I have a black 05 WK Limited. I picked her up about 5 years ago when I found out I was having my first kid. I browsed the forums for a while trying to brainstorm which direction I wanted to go on a build. On one hand I am a big fan of the SRT "Street Jeep" look. On the other hand it's a pretty kick ass off road vehicle and my other car is an SRT Challenger so a lifted fully off road capable ride would give me more versatility. Anyhow after some soul searching and after only spending a total of maybe 5 minutes off of a paved road during the first 3 years I owned her, I made up my mind. I'm going with a blacked out SRT clone. I know this is not exactly uncharted territory at this point, but maybe I help someone out, offer some inspiration or at least get a few good pointers along the way.
So I got the Jeep basically bone stock. I did SRT springs (used off a forum member) and a new set of the Bilstein HD shocks (also from a forum member). Also I converted to the SRT sway bars and endlinks (new from JustforJeeps) Unfortunately I don't have before and after pics of the ride height difference, but it should be easy enough to find some on the forum. For the wheels and tires I decided to go with a matte black 22" staggered set of SRT reps. I was thinking about the Viper reps but it seems like there is fitment issues with the 22s and SRT calipers and I didn't want to screw myself down the road if I do a brake upgrade. Got em installed last week on some 255 35 and 285 35 Goodyear F1s. Also I left my TPMS sensors on the stock wheels because I plan on putting a set of all season tires on them for winter/snow use. I got a set of the Dorman TPMS sensors for the new wheels. They were about $100 for the set, easy to install myself, and required no learning procedure. I installed them before I went to the tire shop and checked my tire pressure as I pulled out of shop and everything was working. I can't attest to their longevity but the price and ease of install was great.
Picked up a used SRT front bumper of the forum about a year ago for a good price. The guy I bought it off of did let me know it was i rough shape, but it ended up being worse than I thought so it ended up on the back burner for quite a while. Anyhow I finally got around to working on it a couple of weeks ago I'm probably about 10 hours into it right now. It needed to be totally stripped and repaired in several places (had about 7 cracks). I've worked in paint repair, but it was my first time doing plastic bumper repair. I think it turned out pretty good. Got it repaired, filled and primed. Going to sand and do another coat of primer before sending it out for top coat. Also just received the duraflex side skirts and rear bumper today. Once I finish the front I'll have them all painted at a friend's shop. I think Ill get some mirror covers painted to match the car while I'm at it. Here's some pics of the bumper work. Sorry I don't have any before I started working.
Had about an hour before work so I DA'ed the front bumper with 220. Just need to putty a few spots, hand-sand the hard to reach places and shoot one more coat of primer and then I can start to test fit everything. Opened the Duraflex sides and rear bumper as well. I've never worked with the stuff before, but they appear to be of reasonable quality. We'll see when I start to test fit (Probably by Monday).
For lighting fixtures, I decided to go with the Spyder "Smoked" series headlights, taillights and fogs. I picked up a used set of tails and installed them about a year ago. Super easy part to remove/install. Just open the liftgate, remove the 2 Torx screws per light fixture (T20 or T25 i believe), pull the fixture to disengage the 2 clips and free the fixture from the body and push tab on connector to release it. The fixtures come with LED brake and running lights. Ive been running the stock style reverse bulb since I got the tail lights, but this morning I changed them over to an LED bulb. Here's some pics of the tails with the new LED reverse bulbs.
The headlight and fog fixtures are projectors with LED halos. I plan on Installing those when I test fit the new front bumper as I think it needs to be removed anyway to access some of the fasteners. I plan on adding connectors off some old wiring harnesses to make the added functions of the halos and additional LEDs disconnectable and give it a clean appearance and easy serviceability. Headlight fixtures come with high beam bulbs. I picked up a pair of Putco's Nite-lux LED (PN 279006) for the low beams. Still need to get fog, running and sidemarker LED bulbs.
I'm still trying to decide what to do with the third brake light and two SRT rear bumper lenses. I want to darken them up and there is not really any aftermarket solutions. I plan on painting all my chrome trim matte black so I could just completely black them out to match. Or i could tint them either with film or spray. Open to suggestions.
Blackout the trim. I have some SEM hotrod black piant left over that I used it to paint a motorcycle helmet. It looked great and held up nicely. I plan on removing everything possible to paint instead of doing the paint it on the car method. Ill try to take pics and do a good writeup on the trim removal process. I'll probably de-badge it a bit as well.
I have a set of SRT exhaust manifolds to install. I plan on modifying the stock mid-pipes and probably have a shop do a custom cat back. I picked up a pair of flanges from Stage 6 to mate up to the manifolds. Also got a new set of O2 sensors because the Jeep's got 130K, it couldn't hurt, and I'm going to be down there anyway.
I started throwing ABS faults and having traction control kick in randomly so I got a set of wheel speed sensors. Going to do them when I install the lowering springs/SRT bilsteins.