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  • Randy,

    On my '04 X, I went with Quadratec's QUICK MIRROR II (Black). The kit includes a bracket that attaches (bolts) to the windshield (in the preexisting holes). In the fall, I turn the knob, loosen the set screw and yank the mirror. During the winter the bracket (with the knob) stays attached to the windshield, but is hardly noticeable. In spring, the doors come off, I pop the mirror in, tighten the set screw and the knob and I'm ready to rock 'n roll. I have one on each side and yes they are about $50 each. But I don't have to screw around with relocating or using the door mirrors, or, as I have read, lose my right-hand mirror use when the half-door goes back on. I would also consider the mirrors that pop into the door hinges, but I just liked the Quick Mirror set-up better (less vibration, as I'm told). Let me say, however, I would not even pull out of my driveway without both mirrors (maybe from my experience driving school bus in college). Good luck.

    Thanks all who responded on my Rubicon wheel and tire question.

    And remember, let's be careful out there...

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I've noticed that my daily mileage has changed - instead of driving 154 miles a day, I'm driving 153.

    I'd have been surprised if the displayed mileage hadn't changed!

    The same size tire from manufacturer A as compared to manufacturer B is almost guaranteed to have a different rolling radius. Not only is the tire nominally different in its actual size, but the sidewalls will likely flex by a different amount.

    Finally, the Goodyears you removed will probably have been worn considerably, thereby reducing their diameter.
  • When I picked my Sport in had a 4" lift and 33's. While I was driving I noticed I was speeding, even though the speedometer said I wasn't. I used a gps like mntgal and I am saving 10% mileage on my Jeep.

    example: 10,000 miles on odometer = 11,000 actual miles

    Because I bought my Sport new I am not going to complain to the dealer, now with my warranty I am getting more miles for my money.

    (bumper to bumper) 36,000 = 39,600
    (powertrain) 70,000 = 77,000

    I know not much, but more is better.
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    ARGHH I wish I had checked the board earlier, I would have told you to try these:

    Cheaper than the quadratec option by a long shot.
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    boyblue said......
    Because I bought my Sport new I am not going to complain to the dealer, now with my warranty I am getting more miles for my money.

    the local dealer here has already picked up on that trick, they warned me to not wait until 36,000 miles if I wanted warranty work.

  • Just introducing myself to this forum (first time posting.... ever).

    We were Jeep newbies in March last year when we bought our first unit (Rubicon).

    Being completely unfamiliar with offroading, we elected to try out the Jeep Jamporee in Rocky Mountain House Alberta. As stated by folks in this forum, it is indeed a blast! We had no idea how capable this vehicle was until this experience.

    As a result, and now being hooked, we're heading back again in a couple of weeks to do it again!

    Our Jeep has been problem free, and the 4.0 Litre six seems bullet proof. I noted a lot of traffic related to gas mileage, and we weigh in with a consistent 20 mpg in the city (that's a Canadian Gallon mind you).

    There's great info in this forum; thanks to those who make it all happen :D .
  • Thanks for the warning.

    But wouldn't you think it should be the dealers responsibility if you do these changes before you purchase the vehicle so everything is under the bumper to bumper warranty? Any lawyers or people with first hand experience out there with some legal input?
  • the information i can give you is after going thru my shop manual and reading all about the PCM= PowerTrain Control Module... I just purchased a 97 TJ (first Jeep) and I'm installing my own Kill Switch to flip when i get out so nobody can start it..... Anyhow, first thing is to check your ground connection and not at the battery..... The one against the firewall aft of the engine, I believe it's on the right side as you face aft... All of the PCM drivers need a ground to work, as the manual specifically states that.... especially for ignition!!! Other than that I would have to seriously sit down and look further at the exact sensors would cause your problem and how to troubleshoot - Let me know.... Problem I have is i only have the 97 manual for myself... I'm an ex- freq'n United Airline mechanic after 17 years.. I will solve your problem if needed - (have a little too much time on my hand and besides, i'll gain alot out of it..... DenMaster Kevin ..
  • texasjeeptexasjeep Posts: 270
    It all depends on the person on how long you drive for. My brother would make the trip from Conn. to FL in one day easy. I have made several trips from Houston to CO. I did it once in one day. It was rough and will only do it in two day trips for now on. Highways and interstates are mostly smooth so I have no problem taking a Jeep on a road trip. What I don't like about them is the poor gas mileage, wind/road noise (which isn't too bad), and no security. I have a soft top so everything you have is vulnerable to theft when you stop at a restaurant, sight seeing or overnight in a hotel.
  • texasjeeptexasjeep Posts: 270
    Boy, where have you been? I believe someone PROMISED that they would not disappear again after their last return.

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?

    I can't believe you fell for that! Just kidding. Maybe I can manage to stick around this time.

    How has Turkey Bay been?
    Do they have camping and showers?
  • randyacerandyace Posts: 96
    Now those are something to consider. And, you're certainly right about the price. Appreciate the link!

  • randyacerandyace Posts: 96
    I see you also have an 05, as I do. If you didn't need to remove yours, I doubt I would, either. Do you happen to recall which header from Bestop you purchased?

    And, you're right about the water proof bikini....why worry about saving a few dollars if it rains and your instrument cluster gets shorted out??!!!

    Thanks for the advice.

  • jimmymjimmym Posts: 1
    I am considering buying an older wrangler with a bad engine. I would like to consider putting a mercedes benz diesel engine in as a replacement. Anyone ever done this or know if it can be done. What are the complications.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    It's not a common conversion and I've not heard of it being done, but with the right machining facilities I see no reason why it shouldn't be done. The 4.0 is a large heavy lump which makes it easier to take the weight of the Mercedes engine into account. Make sure you use a manual transmission vehicle for the conversion. Whether the time and effort will be worthwhile only you can decide.
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    oh, I thought you had already ordered the quadratec ones, now I see that was someone else. I would order them myself but the cops around here seem to care not one wit whether you have side mirrors or not so why bother, also I am going to eventually order a pair of Rock Gear soft doors and you can get those with mirrors.
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    Got the new header installed today and WOW what a difference! It's so quiet and I think I gained at least 20 HP from my cracked one. And boy was it cracked. I had only noticed the tear down near the collector, but there was a huge one right below where the back 3 cylinders joined together. Check it out:

    Here's the new one installed:

    The header is from 1 A Auto and ran about $150 with shipping and has the expansion joints and a lifetime warranty.

    Got a local boy here to install it for $160 and he did a great job. So I spent about $310 altogether. Not a bad deal.
  • mike_cmike_c Posts: 8
    Although side mirrors are not required in TX, these are the mirrors I use with the doors off:
    $15 each from the local Pep Boys!
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    Wranglers Camp is within LBL and is only about five miles from Turkey Bay.

    Wranglers is a super nice campground with bathhouses for showers. There's even a small restaurant.

    Come on up! Wait for cooler weather, though, unless you can only come now.

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • Thanks for the reply. I have taken it to Toronto and your concerns are the same as mine. I do like having it at my final destination and I love road trips. So it will probably be a go for the trip in April. KB2
  • I believe the X does come with 3.07, but the Rocky Mountain Edition substitutes a 3.73 axle (and a HD Dana 44 rear), and adds the 30" tire and wheel group with 30x9.50R15 Wranglers. If I use the Rubicon Moab wheels with a 31 inch tire with that axle, will I notice a difference?


  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Yes, and it's the tire diameter not the wheel diameter that makes the difference. Also, take note of recent posts about changing the speedo gear in the t/c to correct your speedo/odo.
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    What TV programs are there about offroading?

    my cable options are limited, but the restaraunt ( Bar ) where I spend all my time and money gets about every station available, I'd hope they wouldn't mind if I watched a little TV in there while drinking a few beverages.

  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    The Rubicon wheels are hub centric. So that is one big positive for them. I've read many posts about on the Rubicon forum I frequent about people getting rid of their Moabs and going with aftermarket wheels (lug centric) and having all kinds of balancing issues. Many of them ending up switching back to the Moabs. If I were going to buy new wheels I would go for the AEV wheels. They are hub centric and have a very similar look to the Moab. AEV
  • mike_cmike_c Posts: 8
    Look for Superlift's Offroad Adventures on the Outdoor Channel. It's on at various times during the week. On Saturday and Sunday, Spike TV shows Xtreme 4x4 at noon central time.
    If anyone knows of any others, I'd like to know about them too.
  • greddengredden Posts: 30
    I recently bought a 2004 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. It has the 30" tires on it. How can I figure out if it has the 3.73 Axle and the Dana 44 rear end? Also, If it does not, what would be a good price to pay and have them installed. Thanks

    Greg from Southern Indiana
  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    I record 4x4 TV every week. They've done some pretty cool episodes. Recently, the host Doug, took a new Rubicon through trails in Moab.
    4x4 TV

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Your dealer can give you the build details if you take in your VIN, or DC will do it through the site. Otherwise, take a look and see! There should be a metal tag on one of the cover bolts that will show the ratio and if it's a (an) L/S. The D35 cover is almost circular and the fill/level plug is rubber.

    You'd probably spend between $2-4K to change the front r&p and fit a D44 in the rear.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Please don't SHOUT. :mad:

    Assuming your vehicle is properly serviced and within specs, your gas mileage will be completely under the influence of your right foot. The long established tried and true methods work very effectively.

    However, a Wrangler is not an economic vehicle for long distance commuting, and never has been. Poor aerodynamics contribute greatly and there's little to be done about that except driving more slowly, preferably below 45 mph, which is impracticable on a regular commute.
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    if I hadn't paid this Jeep off 3.5 years ago I'd fret about it more. Car payments + $2.25 gas (price around here) would be painful. But since it's just gas and oil changes now, plus occasional repairs (see the above post on my manifold replacement), I can live with it.

    I do doubt very much that my next vehicle will be any sort of truck though, it will be something that gets at least 30mpg on the highway. Might keep the Jeep as a second vehicle.

    And actually, if you incorporate the tax money we are currently throwing into our oh-so-fruitful Middle East policy, we Americans are paying about $7/gal.
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