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Unread 02-15-2004, 08:57 PM   #1
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If you were buying new

Would you buy an X, Sport or Sahara, and what options would consider MUST HAVE. And what would you wait on, aftermarket style?

Its kinda hard to compare the models, feature to feature, price to price, any advice appreciated.

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Unread 02-15-2004, 09:32 PM   #2
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I am in the process of doing this now. I'm going with the Sport model, full doors, soft top, D44 rear, 5 speed and that's about it.

No 30" tire packages or 7 speaker set ups for me. More or less it's an "X" model with a 44 rear.
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Unread 02-15-2004, 09:41 PM   #3
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If you dont get the 7 speakers, do you still have the wires for them installed? And do you get the speaker/light bar thingy?
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Unread 02-15-2004, 09:53 PM   #4
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If you dont get the 7 speakers, do you still have the wires for them installed? And do you get the speaker/light bar thingy?
Not sure on that one. I don't think it's a true 7 speaker set up.

I read somewhere that Jeep counts the tweeters on the regular speakers as another speaker. Maybe someone else will chime in with the correct info.
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Unread 02-15-2004, 10:11 PM   #5
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D44 and whatever trany you prefer. Maybe AC so you can convert to on-board air down the road.... The lowest gears possible to delay gear changes due to larger tires?

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Unread 02-15-2004, 10:28 PM   #6
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So sport or sahara can have the d44, so thats a good place to start...

AC is a must

Not much else you cant add later I guess...
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probably go with sport, with all the bells and whistles, two tops etc.
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Unread 02-16-2004, 08:58 AM   #8
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I'd go with a Silver sport, 5speed, D44, 30 in wheels, limited slip, soft top, a/c, and cruise control. Oh wait I did that just about two months ago. So far I'm loving every option except the side steps, but I got the vehicle off the lot so I didn't get a chance to leave it off the option list.
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Unread 02-16-2004, 09:23 AM   #9
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Go with the Sport, D44. Then as you can afford or like: dual top, 30 inch wheels, AC, full doors and cruise control. Let us know what you end up with
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Unread 02-16-2004, 09:28 AM   #10
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I would go with another Sport. It sometimes seems like all I do is work on my '98. But hey, it's worth it. I would definately recommend the D44, and remember if you do ABS you won't get it.

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Unread 02-16-2004, 09:43 AM   #11
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Not sure on that one. I don't think it's a true 7 speaker set up.

I read somewhere that Jeep counts the tweeters on the regular speakers as another speaker. Maybe someone else will chime in with the correct info.
Jeep counts their 4x6 plates as 4 speakers, and the center console sub is number seven. I got the cheap stereo and upgraded to 5.25 components with tweeters on the dash up front, 5.25 coax in the sound pods and a 10" sub in a sealed enclosure behind the rear seat, sounds amazing. (Aftermarket Alpine deck and sub as well)

Also, on '04's the 30" tires come on it if you get the Dana44
Can't have one without the other when I ordered.
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Unread 02-16-2004, 12:26 PM   #12
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Dana 44 and full doors are my biggest points. Those two things will make you a thousand times happier about your jeep and will also make it much more fun and comfortable...Air conditioning is a given, the hard top if you have the money...but if you get the full doors you dont really notice the soft top that much. Just a thought though...why not go for the Rubicon? It isnt that much more than the others and you get a bunch more...I am biased though. Go with the sport if you get any of the others...personally I dont really like the painted fender flares or the badging on the Saharas...Good luck with your decision...
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Unread 02-16-2004, 02:14 PM   #14
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So far...

2004 Sport
Dana 44 (includes 4 wheel disc brakes and rear track-lock diff I think)
Full Doors (standard?)
Soft Top (or hard top, which is better attainable aftermarket?)
AC
Leather wrapped steering wheel aka Cruise Control
Automatic Transmission (maybe, still debating)
Auto Dim Mirror (this worth getting?)
Trac-Lok Differential Axle (yes? I want?)
Stick with steel wheels, the default?

Confusing to say the least
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So far...

2004 Sport
Dana 44 (includes 4 wheel disc brakes and rear track-lock diff I think)
Full Doors (standard?)
Soft Top (or hard top, which is better attainable aftermarket?)
AC
Leather wrapped steering wheel aka Cruise Control
Automatic Transmission (maybe, still debating)
Auto Dim Mirror (this worth getting?)
Trac-Lok Differential Axle (yes? I want?)
Stick with steel wheels, the default?

Confusing to say the least
trac lock is okay untill you can afford a locker
full doors are a very good upgrade, not standard
if you only want one top now, I'd get the soft top as to the factory one is way better than the aftermarket ones... (remember a replace-a-top does not come with hardware)
leather wheel... mine has it, doesn't make much of a diff to me, it's still freezing cold in the winter
I'd get the 5spd, but that's up to you and will be argued both ways
auto mirror seems like a waste of $ to me, just lift it and lights won't be in your eyes anymore
trac lock, see above
steel wheels are easier to get rid of (or atleast they don't cost as much when you do) to go to a wider wheel with less offset.

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