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Jeep Wrangler



  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    Hey, don't worry about those bugs that hit your grill and windshield. They won't have the guts to do it again! :)

    You know what's the last thing that goes through a bug's mind when he hits your windshield?? His hind end!

    Speaking of bugs on the grill, I heard of a guy who used to stop at rest stops along interstates, get wet paper towels from the mens room, and wipe the bug guts off his grill that had accumulated since the last rest stop. Can you believe that???


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Okie Dokie.

    In the original post, the pics must have been much bigger in file size, or there were a lot more of them, or something I guess. By the time I saw the post this AM, the two pics were only 60 KB apiece and should not have been a problem.


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • mac505mac505 Posts: 2
    I just recently bought a 1998 Jeep Wrangler. I amn excited to dive into modifying it and adding to it right away but I can't seem to find the Chilton's for it anywhere. Any one run into this before and where should I be looking for this instead? It seems all of the manuals I have found only go up to 1995 or 1997.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I wouldn't mess with a Chilton's.

    I would spend the cash and get the following:
    Factory Service Manual - very technical and very detailed
    Haynes Manual for your vehicle - more generic, but covers about 90% of the stuff you would need to do.

    I have both, and I can do almost all the stuff I need to do with the Haynes. The FSM covers EVERYTHING, but I find the Haynes easier to use. Between the two, I'm covered.

    This is the Haynes Manual you need:
    50030 - Wrangler all models '87 thru '00.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Hi and Welcome, Mac!

    Congrats on that Jeep. First ever short wheel base Jeep? What mods do you have in mind?

    It will cost ya $90, but it will be ten times more useful than a Chilton's.

    I'm talking Factory Service Manual. It's the same manual used by dealership service departments. It is THE definitive source of info.

    Here's the link.


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • 99tj99tj Posts: 187
    I'm with you, I tend to lean towards subtle rather than bling. I like the Satin, it reminds me of Brushed Aluminum. I've considered getting the whole Satin package of hood hinges, windshield hinges, door hinges, etc etc...I think it would look sharp. But alas, that all costs money :)

  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Yeah, I'm going to go with the Satin mirrors; I like the look better and they're cheaper to boot. I might go ahead and get the Satin taillamp guards while I'm at it-they're only $40 more. Slippery slope here I come... :P
  • Commonly available where? Is it specific for Wrangler or any vehicle? Found one in 4 Wheel Drive catalog for jeeps that sounds like yours, but would rather pick one up locally. Thanks...
  • OK, Tom:
    I want the name of the guy that told on me! Me thinketh us Jeep people are a little fanatical...but you gotta luv us!! ;)
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    ".......Commonly available where?.........."

    Commonly available from most suppliers of Jeep accessories!

    Yes, the one in the 4WD cat is the type I mean.
  • Thanks for the info and hope I didn't "bug" you! I just could not help myself with that one! Must be time for a Scotch and dinner. :D
  • redrocker15redrocker15 Posts: 102
    I think the owner's manual recommends temperatures of at least 70; must have something to do with the expansion of the fabric and all (and not with the need for jackets and caps!). I do know it's easier to manipulate with higher temperatures. Still, I've been known to put on a leather jacket and gloves for the drive to work, knowing that it would warm up over 75 by afternnon. (I'm sure this will annoy some purists, but it's another way that a Wrangler with the top down seems like a more stable motorcycle.) Weighing the inconvenience of putting the top back up (and messing with the zippers) vs. partially freezing off various body parts. Life is all about tradeoffs and compromises, eh? I'm hoping the zipper lube restores the magical operation of the zippers (BTW, thanks for the educational link Tidester!).
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I didn't have any particular problem with the top and it sure seemed pretty hot to me while I was washing and waxing. I was very surprised to see the thermometer saying it was only 65 out. I think it has to do with the sun up here (I'm close to 6,000 feet) - it is more intense and probably heated up the vinyl more than if I had been at sea level.

    Does anyone have a suggestion how not to get wax on the flares?

    Also, I think my flares are starting to fade a tad (could be my imagination). I remember mac talking about a product for the soft top, I think it was called 303? Would that help protect the flares from the higher UV rays?
  • mickinksmickinks Posts: 2
    Been dreaming about getting a Jeep for a year or more and finally pulled it off a week ago. I got an 05 Rocky Mountain soft top. It's even more fun than I thought it would be!!!
    Just found this forum a few minutes ago and after reading a few pages thought I would post a comment.
    I'm thinking of adding a few things to make it my own.
    Any mags or web sites I should check out?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    303 Protectant is good for vinyl (and I've had good luck with Vinylex from Lexol too).

    In the news, Jeep May Add Four Door Wrangler, Pickup to the Lineup (Inside Line)

    And welcome & congrats, Mickinks!

    Steve, Host
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    WELCOME! And, congratulations on that brand new Jeep!

    Glad you found us and hope you will stick with us. Just make yourself at home.


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • usmc_jeepusmc_jeep Posts: 24
    Still no Jeep, no ETA on delivery.

    How can it take so long for an '05 to be built near the end of the model year?

    Semper Fi,

  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Welcome! Good choice to get the Rocky Mountain Edition - it's a nice package. What color is it?

    Don't be afraid to ask questions, there are quite a few experts around here. As far as mods - it depends on what you are planning on using your Wrangler for - are you going to be using it for a commuter vehicle, like my Unlimited, or are you going to be doing some serious off-roading? Or something in between?

    It amazes me that a vehicle like the Wrangler can meet such different needs!
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Tom - reference to your post, number 16630. I can't believe that you had the guts to post a message with so many bugs in it!
  • trew123trew123 Posts: 4
    I also have been waiting a while for mine as I ordered mine the 4 weeks ago from the dealership. I spoke to the salesman yesterday and he told me that it will be here next week. If you ask me, I am starting to get a wee bit impatient. However, you know what they say about good things and waiting.

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