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Unread 03-25-2008, 05:01 PM   #1
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New WJ owner

Hey everyone, I posted an earlier thread about an '03 overland I was looking at. Well by the time I went to the dealership to look at it again (Sat 3.16) they sold it the night before! I was so...let down. They had a 04 JGC w/ 42K on it. So I took it for a ride and well wouldn't you know it, bought it right there. It had one previous owner and was serviced at the dealer at just about every interval. The previous owner was a lawyer so I guess he had money to burn.

Anyway, I've had the car for about a week and wanted to ask a few Q's and give some feedback. The first "long" drive I took it on was back to STL where I live (I was up in Naperville, IL for the weekend visiting the folks). The 270 miles from Naperville to Belleville I was getting about 18.2 mpg according to the overhead display. Rode really smooth and didn't experience any major shims or unwanted noise, so that was a major plus.

I'm already looking at purchasing a beefed up rear sway, probably the Addco one, since Wjjeeps is always talking about it, but my question is, have they fixed the issue of it banging/rubbing w/ the gas tank? Also I was planning on getting the Haynes manual since I've heard so much about them from this form and others (Acurazine.com, traded in a 03 CL-S for the Jeep). I found a link to it here and wanted to see if it was a reputable site:
http://discountautorepairmanuals.com...ategory_Code=J

So thats it for now, I'll try to link to some pics tomorrow when I have a chance to take some before I head into work.

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Unread 03-25-2008, 05:21 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Tha addco is fine ive had mine on for 10 months and its been great.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 06:24 PM   #3
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Welcome. You didn't mention which '04 model you purchased, but I'm certain you'll enjoy the Jeep. If you can spring for one, buy the factory service manual if you intend on doing the work as it's far superior to the paper repair manuals.

Why spend the money for the bar if the jeep is fine on the road? My '01 4.7, running 245/65-17 tires is no problem at all on the highway. Save your money.

We also have an Acura TL, but let me tell you that the Jeep is no Acura. I keep my mechanic's skill sharpened on the Jeep as it surely isn't trouble free like the TL.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 07:54 PM   #4
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the newer addco will not hit hte tank. I got one from them and it hit, I called addco and they sent me a new one and told me to keep the other and do what i wnated with it so I sold it, lol. Second one was a redesinged one and fixed the problem. Definitely worth the purchase.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 07:57 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forums. Addco has great sway bars. Make sure you get greaseable bushings. It is one of the things on my list to buy this summer.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 07:58 PM   #6
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other than a 4.7HO what did you end up with? If limited get blend doors parts, get a few window regulators and enjoy your new ride, I love them even with all their issues.
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We have room but for one flag, the American flag . . . We have room but for one language, and that is the English language . . . And we have room for but one sole loyalty...and that is a loyalty to the American people. T. Roosevelt 1919

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My Build Thread

A few goodies
http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/h...umb55839/jeep/

2001 Kawasaki 1200 ZRX
A few Speed parts, fun to ride
http://www.zrxoa.org/

2006 Red Liberty
Wife's ride, pretty stock
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/h...mage0008-1.jpg

http://www.cnc4x4.org/

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Unread 03-25-2008, 08:12 PM   #7
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Sorry for being vague, but yes, it's the Limited, complete with working (for now) blend doors and windows. I'm not sure of the correct color name, but its dark blue w/ the dark grey interior. Stock tires and wheels, although the wheels that are on there, are the ones w/ all the spokes on them. The car came from the factory w/ the chrome wheels, (I know b/c the spare has this and confirmed w/ the dealer). The original owner didn't like the chrome and swapped w/ the ones that are on there now. Or so the story goes. I believe the dealer since this is roughly the 5th Jeep my family has purchased from them.

Is there anywhere I can find the FSM on the cheap? I don't mind paying $80-100 if I have to, but cheaper is always better.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 10:42 PM   #8
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no pics = no jeep

Just kidding. Everyone gets ribbed about not posting pics. But seriously ... Let's see the new toy!!

Oh yah,
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Unread 03-25-2008, 10:50 PM   #9
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Welcome. You didn't mention which '04 model you purchased, but I'm certain you'll enjoy the Jeep. If you can spring for one, buy the factory service manual if you intend on doing the work as it's far superior to the paper repair manuals.

Why spend the money for the bar if the jeep is fine on the road? My '01 4.7, running 245/65-17 tires is no problem at all on the highway. Save your money.

We also have an Acura TL, but let me tell you that the Jeep is no Acura. I keep my mechanic's skill sharpened on the Jeep as it surely isn't trouble free like the TL.
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I started with a haynes, then got the factory manual
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Unread 03-26-2008, 02:10 PM   #10
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I'll get around to posting pics, hopefully tomorrow. I just got back from a week in Greece w/ my fiance and her family and have been slowly getting things back to normal and haven't had any time for recreational picture taking.

On a different note, I found a 00 WJ FSM online and was able to download it. Is that pretty much the same thing as an 04 manual? I would really like to avoid purchasing a 100 book right now. Thanks for the help so far
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