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post #1 of 38 Old 06-25-2015, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Give me some lessons learned

New JK owner here. 2015 Manual Transmission and hard top. It is completely stock right now and i only have 200 miles on it. I have a bad habit of learning things the hard way when it comes to new toys.

I am trying to avoid that with my Jeep. If anyone has advice, tips, tricks, or other lessons learned, please share them with me. Anything at all when it comes to driving, maintenance, changing tops, tires, wheels, etc. What did you learn from your JK experience that you can share with me?

First oil change? Taking off the hard top? What to replace it with for the summer in NEPA? Anything at all that i need to know. Thanks in advance!
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Don't let the door swing open when you disconnect the door strap. It will leave a nice dent in the cowl piece.


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Don't let the door swing open when you disconnect the door strap. It will leave a nice dent in the cowl piece.


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Thanks! Exactly the type of thing i was looking for. Planning on taking the doors off as soon as my mirrors come in!
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Thanks! Exactly the type of thing i was looking for. Planning on taking the doors off as soon as my mirrors come in!
roll the windows down first, then pull the doors

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When doing wiring for lights think far into the future and run all the wires for any future lights, much easier to run them once.
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Don't let the door swing open when you disconnect the door strap. It will leave a nice dent in the cowl piece.


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first week i got my jeep i had dents on both sides lol

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also make sure ur strap aint dry rotted or anything i had mine one break on me leaving a bigger dent then there already was.

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also drill a hole in the bottom of the mirrors. not sure if they fixed the problem or not. but water gets trapped in them

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cut open a old pillow taking the stuffing out and shove it in ur sound bar make a good bit of difference. twist ur rear view mirror upside down. if u manage to strip a lugnut dont worry u just stripped the cover. take the cover off and ur on ur way. the two screws in ur freedom top dont put them back in theres no need for them. unless your driving with top off and just having the freedom panels on

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cut open a old pillow taking the stuffing out and shove it in ur sound bar make a good bit of difference. twist ur rear view mirror upside down. if u manage to strip a lugnut dont worry u just stripped the cover. take the cover off and ur on ur way. the two screws in ur freedom top dont put them back in theres no need for them. unless your driving with top off and just having the freedom panels on
The sound bar thing is accurate, but the two knobs thing isn't completely true. They do help keep water out by pulling down on the top panels to the rear portion to seal it better.

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Get you some .99 C clamps from the hardware store. I got 4 heavy duty ones and put one on each corner of the hard top (where the screws normally go), It's way easier/quicker than keeping a scewdriver around for 6 screws.
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The sound bar thing is accurate, but the two knobs thing isn't completely true. They do help keep water out by pulling down on the top panels to the rear portion to seal it better.

What are your plans? Wheeling it at all? If you do plan on wheeling, join a local club. Find one that fits your personality and ambition. Then, when you go wheeling, learn. Listen to the spotter, with windows down. Driving offroad is a lot different than driving on road, so be patient, don't go beyond your comfort zone and go with experienced guys. Best way to learn how to wheel your area without learning the hard way.
I dont have plans yet. I imagine I will do some off roading once i break it in and it looses that new car smell. PA has tough inspection requirements, especially when it comes to tires, so I imagine i will keep the road tires on it until they wear out.

I am a big gun guy and now that I have this thing I imagine i will be dumping a ton of money into it like i did with my gun collection. But right now, I am just enjoying the ride. Cant wait until we have a few decent days in a row so i can take the top and the doors off.
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If your Jeep has MT or aggressive AT tires make sure you rotate them every 3000 miles.
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figure out your upgrades based upon need detected from using the Jeep; don't upgrade because you 'see others with same mod/part' or because you feel a compulsion to . Justify the upgrades as you require them and replace because it will assist you in tackling whatever it is you have tried and cannot accomplish with it as it is equipped . Service the thing per the manual intervals for fluids and maint... and , as nlgrav182 stated , ya get what ya pay for ...


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cut open a old pillow taking the stuffing out and shove it in ur sound bar make a good bit of difference. twist ur rear view mirror upside down. if u manage to strip a lugnut dont worry u just stripped the cover. take the cover off and ur on ur way. the two screws in ur freedom top dont put them back in theres no need for them. unless your driving with top off and just having the freedom panels on
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When taking hard top off make sure you set on something off the ground or youll have fun getting it oss the ground and it will ruin rubber seal on bottom. get a star socket set for top and door screws.

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figure out your upgrades based upon need detected from using the Jeep; don't upgrade because you 'see others with same mod/part' or because you feel a compulsion to . Justify the upgrades as you require them and replace because it will assist you in tackling whatever it is you have tried and cannot accomplish with it as it is equipped . Service the thing per the manual intervals for fluids and maint... and , as nlgrav182 stated , ya get what ya pay for ...


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If ur going to be adding items needing a switch/relay, go ahead and spring for an sPOD type switch. Can get in either 6 or 8 switch versions. You run wires through the firewall only once and ur done!
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forgot to mention when ur fenders fade use some black leather shoe dye to restore them heck of a lot cheaper then the other crap sold out there last maybe 2 months or so. with the shoe dye u only got to apply maybe twice a year depending on how bad winter is and stuff

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