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  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I wonder if once the "official deadline" has passed, if some orders are still taken, and an exactly matching Jeep, originally ordered by a dealership for their inventory, is re-assigned to go to the individual who placed the late order? A dealer would have to check with DC to see if such a Jeep is in the pipeline before agreeing to take the order. Pure conjecture, but if anyone knows, please tell us.

    I know that my salesman told me four and half years ago, when I was ordering Thelma Jane, that orders for "sold" Jeeps took precedence over Jeeps ordered by dealers for their lots.

    Peeps, if you want an 05, and if they really are still taking orders, you'd better get that order in NOW. (Wrangler1, sorry if that seems like I am doubting your word, but it's validity of the info you were given that I question, not your word.)


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  • gsyoung1960gsyoung1960 Posts: 52
    I'm really close to getting a Jeep. While test driving an Unlimited w/H Package today, the saleman told I should just look for one with the main components I'm really wanting (auto, security), and get the other stuff after market.

    I have not been able to find anything on the Premium Fender Flares though. If I could order the same "color matched" fenders aftermarket, I'd look into other options for aftermarket (i.e. body side steps, chrome grille, pumped up stereo, etc).

    Any suggestions on being able to find these same fenders aftermarket?
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    you can buy anything and everything aftermarket from numerous catalogs or on EBAY,,,

    if you want factory side steps, watch ebay, many people (me included) when putting on rocker guards will take off the factory steps and sell them for a fraction of what the cost was to buy them on the jeep.

    chome accessories,,, or many other online / hardcopy catalogs.

    if you just do an internet search for "jeep accessories" I'm sure you will have more choices than you will know what to do with.

    I've bought from quadratec and I was very happy with the service from both

  • karlw90karlw90 Posts: 59
    ...well, after lurking on this board for about 6 months (and posting a few questions), I put down a deposit on a Silver Unlimited yesterday. I should have it within my possession in a few days.

    Oh, and for a few who were wondering - you definately can't order an 05 Wrangler anymore. And the Solar Yellow color that put on their website, that is for 06s only.

    Once I get the Wrangler I'll definately take a few pics and try to put 'em up here.

    One question: I recently was browing the internet for hardtop storage accessories, and found a "cart" that held your hardtop in an upright position. Now, I can't find what site it was at! Does anyone here know?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    CONGRATULATIONS! Yeeeeeeeeehawwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!

    Page 30 in the Quadratec Summer 2005 Catalogue for you hardtop dolly. Or, go to


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  • hypehype Posts: 16
    Check engine light came on-got my code through turning key 3 times to on which gave me code "P0455" which translates to a "leak detected in evaporative system". I had a case of the "vapors" about a year ago which I was told was a result of a "pinched hose"...can someone tell me what that is? And why maybe it reoccured again? Is there anything I can do to try to remedy this myself? Thanks.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Try clearing the code and see if it comes back. Mac will help us out, I hope, but I think you have to disconnect the battery for some period of time to clear the code.

    A simple thing like a gas cap not being properly tightened can cause that code.

    Cars nowadays have a closed loop system for fuel. Fumes from the gas tank are collected, condensed, and returned to the tank, I do believe. Mac???

    A leak in a hose or fitting short circuits the system and causes the check engine light to come on.

    I'm sure Mac can correct and/or expand on what I have said.


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  • greddengredden Posts: 30
    I willl be using the Wrangler as my daily driver. I hunt and fish, so I will be taking if off road. I hope that sometime in the future I can take it on some trails out west.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Your profile says you live in southern IN. That puts you within reasonable driving distance of Turkey Bay. When you get that Jeep, come on down and wheel with me!

    What town do you live in? Email me, if you don't want to say where you live here on the forum. My Email is public in my profile.

    By ALL MEANS get 3.73 gearing. I'll have to go back to read your post again, but I THINK you said you are going to get the "tire and wheel package." If that is the "AAS" package that you are talking about, you will LOVE it, and 3.73 gearing is included.

    The factory limited slip is called TracLoc. Some people belittle it, since it has clutches that will eventually wear out. If you are not going to install a locker or some after market limited slip, then the TracLoc is much better than an open differential.

    Gredden, while your tires are brand new, try to get a good deal on trade-in and buy yourself some good mud tires. Those factory GSA'a are not called Get Stuck Anywhere's for nothing. They are just highway tread, and they are very unsuitable for off roading in our area, where mud is often encountered.

    You might as well get the biggest tires that will fit your stock Jeep (no lift), and those would be 31" x 10.50" tires.

    Ask around and make your mind up based on your research, but I run BFG Mud Terrains, and they are great mud tires. They DO have weak side walls, but they are great in the mud. I avoid mud when I can, but there's no way to stay out of it all together where I wheel. If you are going into the woods for hunting and fishing, then you will need some good mud tires.

    I recommend a winch as one of your first mods, since it sounds like you will be out in the boonies by yourself sometimes on your hunting or fishing trips. A winch can save the day for ya.

    Good luck in getting yourself just the right Jeep! Ask any and all questions that come to mind.


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  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    Everything Jeff said about aftermarket is true.

    Just keep in mind that the salesman telling you to settle for a Jeep with the main compnents, and get the rest aftermarket, while not incorrect, is in the business of selling you a Wrangler. On his lot. Right now. I never get tired of pointing out that my "knowledgeable" Jeep salesman drove a RAV4 which made his advice very circumspect (nothing against RAV4s).

    If you're the type who enjoys aftermarket optioning, you're in for a world of fun. Especially with the help of the guys on this board. (Don't get Tom starrted on ties and winches!) But for guys like me, who didn't want to mess with that, I waited and demanded the exact Jeep I wanted.

    No idea about the fender flares, so I guess I haven't really helped at all.

    Good luck.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    You mentioned "trails out west." If you mean rock crawling, then be sure to get the Dana 44 rear axle. That is also part of that AAS package, so as long as you get a Jeep that has that package, you are covered on the Dana 44.

    The Dana 44 is a heavier duty axle than the standard Dana 35, and it will support the combination of larger tires and a locker, in case you ever want to put a full locker in your rear axle. That limited slip will be good enough for you to start with, but if you ever get into serious off roading, you will want a full locker.

    Now, you can't order an 05 any more, so I assume you are just going to be looking for a Jeep in someone's inventory that fits the bill? Be careful. Some of those salesmen will tell you anything. Some of them honestly don't know squat about Wranglers. VERIFY that the Jeep has the Dana 44 axle (if that's what you want) or whatever other options you want. Check the option list on the window sticker.


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  • gsyoung1960gsyoung1960 Posts: 52
    Hey, just saw it on the following link... I was looking at them too. Let me know how you like it!
  • gsyoung1960gsyoung1960 Posts: 52
    Thanks for the advice for aftermarket stuff. I think I'm leaning on getting an Unlimited with the "H" Package which gives you allot of stuff... just didn't know if I could save some money, and get the same thing after-market.

    Since I'm probably getting the "H" Package (and very much like you wanting to get just the way I want it), that package gives me some "bling" to get started. I think I'll be looking for the some good looking running boards though, since the factory stuff doesn't really jump out at me... Any suggestions (picture) on some hot looking running boards?

    P.S. Thanks for the thoughts... just talking to other folks really helps in making some of these decisions!
  • karlw90karlw90 Posts: 59
    Thanks gsyoung! Once again this forum never has disappointed me...

    I cannot wait for the first day I take out my Unlimited topless... hopefully Chicago weather cooperates with me this summer....
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Friday I decided I'd had enough and needed a break. Saturday we drove down to La Jolla and Oceanside, opened the top and enjoyed the incredible beach weather. Then this morning we closed up the top and turned on the air conditioning - it was in the 90s inland and too hot for sunshine. Love the Unimited's Sunrider option!
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    not as easy as some say,, but its on. the hitch was a bit too snug to just slip in place. a bit of convincing from a floor jack and hammer, and its on :) . I took pictures, but she's not too sure of having her pictures posted on line.. :(

    my 04 had the wiring connections in the rear passenger wheel well, her 05 was in the rear drivers wheel well. I took a couple pictures of what the connection looks like if anyone that is doing this for the first time wants to see what to look for, drop me an email (address in my profile ) I can send a pic of what to look for.

    I still can't convince her to take her's offroad.


    3 days of clear weather predicted, tops down!!
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    When are you going to get down here and wheel with me???

    Also, let's try to set up something on your end at Rockport.


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  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    >Then this morning we closed up the top and turned on the air conditioning - it was in the 90s inland and too hot for sunshine.

    I was in Burbank today and understand completely. Sometimes it's just too hot to go topless.

  • bindercatbindercat Posts: 2
    Hi Jeep Wrangler people! I have owned my 2005 Jeep for approx 1 year and I love it. However, I purchased my Jeep with a hard top, never seeing why I would want to take it off...... DAH!!!! Anyway, I am a small, single, female and I think I would like to purchase a soft top to put on in the summer time. (I live in Michigan, so summer would be May to Sept.) Everything I have read tells me how difficult it is going to be. I even called my Jeep dealership and asked if I purchased a top, if they could put it on and take it off for me, and they said NO. :cry: Please direct me as to difficulty, types, fabrics, etc. NOTHING will insult my intelligence! THANKS! :confuse:
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Soft tops are NOT hard to put up down at all. It just takes a few times doing it.

    You will probably need the following:
    - door surrounds (depends on full or half doors, etc)
    - Soft top hardware and mounting points on your roll cage
    - Soft top (DUH!) :)

    Issues you have to deal with include:
    - Where will you store your hard top while off. Many have hard top hoists and leave it hanging in their garage.
    - Where will you store your soft top while the hard top is on. You don't want both on at the same time.

    You can find hardware and software to do this using either factory parts or you can go aftermarket. Bestop makes a top, but I am not sure they sell the hardware to mount it. or are great places to get educated. You can find stuff (factory and aftermarket) from eBay as well.

    If you can post some specs about your Jeep (full or half doors - I suspect you have full) and such, that would help. To see what door surrounds are, look at the attached pic. It is my Jeep (soft top only) with the safari top, which is different from a regular soft top. The curved plastic around my driver door is the door surround and is used to attach not only the top, but the rear side windows. If you don't have these on your Jeep, you'll need something that will work with whatever soft top you go with.

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