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JDubya 12-09-2011 07:53 PM

JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
My Jeep is already pretty "built" but I thought it'd be fun to go through everything in order.

Stock!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ker/side-2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6.../side-rear.jpg

Sparkles!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...iantbumper.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...reflection.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ont_before.jpg

JDubya 12-09-2011 08:09 PM

Re: JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
My first priority was to get rid of some of the chrome, especially the headlight bezels. Here's my writeup on that: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels.

I found someone local with a Brilliant Black Laredo who wanted chrome parts so we swapped grills and liftgate handle/brow pieces. I also tinted the front two windows (20%)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...rontforsig.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...er/front-3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6.../hoodhumps.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...eaker/hood.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...aker/angle.jpg

I also tinted the two front windows (20%) and installed yellow 9005 Nokya bulbs in the fogs

JeepCoop 12-09-2011 09:17 PM

Finally!! Hah Nice thread keep it up I wan more!! :headbang:

Ps sparkles the beast...classic!! :thumbsup:

Crestwood1001 12-09-2011 10:40 PM

Re: JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
KKeep in going!

JDubya 12-10-2011 12:18 AM

Re: JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
Next up: Passport Escort radar detector stealth install

I like radar detectors but I hate exposed wires. I had the Direct Wire SmartCord but there weren't any spots I could put the control/info unit that I would be happy with. This is the SmartCord in OEM form:
http://imagethumbnails.milo.com/000/...46_trimmed.jpg

The WK has a ton of "switch blanks" in the center stack so I converted one of those into an active switch to use w/my radar detector. Here's the writeup: How to "activate" a switch blank '08+ (radar detector hardwire remote mute/LEDs)

I added windows for the LEDs to the blank switch. It matches the heated seat button pretty well
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...tchcompare.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...er/radar-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...er/radar-3.jpg

I desoldered the LEDs and switch from the SmartCord control box and replaced them with leads leading to my new LEDs and switch
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...er/radar-6.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...er/radar-7.jpg

It works!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...er/radar-5.jpg

To finish it off, I added a label. It's the NATO map symbol for radar
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...vinylclose.jpg

Oh yeah, I also added SRT8 pedal covers, which you can kind of see in this photo
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...p/vinylfar.jpg

JeepWKz 12-10-2011 12:18 AM

Re: JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
how did you tint the headlights?

JDubya 12-10-2011 12:22 AM

Re: JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JeepWKz (Post 531288)
how did you tint the headlights?

I didn't, I disassembled the headlights and painted the bezels:

How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

Crestwood1001 12-10-2011 12:22 AM

Re: JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JeepWKz (Post 531288)
how did you tint the headlights?

Read the post. He didnt tint them he opened them up and painted them. Read THEN post.

JDubya 12-10-2011 12:35 AM

Re: JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
HID reverse lights

I can't take credit for this idea, some other guys here had been running them for a while without any trouble so I had to try it! I used the "premium" slim ballast kit from V-LEDS. Back when I used to retrofit halogen headlights with HIDs, I'd cannibalize OEM HID headlights for the parts. Luckily I had saved 9005 bulb holders from a set of BMW X5 headlights, which worked perfectly for this mod. All I did was epoxied the bulb holder over top of the reverse light bulb opening. Then I could just pop in a 9005 HID plug-and-play kit.

The full writeup is here: V-LEDs premium digital 5000K HID kit as reverse lights

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...05adapter_.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...er/ballast.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ulbcloseup.jpg

The reverse lights are literally like headlights. No camera trickery was used in the following photos, they were made using the same settings/exposure.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ghtcompare.jpg

JDubya 12-10-2011 12:38 AM

Re: JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
The 5.7L is too nice of a motor to be muffled so much so I had to open it up a little. I wanted a nice growl but I didn't want anything obnoxious that droned on the highway. I decided on the stainless Gibson system because it's a full 3", stainless, and had a resonator (no drone). I also thought it looked the best. I didn't like how the Magnaflow dual-wall tip exited straight out, it looks ricey IMO. I thought the Gibson's single wall, angled tip looked more at home on a V8. It sounds great in a subtle way. It's loud enough that I can hear it from inside when I remote start it.

I also added an Airaid MIT and BT catch can. If you don't have a catch can on your HEMI, I highly recommend it. It catches so much oil/gunk that would otherwise end up in the intake manifold!

I made a bracket for the catch can: How to install a Billet Technology catch can on a 5.7L HEMI & retain the engine cover

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...er/exhaust.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...er/bracket.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...r/CatchCan.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...r/finished.jpg

TurboDiesel 12-10-2011 01:27 AM

Re: JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
Sick jeep!!!! Love the headlights, I want some!

Knightrider03m 12-10-2011 04:59 AM

Re: JDubya's build thread...09 WK Overland... meet Sparkles the Beast
 
A+ thread


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