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  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Thanks for the info. I'm running stock with the 30" wheels. The rims were replaced with the same type of rims that it originally had (at least they look the same) after the accident.

    When I replaced the tires recently I did have a weird wear pattern on one of the rear tires. I wasn't rotating them very often (going the JiffyLube route at that point) so it had been on the rear for quite a while. It was worn on the outside, like a front tire would be from an alignment problem. The front tires were just cupped, but not worn on the inside or outside. By the way, the guys who replaced the tires didn't notice the sharp inside edge on the rims, and they are sharp!

    So any information I can get going into this will be great.
  • since you were in an accident it might have knocked your front end out of alignment. It might be easy enough to just take it to a front end shop like the guy said... I don't know if it's possible that the new wheels you got had a different backspacing than your old ones. I don't know if Jeep makes different backspacing for the same type of wheel, they might though. Get that checked out too.
  • Hey guys,

    I am thinking about purchasing new tires for my TJ. I would like to get the largest size possible without getting a lift (don't have the money). I heard the maximum size with stock suspension and no body lift is 31". Is this true, and will I still have enough articulation room for some offroading?

  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    They did have to realign the front end after the accident - in fact when they tried to align it with the new rims, they discovered that they had to replace the tie rod end. Of course, it could be out of alignment again - the accident was two years ago, when my lovely Wrangler was only about 6 months old, and I've driven a number of rough roads since then! I also more or less trust where I got it fixed - it is the same place Edmunds gets their cars fixed when they have been in accidents (I found this out after I got it repaired. At the time I just went where my insurance company suggested).

    The main reason I don't think it is the alignment is that I had normal wear patterns on my front tires when I replaced all four tires this summer. I will have it checked before I do anything about the stops or the bolt. It will probably be next weekend before I can get it to some place to have it worked on.

    It was a good thing that I didn't take it (I would probably have had to leave it) anywhere on Sunday - this morning we woke up to about 2 inches of snow, and very icy roads. I don't know about the weather this year - the last 2 years we didn't have any snow to speak of until January. This year we've had significant snow twice! I'm not sure I want to chance leaving the Wrangler anywhere for a week at this point, since the Taco is 2 wheel and worthless in the snow.
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    Leaks are a pain to track down. Sit in the Jeep when it is raining and you can often tell where it is coming in, but the big culprit is often in the HVAC system. That little box b/w the hood and the windshield can get clogged up, and when it can't drain, it will come in through the HVAC and wind up on the floorboards.

    COngrats to tsjay--having my own sort of jeep special day today too. I paid it off this morning 1.25 years ahead of schedule, the title will be in the mail in the next week or so. I'm setting up my new page here in San Diego right now, I'll post pix and stats for it when I get a chance.
  • I saw this on the Wrangler forum at Hallmark is selling 60th Anniversary Wrangler Ornaments. It's a red TJ with it's top down, and a wreath on the front. I think it's $14.95. Here's URL for a picture of it.

    I haven't bought a TJ yet for various reasons that's why I don't post here much. I should get one of these ornaments so at least I'd have my Jeep - ha.

    Happy Holidays everyone - Jeffer2

  • I have a 99 TJ with the 4.0 liter and stock 5-speed. The other night I was driving and hit a bump which caused my gauge cluster lights and hvac control lights to go out. I then noticed that my tail lights and front marker lights were also out. I changed the parking light fuse, which was blown, and seemed well. Last night it happened again and I changed the fuse once more but this time it blew as soon as I turned on the lights. Turn signals, 4 ways, head lamps, brake lights, and interior lights all still work. I am assuming that there is a short somewhere and think that it might be in the light switch unit because the lights perform all of their other functions. What do you think is wrong???
  • The engine warning light keeps coming on in my 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport. The dealer tells me it may be due to extra touchy sensors. In order to get it reset I need to take it in and have them hook it up to the computer.
    Anyone else have this problem and get it resolved? Or is there a way to disable the light from coming on since apparently there is nothing wrong, other then touchy sensors. Thanks.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I wouldn't disable that light, cause sometime it might be a real problem, and you would want to have a warning. Heck, it could be a real problem this time, cause you haven't had it checked out yet. Hope it isn't.

    Let us know how this turns out, OK?

    Good luck


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  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Sorry about your problems and hope that you get them fixed. Please post when you get it fixed, so that the rest of us can benefit from your experience.

    That's one real useful purpose for a group like this... so that we can learn from each other's experience and possibly have some idea as to what might be wrong when we have similar symptoms.

    thanks and good luck


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  • I had a similar problem after installing a trailer hitch on my 97. After blowing 2 fuses, I finally figured out it was water getting into the trailer electrical plug, even though it had a cover. I installed a saver box for it, and never blew another fuse.
  • I have heard of the touchy sensors on the TJ. A coworker of mine has the exact same Jeep that I have (2001 Sport) except he got his at a different dealer. He was experiencing the engine light problem, so he took it in to his dealer who downloaded the sensor fix into the Jeep's computer - painless and problem solved. I have not had the problem with my Jeep - I assume that my dealer had already applied the fix when I bought the Jeep.
  • I have a 2000 Sport with a soft top. Last night someone (probably jealous of a beautiful Jeep) decided to put about a 10-11 inch slash in one of the rear curtain windows. I put a piece of clear packing tape over it for the moment, but I suppose I will have this replaced; I don't really want a hard top. Has anyone had this happen? Do you know if this is covered under warranty or insurance, and is it easy to get just one side curtain for a factory soft top?

  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    it should be covered under your insurance, as long as you have comprehensive insurance. You can figure out if it is worth meeting your deductible, since you are only talking about $125 or so. You don't really need a whole new top, just a replacement window. You can get a factory one at or a Bestop one from They are identical; Bestop makes the factory tops for Jeep.

    Of course, your insurance guy may not know you can replace just one window. You might consider pushing for a whole new replacement top made of the new sailcloth material, since it's supposed to be so much quieter. That might push up your premiums though so think carefully. Getting an entire replacement soft top would cost $950 for the factory one (includes the hardware which you already have) or $650 for the Bestop one (fabric only).
  • I feel your pain, my driverside curtain was slashed. I considered the insurance thought too but I really dont need that going up at this point. The Bestop tinted replacements are the ones I finally purchased. They were like $170 and all that was stolen out of my Jeep was like $2 in change. Whoever did it broke open the center console, which I fixed myself, and left about 20 CD's and a check book in there. Go figure. Which window of yours was cut I still have the pass and rear off of a 2000. Let me know if interested, I am willing to help out a fellow Jeeper.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I don't want to steal his thunder, but good ole Larry ought to be posting about a certain big event soon! Everyone stay tuned.


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  • I was thinking about selling my Hard Top on my 98 Sahara. Anyone know how warm does the Soft Top keep you in the Michigan Winters? Or keeps out the winter elements. I am moving to Houston next summer and thought this might be a good time to get rid of the Hard Top. If anyone is interested in buying the Hard Top email me. But I definately want to drive it this winter, but am a little concerned about the Soft top and the cold!
  • kasfin

    I live in the Chicago area and have only a soft top. I am going on my third winter with it. As long as you are careful that the top has all zippers and velcro tight, I don't think you will have any trouble. I find the heater is good enough to keep it warm inside. I don't feel any drafts even at hiway speed.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059

    It's probably better just to put a small ad in the classifieds of your local paper rather than Edmund's message boards.

  • Thanks for all your input. Im still debating on what to do -- and tinted windows sound pretty cool.
    bhowell2- thanks for the offer, but it was my driverside curtain that was slashed as well. Apparently there was no attempt to take anything because my alarm never went off and it has a pretty good shock sensor.

    Oh well, after all every Jeep needs a little character, and what better than a scar on one of the windows! Its been getting some extra hugs to make up for the injury.

  • huck7huck7 Posts: 16
    I apologize if this has been asked before, but 4300+ posts are a lot to read.

    Does anyone run thier Wrangler with the doors off? I am an old CJ fan and that was the best part (well one of the best parts) of driving it through the Summer.

  • huck7

    I bet you will hear from tsjay.
  • I take mine off everytime I get the chance. I removed the hinge nuts and never put them back on. The only 2 down falls are that removes the side mirrows, which leagly in Va. you are supposed to have a drivers side and I seem to get sun burn pretty bad on my left leg Lol. I seem to like rideing with my foot on the side step, I'll put up with the sunburn but I plan on getting a mirrow that goes in the upper door hinge piviot point.
    pretzeldude66, go for the Bestop shaded windows. I really like nine, I was concern that the black soft top would of fade lighter than the the new windows fabric after 2 summers but it is not noticable.
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    The doors come off pretty easily and driving without them is blast though it scares some passengers. The TJ is very likely the last Jeep with removable doors--new federal guidelines on side-impact beams will likely change this design on the next-generation Wrangler.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    Yessir, I agree that doors off is the best way to enjoy a Jeep! I have taken the doors off of my 2001 Sport several times.

    They are easy to take off, but they weigh a ton, and you have to be careful to raise them exactly straight up as you remove them, so that those exposed threads don't scratch your Jeep.

    You need a 13 MM wrench, and I strongly recommend a boxed end wrench to prevent slippage of the wrench and the resulting ding in your paint job.

    There is no way to prevent scratching some of the paint off of those hinge nuts, but you can try putting a rag over them to reduce the damage.

    Quadratec has some good storage bags for the doors for about $100 per pair. They are custom made for the Jeep doors and do a real good job of protecting them. I'll be glad to give you more details, if you are interested.

    You will need to pull the fuse for the overhead light when you remove the doors. This is the fuse located second from the bottom in the right hand column of fuses, if my memory serves me (but I'm old and have slept a few times since doing this). Better check the owners manual to be sure.

    If you do this step first, don't be surprised if the light stays on for a few seconds after you pull the fuse. If you have just opened the door, there is some kind of delay feature which keeps the light on for a while. Obviously, the power for that must come from a separate circuit.

    Huck, just go real slow and be careful! Those threads that you expose when you take the nuts off are deadly on the paint job, if they are allowed to contact the Jeep! Unfortunately, I know this from experience, but it was a fairly small spot, and I touched it up. Be prepared to take a major load when you lift those doors, because they are heavy!


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  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Hey, you can get a door sill protective strip from Qtec that looks real nice and seems to have worked well for me. I mention this because you said you rest your foot on the door sill when you are topless, bhowell2.

    These things were VERY inexpensive. I think they were only about $20 for the pair. They are held on by adhesive strips and no drilling is required.


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  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    tsjay, do you have those Bestop door storage bags? Do they work pretty well? I asked Santa for them for Xmas. Bestop makes good stuff generally.
  • I just sit my doors on a piece of carpet in the garage, lean them against the wall and throw a blanket over them to protect them. I am sure the door bags would be better, but I haven't had any problems.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Yes, I'm almost sure they were Best Top brand. I just looked in the Qtec catalogue and the Best Tops look like the ones that I bought, and the price matches exactly what I paid.

    It's dark when I get home now, and there's no electricity in my garage, so I can't actually check them out for you until the weekend, but I am 99% certain that they are Best Top.

    They work real well. I highly recommend them.


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  • I have a 99 Wrangler Sport & got replacement bulb for exterior 3rd Brake Light. What tool will work on lens? Looked like Phillips but didnt work & I dont want to strip it. Thanks
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