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post #1 of 6 Old 03-27-2019, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Basic info: 63 year old male in Atlanta, GA area. Asked my dad for a Jeep in 1971, when I turned 16. Instead I got a 1951 Willy's Overland that he found for $600. Not that a Willy's isn't cool, but it wasn't what I had in mind at the time. I guess dad learned, because when my son turned 16, Dad gave him a 1974 CJ5. (A long and amusing story, some other time). Two days ago, I finally fulfilled my childhood dream and picked up a 2008 JK model X. Primary purpose for us is as a TOAD behind our (soon to be new to us) Allegro Bay motorhome. It's also my alternate transportation when wife has the Subaru.
So far, nothing too exciting to report. Horn was spotty, new ground wire seems to have fixed that. Headlights were dismal!! Pretty sure that candles would have been an improvement, if I could keep them lit. Searched this forum for lighting suggestions and found way too many. Problem with searching is that some of the information is too old to be relevant, especially regarding LED lighting. It's just evolving too fast. Some highly recommended options were no longer available, or had clearly been "cost reduced" in the 2-3 years since they were first mentioned. Anyway, I went to a local shop, and after looking hard at the J.W. Speaker lights, decided on a slightly less expensive set by Pro Comp. (model 76402P). Put them in last night, and wow!!! I am very happy with the result. I'm upgrading the fog lamps too, but on an even tighter budget, and ordered a set from Amazon. Jeep had a "Bull" bumper guard with some really cheesy chrome lights on top, but that's sitting in the driveway now. Will probably sell to some other 17 year old.
I doubt you'll be seeing me posting about lifts, axles, giant tires, etc. Primary focus here will be reliability, weight control (MH only tows 4000 lbs), and safety. I'm much more of a "lurker" than active poster. I'll have a few questions while getting started, but after that, I'll be reading much more than writing. Thanks for having this group!
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-16-2019, 02:28 PM
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I agree with you about the headlights. I drank the JW speaker Kool Aid and it was worth it to me. I bought and installed them the first week.

I liked them enough that I got the taillights too. I'm not quite as impressed with the taillights.

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