I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: ????? BUYING NEW TJ – MANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE HELP!
Uuuh, sorry to mention this, but the D35C 4.09 gears won't fit into the D44 carrier. The D44's aren't offered in a 4.09 range. (The D35C isn't worth the gear swap) And don't let them convince you the D44 is discontinued! Hold out at all costs and they'll get you one.
If you're going to get the D44, which is a wise choice, get the Trac-Lok for now. Do the mods a piece at a time and still be wheeling the jeep, it'll take a lot of abuse stock.
Get the A/C, it helps while rock crawling. The computer likes to keep the engine at 1,000 rpm's while wheeling, and turning on the A/C slows it down to about 750, and it's even possible to stall it out with the A/C on. Without it on, I have driven up vertical hills, and the jeep will loose traction before the motor stalls, very impressive.
We got the vinyl seats, much easier to hose off, and we just put seatcovers on them for daily use.
Forget the tow hooks and off-road lights, they're junk. Slap a set of $5 10,000 pound tow hooks on it and have fun. Also forget about the receiver hitch, they just drag around. The new TJ's come with a rear tow hook as an option.
Get the package with the 19 gallon gas tank, and I recommend the manual tranny as well. Do a search on what to get, we have covered this many times in the past and I can't remember it all.
Also remember that if you're going to have a payment, have one that you can enjoy paying. All the extras won't amount to a hill of beans compared to paying the base price.
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
GM151/SM465/NP205 twinstick/7" Lift/33" Swampers/REP 8000/RS9000's/Scout II D44's F&R w/4.10's & Lockrights