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Unread 04-30-2013, 08:58 AM   #1591
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I mean, you could always pick up a spare 33" tire on craigslist cheap. Since its not mounted on the Jeep anyways and only thrown in for trips, who cares if its a matching brand, tread pattern or if it has perfect wear etc.

Obviously theres people on both sides here but I did some searching on the subject and a lot of people say they dont bother anymore cause they havnt had a flat in 10, 15, 20 + years and then if you do get a flat, on the road, you can use a plug and repair kit or that slime stuff or call AAA

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Unread 04-30-2013, 09:10 AM   #1592
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just remember to keep the spare with you when you are down to 1/4 tread left anything can happen
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Unread 04-30-2013, 10:34 AM   #1593
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Exactly. There's no reason to carry the weight if you don't need to do so... and if you do need it, the weight is in a smart location.
Exactly - I am still taking the same stance you leaned me towards with your logic and reason a few months back. It definitely makes sense.

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I mean, you could always pick up a spare 33" tire on craigslist cheap. Since its not mounted on the Jeep anyways and only thrown in for trips, who cares if its a matching brand, tread pattern or if it has perfect wear etc.

Obviously theres people on both sides here but I did some searching on the subject and a lot of people say they dont bother anymore cause they havnt had a flat in 10, 15, 20 + years and then if you do get a flat, on the road, you can use a plug and repair kit or that slime stuff or call AAA
I could pick up a cheap spare. But exactly to your point - I have never had a need to use a spare in my history of driving. Why carry one 100% of the time?

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just remember to keep the spare with you when you are down to 1/4 tread left anything can happen
Hopefully by the time I get down to that I will have a set of 37"s picked out. Plus - if the spare is in a similar condition as the tires that were on it when I picked it up there is likely next to no tred on them. However- I highly doubt the PO kept a 5- tire rotation system. Either way... the point is statistically I don't see a need to carry a fully functional spare all the time.

I am getting REALLY jealous of Andy's progress cleaning up his Jeep. Makes me want to tear Alice down and get very intimate with her and a wire brush. Maybe I will start doing it piece-by-piece starting this summer. Either way.... Ill get there.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 11:37 AM   #1594
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Yeah- and I doubt that cover would fit a 33. I might be able to recoop a bit of money for a pair of KCs or PIAAs by selling it.

Well- this spare isn't entirely useless. In a pinch I could throw it on the front until I got to a place to get another 33. I just don't see the point in buying another 33" tire if I am likely moving up to big girl tires next spring.

My plan was to not run with a spare at all unless I am on a trail run with a club that requires it and then I will throw the 31" in the back. I am not even concerned with people recognizing it as the sahara rubi - I just think that the tire carrier is pretty distinguished and I do like the look of it. Still so on the fence

Ok- that makes a bit more sense now. Thank you!

Spare gets hit- wrecks tailgate..... saves awesome new bumper possibly and gives me an excuse to go drop down?
That's how it's working for me, new beefy bumper, drop down tailgate, toss spare in back (properly secured).

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Unread 04-30-2013, 08:33 PM   #1595
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I am getting REALLY jealous of Andy's progress cleaning up his Jeep. Makes me want to tear Alice down and get very intimate with her and a wire brush. Maybe I will start doing it piece-by-piece starting this summer. Either way.... Ill get there.
If your not busy this weekend your more than welcome to stop by and you can get started. There should be plenty of beer and BBQ this weekend.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 05:11 AM   #1596
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The amount of miles you drive, as soon as you take off the spare and leave it home, you will need it.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 07:14 AM   #1597
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Its only one size too small and as long as its mounted in the front and I'm not in 4wd there wouldn't be an issue getting anywhere to buy a tire.

I just don't see much personal value to buying a full sized spare now when I will be buying 5 tires and rims next year. Statistically speaking- I am just as likely to break down as a result of a number of other parts that I don't keep spares of.



Yeah- I really think this is the way that I will be leaning. Ill keep putting some thought into it throughout the week though.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 07:15 AM   #1598
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If your not busy this weekend your more than welcome to stop by and you can get started. There should be plenty of beer and BBQ this weekend.
Sweet. I will actually be down in Old Saybrook Saturday morning - stripers are running. I should be free in the afternoon - especially if there is beer and BBQ involved. Also Jack. Because he is cool.

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The amount of miles you drive, as soon as you take off the spare and leave it home, you will need it.
True- while I don't drive nearly as much now I think I still average out about 400 miles in a week. This definitely requires thought - but I am still leaning towards statistics being on my side outweighing bad luck being on my side.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 02:17 PM   #1599
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Sweet. I will actually be down in Old Saybrook Saturday morning - stripers are running.
You just reminded me, I need to go dig out my fishing gear so I can go fishing.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 04:45 PM   #1600
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Tried taking off the doors today. They have never been taken off me thinks. Going to need a jack and an extra set of muscles for this task.

Did get the stock soft top completely off. Surprisingly easy for once - t-30 and a hammer.

Nerf bars off next I hope
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Unread 05-01-2013, 05:50 PM   #1601
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Tried taking off the doors today. They have never been taken off me thinks. Going to need a jack and an extra set of muscles for this task.

Did get the stock soft top completely off. Surprisingly easy for once - t-30 and a hammer.

Nerf bars off next I hope
DO NOT jack the doors off (Phrasing, I know). Spray some wd40 or some pb into the hinges and pull up on the door frame as you swing it back and forth. this will work the doors up out of the hinges without breaking anything
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Unread 05-01-2013, 07:39 PM   #1602
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Tried taking off the doors today. They have never been taken off me thinks. Going to need a jack and an extra set of muscles for this task.

Did get the stock soft top completely off. Surprisingly easy for once - t-30 and a hammer.

Nerf bars off next I hope
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DO NOT jack the doors off (Phrasing, I know). Spray some wd40 or some pb into the hinges and pull up on the door frame as you swing it back and forth. this will work the doors up out of the hinges without breaking anything
Instead, use the PB and a 2x4 as leverage.
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Unread 05-02-2013, 06:08 AM   #1603
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You just reminded me, I need to go dig out my fishing gear so I can go fishing.
Yep- you certainly do. Looks like I will be boating/fishing both days this weekend. Here's to sunburns, hangovers and hopefully a delicious fish dinner.

Andy- this means that I will be down in your neck of the woods Sunday afternoon versus Saturday


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I will have to see if I can get a decent return price on them since I believe they are the rare 16" moab wheels that came with the Sahara edition. If my stock wheels can get me a decent upgrade I am all for it - if not you are welcome to them.

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DO NOT jack the doors off (Phrasing, I know). Spray some wd40 or some pb into the hinges and pull up on the door frame as you swing it back and forth. this will work the doors up out of the hinges without breaking anything
Jack is my absolute last resort shy of cutting off the bolts and getting new ones. Don't fret- I plan to do my due diligence. I will spray them down with PB twice a day until this weekend. Hopefully then with an extra set of hands I can break them free from their rusty immobile hell. It is definitely clear that they have never been off.

I am actually suspecting that the PO attempted starting on the passenger side - snapped the nut from the bolt entirely and gave up.


Since the doors couldn't come off I still wanted to be productive. I was planning on cracking a Heady Topper which my room mate was gracious enough to grab me an extra when he picked up a case in VT - and getting that beautiful rear bumper on.

Instead I ended up taking off the soft top frame since there isn't much rain in the forecast. I am probably going to open up the new soft top today and give it a try after work.

Lastly- and highly relevant (at least to my work life right now) piece of advice for the day... "Remember when you point a finger that three are always pointing back at you. "

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Unread 05-02-2013, 01:17 PM   #1604
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Well now that one problem has been fixed - of course another one has cropped up.

Jeep won't start. It ran fine yesterday other than a barely noticeably rougher idle. No engine light, no error codes on the key trick.

Came home for lunch, went to go back to work and it wont start. Ignition turns over but it just won't catch. It behaves exactly like it did when the fuel pump went - except the fuel pump is new so I was hoping it wasn't that.

Crawled underneath and looked under the hood. There is a moist substance over the majority of the engine (see dark areas in s***** picture), battery and a liquid is leaking down and off the tranny. I know its not anything environmental because it hasn't rained here in a while.

From what I gather it is likely a head gasket. I still need to do a hell of a lot more research to find out if that is it and why it happened. I have no idea if I will try to fix it myself, tow it 40 minutes north to my buddies place or put it in a shop.

I am entirely disheartened right now. I know its a Jeep - and I know its an older Jeep, but I haven't gone more than 2 months without a problem on her in a while. I feel terrible - one should never be this attached to a simple vehicle, but I am.

Any advice or attempts at a cheer-up would be greatly appreciated.


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Unread 05-02-2013, 01:21 PM   #1605
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Clean that engine bay, stat.
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