New Buyer: Eager To Learn: Advice and Suggestions Appreciated! - JeepForum.com

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 03-07-2011, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
NewJeepAddict
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northport
Posts: 2
New Buyer: Eager To Learn: Advice and Suggestions Appreciated!

I am headin to Alaska to work for some good money and come back to Washington and buy a Jeep, something I've always wanted to do. I have pretty much settled on a Wrangler Unlimited and I have a few decisions to make. I live deep in the country and will be offroading probably 50% of the time. I want the big tires, rollbars, bumpers etc. I also want a rugged, powerful stereo system to go along with my outdoor adventures.

1st of all. What year is a good year, specific model? I will probably be buying used and I'm looking for a good deal but I will have money.

2nd. Should I look for something already lifted? Already with large tires(31-33)? Or is it better to do it myself. I am pretty mechanically inclined.

3rd. Anyone know a good, compatible stereo system? Subwoofer etc. Is there much room for that in a Jeep?

I've never owned one before but I'm eager to learn and have been eating this up. I want to learn! Any and all advice related to my specific questions, buying a jeep, etc.

As many and detailed of answers as you can give are much appreciated!

NewJeepAddict is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 03-07-2011, 04:56 PM
freeskier93
Registered User
1997 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Highlands Ranch
Posts: 7,154
1. If you want the an an Unlimited (LJ) you are limited to 2004-2006 as those were the only years they were made.

2. It depends on how much money you have and if you want to do it yourself. You will save money by finding an already lifted Jeep, but you never know what the previous owner did and it can even be hard to figure out what brand of parts are on the Jeep. If you mechanically inclined and have some money I would start stock and do it yourself.

3. The electrical/audio section of the forum can be of better help here, but your going to have to do it custom. Your going to have to find a place for an amp, and might want to look at marine audio stuff.

Great thing about the LJ is they come standard with the D44 and your axles can handle 35s right out of the gate. However you will want to look at some steering and brake upgrades.
freeskier93 is online now  
post #3 of 6 Old 03-07-2011, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
NewJeepAddict
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northport
Posts: 2
Thanks! Hmmm... so what if I'm looking at more 90's models. What would you reccomend?
NewJeepAddict is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 03-07-2011, 05:02 PM
GPO_Reckless
Registered User
1997 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Fairbanks
Posts: 21
I Mob in a 97 TJ, i love my rig. havent done a whole lot to it thoug. i have a 2" Rough Country lift thats on it. looking to change it to a OME lift. as for the sub. its a tricky thing unless you just remove your rear seat, which if you use it to off road makes it eays. if you use yours as a daily driver like i do as of now. Get a 10" ported box, and you can make the box yourself if need be so it fits behind the rear seat. thats what i did to mine. when i go camping and wheeling i take my seat out so i have it mounted down so it doesnt move. I took out the Stock radio and added a Pioneer deck with a USB port in the front and rear so its easier to use multipul set ups.

A JEEP IS LIKE A WOMAN SOMETIMES SHE LIKES IT ROUGH, SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE IT SLOW, AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO SNEAK UP ON IT.

B-rossman
GPO_Reckless is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 03-07-2011, 05:06 PM
ff33
Registered User
2006 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Wheat Ridge
Posts: 92
The Tj unlimiteds aka the lj's were only produced 2004-2006 so those are your options for years. Out of those years the rubicon was only produced in 2005-2006. I believe that the 04's only came with an automatic transmission if that matters to you as well. If you don't care about the rubicon options or the automatic transmission I would go for the 04 since they don't seem to have the fearful oil pump drive assembly failures that several 05-06 owners have had, other than that possible problem and the already listed differences I believe everything else is the same.

I personally like buying vehicles stock, that way you know what's done to it and you know it's done right as you build it. Sorry can't help you on the stereo, that's about the last thing I would ever put money into.

2006 Rubicon LJ, auto, 2" lift, 1.25 bl, mml, tt, armor, winch, 33's, that's it for now.
ff33 is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 03-07-2011, 05:09 PM
freeskier93
Registered User
1997 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Highlands Ranch
Posts: 7,154
Quote:
Originally Posted by NewJeepAddict View Post
Thanks! Hmmm... so what if I'm looking at more 90's models. What would you reccomend?
The TJ ranges from 1997-2006 and all have a wheelbase of 93.4 inches. Between 2004 and 2006 they made the Unlimited Version (LJ) which had an increased wheelbase of 103.4 inches.

Do some reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeep_Wrangler

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/st...ations-452871/

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/tj...embers-722109/
freeskier93 is online now  
Reply

Tags
advice , new buyer , speaker , stereo , wrangler

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
Death Wobble - my version - suggestions appreciated - long/short versions tw_jeep TJ Wrangler Technical Forum 6 05-29-2010 04:49 PM
Door Rattles....Suggestions Appreciated!!! Yahtzee34 JK Wrangler Technical Forum 11 02-21-2010 10:44 AM
03 TJ lift/gear advice appreciated! AJsArmor TJ Wrangler Technical Forum 3 06-01-2009 11:14 PM
Suggestions and help appreciated! cm7209 YJ Wrangler Technical Forum 3 04-22-2008 06:22 PM
TJ Newbie advice is appreciated... redlight2411 TJ Wrangler Technical Forum 22 10-04-2004 05:01 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome