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Old 06-03-2013, 02:53 PM
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My build thread/first post

So whats a better first post than a build thread? Well heres mine. I will start off with a little about me, since it is my first post. I am retired (medically) Army after 9 years of active duty. After a spending time down range and beating on my body for so long, it decided that it wanted to start breaking. I've been on the civilian side for just over a year now, My wife is now active Navy and we are living in Virginia Beach, Hampton roads area. I bought a 05 WK limited w/HEMI back in September 12 after my wife totaled out our 06 E500. The Benz was paid off so the insurance money came straight to us. I had another jeep in the past and decided that I wanted go back. My wife and I decided that the WK was what we wanted and started looking for one. had to be stock, low miles and with a hemi. Once we found the one we wanted, we went ahead and picked it up. I have a good amount of mechanical knowledge and well as electrical so although I have been away from the DODGE/JEEP platform for a while, it all has its similarities and with forums like these, ANYTHING is possible!

Here is a pic of the WK and my WS6, this was when I was changing all fluids on the jeep, It allowed me to teach my wife a bit and set a new maintenance schedule for it.


one of the first changes I made to the jeep was painting the engine cover and installing an intake. I was in a rush to get it all together so I bought an intake for a hemi charger and modded the filter protector to fit the jeep. Angle grinder, cutting disk, welder, some paint and in like flint


(I know, reserve is empty. I just found a coolant leak. I have to do some tracing on it and fix it)


next thing was to paint the calipers



we had some fun here and there and got some good pictures of it along the way.

in St Louis visiting my mom, found some nice places to wheel.



the beach in OBX, NC



well, the next thing I did was plastidip the rims and grill. I love the look of it now.



along with this, we also used bed liner on the rear step and the front air damn.

I went ahead and welded up some brackets for lights behind the grill and welded them to the cross bar. These are just some autozone cheap lights I bought to size up for the brackets. I will have better LED floods install soon enough. Probably Rigid D2's (not my best welding but it is strong lol)





some more pics of playing around.... and getting stuck lol



and probably my favorite pic so far



I went ahead and did the TB ground mod and I am impressed at how much of a difference it has made.

as of right now, the last thing I have completed is LED cargo lights, to include a setup in the 2nd row.



these 1" strips were cut and soldered for the 2nd row oh shit handles



the factory courtesy lights still are operational, they will soon (all interior lights) be replaced with LED's.





this is all the LEDs on (LEDs only)


this is LEDs off


HUGE DIFFERENCE.

I ordered the Rough Country 2" spacers which will be in tomorrow and hopefully installed by tomorrow night. I have been searching craigslist for a set of moabs so that will most likely be the next BIG change but I also plan to switch out the dash lights, window/lock switch and all other control lights out with LEDs.

I have a bunch of other pics but because I haven't used my photobucket in I don't know how long, I went ahead and uploaded a few to start this off and will get some more on here later on. If you guys/girls have any input or questions, hit me.

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Old 06-03-2013, 03:10 PM
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congrats on the jeep! and thank you for your service!

absolutely love that pic of the jeep and the water fall!
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Thank you, yeah that pic is definitely in my top 5 of my favorite vehicle pics.
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Alright, well this last Tuesday big brown delivered my RC 2" BB spacers and I got them installed that night. It took me about 6 hours doing the install with a bit of messing around and stopping after pulling off the front D/S coil over to head to autozone to pick up a spring/strut compressor. It is not required but I highly recommend it for anyone doing this install. I also have an electric impact so that helped to minimize time and muscle. It was not difficult at all, IMO but I also have a good amount of mechanical experience with my trans am.
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install the rough country



reinstall



that rear is super easy. It took me about one hour total, that includes jacking it up, removing the tires, unbolting, installing and reconnecting everything. I also did not notch the fuel skid because I had the compressors.

here is a picture of the stock height before the install



and here is the next day after it had time to allow the struts to settle after some driving, plus day light lol



just because I like to show off the trans am





in this picture ^ I know that it looks as if it is sagging a bit in the rear but it doesn't sag... not to what I have noticed yet but if this picture is better than my eyes I will pick up some Monroe load levelers and install them.

On Tuesday I also started on the mess grill mod. I headed up to lowes and picked up some gutter guard, cut and painted them. I pulled the grill and cut out the pieces that needed to be removed, took off the old plastidip and resprayed the grill with plastidip. I wasn't able to complete the mod Tuesday evening since I dedicated my time to the lift but finished it up on Wednesday. I will also say that Wednesday, I was really feeling the work from Tuesday night. Its much more than I should be doing now and I forget that im not in the condition I use to be .... oh well, feeling better and happy with the outcome.
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well I hope you all like it so far, thanks for checking it out and again, any comments or critiques, feel free to put them

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awesome build. I have the same WK, white is the best!
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awesome build! love the cargo light mod..i did somethign similiar and makes a huge difference!
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Thanks, yeah I love the white. Plus it hides and is easier to buff out the new "pinstripes" we aquire. The LED cargo mod is by far one of the most useful. In the pics I posted up, it looks fairly blueish but it is much more of a pure white in person. The Jeep is coming along so nicely so far, I don't think we will go too extreme on this Jeep. Future plans are a rack, larger tires, tune, a matrix, front and rear skids (has full mopar already) and will call it good at that.
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Re: My build thread/first post

There are a few things that I had forgot to add in, right after we had purchased the jeep I had added a double din kenwood receiver with all the goodies, a viper alarm with remote start and welded up a flowmaster 40 series muffler.

here is a pic of the in dash, it has the option to change the image on boot up so had to go with a fitting jeep logo of course!
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nice work so far!
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So far everything with the lift is going great, I went thru today and verified torque on all nuts and bolts. I did notice that I had a lot of rust building up underneath so I got out the angle grinder, a wire brush attachment and my drill and cleaned it all up and primer and paint.









Also, the other day we had a big rain come thru and this place floods like no other so I went ahead and put in the stock air box, while I had the CAI out I went ahead and paint matched the tubing to match the painted engine cover.



I also went and did the door lock mod, I got tired of my arms getting pinched. Hopefully this fixes that issue.

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