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Jeep Wrangler Wave and Meet the Owners



  • Well, since I posted on the Jeep Wrangler board, I figured I should make it official here, too.

    Name: Art
    DOB: January 1960
    Location: Newton, NJ
    Occupation: Engineering Manager
    Family: Married (Jeanette), two sons (Adam - 15 & Justin - 14), cat (Cali) & dog (Magic)
    History: Born and lived in Ohio, after college moved to Lakeland, FL, Covington, GA, Hamilton, OH, Columbia, TN, and Newton, NJ
    Vehicles: 2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4X4, 2005 GMC Envoy 4X4, and my new favorite - 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon! (Notice they're all 4 wheel drive! :) )

    My Jeep:
    2006 Rubicon
    6-Speed Manual
    Deep Berly Green Pearl Coat
    Dark Slate Gray Interior
    Dual Top Group
    Security Group
    Speed Control
    AM/FM CD 6-Disk Radio
    Front Floor Mats
    Locking Fuel Filler Cap
    Loaded with FUN!

    First modification - stick-on 3" convex mirrors (I love these for backing and the blind spot). Not much, but it's a start!

    Now to save up for the rest of the plan...

  • I have always wanted to own a Jeep Wrangler and finally got one. I bought a 2005 Wrangler Sport (with 12 miles) and picked it up last Friday. It is a blast to drive and am now kicking myself for not buying one earlier. I don't miss my 2001 BMW 530I (5sp) one bit!

    One thing that takes a little getting used to is finding 5th and 6th gear (somewhat awkward -- and I know it's not me 'cause I've been driving nothing but "sticks" since I was eh hem... 13 :).) Also, the "knocking" engine noise when accelerating can be a little annoying.

    I hope to take down the top one of these days and maybe take it off road. We'll have to see how that goes.

    Keep on Jeepin'!
  • Name: Gary
    Birthday: 1954
    Location: Oklahoma
    Family: married with two college sons (Texas A&M, New Mexico Tech)
    Jeep: Eugene

    1998 Wrangler SE/ red/ black soft top/ five speed/

    Mods: Minimal. Bigger tars, alloy wheels, nerf steps
    Use of Jeep: my daily driver; some off-road and gravel trails. Few extended trips to Indiana, New Mexico.


    And a link to me with Eugene:
    Gary & Eugene

    As always, hope these come through. Pictures are from this past weekend's trip into the Ouachita Mountains of SE Oklahoma. And no, I don't resemble I????
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    Looks like you could be my twin brother. :)

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    scenery! :) I forgot how pretty Oklahoma could be, especially the eastern part of the state!

  • I am thinking about buying my first Jeep Wrangler. I am only looking to buy 2001-2005 model. I need help deciding
    which model and year to buy.

    thanks and take care
  • Hello Everyone,

    I am considering buying a Jeep Wrangler and I need some guidance.

    I am only interested in year 2001-2005 models.

    Any advice or help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks and Take Care
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    It rather depends on (a) how much you want to spend, and (b) what you want to use it for.

    Models range from the basic SE, to the rock crawling specialist Rubicon. Engines can be a 2.5 or 2.4 (depending on the year) inline four cylinder , or the more powerful 4.0 inline six cylinder. Tops can be soft or hard, bodies can be short or long. Prices can be found on another part of Edmunds or on other sites.

    So, what are your criteria?

    P.S. For a better selection of answers try going to the actual Wrangler forum here. :)
  • Thank You So Much and Take Care
  • Tom:

    Imagine how I felt when I first saw a picture of you! And then, I recall Mac making some statement about a resemblance as well.... Could D-C be guilty of profiling?

    Maybe we should offer to star in a commercial for them!?!?

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    More ways to wave - check out CarSpace.

    imageimageDrive on over and see me!
  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    Greets. I use to drive by Jeeps and say to my wife, "there goes my Jeep." It didn't matter what it looked like...I just always wanted one. I took my first drivers test in Harlan, Ky in a Wrangler that I had never been in before...thanks to my cousin for that.

    I am now an empty nester and decided to purchase my dream vehicle. I couldn't be more pleased. Paid 18, did I do?

    Born: Harlan, Ky
    Year: 1949
    Resides:Connecticut for last 40 years.

    - 2006 WRANGLER X X Pkg. $20,550.00

    - Primary: Midnight Blue Pearl Coat Included
    - Interior: Dark Slate Gray Included

    - 4.0-Liter Power Tech I-6 Engine Included
    - Command-Trac® Part-Time 4WD System Included
    - Dana 35 Rear Axle Included
    - 3.07 Axle Ratio Included
    - 6-Speed Manual Transmission Included

    - Cloth High-Back Bucket Seats Included
    - P215/75R15 RBL Wrangler All Terrain Tires Included
    - 15" x 7.0" Full-Face Steel Wheels Included
    - Black Hard Top $1,160.00
    - 4 Speakers Included
    - AM/FM Stereo with CD Player and CD Changer Controls Included
    - Air Conditioning $895.00
    - Front Floor Mats $30.00
    - Locking Fuel Filler Cap $15.00
    - Smoker's Group $30.00
    - Half Metal Doors with Locks Included
    - Full Metal Doors
  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    Seems like you got the top of the line..depending on the year. Is your an 06? If so, go to and built your version.
  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    What should I get to replace my mirrors when I take the doors off? I don't want to drill holes or make brackets. One would have thought they would have a place for them knowing folks will remove the doors.
  • drewmeisterdrewmeister Posts: 168
    There are plenty of brackets out there. Try or It isn't cheap, but they work well.

    "One would have thought they would have a place for them knowing folks will remove the doors."
    The idea is they don't want to encourage lawsuits. Remember that somebody will actually take the doors off and drive with no seatbelts. Then, when they fall out, they'll sue Chrysler. The doors are intended to be swapped (full for half, etc.) rather than left off. Personally, I like the top off and doors on on pavement.
  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    So I attach the brackets to holes that are already there?
  • texasjeeptexasjeep Posts: 270
    There is a lot of options out there. I reuse my stock mirrors on a bracket that I bought from Sun Performance products.
    There is a good write up on it here (click).
    I kindof redneck it, but I keep my drive side permanently mounted on the bracket. The passenger side mirror is not usable on the bracket when the doors are on, so I leave it mounted on the door. When I am doorless I only have a drive side mirror and review mirror.
    I have heard buying some of the other mirrors to drop in the door hinge vibrate a lot.
    For more information on other options and modifications you may want to post in the regular Jeep Wrangler forum. click here
    Let me know if you have any other questions about the Sun Performance brackets.
  • bob465bob465 Posts: 1
    Howdy Paul - Hope you're still reading this thread -- pardon being off-topic but i've been considering moving to Tehachapi and commuting to Edwards. Can we exchange emails on subject?

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    If you edit your Profile and make your email address public, Paul will be able to contact you that way.

    Steve, Host
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Not a problem. :) I'll drop you an email once you make it public. I don't live there anymore, but I did live there for nearly 7 years.


    PS: Check your inbox.
  • Hello

    Living in New York City
    Army Veteran

    I've always loved Jeeps but they were not "practical"
    for the family back in the day.Son is grown and is on his own.So....I'm hopefully going to purchase the newly redesigned Jeep Wrangler this coming fall.

    I've owned a Bronco II when I was in the service in the late 80's.Did a lot off-roading with my fellow soldiers.

    I currently own a 1990 Toyota Camry,but last winter the poor thing was having fits in the snow.So,this winter she will be kept in the garage and the Wrangler will take up those duties and whatever else I can think of. :D
  • Hi folks,
    I just found this group while reading the mail on the Hyundai Elantra group to which I belong.
    I own a 1990 Wrangler with the 4 cylinder engine which I bought used off a buy here pay here lot on Phoenix, in 2000.
    Right after I bought it, it would occaisionally refuse to start when hot. After it would cool down for a couple of hours, it would start just fine. At first, the dealer thought "O.K., dumb female" untill it happened to HIM after it was towed to his shop. They rolled it off the wrecker, and he tried to start it, no luck. It was late so he waited till the next morning, tried again with the tech. standing with him, no dice. So they pushed it to the tec's bay, hooked it op, turned the key and it fired right up. He told me that unless it did it while on the machene, they could not troubleshoot it.
    Sooo... I went to the local wrecking yard, and bought an intake manifold for a CJ-7, went to Checker auto parts and got a rebuilt CJ-7 carb, pulled the fuel injection off, and installed the carb system. I then took the engine management computer out of the car, and threw it in my burn pit.
    The induction system taken care of, I went back to the Checker store, and a sixty year old parts clerk there told me that a distributor off a 1968 Ford pinto would drop right in, so I bought it, along with the spark control box, dropped it in, and rewired the engine harness, installing mechanical guages. The Jeep runs better that new. (Guess I'm not such a dumb female after all).
    I'm going to keep the jeep till they come out with a 4 cylinder diesel powered Wrangler. I rock collect, and have had mine in places where only mountain goats would tread.
    Name: Sabrina Hill
    Occupation: Retired Army
    Location: Salt Flats, Texas, ofer by Guadeloupe Peak.
    Kids: none
    Single, always been, I'm married to my 1940 Taylorcraft
  • ben_420ben_420 Posts: 1
    Hey guys just found this forum. Newish to Jeep ownership, but I have always always always wanted one.

    Black 2001 sport, no mods (yet-bwahaha).

    Name is Ben. Live in Atlanta. What's up with so many of you in Atlanta not waving? Jeez, I have only been driving mine for a couple of months, but I figured it out.
  • I wanted to say hello to all my fellow Jeep Wrangler owners out there. I love riding with my top off. I recently suffered a serious motorcycle accident and Dr's say I can't ride anymore. So I was looking for next best thing and this is it. I love it so much. Not like being caged in a normal vehicle.

    I also have a question, I hope someone can answer. I bought a 2005 Wrangler 'X'. I have been looking for a "cover" that I cn put on it to keep the weather out when my soft top is off. All I can find say they fit submodel TJ. Is my jeep considered submodel TJ?

    Any ideas or suggestions out there is greatly appreciated.

    Best regards and hope to wave at you on or off the road, -graywolf
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I have been looking for a "cover" that I cn put on it to keep the weather out when my soft top is off.

    Something like this?


    Try here:

    Bestop Cover
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Graywolf, glad to see ya here and glad you survived!

    Wranglers come in 3 flavors:

    - YJ's have the square headlights and were made from 86-95 IIRC.
    - TJ's have the round headlights (like the older CJ's and tradtional Jeeps) and have model designations 97-06).
    - JK's are the new kids on the block and you can surely tell them. ;)

    Bestop, as mac pointed out, makes a cover. If you want a cover you can use when the doors are off, try They are about the ONLY ones I know of that cover the open door area.


    The image above is a YJ, but they make a version for the TJ and even the TJ Unlimited (longer wheelbase version).

    It works VERY well and is the top I use on mine during the summer months.

  • Thanks for the info on the covers for the Wrangler. I wasn't sure whether to order it because it said it fit submodel TJ and I wasn't sure if it would fit on mine. It looks like you guys are saying that it will. I had the impression that mine was somehow "extended", but not sure. Thanks for the info. I definately will order one because putting the top on for every little rain shower is not what I want to do. I like driving with it off.

    Take care -graywolf
  • Why pay over 100 dollars for a besttop cover when you can get one for around 50 or 60 dollars? Is the quality that much better? 8/c-10108
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    They do have the extended version... called the Wrangler Unlimited. If you have a slightly longer than normal TJ with a fair amount of storage it is an Unlimited.

    This is an unlimited...

    This is a standard Wrangler (TJ) - okay not so 'standard' but standard length

    Notice the difference in the sheetmetal right behind the door and before the rear wheel. If you have an Unlimited and don't tell them you have one, the cover you get will be too short.

    BTW, the Rain Gear cover sells for right around 100 AND you generally get a free hat with it. :)

  • Thanks Paul. I looked at my jeep compared to the pics you sent, and I definately don't have the unlimited. It helped to look at the distance between the door jam and the rear "fender". I'm just confused about the "X" designation on my Wrangler. Have you seen those? Apparently something new in 2005. Let me know if you have any other info on this. Thanks, -graywolf
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