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post #1 of 15 Old 10-18-2011, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Brand new YJ owner in the Inland Empire

Hello all, I'm am so glad that these forums are here for reference. I have owned my 94 Wrangler for less than a month and I am 49 years old. I have wanted a Jeep my whole life and finally got one! I am moving to Cozumel Mexico in February and have several questions for the gurus on this board. First, I'm planning on towing a 5x8 trailer (with 2K lbs total weight including trailer) out I-10 and wanted to check to see if I'm going to be ok doing that. I picked up a hitch yesterday for the Jeep and the holes for the mouting are just a little bit farther apart than the holes on the bumper bracket. I'm wondering where I would go to get those drilled out and how much I should expect to pay to have it done. Also, the left turn signal doesn't turn off after I turn (the right signal works fine) and the fan for the heater/ac worked intermittently when I first got the Jeep but has been working steadily for the past couple of weeks. I would really like to hook up with some Jeep folks in my area (I live in Perris) who might be able to help an old lady out. The guy I bought the hitch from offered to buy my Jeep if I decide not to take it with me which made me feel good about trading my 01 Mustang GT convertible for my new Jeep. Also, I need to know what type of oil to use in it. It's a 6 cyl HO and I drive in town with very little offroad action. Any wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-18-2011, 10:01 AM
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Welcome to the club. The turn signal is nothing to be worried about. Just remember to click it off after your turn. I use 15w40 oil in mine. You should be fine towing the trailer. I believe the 4.0 HO put out roughly 195 horse power.
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-18-2011, 02:54 PM
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Welcome to the addiction. Moving to cozumel? I took a cruise there in january and it was fun. Yjs are special, their bumpy, very windy, most leak when rain, yep the 4.0l has good power and torque so pulling a small trailer will be good

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post #4 of 15 Old 10-18-2011, 03:08 PM
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Welcome

Hello, I live about 35 minutes away from perris here in san bernardino. I am also fairly new to the jeep world. The best resource I can tell you about when it comes to jeep experts in the inland empire is 4West in colton off of the 10 freeway. There number is 800-854-9378, www.4west.com, they seem to know it all and their service area is full of jeeps so they must do pretty good work.

Dont forget to give the "jeep wave" to your fellow jeep drivers out there.
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-18-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all of the responses. I did get a wave and thought it might be a Jeep thing. I called Bestop today and they walked me through putting my top down. May have to call them back if I can't remember the reverse steps to get ut put back up lol. Would it be possible for me to make my installation holes wider (about 1/4") by myself? I have good drill bits but would have to get an electric drill again since I gave mine away in preparation for my move. Had to lighten up the load quite a bit.
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post #6 of 15 Old 10-19-2011, 01:51 AM
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You can always make holes bigger. The problem is that when you do that things tend to be able to move and shift. This can cause wear on the pins or on the outside of the holes. This could lead to breakage at the worst possible moment...(like there is a good time for something to break)
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-19-2011, 02:13 AM
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I live in perris and 4west is a huge bundle of knowledge but be careful they charge a considerable amour more for there stuff compared to 4 wheel parts, and also they want you to go crazy on lift and other products. I also use 10w40 and agree you should have no problem towing that trailer. If you see me I have a yellow yj with grey primered doors and am always willing to help. Or just wave!!!!
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-19-2011, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I just talked to my friend who owns a machine shop and he is willing to drill the holes in hitch to make it fit. I'm going to try to post a pic of it and maybe someone can tell me if that's a good idea. Tikiman, I'll keep an eye out. My Jeep is red and I'm a fat old lady lol. It's mostly stock but I think it's been lifted since it has 32" tires on it. The guy I bought the hitch from said if I decided to not take the Jeep to Mexico he wants to buy it. I was happy with my purchase before that but even happier after he said that. I traded an 01 Mustang GT convertible for my Jeep.

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post #9 of 15 Old 10-19-2011, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Mmmm...guess it didn't like the pic posting thing too much.
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-19-2011, 09:47 AM
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If you are going to tow using anything on the bumper please look at frame tie ins for the bumper. The engine and drive train have no problem with the weight but the bumper area in the back should be reinforced with that much weight. Especially if you have a friend who owns a shop. It would be quick work for him to take care of you.

Read this for the left turn signal:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/l...re-set-196283/

When you said fan for the heater/AC do you mean the blower for the hot/cold air or the fan under the hood?

As for your oil the best thing for a tow especially when it's critical is spend the extra dollars and go synthetic. You are going to a place where you can ill afford any issues and I would go through all your fluids: Axle, Tcase, and engine oils and do them all.
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post #11 of 15 Old 10-19-2011, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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It's the blower that works intermittently. Hasn't happened in a couple of weeks so I doubt there's anything I could do even if I took it in right now. Don't want to be driving out I-10 in February with no heater blower though. My bumper was installed with tie ins (I think, I had to look that up) but the brackets won't go back on because if the way the hitch is designes. It bolts right into the holes that the tie ins were taken out of. I do have the other piece that is a reinforcement plate I think. I could put those back on with the hitch. The hitch has a plate much like the tie ins where my bumper will mount right back onto it like it did before. I'm not sure if that makes any sense but it's the best way I can describe what's going on. Yes, I plan on getting the vehicle thoroughly checked out before I begin my journey. Should I take it to any mechanic or one that specialized in Jeeps?

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post #12 of 15 Old 10-24-2011, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so I'm here @ my friend's shop and they had to modify my hitch to drop down a little because my spare is 32" and the tire rubs the bumper when I close the tailgate. Gonna be an all day thing but I'll be all set when I leave here.
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-24-2011, 12:45 PM
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I hope he is doing the frame tie ins like I meantioned. If you have any more questions post, you still have a lot of time before you go.
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-24-2011, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Yes it has little plates that go behind the bumper he said that they're like giant fat solid washers is that what you meant?
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-24-2011, 01:15 PM
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