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  1. Tim_with_the_tj

    Half door uppers hard to close

    Bought the Jeep a while back and have been prioritizing other things, but it’s been like this since I got it. The soft uppers contact the windshield frame and make it difficult to close the drivers door specifically. I have to really slam it shut or it will only latch halfway closed. The top...
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    Any advice before I drill frame drain holes?

    I’ve read a bunch of threads on the topic. Any last advice I should know before drilling drain holes in the frame? I plan to drill four holes total, one front and one rear drain hole per side. I’m also seeing lots of mud getting trapped in the front part of the torque boxes. Any advice for...
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    Winch remote over-heated?

    I’m new to winches and didn’t find much info on this problem I experienced. First time using this winch (was on the Jeep at time I purchased) and it appears to have melted part of the remote wire. It still works, but I’m not liking how it looks. I only used it to winch my buddy’s Tacoma out of...
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    Driver's seat recommendations

    Need to replace the driver’s seat in my 97 TJ. Looking for recommendations for an affordable factory-style replacement seat. I’m tall so I like how high the factory seat-back is. I can actually rest my head on it somewhat during long drives. The seat frame is fine, but the bottom cushion has...
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    Play in front transfer case output?

    New driveshaft is going in soon and I’m wondering… is this a normal amount of play for the front transfer case output? It only has axial play (in/out). Turn your sound up for the video. Thanks.
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    Looks like I need a new front driveshaft

    Tore down the double cardan joint on my front driveshaft to rebuild it. Unfortunately it looks like I need a new driveshaft… The shaft is badly worn. You can easily feel all of the visible marks. The centering yoke has a small amount of play in the ball and socket joint. The retaining ring...
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    Fuel tank mystery: Here's what I found inside

    Alright, here's what's going on. I've had this 1997 TJ for a few months now. I've never been able to get more than 3/4 tank of fuel into it when filling it. You have to run the pump as slow as possible by hand or it will shut off. Once it gets to around 3/4 full it will not allow you to get any...
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    U-joints: Did I do it right?

    Alright, this was my first time ever replacing u-joints so take it easy on me. Stock rear driveshaft. Does this transfer case side u-joint look too tight? It isn’t difficult to move at all. It just feels snug. Ignore the mess…wait for the end of video. I used the thinnest clips that were...
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    Rebuilding front driveshaft question

    This yoke did not come with install instructions and it came straight out of the Spicer box like this. No keeper in the center during shipping. It doesn’t appear to have any grit inside where the needle bearings live and they all look fine… My question is should I add more grease to it before...
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    Ignition key gremlins and HVAC

    I've read a bunch of threads and watched a couple videos about the ignition lock cylinder, actuator mechanism, and ignition switch. I'm not sure where my exact problem is, but here is what's going on. 1997 TJ SE model. My HVAC fan does not blow at all sometimes, and other times it works fine...
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    Ignition cylinder shroud missing?

    Haven’t been able to find anything like this on the net. My recently purchased 1997 TJ has something weird going on with the ignition cylinder. There seems to be a shroud or guide missing where you insert the key. What happened here? It functions fine, just makes putting the key in a little...
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    Soft top not designed for door surrounds?

    Recently bought this Jeep (which has definitely seen some fun times, as you may notice as well). I was considering getting full doors and during my reading I learned about door surrounds. Well, my Jeep doesn’t have any door surrounds and appears this soft top frame isn’t designed to use them. Is...
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    Washington ISO: stock rear anti-sway bar (Vancouver area)

    Anyone have a stock rear anti-sway bar laying around? I’m in the Vancouver/Portland area. Thanks.
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    Oregon ISO: stock rear anti-sway bar (Portland area)

    Anyone have a stock rear anti-sway bar laying around? I’m in the Portland/Vancouver area. Thanks.
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    Is this a stock rear anti-sway bar?

    Bear with me because I’m new to TJs. These parts were already installed when I recently purchased the Jeep. I had an issue with the rear anti-sway bar on the trail. One of the aftermarket end links snapped when one side of the rear was at full stuff. (I should have probably disconnected these...
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    Fox shocks ride like garbage

    Ok, I just bought the Jeep a few weeks ago. It already had some Fox shocks on it with a 3.5-4 inch lift. I was thinking the shocks were bad so I removed a couple and to my surprise they were still charged up. Seemed to be working fine. Why do they ride like crap? Hmmm. I decided to search the...
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    4 cyl TJ on 33s for $5500 in WA

    1998 Jeep Wrangler Not mine. Saw while browsing FB marketplace. Looks like a good start for a build and priced much lower than most.
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    Who’s running Metalcloak coils?

    Anyone with a light TJ (4cyl, soft top, half doors) running the Metalcloak 3.5 inch coils? Very curious how much actual lift I would get. I haven’t been here long, but it’s been long enough for me to see some of you speak up about disliking Metalcloak coils. What I like about them on paper is...
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    Let’s talk about TDI diesel swaps

    Has anyone done a 3.0 TDI diesel swap into a TJ? I know the smaller 1.9 TDI has been done and maybe the 2.0 TDI. I’m not finding anyone with a 3.0 TDI swapped TJ when I search the web. Surely someone has done it by now?
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    Opinions on lift height?

    Just got this TJ so I’m still learning about the platform. After some reading on the forum I think the current lift on the Jeep is about 4.25 inch front, 2.5 inch rear. The Front coil plus spacer measures about 16.25 installed. The Rear spring (no spacer) measures about 10-10.5 installed. I...