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Re: Milton's build thread

Okay - so after some minor set-backs getting this thing to update properly and upload the initial tuning, I got my Superchips Flashpaq 3875 installed! :2thumbsup:
It was a Christmas gift from me to me, haha. My wife and daughters scored this year as well. Santa was sitting pretty this year when it comes to $'s. Our initial Santa's lists combined were creating quite the unfunded liabilities.
Some timely overtime came in handy and put Santa in the black. This entry to my build may be quite remedial to some, but please humor me because I know there are those out there that don't even know what an OBD-II port is among other things. So, I'm just trying to be helpful. Anyway, overall, the SC is easy to install and work with - very user friendly.

First things first - everywhere you look they are recommending to update your tuner before plugging into your OBD-II. Whether it's the flyer in the box, the instructions, or the tuner itself. So, I did. You have to go on SC's website, create an account, and download the easy update software. This is all free and takes maybe 15 minutes. Once installed, open the update software from your desktop, use the USB cable provided to plug the tuner into a USB port on your computer, and wait for it to update.

Once the update is complete you're ready to go to your rig. The OBD-II port is on the driver's side, about where your left shin is when you're driving. Just plug in the tuner to this port.


The tuner will power up when you plug it into the OBD-II and begin prompting what it needs you to do. Namely, turning your key from "off" to "on" during different phases of the tune.

It will initially copy and store the stock files from your rig which takes about 5-10 minutes. Then it will ask what tuning you want to program. Loading the new tuning will take about 5-10 minutes as well. I chose the advanced tuning 87 octane and customized my tire size to 31.75" from stock. This is to recalibrate the rig to compute 265/70/17's when it comes to the speedo and what not.
After the Superchip was finished loading my tune into the WK, the only thing left to do was disconnect the tuner and take it for a spin. Right away I noticed that the Jeep felt like stock again, better in fact, as far as throttle response, acceleration, and shifting. The Jeep is just quicker to respond and accelerates like a champ. Putting the 265's on pulled the power down a little and especially made the transmission shift akwardly. The SC, so far, seems to have remedied this. :cheers2: Now it's time to enjoy my Christmas present and decide if I'm going to place any of the SC decals to the WK!
Oh yeah, guess I'll update my sig, too!
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:18 PM
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Re: Milton's build thread

I like to think of my build thread as a photo journal of sorts. I can show what I've done to the WK and show what it enables me to do with it. Plus, again, it's MY build thread so I figure even if I'm not "building" something in every entry I'm showcasing the rig.

Some pics from the last day of 2011
KS Rocks Offroad Park:

This washed out crossing really kicked my @$$:




The winch of shame :hahaha:


The spacing of that rock and log on the right side (right at my front & rear tires), combined with mud, and only airing down to 20psi is what gave me trouble I think:




Check out the articulation of my Uncle's TJ:
You can't tell by the pic but he was lookin at quite a steep grade on that rock and his rig wanted to roll to the driver's side as his rear left was bottomed out while his front right was bumping up that gap. We set-up quite the rigging with his winch, two anchors with change of directions, 2 snatch blocks, back to his right front tow hook. It may have been overkill but it allowed a straight pull with the winch and and a "downward" pull on his right side which is what was needed here.


Planning our line up this rocky climb.


That climb resulted in some trail damage and I didn't even summit in the end.
If I'd stuck with my plan to stay the course of the main trails
this wouldn't have happened:


I used the 87 octane tune on the SC for wheelin. I noticed more power in my low gears in 4lo and after wheeling I used the SC to idle up while using my compressor to air back up. The SC mileageXS tuning gave me almost 19mpgs on the trip down there into a head wind and the drive back I ended up with 21mpgs! The WK has never seen that kind of mileage.

Overall, it was a great way to start the last day of the year.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:19 PM
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Re: Milton's build thread

For the nest project I had the week off (gotta love 24-48s w/ a Kelly Day) so I decided to do some projecting. Nothing major - exterior aesthetics. I still had the Red Rock Crystal grill that came stock with the rig in storage so I figured I would play around with it. It also gave me the chance to work with DupliColor spray on bed liner (which I'm thinking of doing my bumpers, fender flares, and the sides up to the trim).
First thing I did was separate the grill base from the painted piece:

Next, I used a coping saw to cut out the fins:

Then, I used a sanding block (not sure on the grit but it was heavy) to grind all the clear coat off and scuff the surface up nice. After that I wiped it down real well with a wet towel and called it a day. I would get materials the next day:

After running some errands and finally finding the DupliColor I got started. I figured since I had the bed liner I may as well pull the rear step pad and bed line it as well. Careful patience is all it takes to remove it. Then I gave it a good cleaning with simple green:

Next, I masked off the dimples where the plastic rivets seat as well as the four tabs that fit in the inboard side of the bumper. I wanted to make sure this thing fit back snug as it did with no difficulties:

I did four coats on each piece - this is best done outside 'cause the spray is fairly messy as to get a good texture you have to hold the can at least a foot away from your piece. Each coat was light and the next just builds on the last:

Between coats I cut the mesh (I used gutter guard) for each of the spaces on the grill but I was looking at how I was going to secure them:

Finished step pad piece:

Finished grill piece:

Finished step pad installed:


I decided on 8" black zip ties placed in each corner of the rectangles and obviously snipped off the excess. The base piece has indentations that seemingly were meant for this mod as the zip ties seat in them and the painted piece can snap right over:

Finished bedliner grill with mesh inserts:

Finished grill installed:


All in I spent about 20 bucks in materials and supplies and spent about 3-4 hours on the projects combined. I don't know if I like the "murdered out" grill over the chrome (and I know the wife isn't gonna like it when she sees it). I do like the "new" finish to the rear step pad and it looks like it will withstand some abuse. The finish of the Duplicolor is really nice, thick, and textured. Overall, the Duplicolor is easy to work with, a little messy, and throws some globs near the end of the can (it may not have been ideal temps outside - the can calls for 70 degrees but it's lower 60s here today and I couldn't let that pass without doin stuff).
After I got done I took the pup to the off-leash park. It was a good day.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:21 PM
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Re: Milton's build thread

The next thing I did was pick up the first in my collection of armor.
Mopar front suspension skid and Mopar t-case skid. We got our first snow of the season last night and today - nothing major - but enough to make the WK a mess and it is sitting in the garage "melting" right now. Install on the front suspension skid will have to wait for better conditions. The t-case will have to wait untill I save for the S4X adapter or I might be able to get my best bud's dad to fab something.

Also, they aren't Husyliners or Weathertechs, but I picked up some all-weather floor mats from Costco of all places. They aren't an "exact" fit but for $10 for all four it was worth throwin 'em in for the winter - just in time too!


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Old 01-20-2012, 04:22 PM
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Re: Milton's build thread

The weather got back into the 60's again (crazy) so I figured it was a good day for getting under the WK. I wanted to install the new suspension skid I picked up as well as test fit the t-case skid. Originally I was looking at ordering these from justforjeeps but the shipping cost was gonna kill me. I made a call to a local parts dept at a Jeep dealer and found I could get both skids for a little over $100 and not have to pay shipping charges. They came from the other side of MO out of St. Louis so I was able to pick them up the day after I ordered them.
The install on these is nothing special - pretty straight forward. Four 13mm bolts with washers held the stock plastic skid on so I wrenched those off and set the skids side by side to compare. The steel one is basically identical except it has a little more "lip" that protects the front diff and more of a cutout to access the oil pan drain plug:

The underside of the front end was still nasty from wheelin and with the old plate covering it even the few good power rinses I'd done didn't clean it well. So, I ran up to the wash and gave it another good power rinse before putting the new one on. This pic is pre-rinse:

This is the new plate bolted on with the four supplied 13mm bolts and washers:

I have yet to purchase the adapter from S4xC that the rear of the t-case skid bolts onto but I wanted to set it up in there to see how it fits and looks.
This skid comes with two 15mm bolts/washers that bolt into the front of the crossmember and then two 15mm nuts that wrench onto the threaded posts on the t-case skid which will come down through the adapter or OEM fuel skid if I had either:

Like I said - all very simple and straight forward install. I'm pretty excited to get started with protecting the valuables underneath the rig and even though the tcase is just test fitted, this is what it looks like with both in:

I'm looking forward to having all the armor underneath in my plans:
4xGuard front skid - Mopar front suspension - 4xGuard belly skid - Mopar t-case - S4xC adapter plate - and hopefully someday some 4xGuard slider rails.
Although - I'm anxious to see these guys with the mod/fabbed Steel Armadillo sliders.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:23 PM
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Re: Milton's build thread

For my latest mod I ordered some stuff the other day off Amazon. I love that site! Lots of goodies to choose from, usually cheaper than anywhere else and free 2 day shipping with a prime membership. UPS guy was my friend today - Smittybilt 10K lb. rear hitch shackle and reciever lock.

I like the idea of having it in place and locked for a couple reasons. Obviously, having it locked for reasons of security; and keeping it on there because hopefully it would be the first thing some moron would hit if they decided to rear-end me. As a permanent recovery point of sorts, and, well they look cool.
I installed it and realized the reciever could use some touch-up and the hitch shroud or bezel or whatever you call the plastic trim piece was fading.

I decided to spruce everything up back there so I started with removing the trim piece. There are 4 "nuts" that fasten to plastic posts from the inboard side. The upper ones aren't visible in the pic and are a PITA to get to and unscrew.

As well as three tabs that the black piece snaps in place. The one in the middle is on the bumper and the ones on the sides are on the black piece between the posts.


I had some Rustoleum flat black on the shelf in the garage from the rear hitch mod and touch up on the underside of the rear-end so I gave the reciever a couple coats:

Next, I sprayed the plastic trim piece but didn't like the flat finish so I decided to use the rest of the DupliColor bedliner on it. The Rustoleum essentially bacame a primer. Omelet turned me to this stuff in one of his mods and I used it on my custom grill and rear step pad. Good stuff!

I put the finished piece back into the bumper but when I did I fastened two nuts to the bottom posts and left the upper posts alone. It still snaps in and is tight and secure so I'm not worried about it.

Lastly, I re-installed the Smittybilt and locked the reciever lock onto the rig.
I may go back with a semi or gloss finish top coat of Rustoleum if the "two-tone" look bothers me but for now I'm gonna call it good.

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Old 01-21-2012, 01:18 PM
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Re: Milton's build thread

Looking great. Awesome job!!
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Re: Milton's build thread

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Thanks, guys. And yes, I am having a blast. My wife would probably say I'm obsessed.
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Re: Milton's build thread

looking good.....im counting down the days till i get my lift
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Subscribed! There's quite the transformation from the original to the current model. Keep up the good work!
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