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Colomatt's WK Build Thread

Decided to log my build on my 2008 Limted WK. I bought it back in April 2015 with 80K miles. It had absolutely everything I wanted. I wasn't too fond of the color at first but it grew on me quickly after hardly seeing this color on other WK's in my area. I was really considering getting a four door JK but I was having a hard time finding one within my price range that had a Hemi. That was an absolute must! So here she is the day I bought her.

1 by matt morris, on Flickr

When I first got it, I was flying through my mod list that I wanted to get done on it. First off, I had always loved the Overland model with the projector HID headlights. Having several cars previously with retrofits or stock projectors, I knew that was one of the first things I wanted to address when I bought it. So I bought a pair of aftermarket replacement HID projectors and started from there. Nothing fancy for a projector set up but enough to make me satisfied. I kind of went crazy on the bulbs and spent a good amount of money on them. I went with a pair of Osram 5500k Xenarc bulbs paired with Morimoto XB Ballast 55W. I also got a set of LED XB bulbs for my highs. Absolutely love this setup, I might upgrade the projectors in the housing later down the road but for now these do just fine!

headlight by matt morris, on Flickr

(Output pictures pending)

While I was addressing my light situation I went ahead and redid my interior with Philips LED bulbs.

(Picture pending)

Next thing up on the list that I couldn't live without was getting the front windows tinted to match the factory tint on the rear windows. And I also had ordered a Volant Cold Air Intake around the same time and that made a slight improvement performance wise. But most definitely gave it throatier sound!

(Picture pending)

So now fast forward two years to today I am finally getting around to getting it lifted. This took way longer to achieve than I wanted to but other hobbies and getting engaged took precedent over getting the Jeep lifted. I sold my motorcycle back when I first got the Jeep to fund the lift and tires but I got into woodworking and went on a tool shopping spree! So after waiting long enough and gaining more interest again into getting her lifted, I finally pulled the trigger and hit up Kolak and got the OME HD kit ordered. I also ordered new isolaters while I was at it. Two weeks later I had all of my goodies ready to go on!

goodies by matt morris, on Flickr

I was debating on if I should pull the trigger on getting JBA UCA's too while I was at it. I was going to have the front end torn apart anyways, so I went ahead and just ordered them. I'm super happy that I did! Peace of mind knowing how beefy and effective these things will be! And of course how beautiful they will look installed!

uca by matt morris, on Flickr

Last minute before the lift went on I decided that I did not like the rake, so I ordered some JBA 1/4" spacers for the front and received them just in time before the lift went on!


spacers by matt morris, on Flickr

Here's everything installed.

begin install by matt morris, on Flickr

install begin 2 by matt morris, on Flickr

A cool little jig my buddy fab'd up real quick to compress the springs.

press by matt morris, on Flickr

And finally everything installed!

install front by matt morris, on Flickr

install rear by matt morris, on Flickr

And finally I wanted to address the tire and wheel setup. I found a killer deal on a single 275 70 17 BF Goodrich All Terrain KO2, so I just bought the one at the time. And For wheels I went with Black AEV Pintlers with +10mm offset. Unfortunately I haven't finished this part yet. Hoping to have the funds to get them here soon. But for now I at least have the spare taken care of and I can just buy the four wheels and tires to finish it up!

IMG_3592 2 by matt morris, on Flickr

IMG_3593 2 by matt morris, on Flickr

Last summer I had a un repairable flat so I upgraded the tires to Hankook DynaPros All Terrain and went one size up from stock. I got 245 70 17. So at least they're not entirely tiny!

tire by matt morris, on Flickr

(More pictures pending)

And lastly here's a few updated pictures of her!

finished2 by matt morris, on Flickr

finished by matt morris, on Flickr


I'll be adding more pictures when I get a chance to go test out the new lift and when I get new things done!

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Re: Colomatt's WK Build Thread

Looks fantastic! I'm eager to see the rest of the pending images 👍👍
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Re: Colomatt's WK Build Thread

Looks nice; I would also do the front lower control arms, as the OEM bushings and balljoints wear out by about 70k. I went with Mevotech supremes, from Rockauto, which are much better than OEM's.
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Re: Colomatt's WK Build Thread

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Looks fantastic! I'm eager to see the rest of the pending images 👍👍
Thank you! I'm eager to get more things done to this thing!


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Looks nice; I would also do the front lower control arms, as the OEM bushings and balljoints wear out by about 70k. I went with Mevotech supremes, from Rockauto, which are much better than OEM's.
Thanks! I'm planning on doing the lower balljoints here soon. I'll tackle those when I put new brake pads on. Hopefully they won't need to be done before I get to that point
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Re: Colomatt's WK Build Thread

Can you give more details on the lights? I'm looking to do this soon, and I'm unsure about what is needed exactly.

I know I need the housing and bulbs. You said you used a 55w Morimoto ballast, was that used in place of the Valeo ballast that is used in the OEM projector housing? Also was there anything like a relay or something used? Or could you link me to the ballast and whatever wiring you bought? I will probably be buying the same bulbs as you did.

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Can you give more details on the lights? I'm looking to do this soon, and I'm unsure about what is needed exactly.

I know I need the housing and bulbs. You said you used a 55w Morimoto ballast, was that used in place of the Valeo ballast that is used in the OEM projector housing? Also was there anything like a relay or something used? Or could you link me to the ballast and whatever wiring you bought? I will probably be buying the same bulbs as you did.

Thanks.
Yeah no problem!

Here's the headlights I got off of eBay. Once I received them, I cut out all of the extra wiring harnesses that came attached. Since I don't have the oem harness to attach these I just cut them out and used a relay harness. I wish I could get a picture for you so you know what to cut. If you aren't sure what to cut when you receive yours, send me a picture and I can tell which ones to cut. If I remember correctly you cut them all out though.

HID Xenon Headlights Headlamps Left & Right Pair Set for 08-10 Grand Cherokee | eBay

Here's the relay harness I used-

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...elay-9006.html

Here are the ballasts I used. You can mount these wherever you see fit. I just have mine located behind the headlights. I never mounted mine but I probably should at some point so they aren't just dangling around.

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...moto-xb55.html

Here are the bulbs for low beams-

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...66140-cbi.html

Here are the bulbs for the high beams. I bought mine two years ago so I have a different model but these are similar and probably even better than the set I have since they were just coming out with LED bulbs back then.

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/le...o-2stroke.html

And lastly heres a link to all of the bulbs and sizes if you have any other questions as to which ones are needed.

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Car Light Bulb Size Chart
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Re: Colomatt's WK Build Thread

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Yeah no problem!

Here's the headlights I got off of eBay. Once I received them, I cut out all of the extra wiring harnesses that came attached. Since I don't have the oem harness to attach these I just cut them out and used a relay harness. I wish I could get a picture for you so you know what to cut. If you aren't sure what to cut when you receive yours, send me a picture and I can tell which ones to cut. If I remember correctly you cut them all out though.

HID Xenon Headlights Headlamps Left & Right Pair Set for 08-10 Grand Cherokee | eBay

Here's the relay harness I used-

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...elay-9006.html

Here are the ballasts I used. You can mount these wherever you see fit. I just have mine located behind the headlights. I never mounted mine but I probably should at some point so they aren't just dangling around.

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...moto-xb55.html

Here are the bulbs for low beams-

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...66140-cbi.html

Here are the bulbs for the high beams. I bought mine two years ago so I have a different model but these are similar and probably even better than the set I have since they were just coming out with LED bulbs back then.

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/le...o-2stroke.html

And lastly heres a link to all of the bulbs and sizes if you have any other questions as to which ones are needed.

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Car Light Bulb Size Chart
This is one of the most informative posts I've read on any forum! Thank you very much! You sir, are awesome!
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Re: Colomatt's WK Build Thread

Hey Colomatt, I got the lights and everything except for the LED highbeams. I've staged everything on the hood of the car but now I am unsure of what needs to be cut and what doesn't.

The first pic is coming off of the ballast, I can't figure out where to plug that into. If you are still willing, would you you snap a few pics of your set up for me and I should just be able to copy it. Finally did you just cut a hole through the rubber cap on the back?

Thanks again.
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Hey Colomatt, I got the lights and everything except for the LED highbeams. I've staged everything on the hood of the car but now I am unsure of what needs to be cut and what doesn't.

The first pic is coming off of the ballast, I can't figure out where to plug that into. If you are still willing, would you you snap a few pics of your set up for me and I should just be able to copy it. Finally did you just cut a hole through the rubber cap on the back?

Thanks again.
You're going to love the difference once you get everything installed!

I'll see what I can do tomorrow in day light to get you a picture. Everything in the second and last picture I cut out. Just use your current harness for the high's and turn signals. I would either go get new lights from your closest auto part store or wal-mart or just use your old ones. I threw away the ones they came with. I knew they would just burn out three months into having them installed so I saved myself from that headache.

And as far as to what that is in the first picture, do you mind taking a side shot of it? I'm having a hard time figuring out what that is? I want to say its probably just the fuse for the relay harness. And as far as installing the relay harness is pretty self explanatory, it's nice that they label things now but if you have any questions regarding that just let me know and I'll help you out as much as I can!

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Re: Colomatt's WK Build Thread

I'm having a hard time figuring out how to edit my first post but here are the pictures from upgrading my interior lights to LED bulbs.

While I was addressing my light situation I went ahead and redid my interior with Philips LED bulbs.

interior 2 by matt morris, on Flickr

I also took out the metal reflector in the map lights when I upgraded to the LED's and that made a huge difference by itself!

interior by matt morris, on Flickr

And here's a photo of my output from my headlights.

output by matt morris, on Flickr
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Re: Colomatt's WK Build Thread

Well I finally got my tires on! I decided to just put 1.5" spacers on for the time being, I couldn't handle the 245/70 much longer. I'll just swap these tires over to the AEV Pintlers once I finish buying the three others. And I also knocked out the pinch weld today as well. I'll be sealing it with bed liner this weekend.

Drivers Side

IMG_3868 by matt morris, on Flickr

Passenger Side

IMG_3867 by matt morris, on Flickr

And here's some pictures of the new tires

IMG_3892 by matt morris, on Flickr

IMG_3891 by matt morris, on Flickr

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Finally pulled the trigger on a 4XGuard Matrix. It came in yesterday and got everything put on this morning. I got a Smittybilt D shackle for my rear receiver this week as well. Two years later and this thing is finally starting to come together! Can't wait to hit up some trails here soon! I was kind of sad at first as I noticed it lowered my front as to be expected. I didn't think I would of noticed it that much. I was sitting at 23" from hub to fender in the front and now I am at 22.5" with the Matrix on. But after staring at the front end for a bit this afternoon I am really pleased with how its starting to look.

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Did some mall crawlin!

image by matt morris, on Flickr

I have been doing a few small things in the interior as well. I have some Quick Fist Clamps coming in to mount a shovel and axe on the inside the rear hatch. I did this to my old WJ and I've been wanting to do this on the WK. Still need to hit up Ace to get the rest of the hardware needed for that project and then I have pictures up. I did get my maglite mounted. It wasn't the first place that I wanted to mount it but it definitely works in this location.

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