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Unread 08-29-2011, 04:41 PM   #1
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New TJ owner 4x4 Concerns

Hello,
So this is my first post here on Jeep fourm.

I recently bought a 1998 wrangler sport 6cyl 5spd. I have a 2.5 RC lift and 30in all terrains.

I was off roading the other day and came upon a hill. I havent ever really done any offroading so i put the Jeep in 4h and it seemed to bogg down going up the hill in 1st so i stoped and put it into 4Lo. While going up the hill i could smell something awefull. It smelled like my clutch or brakes burning but i wasnt hitting the brakes or the clutch. So i was wondering if i had an issue with my transfer case?

Also while coming down the hill i left the Jeep in 4Lo because i didnt wanna lock up the brakes and slide around a turn or into a tree. Was doing that a bad idea? (for future reference?).

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Unread 08-29-2011, 04:47 PM   #2
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leaving the transfer case in 4lo and putting the transmission in 1st or 2nd is a great way to creep down steep hills. You might not even need the brakes, depending on how steep the hill. And if you start sliding left or right on loose stuff with not much steering response, try giving it a bit of throttle.

As for the smell, I don't know if this is normal or not. But mine did that too, when I first got mine (used with 70,000 miles) the first few times I put it in 4lo I smelt something like clutch. i figure this was probably just because the previous owner never put it in 4lo (or did it very rarely?) I have never smelt it since then.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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Alright, sounds good.

I've googled this in every way that i could think to word it and tried searching the forum but i could never get a straight answer out of any of it. And as far as the transfer case burning smell, thats a bit of relief because i though i was tearing something up, and at the moment with the transmission and swaybar needing repaired, transfer case work is the last thing i need.

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Unread 08-29-2011, 05:38 PM   #4
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Well I don't know if that's the case for sure, just noting that mine smelled clutch-ish when I engaged 4lo the first few times. Hopfully there is nothing wrong, but if the transmission is being worked on, might not be a bad idea to have the transfer case checked out while someone is under there? not sure if there are any tell-tale signs of a transfer case that needs work just on visual inspection, or not.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 07:57 PM   #5
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It sounds like you burned the clutch trying to make it up the hill in 4h. No worries though, TJ clutches seem to handle it well.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 08:40 PM   #6
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NakedCreek, this is off topic, but you should take a look at what DanielBuck did to his TJ. Your setup is nearly there, lift-wise, and his rig with the 16x8 wheels and the 32x10.5 metric equivalent tires is just about the perfect mid-rise performance and look. If I could justify it, I'd copy him, but I can't justify it for my East-of-95 flatland wheeling. In Elkton, though, you could, and those narrowish tires would be much more practical for the snow that you see (and that I don't) than the monster wide tires you see a lot of people waste money on in your area.

Just my two cents. I've wanted to say "perfect rig" to Daniel for a while, and this seems like a good way to do it.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 10:33 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input everyone. And yea as for upgrades I've been doing a lot of research and talking to other th owners in the area. Several have a 3.5in lift w/ 1in bl and run 35x12.5 with bumpstops, but I didn't want my power or acceleration and top speed to suffer so much. And as far as the snow goes, we do get some nasty winters (for the area) from time to time and I'm not sure what handles best (I.e. wider or narrow tires. But i do want to go bigger in the near future but not so big that cb drive shaft and sye or rehearing are necessary just yet due to the money constraint.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 10:35 PM   #8
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Corrections on the above post:

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