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At the request of a few members, here's a summary of some of the mods I've made to my 2008 WK:

I wheel mainly in Colorado and Utah - I needed full rear bumper protection for my usual trails, so I designed and helped a friend of mine fabricate the protection, which includes space in the stock spare tire location for a 33" spare, covered by a custom skid plate...

Here's a shot of the (incomplete) structure, which is hidden by the bumper cover:




Here's a few shots of the finished project:



For the front, I really didn't want the weight and depth (length) of an ARB, but I wanted a steel bumper that was light weight, improved my approach angle (in front of the wheels anyway) and could house a winch. So, I went back to the drawing board (and back to Bob, my fabrication friend) and came up with this solution - we replaced the front crossmember with a universal winch mount, built a structure to hold 3/16" bumper endcaps (where I need the most protection for the trails I run) and I had a sheetmetal shop bend the center section out of relatively light 14 gauge metal...



I also had to replace the stock windshield washer reservoir, which is normally in front of the driver's wheel (a vulnerable place for trail use) to a nice void on the firewall:



The finished product (almost - after these pics were taken we tightened up the seams and fabbed up mounts for some Dodge Ram towhooks, which double as mini-skid plates):



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Old 07-23-2009, 10:57 PM
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welcome to the garage

looks great, is it Tom?
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:58 PM
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very cool....too bad its red rock....LOL! J/K
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And here are a few trail shots:

You can see the Dodge Ram tow hooks just under the lip of the bumper..









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Old 07-23-2009, 11:01 PM
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Neat bumper. Nice jeep also!

The last pic, is amazing!
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that water shot is insane..........

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Re: Red Rocker Mods

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welcome to the garage

looks great, is it Tom?
Yup. I'm Z and TRZ on other forums, but couldn't use either of those screen names, due to the restriction of 4 characters or more on this forum.


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very cool....too bad its red rock....LOL! J/K
I was very disappointed when I couldn't get Inferno Red on my 2008, but I've grown rather attached to Red Rock Crystal.

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Neat bumper. Nice jeep also!

The last pic, is amazing!
Thanks, I love it too. A friend of mine had to take that shot (obviously, since I was driving), he was using my semi-auto camera and needed about 5 tries to get the right exposure and composition, so I had to do that run 5 times!

I was quite impressed with the WK's fording capabilities - if that had been a ZJ I would have hydrolocked as the air intake is just above the bumper. The WK's intake is as high as they could possibly get - again, very impressed with the WK's intake design.
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Re: Red Rocker Mods

Thats a nice looking jeep you got there. You did some great work to is also.

Looks like ALOT of fun in those pictures. If I was in your jeep when that first picture was taken there would be shit all over the place from me shitting myself. I'd be freaking out!

Nice job on everything you've done to it!
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I'm just kiddin ya....the red rock is very nice.

I love the water forging pic!
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:12 AM
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How can you do that to a jeep lol...jk
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Re: Red Rocker Mods

hey just a offroad newbi question but how deep can u go with a grand cherokee till it ****s up?

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Can you say Jeep of the month!!! LOL Very nice clean looking work!!!! Welcome to the garage from NY.
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