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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-19-2007, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Talking Hiya Everyone New to the Forum

Just Purchased an 89 Wrangler 4 cyl 4x4. I was hoping to gather information on what to expect might go wrong with it. Or what Items should I upgrade? My main use will be travel back and forth to work. About 6 miles each way. From what I gather the clutch is fairly new. It has a new top and windows.

We just had horendous storms here in NJ and to my surprise the interior is dry as a bone.

I guess what I am really asking is if any what upgrades are a must.

Thanks in advance for any info you may have.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-19-2007, 01:26 PM
 
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Glad to have another 'Heep' driver!

Can't think of anything you 'Must Have' right away, but I'm sure there will be things you 'Want' to do later on...

This is a good place to get information, lots of experence here and only a couple of crack pots...

Listing what you want to do with your Jeep will help with the 'Suggestions',
Like do you go hunting, fishing, off road trail riding, or something like that, or is your Jeep mostly going to be a commuter?

There are some standards,
If you use tall tires, you will need to get a jack that will reach high enough to get your rubber off the ground.
We call them 'Hi Lift' or 'Handyman' jacks.
With a 4 cylinder engine, I don't suggest you put very tall tires on it! That will kill your gear ratio, fuel milage and drivability...

If you 'Off Road', there are some basic tools and accessories that you will need sooner or later, like traction aids, pull straps, hand tools, ect, but all that will become apparent as time passes.

Most of us have our own touches, like air compressors, or extra radios, or extra lights... Something like that.

Anyway, no question is considered 'Stupid' here, the only way to learn is to ask!
And welcome again!
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Hey, welcome! Ignore some of the junk going around, us old timers are irritable. .

Best way to know what you want, what you need is to wheel it. Look up some local 4x4 clubs, show up and go with them on the next outing that is ok for beginners.

Carry some hand tools, a spare belt and some good duct tape. Get a Factory service Manual for your year on eBay or the local dealer, also pick up a Hayes or Chiltons manual at your local auto store, those will help you out. Use the Factory manual first, if it talks about stuff you don't understand, look at the other manual. If they differ, follow the factory one.

And ask lots of ?? here..

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Gongrats on the jeep, and welcome aboard. the first few things that I would do include a subscription to Jrations mag, Quadratec, JP mag
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