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Old 02-28-2016, 11:15 PM
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De-Chroming and Blacking Out my 2015 Grand Cherokee Limited

Way too much chrome for my liking (and many other people also) on the higher trim Grand Cherokees.

I just got a 2015 Grand Cherokee Limited Ecodiesel and truly love this thing. It is even more impressive now that I am changing it to look a bit more mean.
I am in the process of changing a whole lot to either gloss black or body colored. If anyone is interested, I am selling everything I take off, either on these forums or on Ebay. PM me if interested.

I would love to see what everyone thinks of my work so far and maybe some advice on 2 things I still need to do.

I uploaded pictures from the day I got it and as work has been done.

So far...
1. Black front and back emblems
2. De-badge everything else
3. Front windows tinted
4. 20" Gloss Black Rims (dealer)
5. Honeycomb black grill inserts
6. Gloss black grill trim rings
7. Gloss black fog light bezels
8. Gloss black tail light bezels
9. Tinted/wrapped tail lights
10. Body colored mirror caps instead of the chrome ones

Still left... I have body colored door handles but am having some issues installing these. I may try again in a week or find someone local to help me out on this.

I am thinking about leaving the front lower fascia chrome and the rear step pad chrome. Also the chrome around the windows to make it only have chrome in lower front and back as well as around the windows.

Love to get everyone's thoughts!

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Old 02-29-2016, 10:02 AM
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I like where you are going with this! Great progress. When I had my 2014 Summit I loved it, but after thinking about how much stuff I had to replace to get the High Altitude look, I determined it was just wayyy too much work and would be easier to just buy the High Altitude lol. The headlights alone would have costed a couple grand.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:30 AM
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I like where you are going with this! Great progress. When I had my 2014 Summit I loved it, but after thinking about how much stuff I had to replace to get the High Altitude look, I determined it was just wayyy too much work and would be easier to just buy the High Altitude lol. The headlights alone would have costed a couple grand.
Ya I see that now that I have begun doing everything! Although I do love the Maximum Steel color and that isn't available on the High Altitude trim...
Also, I got a really great deal on mine since it is diesel. Going the High Alltitude route with diesel would have cost me $10k more almost!
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Ya I see that now that I have begun doing everything! Although I do love the Maximum Steel color and that isn't available on the High Altitude trim...
Also, I got a really great deal on mine since it is diesel. Going the High Alltitude route with diesel would have cost me $10k more almost!
That is true, I have always been a fan of Max steal and had that been an available color on the HA thats probably what I would have in my garage right now :-) And yeah a diesel HA wouldn't be cheap.

Do you plan on leaving the black textured plastic or are you considering painting those or buying new paintable Overland trim?
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That is true, I have always been a fan of Max steal and had that been an available color on the HA thats probably what I would have in my garage right now :-) And yeah a diesel HA wouldn't be cheap.

Do you plan on leaving the black textured plastic or are you considering painting those or buying new paintable Overland trim?
currently planning on leaving the black texture
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Looks good so far & Max Steel is a good color! Where did you get the body colored mirror caps?


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Nice work man. I just did the same to my laredo but i made all the chrome black
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Re: De-Chroming and Blacking Out my 2015 Grand Cherokee Limited

like the build! I have a 15'Limited as well and have been modding it similar to yours. Some quick options I did:

If you change your mind on the rear step pad, $10 of 3M gloss black vinyl wrap works wonders. First and only thing I've wrapped on my own and came out great plus it was about $180 less than the robbery they wanted for a gloss black piece from the Altitudes It has survived the Texas hot summer no issues and if it gets scratched from loading the trunk - $10 in materials and 30min to replace it, good as new.


Powder coating the roof rails gloss black was cheap - had a local shop do them for $50 or so and they came out great. They also did my exhaust tips (pic below came out kinda good - the window trim was wrapped since that pic)

Now that the weather is getting nicer I'm onto the door handles. Been putting that off for a few months now, but think it's time. Planning on doing the rear myself and probably letting a local shop do the install of the front ones. The place that I had my fender flares color matched to gave me a good price in the fall - just hope it still stands!

Debating painting the rear/front bumper fascia to color match as well. At which point, I probably should have just got an altitude or overland haha, but I like projects.
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did you wrap the tail lights yourself? what % tint?
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Re: De-Chroming and Blacking Out my 2015 Grand Cherokee Limited

Love what you have done!

Can I ask where you purchased the body color mirror caps and the black honeycomb grill inserts? I am picking up my Granit Crystal 2016 Limited tomorrow and these are two items I would like to do quickly. I am not a fan of all the chrome.

Were the mirror caps a pain to replace?
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did you wrap the tail lights yourself? what % tint?
Had the local guy wrap the tail lights in "Medium Smoke" Vinyl
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like the build! I have a 15'Limited as well and have been modding it similar to yours. Some quick options I did:

If you change your mind on the rear step pad, $10 of 3M gloss black vinyl wrap works wonders. First and only thing I've wrapped on my own and came out great plus it was about $180 less than the robbery they wanted for a gloss black piece from the Altitudes It has survived the Texas hot summer no issues and if it gets scratched from loading the trunk - $10 in materials and 30min to replace it, good as new.


Powder coating the roof rails gloss black was cheap - had a local shop do them for $50 or so and they came out great. They also did my exhaust tips (pic below came out kinda good - the window trim was wrapped since that pic)

Now that the weather is getting nicer I'm onto the door handles. Been putting that off for a few months now, but think it's time. Planning on doing the rear myself and probably letting a local shop do the install of the front ones. The place that I had my fender flares color matched to gave me a good price in the fall - just hope it still stands!

Debating painting the rear/front bumper fascia to color match as well. At which point, I probably should have just got an altitude or overland haha, but I like projects.
I am definitely liking the 3M gloss black vinyl wrap for $10. Any store has that or did you order it online? Would love your input on that.
I bought the rear step pad in textured black for the Laredo but I prefer the gloss to match my tail light bezels so I may return it.

I like the black plastic look mixed with the Max Steel. I think it give it an "offroad type" look.

I have to decide if I should try to do the vinyl myself as you did or leave the chrome on the front lower fascia and roof rails and window trims. I think that little bit of chrome is not bad once the rest is changed.

I do enjoy projects as long as they are not too crazy. So far the driver door handle proved to beat my senses this past weekend... I may try the rear door handles this weekend since I have all 4 handles already.
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