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Danni 03-04-2013 06:46 PM

Making a Panda out of my Overland
So it's always a bad idea to spend too much time here....why? Bc then you get the mod itch!! It started with me wanting some black wheels and new tires and has escalated to me stripping off what I can for chrome and shipping it off to Scott's Paint!!

This forum has such a wealth of knowledge and it made the process quite painless and gave me the confidence to actually go ahead with this project.

Here are some before pics and I will update this thread as parts roll in and back on.

Believe it or not, when we stripped the jeep it was +12 and no snow! Today we have a foot of snow and it's back to -12...crazy canuck weather.

Removing the rear chrome brow was easy and painless. I just took a flat head screwdriver and slid it between the chrome and the black backing. Do not go between your body and the black. You only want the chrome part off. I started in the lower left corner and rotated the screwdriver once inside. The chrome does pop as the clips come loose, but all survived. I just moved left to right on the bottom and then worked my way back across the top from top down the same way.

Removing the rear chrome step pad surround was a bit of a pain in the arse, but nothing crazy. You have to first pop up the black step pad from the very back part of the jeep (closest to you). You don't want to get the whole thing off as it's unnecessary and looked damn near impossible. All you need to do is get the black ribbed step pad to hinge up from the very back of the jeep (bumper side, not hatch side). I needed extra hands to get the chrome surround part off the jeep as it required sliding the chrome part towards me off the jeep and another person using the screwdriver to push each (of 3) clip down to unhook it and release it. You'll see what I mean when you pull it towards yourself and see what is holding it onto the bumper. Then you just clip the black step part back in to reinstall.

I'll be replacing the fog bezels with the black ones too.

We then moved on to the chrome front grill and it was as easy as everyone said. Just open the hood and start popping the clips off the grill backing from the top and then move onto the bottom.

We also tackled the mirror covers and I'm going to get them painted stone white to match the body. We used the install directions from just for jeeps replacement parts. Rotate the mirror glass inside all the way and pop off the glass, disconnect the heater wires, then you can see the clips to pop off. On my overland there was one clip hidden behind the middle of the mirror and we just unscrewed the middle contraption and popped the clip vs screwing around trying to get in behind it. Reassembly was super easy.

We then tackled the lower air dam. I didn't plan on this part, but once we got looking I figured it was all panda or nothing! The guys decided if it could be done it was getting done. So I searched jg and found that a few members had removed this part..sweet! This did require somebody crawling around under the bumper, but it wasn't too bad and maybe took 30mins. There are 7 quarter turn fasteners behind on the plastic air dam with 2 in the felt liner. We rotated the tires to get to them. Once all the fasteners were popped off it took one person under the bumper pushing the clips/tabs holding it to the jeep bumper and another pulling on the plastic to get it off the bumper. This did require quite a bit of force with the guys questioning if this was actually possible or if the bumper was going to blow up but once the first one popped the rest came easier. Doing this at dark as the temps dropped did not help. Be patient and careful.

I'll take more pics when we reinstall all the parts as it was getting dark and we just wanted the jeep stripped.

I've also got the black badges coming and will be replacing the hood badge and removing the side strips and replacing with the black grand cherokee badges.

Whoot team panda :D

DirtyDuc83 03-04-2013 08:26 PM

Re: Making a Panda out of my Overland
Nice work! I been slowly panda'ing mine as well! Next up for me is mirror covers and possibly the front clip...but if I do the front clip I will probably have the black fenders, lower door sill trim and rear painted also.

darkom 03-05-2013 08:35 AM

Re: Making a Panda out of my Overland
Have to admit, wasn't sure I really liked this look, but now I think it's amazing. Both of your trucks looks great.

jgc4ever 03-05-2013 02:14 PM

Re: Making a Panda out of my Overland
^^^What is the deal with these links. They don't look safe to open or what you meant to post as pictures. I'm staying away from those.

Danni 03-05-2013 05:07 PM

Re: Making a Panda out of my Overland
Not sure what you mean by the links. It's pics from photobucket using the image code to embed into the thread. Shows up as photos for me even when I'm logged out.

jgc4ever 03-05-2013 05:56 PM

Re: Making a Panda out of my Overland
No, I saw your photobucket links and like what you're doing. One post above my last post. Darkom had a bunch of strange links. Those were deleted.

Scottina06 03-05-2013 06:06 PM

Re: Making a Panda out of my Overland
I removed the links....they were very strange

DirtyDuc83 03-05-2013 06:09 PM

Re: Making a Panda out of my Overland
Panda or stormtrooper...people have called my jeep both

Megatron 03-05-2013 07:07 PM

Great job on your stormpanda

TalPA 03-06-2013 06:04 AM

Re: Making a Panda out of my Overland
Great job, planning on the same for my '13

blackbirdw68 03-15-2013 02:12 AM

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Just started a similar transformation not sure how far to go. Sorry for poor lighting but here are my new rims!

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blackbirdw68 03-15-2013 02:13 AM

Oh forgot to say that I'm going to do front tint soon and over the summer do the roof and spoiler in metallic black vinyl.

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