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Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

Did some work to a friends 2004 Silver Jeep Grand Cherokee Special Edition WJ w/ 4.7L V8 over the weekend.

1. New battery(old interstate battery with 84month warranty died right before the weekend started). Replaced old battery with a 100 dollar special from Advance


2. 8 new Champion copper spark plugs

3. New front and rear EBC Ultimax slotted rotors and new EBC greenstuff pads. Also flushed/bleed the brake fluid with some new Valvoline synthetic(brakes didnt really need work, but I wanted some low dust pads for the new chrome wheels)

4. New 20x9 chrome SRT8 repo wheels from factoryreproductions

5. 20 new chrome lugs

6. 4x new Nitto 420S tires from discount tire direct

7. Wash and quick detailing(polished the new wheels with Mother's powerball mini and Meguairs Ultimate polish--I assumed this was ok to use on the new wheels, didnt know if the wheels had "clear" on them)



Photo of the Jeep before the changes





Inspriation for the changes(great looking WJ, not sure who the owner is)





Comparison of the old tires/wheels to the new ones







Taking apart the front brakes







Old pads, didnt really need to be replaced, but they put off a ton of dust(not sure what brand they were)





Akebono front Brakes





New front EBC rotors and pads installed







Rear brakes took a little more time(rotor was rusted on pretty good, had to get the big hammer out)







New rear EBC Ultimax slotted rotors and greenstuff pads installed





Rolling the WJ out with the new wheels for the first time









Rotors after a quick test drive to get the replacement battery












After a wash/detail/polish







Another shot of the new brakes







Some more of the Jeep all cleaned up









Next up new exhaust and front window tint
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

Looks nice. how is the ride comfort on the new wheels vesus the old wheels?
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

Handles much better. There's less of that floating feeling on the interstate. Doesn't feel harsh at all. Haven't got to test it in the rain yet, but hopefully it's better than before(the stock Goodyears were bald in the back). I wish the Nitto's provided some wheel protection, with the size we used, there's zero. No road noise to speak of. The rear sway bar seems to be the limiting factor in corners, and the shorter sidewall seems to have made that more noticeable.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:46 AM
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

That is one nice Jeep! Why Green stuff pads and not yellow stuff?
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:49 AM
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

Nice jeep keep it up!
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

My main concern with the pads was dust on the new wheels. Honestly, I don't know a lot about the EBC pads, but the green stuff pads claimed low dusting. The new EBC rotors and pads feel great though, and they aren't even close to being broken in. Huge difference compared to what was on the Jeep. Makes me want to replace the brakes on my 99 XJ with EBC.
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

Very nice!
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

looks good, but he needs to paint his calipers now with those bigger wheels
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

Nice work, looks so much better with the new rims! Such a simple transformation too.

I say paint the calipers green, that would look pretty darn sweet.
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

Great work! Jeep looks great, real clean. I'd get the SRT reps too if I could afford them. Your inspiration pic looks like TJXJWJ's (Tony) he is a member here. There has been some debate on here about in-channel vs stick on vent visors, I think seeing your jeep I agree the full length stick on ones for the rear definitely look best.
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

Got some more parts/pieces installed this weekend.

1. New Addco rear sway bar with energy suspension greasable bushings
2. Winter tires/wheels(Bridgestone Dueler A/T revo 2 255/55 r18
3. Bilstein 4600 shocks
4. New belt tensioner

























Still waiting for some parts on order

1. New Addco sway bar for the front
2. New sway bar end links for the front and rear
3. New Moog tie rod ends
4. New steering stabilizer
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Re: Weekend work on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Special edition

You will love those shocks and sway bars! Best thing I ever did to my WJ anyway. Those bridgestones will make decent winter tires too, I ran those before I got my current tires. They seemed to wear pretty fast but shouldn't be bad if you just use them for the winter. I also went with moog tie rod ends and steering stabilizer, they firmed up the steering quite a bit. The jeep is looking great! Are those JK wheels?
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