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Jeep Wrangler



  • is there a way to do away with the airbag steering wheel in a 98 Wrangler?
  • First of all sorry about the capital letters, i didn't know that but i apologize and secondly thank you for your answers. :)
    Could someone tell me where can i download a map, plan (i don't know how it's called) where i can see how a jeep is built, I need to find out exactly what got so hot to burn someone like that. I have to take my jeep again to a hard trip and i am afraid someone could get burned again and i want to have it fixed. And if it is possible to find any paper (offical paper) where explains the jeep wrangler can get hot inside.
    I would appreciate your answer very much.
    Thanks again
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    The easiest and cheapest thing to get hold of would be an aftermarket workshop manual, which will have diagrams and pictures of how the exhaust is routed. The hottest part is the catalytic converter and if its heat shield is missing, or if the passenger side carpet has been removed, then the floor will get very hot indeed.

    As far as I know, there's no documentation available from DC regarding this matter.
  • Good Day, All....

    Yesterday, I pulled along side a Wrangler, and said "hey" to the driver. Then, I noticed what appeared to be, at first glance, a tailpipe protruding from the driver's front fender, extending approximately one foot above the top.

    Puzzled, I said very cool-like, "what in heck (I used the other variation!) is that?". I must have had that deer in the headlight look because he chuckled and said, "It's a snorkle".

    Well, right away I knew what he meant by that (amazing for me). I was dying to ask him some other questions, but the light turned, and off we went. The snorkle exited approximately where the newer Jeep's "4X4 Trail Rated" badges are, right in front of, and above, the drivers' side top door hinge.

    Was wondering if anyone else has one? I certainly don't ever (EVER!) plan on dirtying eXcalibur up enought to ever go submerged (bearing in mind what Tom always said about what mud and water can do to parts I don't even know the names of).

    Just thought I'd pass that on. Hope anyone/everybody here on or around the Gulf coast is safe.....Tom, still thinking of you during your time of grief.....

  • just like it snowed here once (I think that was in the '30s - I've seen photos of UCLA with a dusting of snow).

    It snowed in the San Fernando Valley in 1989. Our very first -- and only -- snow day off of high school!!

  • Did you see the folks going off-road around the bus that caught fire? If you are stuck on the freeway in such a situation and need to get away, a Wrangler gives you a ton of options. An Accord will give you fewer.

    All true, but in L.A. there are, by & large, no off-road scenarios I can think of. I'd rather have the mileage. Plusses & minusses both ways. Also, wondering how cool the police, sheriffs, national guard will be with fleets of 4X4s using "alternate" roads (will they really let me drive on the beaches instead of Pacific Coast Highway???) And even as I'm writing that, I'm realizing that in L.A. the likely scenario is a devastating earthquake; there may not even be standing freeways to speak of. Then the Wrangler becomes an advantage.

    Good that we're all thinking this stuff thru ahead of time.

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    You mean an ARB snorkel like this?



    Much more useful for letting the engine breathe clean air on a dusty trail than for running underwater. ;)
  • Cheaper than Mac's suggestion to buy a manual ( although I think everyone should have one) is to crawl under your Jeep and see what is directly below where your passenger says its getting hot.

  • Yep...that's it. Shoot....."snorkel" to me means breathing underwater. Shows what I know! :confuse:
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I always wondered what exactly the snorkels would be good for - I thought that by the time the water got up to the air intake, there would be too many other things that would affected. Trying to breathe over the dust makes lots of sense - so this really is something practical. Thanks for the info, mac.
  • unfortinatly not till she graduates from college but it pisses us both off the her dad wont let us till she s done but its not like he hates me the guy calls me all the time just to c whats up. and it was his idea to give me the jeep
  • gdh3gdh3 Posts: 28
    I have finally figured out how to improve the look of those annoying bumperettes. It is an inexpensive and simple modification. :)
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Check it out and tell me how you like it via email.

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    Awesome Tom. Keep it up!
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Did we park a little too close to a horse's posterior?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Also, on the YJ's, snorkels would be installed on the driver side, not the passenger side like on TJ's.

    Not sure about CJ's.

    mtngal, just go to the RV shop in Santa Clarita for some 303. It is pretty common at places like that. I got mine at the RV shop in Lancaster before I moved out here.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    I see 303 at the hot tub place (for the vinyl covers) and the kayaking stores (for drysuit gaskets). I've yet to see it at an autoparts store, but I found my Vinylex at a parts store.

    It usually costs a buck an ounce around here and a bit less for the Lexol flavor.

    Steve, Host
  • jimlw2jimlw2 Posts: 122
    I like it!! Funny, you didn't give us the exact steps to make that modification but for some reason it seems to be rather intuitive just showing us the finished modification! If you don't mind, I may try to make a slight variation with less dried-grass/straw and more pebbles/rocks but I'll be sure to honor your overall idea by applying plenty of mud and dirt. Thanks for the tip! :D
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Paul - I never thought of the RV place - it's right next to Wal-Mart, and I need to stop there this week for some things. I have no idea where a kayaking store would be, though I'm sure there are hot tub places somewhere around. It's been one of those things I keep saying I'm going to order, but just never quite get around to.
  • i have a questions that you guys can help me with do i buy bogger LTBs on rockcrawler II wheels or do i buy by girlfriend a 1/2 cart diamond ring and make everything official. i dont know what to do. :cry:
  • I buy 303 from boating supply places, boat sales stores and marinas.

  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    If your girl is a Jeeper, she'd understand if you get mods for the Jeep and a pull-top ring to make it official. If not, then do you really want to marry her? LOL - well, it made sense to me now that it's so many minutes after my bedtime...
  • OK, preface this by saying i know little about engine mechanics, but i am slowly trying to learn. today i came out to my jeep to find a hose hanging down from the front of the engine. looks like it runs off the front differential, so i assume it is a venting hose? where is it supposed to go, and what effect will it have when not hooked up? the vehicle doesnt seem to run differently, but the check engine light is on since it happened. thanks for any help.

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    If it's the axle vent hose, the end should be secured up by the right side top of the radiator when viewed from the front. The hose is attached so that the axle won't be contaminated by water when fording.

    There's no link between your 'check engine' light and the vent hose. Go to Autozone or similar to have the codes read to see why it's come on.
  • I'm going to assume you already decided she's the one. Since that decision is over with, buy the ring.

    Here's my logic: The tires will wear out. The ring never will, so you'll only buy one. (That's assuming the answer is and remains yes to the question above, which we are certainly not qualified to help with on this board ;) )

    One ring now may get you enough good will to buy lots of stuff later...

    Personally I've owned three Jeeps now, and each time I sell it for a more practical car/truck, and then go buy another one later. My very patient wife has allowed me to do this three times and still has the ring I bought back when I was working for $6 an hour, because it isn't the cost that's important. If I ever can afford it, I'll upgrade that ring all she wants!
  • Well,,

    I don't have a wife or girlfriend, but I do have an engagement ring, a jeep and a set of swampers.

    I can honestly say that I'm happier with my Jeep than I was with the one who was wearing my engagement ring.

    I know I'd be much happier with a wife that could appreciate ( or at least tolerate ) me having a jeep.

    BUY the ring, your girlfriend may get tired of waiting for a "modification to her left ring finger", then neither of you will be happy . The jeep will sit and wait patiently for her modifications.

  • I'm getting around to narrowing down which Bilstein shock I need for my stock '04 Sport.

    A sidebar link on the Bilstein site breaks down shocks by general category (comfort, heavy duty, etc). The heavy duty description fits me best. Road driving, with occasional hauling / off road. (And to be honest, many of L.A.'s "paved" roads might as well be off-road).

    When I enter in my make/model, a list of several shocks comes up that I'm having trouble deciphering; which shocks for what, etc. Basically breaks down as the silver shocks and the yellow/blue shocks, front and rear, with different sizes. The product descriptions shed little light.

    Also, the steep price of the shocks on the site...I'm guessing that's list price and that they can be had for cheaper out in the retail world.

    This is the page link for the shocks in question: del_id2=1614&model_id=&brand_id=&profile_id=&storeYMM=storeYMM&storedimg.x=44&storedimg.y=- 12&storedimg=1

    Any help would be appreciated.

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    There are only two shocks listed on that page for your stock '04:

    Front and Rear

    The rest are all for lifted suspensions. If you do a little searching you'll see them available for about $65 each.
  • Hi All,

    I just got back from Iraq and I've bought the new 2005 Bright Silver soft top Unlimited I've been dreaming about while I was gone. I can't tell you how much fun I've had driving it. Everything y'all have been saying about wranglers is true. As a bonus for me, having been driving a Miata for 5 years, the ride in the Wrangler is plush by comparison. Now all I need are a few accessories I've been looking at and a trail to try (something easy for my first shot at wheeling in the Wrangler) and I'll be all be set.
    By the way, this is a great forum and it really helped reading all your post while I was gone. It reminded me of home and why we were there in the first place so keep it up.

    Semper Fi,
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Welcome back, Clay! Glad things worked out with the Unlimited - and where are you now? Wherever it is, there should be a nice forest service road or other dirt road to try.

    You do have to admit that the Miata's top is easier to put up and down. My other half, who only half gets the Jeep thing, says that he would prefer to have a top that goes up and down with a button. But that's not very rewarding, is it?

    Yesterday I got to drive through a surprise hail storm, luckily pretty brief. The soft top was a whole lot noisier than the hard top is. It also got me wondering just how much the factory soft top can take of such things. It came through the pea sized hail without any problems, but I wonder if anyone has had their soft tops damaged by hail, and what size (if any) would cause it to tear.
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