Just bought 89 Wranger, suggestions?
I'm new around here and have a few questions I was hoping some of you could help answer. A little background: 25 years ago I had a couple of old Willy's that I had fun with. Then reality hit me, life, wife, kids, work, you know the drill. Anyway, I've had Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees but a couple of weeks ago I bought a 1989 Wrangler Islander. Buddy had to sell it so I thought what the heck. It has the inline-6, automatic, AC, 3-4" lift kit, 33 x 12.50 x 15 Bridgestone Duelers on American Racing Wheels, 89,000 miles. Body is decent only a couple of small rust spots. Fairly new soft top. This wont be a daily driver, just want to have fun;probably no hard core buried-in-3' of- mud-off-road stuff, but I'm sure it'll get stuck a few times.
A few questions:
It has the original pitman arm. He gave me the dropped one and said he didn't get around to putting it on. How important is this?
How much of the pollution stuff can I remove? All of it? There's more tubing than I can tolerate under the hood.
It idles kind of rough and fluctutes between about 800 and 1,300 rpm. Suggestions? Engine appears to be completely stock.
Dont' know the rear end but at about 55 mph, its running about 2,200 rpm. Is this about right? By the way, the speedo says 49 when its doing 55. I had a cop check it with radar. No ticket, I just saw him sitting there and asked him to check for me.
Seems to be leaking some trans fluid. I changed fluid and filter and put on new gasket and its better but still 3-4 quarter size spots on floor when I park it. It was real bad before I replaced the gasket. Area around new gasket is dry but fluid seems to be dripping from holes in the large transmission mount/skid plate.
I want to change spark plugs, cap, rotor, wires. Any suggestions for good brand name?
Exhaust system will probably last only a short time longer. Will header(s) do much good and if so, what brand and what mufflers. I don't want it too loud.
When its floored, it shifts at about 3,000 rpm and when you kick it, it doesn't downshift much at all. Is this just a linkage adjustment?
If I set a limit of about $1,000, what the most important things to do first?
Whats a good shop manual to buy for this model?
Sorry for the long post and all of the questions but I kind of feel like a kid with a new toy.
Thanks for any info!