Translation:I guess I need a Jeep dictionary to find out what this means.
LOL. We should have an acronym dictionary. @Chris!I guess I need a Jeep dictionary to find out what this means.
I’d buy it get it running and if it’s for your kids don’t fix shit. The small motor and big tires mean they can’t go to crazy in it.Hello to every Jeep Wrangler tj guru!!
I started checking this site like 2 years ago, on different tips on what to do on a '98 4 cylinder manual transmission ,after a friend of mine, asked me if I can keep his wrangler on my driveway for 2 weeks, while he can clean his garage.At that time ,I had it sitting in my driveway for a year already.My sons were 14 and 12 at the time, and after 3 years with it on my driveway, and seeing it everyday, Is like I want to fix it for my kids.
Now I have the opportunity to buy it for $1200.And I can guess that the main problem was that he installed a lift kit, and 35"s ,and the jeep wasn't performing as expected.It was running when was parked 3 years ago, now I need to invest a little to make it run(battery , fluids, flushing fuel system).
So I'm asking what would you do if I started it and is mechanically sound?I'm a chevy guy, so I don't have all the little mods and tricks planed to do since I was a kid, I'm guessing you were ,give me a direction to go ,please!
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Is drivers education required in your state? My16 yr old and 18 yr old are excellent drivers. No drivers ed beyond online courses required in FL. My kids did not necessarily enjoy it but they got some really direct guidance on driving when they had their permit. Think ahead, know your surroundings, dont speed (too much). No phone at all. Ever.I would not let any inexperienced driers use it as-is. With stock brakes and 35" tires, it is not going to stop worth a shit. Dangerous at best in the hands of experienced drivers.
And, personally, I would not put any inexperienced drivers in a vehicle without at least ABS which this jeep probably does not have.
Not to mention the increased chance of a rollover compared to most vehicles when trying to execute emergency maneuvers.
IMHO, TJs and kids are not a good mix if you care about the safety of your kids. I know a lot of people have fantasies about their kids reliving the thrills they got as a kid 30 or 40 years ago when they got their hands on their first truck/Jeep/muscle car. I personally think about how lucky I was to survive the stupid shit I did at that age. Put them in something cheap and safe. Chances are high they will be involved in some sort of accident within the 1st couple years of driving. My 3 kids have totaled 2 vehicles and wrecked a couple others. All within the 1st 2 years of having their license. YMMV.
I believe what JMT is referring to.... Someone please chime in if I have something incorrect here...
2.5 OME: 2.5” suspension lift. OME is the brand (old man emu)
2” tuck: Is a tummy tuck, where you replace the stock skid plate/cross member with a flatter skid plate. Allowing higher clearance and better break over angle.
SYE/DC: slip yoke eliminator kit. It replaces the speedometer housing part of your transfer case with a shorter version of the housing. Allowing you to fit a longer double cardan (DC) driveshaft. Also referred to as a CV style driveshaft.
Rear CA’s: is rear adjustable control arms. This allows you to adjust the rear pinion angle to eliminate driveline vibrations. The SYE/DC kit requires a different pinion angle than the stock driveshaft.
32x11.5: is tire size.
Regear: is the gearing in the front and rear differentials. I’m sure you know, but if you decide to regear, the front and rear MUST be the same gear ratio.
Lock: I’m assuming JMT means to install differential lockers. Depending on the intended use, you have a few different options. Electronic lockers (like the Eaton E-Locker), air actuated lockers (like the ARB Air Locker), or an auto locker that engages automatically (like the Detroit Locker). There are several different brands and styles.
Just all depends on your intended use, as most mods do.
Just take it slow, and do it right the first time. I’d say first thing to consider is, what is your intended use. Then figure out the largest tire you foresee yourself running. That will start you down the right road as far as mods go.