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post #1 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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First time Jeep owner!!

Isn't she a beauty!!
Anyone have advice on how to start taking care of her, and what are some mandatory immediate things to check?

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post #2 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 02:40 PM
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OK, lets see where should you start with your "NEW" TJ.

1st= if you haven't done it, Check/change all the fluids. All of em. water,oil, brake. Don't mess with the a/c if it is working. Might not be a bad idea to back flush you heater core.

2nd= check all the u-joints Axles & drive shafts

3rd= check all the bushing and steering componants

4th= Take the rubber baby buggy bumpers off the front bumper

5th= put 1"X1"x2" square tubing under the seat frame to get you up a little bit for better driving

6th= Put a 6" wide dark sun screen across the top of your windshield to help with sun in the early morning and late evening.

7th= take the tow bar off the front if this is going to be your daily driver.

That will keep you busy for a few days.

one more thing, with 02's check you head for cracks between 3 &4 cylinder. easy way is just remove the oil filler cap and look right there for radiator fluid.
This is a possible problem with 00's-02's engine. lot for more info on this forum.

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post #3 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 02:48 PM
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Anyone have advice on how to start taking care of her, and what are some mandatory immediate things to check?
Get yourself a OEM factory service manual and start reading, that's a good way to start and probably the best money you'll spend on your Jeep.

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post #4 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 02:52 PM
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I tend to stay away from TJ virgins.They usually end up Jeep hoes and spend every dollar they make on their pimp,named JEEP.

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post #5 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 04:10 PM
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OK, lets see where should you start with your "NEW" TJ.

1st= if you haven't done it, Check/change all the fluids. All of em. water,oil, brake. Don't mess with the a/c if it is working. Might not be a bad idea to back flush you heater core.

2nd= check all the u-joints Axles & drive shafts

3rd= check all the bushing and steering componants

4th= Take the rubber baby buggy bumpers off the front bumper

5th= put 1"X1"x2" square tubing under the seat frame to get you up a little bit for better driving

6th= Put a 6" wide dark sun screen across the top of your windshield to help with sun in the early morning and late evening.

7th= take the tow bar off the front if this is going to be your daily driver.

That will keep you busy for a few days.

one more thing, with 02's check you head for cracks between 3 &4 cylinder. easy way is just remove the oil filler cap and look right there for radiator fluid.
This is a possible problem with 00's-02's engine. lot for more info on this forum.
At 6'3" that doesn't work for me.
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At 6'3" that doesn't work for me.
OK add a 2x2x2 under each point on the seat mount to the floor of the jeep. that will get you up there. also helps get you to see over the hood. Gievs your knees a little more room to.

I am 5'11".

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post #7 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, Great starting info, can't wait to start working on her.

I'm not a mechanic, is there any must have vehicle tools? Just basic stuff.. I'm not working right now so don't want to go crazy but I plan on doing a lot of the work myself and learning along the way. If there is anything you use monthly or weekly that i should know of, please let me know
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post #8 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 05:12 PM
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No, not really. If it running good just enjoy it. You can expect many miles out of it as long as you take care of it. Changing ALL the fluids on a regular basis is the biggest thing. One of my JEEPS has 326k on it. It can be done.
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post #9 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 06:54 PM
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check for frame and body rust,and oil leaks (rear main) also looks to have a lower plow frame,if it was used for snow plowing then there may be rust.
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post #10 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 09:16 PM
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Like Stu said, be sure to check the body AND frame for rust. Especially around the body mounts! Lost a beautiful TJ that way. Always make sure you keep the underside clean. I'd at the very least, coat the frame (and body mount rails) with rustoleum spray paint. Thats what I did on my new (to me) TJ. Looks good too! Id do the same for under the fenders in the wheel wells. TJs LOVE to rust on the tops of the fenders, so that should help prevent that. Someone correct me if i'm wrong on any of that. I'd just buy a nice rachet set to start. both Metric and SAE. most used tool(s) that I use. If nothing else, i'd get ready to start pricing lift kits, wheels, tires ect . Welcome and don't forget the Jeep Wave!!!



PS. Your TJ reminds me of mine! and Look at her now! A lot of work but worth it!!!
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post #11 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 09:58 PM
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Looks like mine when I got it. Aside from checking the bushings, brakes, and the ujoints for wear and tear, go ahead and paint the hood and doors with truck bed liner, but don't remove the chrome grill. We can be twinsies.

That's not death wobble, the roads in PA are just *that* bad.

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post #12 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 10:07 PM
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Check under the tailgate. My 2002 was crazy with rust there.
Take it slow. Took me a year before I started goin nuts on mods. Wanted to be sure I knew what I wanted to do.

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post #13 of 23 Old 05-24-2013, 09:26 AM
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Did you say you do not have any tools?

That will be another tread on what you need to get

and where to get them.

I hope you have some kind of garage, and that is another thread.

What else do you not have or have little of.

One thing you will need is a BFH, 2 1/2" lb anyway.

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I have basic tools, Live with my brother at his house, he has tools too.
We have a garage.

I have ratchets, drills, sawsall, screwdrivers the basic stuff.
Also have a welder!! got big plans with that hopefully!

No idea what a BFH, 2 1/2" lb is?
I'm worried on not having mandatory automotive tools.

I know I will need a heavy duty strap to pull you all out of the mud :P
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No idea what a BFH, 2 1/2" lb is?
A Big F***ing hammer. Youll need it!
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