Re: Jeep List (short wheel base)
Don't give up on them so easily, they are a great group of guys, just like here. They may just seem different because you're not used to them yet, it took me quite awhile to get used to you guys over here.
In the space of 7 hours, since you posted the message, you had 18 responses. How much better can it be? Most of the guys over there work during the day, only some of us have access to the BBS during work, but my TJ Technical Service Manual was at home. You have to give us some time. I know it's the wife's daily driver, ours is my wife's as well, but I'm confident we could have talked you through it.
The Jeep is just like the Zuk, really it is. You have a '97, which is the best year to have, IMHO, because you have the OBDII working in your favor. The '97 is the only year you can pull the codes off the Jeep without a tool, the '98 and above can't do that. Once you have the procedure (which we posted, albeit a little late, as the TJ was already gone), it's easy to check the codes, which literally eliminate troubleshooting. The Jeep tells you what the problem is.
I have the '97 manual, got it for $51 off Ebay, where I see them all the time. I also have a scanner, which means I can send you the sections once the jeep tells you what the problem is. I also have the TEVES Mark IVG Anti-Lock Brake System manual as well, if you have ABS like we do, got it off Ebay for $5.
We have beaten our TJ a lot, and it takes it well. It's been back to the dealership a few times, but it's understandable the way we drive it. Your TJ is a decent jeep, out of ALL the jeeps, it's the best year and model to have as a daily driver, hands down. It may have given you some problems, but give us a chance over there, we won't leave anyone stranded, we'll help out as much as possible.
No one over there has Jeep envy, and no one hates Zuki's, there are too many of us dual owners over there. People over there also aren't on a "mod" trip, heck, there are guys driving stock 2WD postal jeeps, we like everyone.
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled, It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!
'88.5 Zuki, 5" Calmini, Locked, Swamped, Rolled, and just generally broken in right!