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  • dannykadannyka Posts: 115
    How about the "Emerald Warrior"? I think it was a nickname for the Green Lantern.

    Also, if you name your jeep the "Green Hornet", you'd have to rename your NBS "Black Beauty" (Black Beauty was GH's car in the series, for all you not into that kind of geeky stuff. :-)

    --Dan
  • was in 3rd grade, when i got a new bike. a GREEN schwinn 5 speed with hand brakes and the little front tire. they called it a pea picker.

    mtngal, don't know if you want to go wheeling in a pea picker, but sweetpea is a nice, affectionate name that immediately makes me think of green.

    please add a southern accent on "sweetpea"

    jeff

    ps,, i dont' normally watch my mileage, but was curious after hearing all of you last week. i got 16.44 mpg, that was about 2/3 hwy and 1/3 intown. that was only one tank, i plan to watch it for a while longer to see where it averages out. 2004 unlimited 4L
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Hey, Boy! Good to see you around these parts again!

    But, quit giving away my secrets!

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    "that little stretch of trail would make my butt pucker!! a very appropriate name..

    jeff"


    Well, Jeff, that's the first place I was gonna take you when you come down here. You ready for it?

    NOT! I wouldn't put you into a spot like that.

    There are folks that do a whole lot crazier stuff than that, but that is about as wild as I get.

    Wish I could find some more places that are about the same difficulty as that one. I like to be challenged, but I ain't gonna go gettin' in over my head.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    wouldn't that make you stop and paws for a minute before getting in front of him. Lord knows, you wouldn't want to tail him too closely cuz you don't know what kind of accident he'll have. :)

    -Paul
  • As for Tom's question, I'm only considering the normal Wrangler. I'm not interested in the Unlimited.

    Thanks for all the info. Since I prefer to have just one vehicle, if I make that one vehicle a Wrangler I want it to be somewhat driveable during the 90% of the time that it's on pavement. So I'm leaning toward a Sport with the 30" package, Trac-Lok, etc. as a compromise (instead of a Rubicon).

    More questions from the new kid: Anyone know of an aftermarket split-folding (50/50) rear seat? Also, anyone using synthetic oil, or diff fluid? Is it worth it?

    Thanks,

    Joe
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Paul - Funny you should ask about towing the Wrangler, I just happened to read about that in my Unlimited's handbook this morning on the way into work. It said to have all 4 tires down and the transfer case in neutral, not to put 2 wheels up. Don't ask me why I read that part - I have no intention of towing mine anywhere.

    And this Unlimited is very much mine - my hubby isn't real thrilled with the soft top. Of course, he was sure eyeing a hard top Rubi at the dealership Saturday when we were getting the second key programmed. I've told him that the next car is his choice.

    Maybe I should call it the Green Hornet and rename the Sport Black Beauty. That's pretty appropriate - fits with the original tough horse image he has always had.

    We filled up this morning on our way to work, so I should have a good idea what type of gas mileage we'll be getting by the end of the week. I'm not sure this gas gauge is any more accurate than my NBS is - we drove 75 miles (downhill) and the gauge hadn't moved off of full. I'll be interested to see how much the gauge shifts toward empty to get home (uphill).

    The other thing I noticed is that the break-in instructions are very different than the ones in the '98. This one said to keep it between 50-55 with periods of acceleration for 300 miles and that was all (that milestone was passed Saturday morning).
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    The Rubicon is not really any less practical for a daily driver than a Sport would be. At least I don't see how that would be the case.

    If you are going to get into off roading, and if you can swing the extra initial cost, then I would advise you to get the Rubi.

    Now a Sport is no slouch on the trails, so don't get me wrong. It's just that a lot of the things that people would normally do to enhance the capabilities of their Sports are things that are already features on the Rubi, and they are there at a much lower cost compared to modding a Sport.

    ONCE AGAIN... WHATEVER JEEP YOU GET, GET THE DANA 44 REAR END! (If you envision EVER going to bigger tires and a full locker.)

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    As far as synthetic oil, go back a page or two, and you will find some posts on the subject. I firmly believe in synthetic oil.

    After reading those posts, if you have any comments or questions, fire away.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?

    P.S. Joe, just use the search feature, and have it look for posts with the word "synthetic."
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    for the split rear seats, this is the only company I'm aware of. They use your seat and split it: http://www.twinseats.com

    On syn fluids, I use all synthetic fluids in my Jeep and in addition to better flow in cold temps, I noticed a quieter gearbox and smoother shifting. I use Mobil 1 products since they are readily available, but Amsoil and Royal Purple are also excellent products that can purchased through their distributors or often found at speed shops.

    -twylie
  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    How about Gumby? You have your noble black steed, which you could rename Pokey.
    http://www.gumbyworld.com/memorylane/memlane.htm
  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    I love my Rubicon, and Tom is right, there is no difference in the practicality of it vs any other Wrangler. I mean, let's face it, the vehicle in any form is impractical. I have had my Rubicon for a while and haven't taken it off road, but I'm dying to. I promise, if you can afford it and love Jeeps, you won't regret buying a Rubicon. Tom has listed all the extras it has over a Sport, and even if you don't use them often, they're still nice to have.

    On the offroading front, Tom, I have a buddy at work who has a built up CJ. He's just put a Detroit out back and wants to try it out. We're going to do a few trails around here, but I think he's interested in coming with me to Turkey Bay later this fall. So you may have an extra newbie along!

    I installed the Delphi Roady 2 XM radio Friday night. I really love it. I wired the XM antenna along the path of the speaker wires up to my speakers wedges under the roll bar padding and it works fine. One note, I'm getting static here and there because I don't have a clean channel for the wireless FM modulator to hit. I guess I might have to get an FM modulator hardwired into the dash...
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    I like Gumby as a name - very clever and fitting.

    OT - I have a couple of extra gmail invites if anyone still needs one. First few to send an email to twylie AT gmail DOT COM will get them.

    -twylie
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    BRING IT ON, BRO!

    Let's get jiggy widdit!

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    There is an adapter that you can get for the Roadys (I think it is called a PIE adapter - I read about it on the XMfan bulletin board). That will allow the Roady to plug directly into the back of a car radio that has something like an aux input on it. I looked at the radio description in my Unlimited owners manual and the radio that comes in the Unlimited can be used with a remote CD changer (it has a button marked "mode"). That leads me to believe that it has such an input on the back. This will allow the Roady to directly through the radio and you don't have to worry about having a clear FM channel.

    I haven't decided whether I want to get the adapter or just get a new radio with the XM built in. I don't want to mess with taking my own dash apart - I don't know enough to be able to get it back together again.

    Where did you mount your Roady? I thought I'd put mine where the switch for the airbag would be if I had one.

    I guess I'm too old for Gumby - I don't remember him at all! Or is this more a reflection of the fact all our "kids" have had 4 legs and fur?
  • Harriett,

    I think you will be very satisfied with the Auto. Once you get used to it I think you will like off roading with the auto more then the 5 speed. I find it easier to control the vehicle and there is no clutch burning. I know there are probably disadvantages, but for me the advantages out weight them.
  • You don’t remember Gumby? I think Gumby has been around since the late fifties or early sixties. I remember watching Gumby and Poky when I was a small child. My daughter remembers Gumby too…he has been around for what feels like forever.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    You need to keep in mind that Television had not been invented when Harriet was a little girl. Neither had Radio.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Speak for yourself! Remember, I'm a youngster compared to you, well, sort of. We weren't much of a TV family - there was only 1 TV and it was in my parent's bedroom. We kids didn't get to watch it much. By the time they finally broke down and bought a color TV, I was beyond the cartoon age and much more interested in dramas and westerns. I spent my childhood either playing outside or reading and listening to rock and roll.

    The auto is SO nice overall - I don't regret getting it at all. I've only reached for the clutch once or twice or reached for the gear shift a couple of times. It does seem strange not to need them, but I'm quickly getting used to it. If someone is thinking about getting a Wrangler for mostly on-road use (and there is NOTHING wrong with that!) then take a serious look at the Unlimited. It is so much more stable - it was VERY windy last night and I didn't feel a need to slow down to keep from being white knuckled. It is so much more relaxing, I can't believe it!
  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    I mounted my Roady in the cupholder between the seats. I can easily reach it. Here's the adapter I use: http://www.myradiostore.us/mounts-brackets-tools/belkin/tunedok-f- or-roady-skyfi.html
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