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Unread 11-14-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Champaign-Urbana Mechanics?

Hello. I'm seeking a knowledgable Jeep mechanic in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area. I drive a 2002 Jeep Wrangler. I appreciate any suggestions anyone might have.

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Unread 11-15-2012, 04:28 PM   #2
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Hello. I'm seeking a knowledgable Jeep mechanic in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area. I drive a 2002 Jeep Wrangler. I appreciate any suggestions anyone might have.

Thanks!
I used to live in Champaign (Savoy technically) and have a few buddies there I wheel with still. Also, my gf is in med school there.. so im still there often. Anyways... my buddy tom is good with Jeeps there. He helps me with all of my stuff. What are you looking to get done? He works cheap too.. usually for a case of beer..
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Unread 11-16-2012, 10:24 AM   #3
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Currently I'm working to find the cause of an annoying electrical issue and a starting problem that I think is related to the fuel pump. Working on that this weekend but long term I would like a regular knowledgable Jeep/4x4 person as I work to make my Jeep my own. First I need to reverse a 3" suspension lift and trade the current 32" tires for something smaller so that its easier for my girlfriend to get in and out of the vehicle. Her legs are paralyzed so the height is a bit too much for her since she has to use upper body only to get in and out. I can buy tires at The Tire Barn but it'd be great to talk to someone with experience to help me choose the best size of new tire for my wants and needs. I don't personally have the know-how or the tools to mess with suspension so I totally need someone to help me make those changes, and again, ideally help me decide what the best change would be for both how I want the Jeep to look and how she needs the Jeep to be for easier use.

I would love to create a long-term relationship with someone for the life of my Jeep (and next Jeep and so on).

Useless trivia: my gf is an alum of the U of I, too, and currently coaches the women's wheelchair basketball team. Go Illini!
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Unread 11-16-2012, 04:48 PM   #4
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ha cool. I can text him and see what hes up to. Hes never turned helping anyone away before.. do you use facebook?
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Unread 11-18-2012, 07:48 AM   #5
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Yeah, I'm on Facebook. Even if your buddy was just willing to look my ride over and answer a few questions that would be helpful.
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Unread 11-18-2012, 05:21 PM   #6
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sure.. send me your facebook link and ill send it to him. and see what he can do.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 09:35 PM   #7
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Hi Photo.

I live in Farmer City and work in Champaign, there every day. Maybe we could meet up and I could help you out.

I've been on the 4x4 scene for over thirty years. I've had Jeeps for over twenty years. I used to race mud in full size trucks. I do everything from engine to paint.

I woul be happy to meet up some time and discuss your situation(s).

PM me

PS, Nickit, we've wheeled together before. Not sure you'd remember me. Last May at the badlands. I was hanging out with Longlegs.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 09:49 PM   #8
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Hi Photo.

I live in Farmer City and work in Champaign, there every day. Maybe we could meet up and I could help you out.

I've been on the 4x4 scene for over thirty years. I've had Jeeps for over twenty years. I used to race mud in full size trucks. I do everything from engine to paint.

I woul be happy to meet up some time and discuss your situation(s).

PM me

PS, Nickit, we've wheeled together before. Not sure you'd remember me. Last May at the badlands. I was hanging out with Longlegs.

yep.. i think I remember.. havent seen you around lately.. where ya been? Ive only made the badlands twice this year.. due to working at the Cliffs.. and my new job.. plan on being there a bunch in the spring.
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Unread 11-27-2012, 07:22 AM   #9
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yep.. i think I remember.. havent seen you around lately.. where ya been? Ive only made the badlands twice this year.. due to working at the Cliffs.. and my new job.. plan on being there a bunch in the spring.
I've only been back once since May. Summer activities and such. I lost a rocker panel on my XJ that day. No biggie, I had it replaced in a couple of weeks.

Where do you live now?

Sorry for the thread hijack.
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Unread 11-27-2012, 07:28 AM   #10
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If your serious about returning your )@ Wrangler back to stock configuration regarding the suspension, I still have a pair of stock springs, control arms, and I think I still have the stock shocks that are good from an 04 Rubicon that I purchased a while back. Been friends with Turp for several years and have also built a few Jeeps in my day (suspensions, engines, extras, and some fab work). Just let me know and maybe we can all get together (yourself, Turp, and me) and make a solid day event in putting your rig back to stock. Wouldnt take much thats for sure. Let us know if we can help.
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Unread 11-27-2012, 10:37 PM   #11
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I've only been back once since May. Summer activities and such. I lost a rocker panel on my XJ that day. No biggie, I had it replaced in a couple of weeks.

Where do you live now?

Sorry for the thread hijack.
I moved back to my hometown for a job.. I am still in Champaign a lot since my gf is still in med school there.. headed there this weekend actually.
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Unread 11-29-2012, 05:50 PM   #12
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Thank you! I don't really want my Wrangler to be stock but if that's my only choice to make it easier access for the girlfriend than, of course, I will go that route. I was thinking something like 30" knobby tires spaced out about an 1" and a 1.5" suspension lift which would bring it lower than it is now (32" tires/3" suspension lift) but still personalize it more than pure stock. But, I'm not knowledgable about this stuff so I'm not sure that is doable? Or, if it is, exactly what I need to buy to make it happen. I'd like to learn, though.
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Thank you! I don't really want my Wrangler to be stock but if that's my only choice to make it easier access for the girlfriend than, of course, I will go that route. I was thinking something like 30" knobby tires spaced out about an 1" and a 1.5" suspension lift which would bring it lower than it is now (32" tires/3" suspension lift) but still personalize it more than pure stock. But, I'm not knowledgable about this stuff so I'm not sure that is doable? Or, if it is, exactly what I need to buy to make it happen. I'd like to learn, though.
I understand completely. This is what I would consider if I needed to make a change for the reasons you have.

MarkC73 has some nice coil springs to bring your height down.

Consider with these wheel spacers to get a wider stance. $59.95 per pair. There are other brands but these are reasonably priced.

http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_wheel_spacers.html

Here are a few tires I would personally recommend

All Terrains

http://www.ntwonline.com/31X10.50R15...-T-FALKEN.html

http://www.ntwonline.com/31X10.50R15...-GOODRICH.html

http://www.ntwonline.com/31X10.50R15...-PRO-COMP.html

Mud Terrains

http://www.ntwonline.com/31X10.50R15...-GOODRICH.html

http://www.ntwonline.com/31X10.50R15...-PRO-COMP.html

http://www.ntwonline.com/31X10.50R15...ICK-CEPEK.html

Just a few choices so you the idea.
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Unread 12-01-2012, 08:26 PM   #14
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A stock suspension TJ will easily clear 30" or 31" tall tires and like Turp said, a pair of wheel spacers or even changing to an aftermarket wheel with 3.5" backspacing willl give your Jeep a wider stance than stock. Totally up to what you need the Jeep to be in order to ensure your girlfriend can easily enter and exit the Jeep safely and easily.
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Unread 12-01-2012, 08:29 PM   #15
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However you decide to set the suspension and stance, it is all very easily doable. I lifted mine in my driveway in about 5hrs time and thats laying on my back with all hand tools and fighting some of the original stock components to get free. Nothing difficult at all and I am always willing to help someone and teach them a bit in the process.
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