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Sold The Tj, Bought A Kj (Finally)


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Please Lord, forgive me for turning to the dark side of IFS :rotf: Finally came across a KJ that was priced right and had good mileage, and bought it.  It didn't really help that as I was driving to look at it, the poor little 2.5L in my TJ decided to crap the bed (sounds like a piston skirt broke off or something else equally as scary).  Drove it into the dealer lot sounding like a pack of monkeys banging on a garbage can with a pipe wrench and they still gave me what I wanted in trade for it.  6 hours later, I was driving this home:  2002 KJ Limited (loaded with everything but a sunroof), 58K miles, and not a scratch on it.

 

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MJ will be for sale soon too, look for my post in the classifieds :doh:

 

Jeff

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LOL.....yeah, it's a bit "different".  It's an auto as well, my left foot doesn't know what to do with itself now.  This morning I went to shift it into D and I pushed the imaginary clutch pedal when my hand got on the shifter.  Weird.

 

Already thinking of a SAS and 2-3" lift :brows:

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Sas not worth it, and they drive fine how they are. The sas will completely destroy ride quality, and as it sits a KJ with 3.5" lift and JBA a arms performs equally well as an xj on 32s. Forget about the mess...complete custom engine mounts etc. are necessary for the swap

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Good to know Pat, thanks.  I have to admit, it rides a helluva lot better than the TJ, stock.  It's got nearly brand new Michelin "Cross-terrains" (WTF that means....) on it now, I'll probably ride them thru the summer then look at putting some AT's on it come winter.  Doesn't appear to be too much room left in the wheelwells without a lift to do anything much larger than stock.  I might even throw another set of Treadwright 'caps on it.  Had both a set of AT and MT's on the TJ, both ran very well.

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There is no lift like a JBA lift, though.

 

 

Btw, a quality lift for a KJ lift you are going to spend $1300 to $3000 to get into the 3.5" range.

 

Spacer lifts on KJ's are JUNK. So pretty much all 2.5" lifts and clevis lifts....aka if the lift costs under $1000 and doesn't come with new upper a arms, it's trash.

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From my (limited) research on KJ's before buying, the '02's were lowered somewhat from all the other model years....something about rollovers and NHTSA rating.  My wife's Forrester has more wheelwell clearance than this thing LOL.  Plus it sits a bit low for me, I'm used to stepping DOWN to get out of the seat, not flush with the road.  I'm gonna have to do something to get it a tad bit higher, eventually.

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Pat (or anyone else), is there anyway to disable the auto-door locks @ 15 mph?  Quite annoying.....

 

Interweb search led me to a couple of key cycle combinations/pressing the driverside door lock button, but they didn't work.  Can I do that through the EVIC?

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The ealry '02's were referred to as "pre-lowered" because most were built before they lowered them. The pre-lowered term is not very clear as to which was lowered and which was not. the '02s also got the better 45-series auto tranny versus the minivan derived 42 series used afterwards. Disc rears were an option in '02 but standard every other rear, though. 

 

Look here:

http://jeepkj.com/forum/f202/how-tweak-your-keyless-entry-settings-25640/

 

I think you have to have the Electronic Vehicle Information Center ( EVIC) option to disable them. Your Limited probably has the EVIC

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Yeah, I read that link......it says you can do it with the EVIC, but how?  Owners manual doesn't say, either.  I R confused.

 

I have rear drums, sadly.  That was the first thing I looked at, ironically....I was so hoping for discs.

 

edit:  it seems my EVIC doesn't have the menu option to disable the rolling door lock.  More Jeep EVIC info than you ever wanted to know can be found at http://www.lhforums.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-742.html

 

 

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Auto locks can be disabled with a drb3 scanner at the dealer for a simple service charge. Aside from that, getting the correct evic overhead console may allow you to control that....I have tried 14 different evic overhead consoles and can only get the main features to work.

 

Does yours have an overhead at all?

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Ive got EVIC, not OTIS....I think. I don't have a menu button, only a step button tho. Can't figger out how to get the remote opener buttons to work with my garage door opener either.

 

Edit...just looked again at it, and the buttons are not labeled....must be OTIS then :(

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