whole new generation of Jeepsters (and potential Jeepsters) out there who desperately need education - and you're the man best suited to provide it! Now, get with the program! :)

    tidester, host
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I realize how my last post must sound to most people; they will think I am mentally impaired for caring so much about "just a dog." That's OK, I accept that only a very few people can understand what I am going through, because only a very few people ever love a dog like I loved (and still love) my Rossie Pup.

    That picture I included in my previous post says it all... Thelma Jane (my Jeep for the benefit of you new folks), Ross Allen, and "Grandpa." Almost EVERY Saturday, my Puppy and I would go wheelin' at Turkey Bay. I took that picture by holding my digi camera in front of me while Ross Allen and I were driving home from Turkey Bay.

    I wrote this "open letter" to Ross Allen a few weeks ago.

    "While other family members were too wrapped up in their own activities to give me more than a cursory acknowledgement that I was home, you had been waiting for me all day, and you gave me a hero’s welcome as I walked through the door after work. My arrival was the high point of your day.

    Often when I talk to humans, they only halfway listen, having their minds on something else, but you always had time to listen to my problems, and you always gave me your complete, undivided attention as I spoke to you.

    People are sometimes in a bad mood and are best left alone, but you were never in a bad mood; it was never a “bad time” to talk to you. You were always there for me.

    No matter what sacrifices I make for other family members, it often goes unnoticed or unappreciated, but the least little pat on the head, or a “good dog,” or an “I love you” would thrill you. And, if I took time to play with you, it was almost too much excitement for you to handle.

    Humans are always expecting something, making demands, but you asked for so little; you only asked for my love and a tiny bit of attention once in a while. You brought joy and a deep peace to my life every day, and you repaid me for the simple little things that I had to do for you, like feeding you and taking you outside, a million times over.

    People have their own lives to live and their own business to tend to; they have places to go, people to talk to, things to get done, and no matter how much they love me, they can only give me part of their time. But, I was the center of your life. You had no life apart from me. I was your life.

    Is there any wonder that I loved you so much? Is there any wonder why it hurt me so badly to say goodbye to you on that awful day, September 19, 2005? Is there any wonder why I still cry for you almost every day, even now, almost six months after you had to leave me? Is there any wonder that I will love you forever and will not be whole again until we are reunited? Rossie Pup, Grandpa loves you, and Grandpa misses you."


    Well, since Ross Allen was a Jeep dog, and since I mention wheelin', I guess this post is not really off topic, is it?

    Tom
    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • believebelieve Posts: 74
    sound crazy?.....I don't think so Tom. I do think you would sound crazy if you didn't feel the way you do. It's been quite some time since my Lab "Holly" went home. I still think of her quite often...and it's been 13 years ago...we do have two other girls right now and they are also up in years...
    I think ...
    The world needs more people such as yourself. And we need you back here on this site....

    I will be picking my jeep up hopefully this Sat....my two dogs will also be "Jeep Dogs" when that happens (the only reason I mention that is to stay on topic :) .
    talk later....Lew
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Have you visited my Puppy's website?

    http://home.earthlink.net/~tsjay53/

    There is a Jeep Jambo going on at Turkey Bay right now. They sign in tonight, I believe, and then wheel tomorrow and Saturday.

    They don't close Turkey Bay for the Jambo, so anyone can still go wheelin', but I think I'll sit this weekend out. I have been there before on Jambo weekend, but not as a participant in the Jambo. Turkey Bay is big enough so that it isn't a problem for non-attendees to wheel while the Jambo is going on.

    One of my regular wheelin' buddies is a trail guide for the Jambo at Turkey bay and for the one at Williamsburg, Ky, the "Gateway to the Cumberlands Jamboree." I might try to go to the one in Williamsburg sometime.

    Tom
    Have you hugged your Jeep today?

    P.S. Congratulations on the Jeep purchase! I want to hear all about your initial impressions.
  • believebelieve Posts: 74
    my 2002 sport will need new tires....I will not be doing any off roading and I do want it to look good. any suggestions?
    tks...Lew
    one more thing..what is the biggest tire that it will take without any problems?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Lew:

    A stock Jeep will take tires up to 31" in diameter. You don't want to go any wider than 10.50" on factory wheels. They have too much backspacing for more than a 10.50" tire.

    The 31 x 10.50 tires look real good on stock Jeeps.

    I would recommend BFG All Terrains in the 31 x 10.50 size. Those things are nice looking and wear REALLY well. I had a set on Thelma Jane until I decided I needed mud tires for all the wheelin' I was doing.

    Tom
    Have you hugged your Jeep today?

    P.S.

    You sound like a perfect candidate for a budget boost. Rubicon Express has a pretty nice little kit for just over $200. You get two inches of lift out of them. I think I would still stay with 31" tires, but theoretically, you could go with 33's.

    A stock Jeep with 31's or one with a budget boost and 33's will not have much room for wheel travel during flex before the tires rub on the flares. This shouldn't be a problem unless you disconnect the front sway bar, and since you say you won't be wheelin' your Jeep, that may not come into play in your case. If you go the budget boost route and stay with 31" tires, you will have a little more room for flexing, if you ever do disconnect.
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