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  1. STOP ORDER on all Manual Jeeps [Update: software flash fix arrives in March]

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm paying first world money for this jeep, so I'd kind of like them to be able to deliver one within three months of when they said they would.
  2. STOP ORDER on all Manual Jeeps [Update: software flash fix arrives in March]

    Yeah I hope so too. As a once-software developer (not for cars) myself, I would think they need to write the software but then they need to test it pretty thoroughly, and if it doesn't work out they'll need to tweak and re-test until they're satisfied it works when they want and not when they...
  3. STOP ORDER on all Manual Jeeps [Update: software flash fix arrives in March]

    Is it fun to drive? I learned to drive on a 1977 stick shift ford Pinto wagon, and I loved it. Then I had a manual BMW 3-series in the bachelor days and loved it. I just really liked the manual experience - I imagine the jeep will be somewhere in between in terms of ease-of-use. I don't want...
  4. STOP ORDER on all Manual Jeeps [Update: software flash fix arrives in March]

    I ordered my manual Nov 8 and it just got stuck in this recall (it was already off the train a week before the recall - infuriating). I fail to understand how a voluntary recall (it's safe enough to drive for the thousands already on the road) means they can't ship it and let me decide if I...
  5. Overall Reliability?

    There's another active thread right now about a recall of all of the manual JLs, which includes my new and first jeep, which I ordered in early November and now won't get til the last week of March soonest. That is five months (was estimated 6-8wks). I got a manual transmission partly on the...
  6. Recall Notice 21V-028 [1/28/21]: Manual Transmission / Clutch Overheat Covers All 2018-2021 Jeep Wranglers Produced by January 22, 2021

    Thanks Kaitlin - I appreciate the information. Is the "planned dealer notification date" (referenced above) the timing of when they are first able to perform the repair, and if not is there another info source I can track to find that rollout date so that I can stay on top of my dealer?
  7. Recall Notice 21V-028 [1/28/21]: Manual Transmission / Clutch Overheat Covers All 2018-2021 Jeep Wranglers Produced by January 22, 2021

    Does anyone know how long it's going to take to release the software fix for this recall? (21V-028) I have a brand new jeep sitting there at the dealer that they can't give me until this fix is installed (ordered Nov 8). Can they now not even sell any manual jeeps off the lot? I suppose that...
  8. 2-Way Portable Winch Idea

    You guys are making sense. One of my goals in this is the clean front bumper profile I'd get, but after some research I might be able to get that by relocating the control box of a warn winch. I want to start out with an understated look, so people don't expect sasquatch to climb out of the...
  9. 2-Way Portable Winch Idea

    Thanks guys -- sounds like it's worth exploring then. re electrical you can't hard wire since the winch needs to be temporary, so yeah I suppose you want to run wire from the battery and expose a lead or wire together a plug/outlet? that would be cool and cannot be that hard. I would guess...
  10. 2-Way Portable Winch Idea

    I'm waiting on delivery of my first jeep and came up with this idea -- is there any reason this wouldn't work? Rear Winching Solution: get a winch and a hitch mount for it Front Winching Solution: 1. weld the wide half (receiving part) of a hitch extender to a winch mounting plate, and...
  11. Who's Jeep

    Great improvement right out of the gates! I love that color and only barely got talked out of it on my new jeep. It's going to look better and better with age and dirt.
  12. Who else is patiently waiting

    I ordered my first jeep - JL Rubicon 2-door manual soft top (that's what I thought a jeep was but I guess that's a special order now!) -- Order date Nov 8 in California. Dealer showed me the timing estimates Jeep was giving the dealers by region -- west coast was 6-8 weeks, which meant Dec 20-...
  13. Safest tube doors?

    I have a noob question. When you are driving a few hours to go wheeling and want to use your tube doors, do you drive with them the whole way or find a place to stash your regular doors when you get there? I am trying to imagine my kids in the back seat with highway wind on them at 6AM, and...
  14. Merry Christmas! What Jeep goodies did y'all get?

    Dang - you must have been good!
  15. Merry Christmas! What Jeep goodies did y'all get?

    First jeep on the way in a couple weeks!! Santa brought us: Stick shift lessons for wife Rock crawler for boy Air compressor Deflator "Fire Missile" button Radios Traction boards Recovery strap
  16. JLU Rubicon on 35s no lift

    I gotta take back my comment about 35's looking small with 2" lift - your jeep looks perfect - I think you nailed it!
  17. JLU Rubicon on 35s no lift

    Anyone have an opinion on this strategy? I want put 35's on my JL rubicon 2-dr, with -6 offset wheels that I picked out. It looks really borderline whether they will rub or not, but consensus looks like the neg offset will cause a little rub when fully articulated. However the pics of the 2"...
  18. JLU Rubicon on 35s no lift

    After some more research, here's a video counter-argument. I can't see what these two guys are doing differently, but in this video there is some rubbing especially on the rear tire (7:00).
  19. 2020 Wrangler Engine Catches Fire, Vehicle Burns

    I have a total noob question. Is this an expensive repair?
  20. DIY or Buy

    How do you learn how to fabricate? I would love to do some small things -- I have an old hitch-mounted bike rack I'd like to turn into a cage. I have a grinder and I can drill a hole. I guess I'd have to learn to weld at least? Is that a huge time commitment and expense to get tools...