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  • The wheels are aftermarket 16 x 8"
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    In that case the answer depends on the offset, or backspacing, of the wheels. See if the tire store will let you try them out in their parking lot, to see if they rub. It's not an unreasonable request.
  • I am in need of a new or rebuilt engine for my 1994 Wrangler. I reside in Baltimore, MD and if any of you have info on a reputable repair/installer, please let me know.
  • Went over to my dealer to find out if there was an update on the status of my baby. Found out she's still in "D1", but they already have an estimated shipping date... Dec.15th. Meaning I won't see her (likely) until right around the New Year... which seems somewhat appropriate!! :-)

    Here's hoping that the timeline is feasible.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Oh baby! The waiting is gonna get even tougher as the you get closer to delivery.

    I guess you're gonna track the progress during the shipping phase? You been to twylie's site and found out how to track the rail shipment?

    Keep us posted!


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • jptjjptj Posts: 53
    My wife had 31x10.5x 15 on her 91 with a 2" body lift they did not rub when she went off road I lower the YJ to a 1” body lift and had to go down to 30x.950x15 for clearness. Looking up the 245x75x16 I see that they are about the same size 30.5 v 30.7 so I believed that you would need a lift kit. You can put 30x9.50x 15 on a stock YJ if you are not planning to go off road.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I can't believe it has been three years since I picked up Thelma Jane! It was December 8, 2000, when I got the call and rushed over to the dealer to pick her up.



    Just made payment #36, so still two years to go. It feels so good to have a vehicle that I can pay completely off and know that I will still be thrilled with it at the end of the payments.

    I can see some serious mods coming when the payments are done with. Still want to keep her very much street worthy, but there will be some goodies for her.


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Andrew - Waiting isn't any fun at all, but when it ends, it will be SO nice! Hang in there!

    Tom - Congrats on the 3 years! What a difference between vehicles - you are now celebrating the fact that you are over half way to having her paid off and owned outright. I, on the other hand, recently celebrated the 3 year anniversary of the buying the Taco. I'm excited about that because I am getting closer to being on the right side of the note and I'll be able to finally dump it...

    Aren't Wranglers so much fun! I celebrated getting the pink slip for my Noble Black Steed by fixing the dash gauges, and perhaps this weekend he'll get a bath (he needs it after the St. George trip). It's a Jeep day forecast today - they are talking snow levels at 5,000 feet. Hooray!
  • Is there something wrong with autologin? I thought at first it was cookie settings on my computer, but I've noticed that it does not work on any of my computers, including a brand-spanking new one. Host?
  • Looking for help on deciding to buy a used 98 or later Jeep Wrangler vs a new 04 "X" or Sport model. Most of the used jeeps I have looked at are at the 30k-51k mile range and was wondering about reliability, problems and concerns. Also wanted to know what options that all you Jeep Junkies would consider invaluable.

    Thanks in advice.

    Future Jeep Junkie
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Is there something wrong with autologin?

    Not that I am aware of. I'm sure you've done this but are you sure you're clicking the "accept" settings link after you've done the login? You might also try clearing your browser's cache as that occasionally can lead to problems.

    tidester, host
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I purchased a 97 TJ with 81,000 and paid under 7,000 for it.

    It was not in perfect condition, but workable. The biggest issue was the exhaust manifold, which was cracked and had a leak. I had to replace it, then a week later, the catalytic died. That was not fun. But other than that, I've done all my repairs myself.

    97 and 98's had the most issues with the exhaust. After 98, I think things are a lot better. With the repairs and mods I've done, the Jeep is a good reliable vehicle.

    Here's what I've done, some required, some not:
    1. Replaced top (leaking) with Sailcloth Replace-a-top.
    2. Replaced carpeting
    3. Added Seat Covers
    4. Installed Soundbar with 6x9's
    5. New Stereo
    6. Door Sill Guards
    7. Repair - Valve Cover Seals - EASY
    8. Repair - Replaced leaking Radiator - EASY to Moderate (fixed with tightening hoses better)
    9. Replaced SE Wheels with Canyons and 30x9.5 BFG AT KO's
    10. New lights and fog lamps (install soon, but ordered)

    You can see the car at to see how it ended up.

    Once those repairs were done, it has been driving great. I suspect most of those repairs came about because previous owners didn't do routine maintenance, so when looking, check into that.

    Based on my experiences, when you look at a used TJ, check for:

    1. Scraped underside to indicate offroading
    2. Check the differentials (both on the pumpkin side and on the driveshaft side to check for leaks. That may be an issue for tranny reliability, IMO.
    3. Check the engine compartment to check for other leaks (oil, coolant, etc). Some may be easy to fix, some may not be - it depends.

    For a best bet, a stock TJ would probably represent a better value. A modded TJ would probably have been used offroad and you may not necessarily know how much it had been abused.

    You CAN find a great TJ even in the 30-50k range. I live in soCal and I put 30,000 on a car per YEAR! My 2002 BMW already has 52,000+ on it, my 2000 JGC has 82,000. Mileage isn't always an indicator on wear. Almost all my miles are highway (80+ percent). My 1999 Civic had 94,000 miles on it when I sold it, but it had the original brake pads with over 60% of the pad left. Go figure.

    Good luck and let us know what you find.

  • Thanks Tom and Mtngal! Luckily it's a pretty busy time of the year, so the waiting is made somewhat easier...

    Tom, I did check out Twylie's site... I just might try and track it that way. Almost willing to let it be a surprise (I'd hate to get my hopes up and then encounter a delay)... Last but not least, congrats on passing the 3 year mark.

    In regards to mods... what sort of mods can you put in without voiding the warranty? I haven't looked into it, but suspect I may have to go pretty well mod-free for the duration of the warranty (and an extensive one that is). Was thinking that eventually I'd like to put in the EMU HD lift, ARB bull bar (I like the look of it and it has a great location for mounting the winch), the Safari snorkel (don't ask!), dual battery mount... and probably a ton of others that escape my mind (like seat heaters for our cold, cold winters).

    Also, does anyone know if you can use the Rubi's lockers air-compressor to air up tires? I know this is a possibility with the ARB locker compressor, but aren't sure if that is the case with the Rubi.

    Thanks in advance,
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Making mods won't affect your entire warranty but may nullify the coverage on related parts.

    For example, you're struggling back to the dealer with a blown 'u' joint on your factory drivetrain, when your aftermarket high output alternator fries itself and PCM (powertrain control module). There should be no problem getting the 'u' joint and any related damaged parts replaced under warranty. However, the alternator, and all the expensive related parts, will not be covered.

    Conversely, you're struggling back to the dealer with a blown 'u' joint, but you recently fitted a lift and larger tires. On the way, your factory alternator fries itself and your PCM. This time it's unlikely you'll get warranty coverage on any of your drivetrain parts, but the electrical repair will be picked up under warranty.

    It's a fairly commonsense system that's fair to both the customer and the manufacturer.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Okay, I have to ask... :) What's the snorkel going to be used for? :)

  • I went with the 235/70-16's, which I know fite fine.

    Thanks for the help
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I have a '98 that I bought new, and the only thing I would add to Paul's comments is that I had a problem with my dash gauges. They would occasionally completely disappear and the air bag light would come on. It turned out to be a very easy fix - did it myself with some help from a friend.

    The exhaust manifold is a very expensive repair - cost me $800 and I've heard of dealers asking $1200 for it. If you go with a '97 or '98, make sure you check it! They redesigned the part in something like 2000 so later models (and ones where it has been replaced) won't have the problem.

    Mine has something like 115,000 miles on the odometer and it is still great. In fact, we drove it today since they were talking about a 5,000 foot snow level. I missed it, though (urrr!). The snow started after I got to work, and it will probably all melt before I get home (looked like it was clearing off on the webcam). Oh well, it gave me a great excuse to drive the Wrangler today!

    P.S. The rubber on the back tailgate has dried out and needs to be replaced. That is probably due to our very dry climate, so I wouldn't worry about it if you live in a more humid spot.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    You should buy new, if there is any way you can afford it. I say that not because I am afraid of the reliability of the TJs, but because of all the current incentives, not the least of which is the 7 year/ 70,000 mile warranty.

    Also, you will find that a used Jeep Wrangler holds its value very well, which is good if you are selling one, but not if you are buying one.

    If you do go used, there is no more risk in buying a TJ than there would be with any other used vehicle, and maybe even less. I think the reliability is just fine.

    If you plan on ever doing more than mild off roading, you probably should make it a point to get a Jeep that has the Dana 44 rear end. They are stronger than the Dana 35s and will allow you to install bigger tires and a locker without being in constant fear of breaking an axle shaft.

    If you can afford the time, reading a LOT of the old posts in here should give you a real good education on what's important and what's not so important as far as model choice and options.

    Ask any specific questions you may have, but in order to give you a good answer, we will need to know how you plan to use the Jeep. Will it be on the pavement almost exclusively? Will it get off roaded much? How severe will the off roading be? What is the climate where you live? Will the Jeep be driven mostly in town, or will it see lots of highway miles? All of these things are factors that need to be considered in your choices.

    We'll help ya any way we can. We LOVE to talk Jeep around here! :)


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    You don't have to wait until your warranty expires to do mods. Like Mac24 said, they cannot deny your warranty for a part that is totally unrelated to any mods that you have installed.

    You DO bear the risk of being denied warranty coverage for a problem that legitimately can be attributed to a modification that you have made. That is only reasonable.

    There is even a law here in the US (don't know about up there in Canada) called the Moss-Magnusson Act that prevents dealers from denying warranty coverage unless they have a legitimate case that a modification made to the product caused the failure. I'll bet there is a similar law in the books up there in Canada too.

    It's a good idea to establish a good working relationship with the service manager at a dealership nearby. Those guys can really go to bat for you and do you some favors. They are blasted by lots of people on the Net, but there are some very competent, very friendly service managers out there that are willing to go out of their way to help you.


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • lol. A bit of poser-ish in-duh-vidualizing of my ride I suppose. Plus, you never know when you may have a hankering to go snorkeling through a pond. ;-)
    Last thing I want to do is to get hydro locked...

    Thanks Mac, that does indeed make sense. As Tom suggests, I'll have to talk with the service guys at the local dealership. I'm not going to worry about mods for a while - I am sure the stock Rubi will be well beyond my meager capabilities for a long time to come! Plus, if I got a lift I wouldn't fit into my parkade!! Just very exciting to think about all the possibilities...

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    People generally fit snorkels to look cool (nothing wrong with that), but justify it by claiming they need it for deep water fording.

    In reality a snorkel is actually the last thing you'll fit for that purpose after having first sealed the HT electrics, LT electrics, PCM, airbag sensor, master cylinders, raised the axle and transmission breathers, swapped the fan for a switchable electric version, raised the exhaust outlet, sealed the battery, etc., etc., etc. I've seen lots of snorkels, but only half-hearted efforts at even a few items on the above list.

    Snorkels were designed for, and work very well at, drawing air in at the vehicle's roof level. The air at that level, in dusty conditions, is much cleaner than at the level of the standard intake. Snorkels are very effective at extending service intervals and engine life in places like the Australian outback, the dry season in many African countries, and of course, deserts all over the world.
  • I was about to mention the dusty conditions, etc., but you did go on to write about that...

    I totally concur that there is a lot more to be done in order to do deep water fording. However, even in not-so-deep water where the approach is steep, (I believe, and please correct me if I am wrong) you can accidentally suck in some water before the rest of the vehicle enters and "raises" the front of the vehicle enough so that the air intake is safe from taking in water.

  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I hope you managed to get home all right this evening - and that your daughter wasn't out in that Wrangler. I heard on the radio that there were wind gusts over 80 mph around Mojave. They didn't say whether it blew up a sand storm or not, but that's some serious wind!

    My commute home was bad enough, and the wind on the Grapevine isn't as bad as out in the desert. The gusts weren't consistent and that drove me nuts.

    I did make some observations about the Wrangler's performance. The Wrangler seems to have some speed related performance thresholds - I've always found my gas mileage isn't bad as long as I don't drive over 70 mph.

    Tonight it seemed like if I kept my speed just under 60 mph the wind was tolerable. The wind was mostly a headwind, with gusts coming from either slightly left or right (varied). Above 60 and it was white knuckle time. Under and it wasn't so bad. This was driving through some SERIOUS wind - I wouldn't be surprised if there were some gusts close to 60 mph. Tumbleweeds were flying across the freeway, a difficult drive. At least there was still some snow at the house - it looks like we have over an inch left!
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Under the circumstances you describe, a snorkel could save you from water ingestion, but you would undoubtedly have bent the fan and ripped the radiator by that time. If you drop the front end into a submerged hole, the rule is to cut the ignition immediately.

    The recognized technique for transversing deep water of a constant depth is to first immobilize the cooling fan. Then, drive across at a steady five to ten mph. You form a bow wave (just like a boat will) which as long as you keep your speed steady will maintain an air pocket behind it. Conveniently, that's right where your air intake is! Actually, the whole front half of the engine compartment will normally remain dry.

    How do you ascertain that the water is of constant depth? That's what your passenger is for of course!

  • lol.

    Absolutely correct (both about the passenger and (from everything I have read) about the whole fording process). Hard to imagine that the front half of the engine actually may remain dry!! It's more of an extra margin of safety I would think... and in my case a bit of future individualizing of the vehicle (I'll admit, I love the look of it).

    It does beg the question though, don't the convolutions involved with the snorkel actually make air delivery more difficult? Does it affect performance in any way?

  • Well this is my first post, I've been reading the board for a few weeks and have read most of the posts from the last year so far (yeah it's alot, something like 3000). Well I've wanted a Wrangler since my first ride in one when I was 14. I'm almost 23 now and I've finally got the money to do it. I'm going out this weekend to most likely place an order since none of the dealerships around me stock anything but completely loaded or bare bones. I hope that everything goes well with it.
    The comradery(sp) of the people here has brought me to post. You all seem like a great group of people and I look forward to discussing more.
    Right now I'm looking at a Sport with the 30" tire package, Sentry Key (helps with insurance), and the upgraded speakers, soft top is a must for me I wont have it any other way, and half doors.
    Well I guess that's it for the first post I'll be back don't fear :)


    Oh and to explain the user name it comes from the movie Chasing Amy. Since that user name was taken I replaced Amy with Erica, an ex-girlfriend that I never should have let get away. My jeeps name will be Amy though. Damn I haven't even placed an order and she has a name :)
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Welcome, Dude! Glad ya posted.

    Man, you HAVE spent some time reading, if you have read the posts for the past year! You should have found some very useful info in your reading (and some not so useful). :)

    Get that order placed, and we'll help ya make it through the waiting.


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Test the principle to convince yourself. Next time you're in the pool get a square 'Tupperware' container base (or even a small square of plywood), and sweep it through the water at a constant speed. You'll be amazed at the size of the 'hole' you make in the water behind it. The faster it goes, the bigger the 'hole'. However, as soon as you stop, the 'hole' collapses.

    The ARB snorkel (the only one I know of for the TJ), is designed so that the intake faces forward, providing a 'ram air' effect. I've never heard of any performance changes, good or bad. Remember, increasing the efficiency of the air intake is only beneficial if it was restrictive in the first place.

    A couple of downsides are that it requires cutting holes in the bodywork that will be hard to fix if you remove it. Also, you'll find that it'll catch on trees and branches if you find yourself driving on tight trails.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Sounds like you have Jeep fever all right. Best way to deal with it is to get a Wrangler as soon as you can get what you want. Wranglers are all about FUN, so have fun with it.

    Definitely get the 30 wheels unless you plan on going with bigger tires right away. I'm still running 30" tires after 5 years (though at the moment I have Bridgestone Dueller AT tires on it, not the Goodyears) and have been very happy with them.
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