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post #271 of 19433 Old 10-15-2012, 07:59 AM
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It's sad that power wheels has more electronics than my jeep.


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post #272 of 19433 Old 10-15-2012, 01:10 PM
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Return of the Newbie

Hey guys (and gals),

It's been a while since I was able to even look at my jeep (duty calls, I go), but things are starting to calm down. As a note, I got an 88 wrangler, I4 sitting and waiting for some love. With the coming winter months I'll be hunting on the weekends and bored on weekdays. Now, There are a myriad of issues with it - bad speedo, bad tires, doesn't start, needs a lot. But, here are my hang ups - I know little to nothing (actually, pretty much just nothing) about cars. I wanted to use this jeep for both a learning experience and a fun project to do with my old man. But, I'm wondering where someone like me would need to start. I was thinking start small - replace the tires for now, or change out the exhaust, clean up some engine parts, fix the speedo, etc. I could also unbolt the seats and work on the floor (no rust, I don't think).

The purpose of this jeep is going to be a fun vehicle. Something for the summer down here in FL. I am SURE I'll take it to the woods and whatnot, but no crawling. It's also safe to say that I'm on a budget. I don't want to skimp on quality, but I wont have the jack to buy a sled full of high end parts all at once.

So - if anyone has a friendly suggestion as to 'get your feet wet with x, then move to y, after that, come back,' that'd be awesome.

And, for serious this time, I'll get some pics up in the next few days.

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post #273 of 19433 Old 10-15-2012, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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First, make it dependable then work on mods.

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How did I just find this? In 2 minutes of reading its made me miss college and the pile of money I had before the jeep, although I do keep grinning over the new 8.8 under the rear of my jeep.....
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post #275 of 19433 Old 10-15-2012, 01:35 PM
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And as my girl said to me the other day" love is.... Using ur vw passat to load an axle into just to keep ur baby going"

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post #276 of 19433 Old 10-15-2012, 01:47 PM
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First, make it dependable then work on mods.
JB - appreciate the thought, and the thread move, if you did that. Didn't want to be in the wrong spot. Minor running/dependibility mod you'd recommend first?

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post #277 of 19433 Old 10-15-2012, 01:47 PM
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I should've taken a picture of the bumper I loaded into the accord Friday night. Haha

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JB - appreciate the thought, and the thread move, if you did that. Didn't want to be in the wrong spot. Minor running/dependibility mod you'd recommend first?
Just make sure it starts, runs and idles well. Job one for any off roading is to be able to get back home.

tune up, fuel filter, all new fluids, belts, hoses, brakes. The usual stuff.

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I should've taken a picture of the bumper I loaded into the accord Friday night. Haha
I put an 8.8 inside an escort. The damn car almost was scraping the bumper

Wave as you pass me :D

The problems of owning 2 Jeeps ... I never know which one to work on or which YJ gets the next mod ...
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Just make sure it starts, runs and idles well. Job one for any off roading is to be able to get back home.

tune up, fuel filter, all new fluids, belts, hoses, brakes. The usual stuff.
40FiveSeventy -- This.

I pickup my '94 tomorrow and plan to go through a list similar to the one above so I have a starting point to reference. Also, since it sounds like you're somewhat new to wrenching the above list is definitely doable for a beginner and will help you to get acquainted with what is where on your Jeep. In order of how challenging a project, (at least on most other cars I've encountered, I'll soon figure it out on the Jeep) I would say:
  1. change fluids & hoses
  2. belts
  3. fuel filter
  4. tune up (distributor cap & rotor, plugs, and inspect/replace spark plug wires)
  5. brakes (last on my list as I've not replaced shoes on drums before, even on my K5 I paid for someone to do it but plan to get dirty with the Jeep)
  6. inspect & replace (if needed) U-joints
  7. inspect & replace (if needed) wheel bearings
  8. alignment & tire rotation/balance (likely through a shop)

I'll probably not worry much about the shocks, springs, shackles, tie rods, dampener, etc. as I plan to eventually replace everything with a lift kit...I want to first get to know it on and off the road before I dig into that much.

For the experienced YJ owners -- Does the list above seem reasonable on the scale of how challenging it is on the 4.0L? Any items I am missing and should add to my "To Do" list?

Thanks & good luck to you 40FiveSeventy!

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post #281 of 19433 Old 10-15-2012, 05:50 PM
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Every to do list has always centered around money and its distribution thusly. I break it down to a priority based system like this:

1) Safety
2) Reliability (its my dd and I must get to work)
3) On road function
4) Off road function

That was actually paraphrased from the original plan when I bought it because certain categories like armor, traction, suspension and gear ratio have been completely checked off.

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I should've taken a picture of the bumper I loaded into the accord Friday night. Haha
You picked.it up with the accord? Oh God...
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How big was this bumper?
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How big was this bumper?
It's this exact one

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post #285 of 19433 Old 10-15-2012, 10:44 PM
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Into an accord? Actually I'm not surprised, had a buddy with an 04, fit a 36 inch round table in the trunk. These new cars have amazing space if u can get creative. My car didn't even acknowledge the weight of the 8.8.
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