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post #1 of 11 Old 07-21-2021, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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97 TJ 4A For My Wife For Her Birthday

So I surprised my wife, who has long since loved TJ's with our new old Jeep for her birthday. $4500, it pulls a little when braking, needs some exhaust work, needs some stereo work, and needs to clean up the light wiring. I like it, it's solid, and she was very happy with her new old Jeep. I took some risk since I surprised her with it, I thought she might not like it, but in the end she loved it.

I ordered Air conditioning for it as well, the parts for that are supposed to be here on Thursday. She said it was a must.

Automatic TJ's are tricky to find.

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-21-2021, 03:21 PM
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Now get her a personalized plate like I did. (see my avatar) You’ll really score some bonus points.
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Now get her a personalized plate like I did. (see my avatar) You’ll really score some bonus points.
She doesn't like personalized plates. We just have plane jane Maryland Historic tags hanging on the small old girl.

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post #4 of 11 Old 07-27-2021, 04:46 PM
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Looks great! Heck around here (MI) automatics are all over the place. Almost impossible finding a manual. I got me a nice radio installed since my initial radio was a little iffy. Got my 1997 TJ a remanufactured Jensen VX4014 from Amazon for $200.
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Looks great! Heck around here (MI) automatics are all over the place. Almost impossible finding a manual. I got me a nice radio installed since my initial radio was a little iffy. Got my 1997 TJ a remanufactured Jensen VX4014 from Amazon for $200.
Crutchfield or nothing. Customer service and warranty are #1.
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Very nice!
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Very nice, similar purchase here too bought a 98 4cyl 5 speed about 2 1/2 months ago.
Wife tells everyone its hers. She is technically driving it more than me.

Can you please post the Air condition parts you bought. I am really curious about that.
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Can you please post the Air condition parts you bought. I am really curious about that.
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Jeepair.com has complete kits.

https://jeepair.com/collections/wran...nt=wrangler-tj

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Yeah I was able to find that last night,
Please keep us updated on that installations.

I noticed on there websites all the other kits include the replacement controls to turn it on and off. But the kit specifically for my application which is slide controls I can not see from the description or the picture how you actually control it.


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All I would say is that if you are going to tow that thing any more that you need to get a taller draw bar, in a hard stop with that angle that jeep could come right into your rear. The angle is far too low and frankly I would say towing it with a minivan is unsafe. I used to flat tow with a 3/4 ton suburban with huge brakes and stopping distance was extended on that truck. I can't imagine how bad it would be with a mini van.

The tow bar should be parallel to the ground. If you are going to do it again, which I don't recommend, at the very least, take the draw bar out, and the ball out and flip it over. That should bring it up about 4 or 5 inches. Leave tons of room as you braking distance will be close to double. What are you doing for lights? anything?

Other than that nice find. and second crutchfield, prices about the same as Amazon and way better service and knowledge.
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All I would say is that if you are going to tow that thing any more that you need to get a taller draw bar, in a hard stop with that angle that jeep could come right into your rear. The angle is far too low and frankly I would say towing it with a minivan is unsafe. I used to flat tow with a 3/4 ton suburban with huge brakes and stopping distance was extended on that truck. I can't imagine how bad it would be with a mini van.

The tow bar should be parallel to the ground. If you are going to do it again, which I don't recommend, at the very least, take the draw bar out, and the ball out and flip it over. That should bring it up about 4 or 5 inches. Leave tons of room as you braking distance will be close to double. What are you doing for lights? anything?

Other than that nice find. and second crutchfield, prices about the same as Amazon and way better service and knowledge.
Could flip your receiver hitch on your vehicle 90 degrees (flip the ball also) and it should raise it up to a better level for the tow bar.

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