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  • 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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