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Project ( Ground Pounder SRT ) . ( work currently still in progress L )

Hello my friends,

I am a car tuning enthusiast living in Beirut, Lebanon. My hobby is spending my spare times tuning my cars in my humble garage, then driving them to drop some Jaws J ! I Like my ride to be Flashy, One of a Kind, at most of all The attention to detailing (Y) ! I am 30 yrs old now, and I used to modify my rides since I were 15 J .

Where I live, there are no decent car shops. No quality parts, no accessories, no nothing!! …if i have to find anything it would be some bad quality stuff…. what so ever, so I always have to order parts from the U.S.A mostly . So I always have to bare the extra shipping expense, customs, and time…

Why a Jeep WK ? why an SRT clone ?

It all began when I wanted to buy a car that can both be visually modified and handle a big SPL sound system. So it must be an SUV.

An SUV’s interior works like a big box that in turn can multiply the bass sound waves to give that big loudness! … So 1st step, an SUV. 2nd, That SUV must be visually attractive. 1 of the nicest SUV’s in my opinion is the Jeep SRT-8, its a beast.

WK SRT8’s cost in Lebanon 95,000$ at the dealership, not to mention the additional cost to upgrade the looks, like rims, lowering.. etc... So I went with a second hand Laredo, 50,000 Miles for 25,000$ to begin with :) ..

This build up by far is really really really Costy, tiring, and Verryyyyyy Time consuming. I Working on my Wk alone, and at my spare times, it took me now 9 month’s to be exact, and I still have a long way in ‘’ Detailing ‘’ . The current Awesome Outcome was the result of Sweat, Blood and Tears ;)


I would like to give a big big big thanks up to Scott ( Scottina 06 ) J . Without him whoring here and there with his posts, and giving me some priceless tips my build up would never be an instant success J He was the first person to modd up a Wk and do a complete SRT-8 conversion, with write ups, pictures, part-numbers and suggestions.. I blindly believe in what he suggests. Thanks Scott for your support for us forum members J , I call you : The Life Saver :p

Robpp : The Perfectionalist J
HEMIbeast : JG’s P.I.M.P ! ;)

My Project is still in the progress, and its going on slow. Main reason : Ordering parts from the U.S.A and waiting for shipping and customs time.. Other reasons: Working on my own at my spare times…And the attention to detail in my work which consumes lots lots of time J I will post what I’ve done so far.

Before the Pics, a small list of current mods and parts on hand : ;)

- Shaved Antenna.
- Shaved Rear Wiper.
- FIAMM air horn :D
- Custom built Wide Front Wheel flares + 2cm on each side.
-Custom built Wide rear Wheel flares + 2.5 cm on each side.
- Brand new 08 Laredo Side door moldings, ( to be shaved and color coded )
- Complete Srt8 front fascia with brackets, supports, air ducts…. De-chromed, color coded, License plate bracket color coded also.
- Complete SRT8 rear fascia …. De-chromed, color coded chrome strip, color coded rear sensors.
- Brand new SRT8 roof rails, color coded.
- Mopar Rear spoiler ( modified, bigger lip )
- Stillen headlight covers.
- Custom Mesh grill ( in the works )
- PPG Lambo Pearl Red Paint.
- Flat black door pillars.
- 22’ Dunlop Sp-Sport Max tires. 265/35/22
- Flat black 22’ Gino Wheels With color coded lip(s) both sides.
- Flat Black mirror housings , with color coded cover ( SRT8 style )
- F.B window trim ( Laredo trim )
- F.B headlight housing.
-F.B foglight housing.
-F.B Brake rotors , and Brake pad calipers.
-F.B under carriage.
-F.B ( inside ) door and hood panels, and trunk door..
- Blacked out tails, 3rd brake light, fogs.
- AAC style 6000K Halo rings. Highs, Lows and fogs
- H.I.D Highs, Lows, and Fogs
- Bwoody Lowering springs.
- Srt8 Bilsteins.
- Srt8 Sway bars.
- Mbrp 5’ Dual wall custom exhaust tips.
- Pioneer AVH p-3150 DVD head unit ( touch screen , double din )
- Pioneer 6 woofers ( Tsw-3004 SPL ) 3,000 watts each J
- Pioneer 3 Amps (PRS-D2000SPL ) monstrous amps.
- 6 optima 75 AH yellow top batteries.
- 3 WK 160 amp Alternators

That is => $ 20,000 + in mods SO FAR * :(


Here Is the story.....

- My 3.7L Laredo still a virgin :) , before i buy it , when first i set an eye on it at a car dealer.






Fist day Home : 1st mods : debagged , deleted roof rack! lol







Last Day of virginity shot : trying some vynil eye lids ....


Found Srt-8 front and Rear bumpers at a salvage yard!!! sold them to me for (2000$) without the brackets, ducts..and all the hardware .... installed them , and trying some home made LED's .. by that time from 1 and 1/2 yrs , there were no Halo kits for a WK ;)





The 22' Rims from GINO USA had arrived ( 1,950 $ ) , + 15 offset . installed so i can widen the flares custom on them . i had to widen the jeep fenders by 2.5 cm at the rear, and 2 at the front.









Time to stripp off the jeep inside out, and mark every single part to identify later and clean before installing again... took me 3 weaks.

installed rims and bumpers and began the conversion... bought 2 WK front fenders and we cut the flares and welded them + some metal work on the rear...



 

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Bought some Primer that the military use at their TANKS! ! lol and primed the metal :) this stuff is soo expensive and stinks like [email protected]#$% !









Hired a proffesional to do my paint preparation at my home garage .. no bondo, thats Fiberglass. much more stronger..







Shaved Antenna, and rear wiper .... preparing the jeep











 

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test fitting everything at a sunday :) .. working on my friends violet dreams Lambo Replica :D and my ///M3 ..




From this On , i am all alone, working with the jeep...

Welds that need to be sanded, rubbed well and sprayed with car undercoating




Welds sprayed

 

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From here on , The built is not by sequence order...

Work done completely by me in my humble garage :D

OEM Rims :



Dunlop Tires Sport Max's 265 35 22



Preparing to custom Paint at night .... Its all about them details ;)






Lamborghini's RUSSO POP Color ;) .. with white undercoat...




Et voilaaa !








License plate holders






























 

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Bwoody Springs Arrived
Bilsteins Arrived
Srt8 sway bars arrived .....

worked 3 weaks under the jeep, prepared it all so i can spray 3 layers of
undercoating!!!

LOOOOL !!!! 3:00 AM .... preparing to paint calipers and drums flat black the next mornin :)











Bwoodys , bilsteins, painted calipers Flat Black undercoating, Minus the Sways...




Sways arrived ... MOPAR didnt send me the front sway mounting brakets :( never installed the front sway yet :( waiting shipping..



Waiting for the first base coat to cure, 3 more to come in White, then the OranGe..




Not Lambo Color , But in Orange , looks nice next to the yellow bilsteins :) monkeying on the tree!



Rear srt sway, next to the OEM



 

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Man I need to see more.
 

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Very sick!!! It's cool to see someone do all of this custom work themselves; kudos man! Can't wait to see the end result!!

I have a question though:

You say you want to do 3 of those Pioneer amps and 6 of those Pioneer sub woofers.... you do realize that each sub woofer will only be seeing 375 watts each and each amp only delivering 750 watts - they are capable of delivering 2000 watts if wired properly... why limit the amps to 750 watts a piece? I'd rethink the stereo as you are really leaving a lot of power on the table.
 

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Very sick!!! It's cool to see someone do all of this custom work themselves; kudos man! Can't wait to see the end result!!

I have a question though:

You say you want to do 3 of those Pioneer amps and 6 of those Pioneer sub woofers.... you do realize that each sub woofer will only be seeing 375 watts each and each amp only delivering 750 watts - they are capable of delivering 2000 watts if wired properly... why limit the amps to 750 watts a piece? I'd rethink the stereo as you are really leaving a lot of power on the table.

Hello brother, why 375 ? no ?!!

each sub is 1000 Rms at 4 ohms, provided it is double coil.
each amp is 2000 Rms at 1 OHMS , so, if we wire 2 subs in parallel to 1 amp, the amp will go down to 1 ohm stable, so it will give each sub 1000 RMS! :)

each 2 subs will be fed with it 2 optima 75 AH yellow tops and its own 160 amp alternator...
 

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Hello brother, why 375 ? no ?!!

each sub is 1000 Rms at 4 ohms, provided it is double coil.
each amp is 2000 Rms at 1 OHMS , so, if we wire 2 subs in parallel to 1 amp, the amp will go down to 1 ohm stable, so it will give each sub 1000 RMS! :)

each sub will be fed with its optima yellow top and its own 160 amp alternator...
hehe, I had a brain fart.

I was thinking voice coils wired in series, speakers wired in parallel. In fact, voice coils wired in parallel, speakers wired in parallel will give you your 1 ohm. LOL, my bad, it's been a long day.
 

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Its time to do some Flat black on the inside..... The Preparation .... Very hard work to get the details right..












The Results .... ;)








The White stuff under the window molding is just accumulated dust, jeep is All dusty.. never washed since painted...































Flat Black front Hood sound insulator :)

 

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hehe, I had a brain fart.

I was thinking voice coils wired in series, speakers wired in parallel. In fact, voice coils wired in parallel, speakers wired in parallel will give you your 1 ohm. LOL, my bad, it's been a long day.

Hey! :) its okay my friend :) i appreciate anyones help, propositions and ideas on this build :)
 

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Hamze all I gotta say is WOW! Mabrook and alf Mabrook (thousand blessings and congrats for you non Arabic speaking friends of mine)

That is amazing man, must have taken a lot of patience and time with the pain in the a** shipping times, customs, and cost of it all ...

You have only posted part of the work and can already tell it's nice ... way to go bro
 

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600 oC paint , Flat black front light housing and fogs.. in the progress... ( paint still curing in the pic )

ACC halos, but with too much ccfl broken rings!!! so i have to switch to LED halos soon.. I have to re-open my foglights .. and paint from the start :( waiting for the qoute, shipping would take 2 weaks..




















Creating my own HID wiring harness, beleive it or not, i didnt found a wiring harness in all Lebanon!





2:00 Am + figuring out some wiring sh** math [email protected]#% !












 

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New parts arrived... never been installed yet ...

front air ducts reached both for the Left side i guess :S! so, the other side still shipping...

The radio bezel reached with a different color than what i ordered.... i will re-paint it to match the dash no problem + will paint the face of the bezel Lambo red to go along my interior scheme...















T5053's .. 5'' Dual TIP :) will Look awesome on da jeep !

 

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6 ( 1000 RMS) 12's . 3 ( 2000 RMS ) Amps .

2 srt8 Side skirts ( not been painted yet , bcz were late to arrive )

4 Laredo door moldings ( has to be shaved from the grand cherokee logo , primed and painted Lambo red )

2 SRT8 roof railes , ( not been painted yet... were late to arrive ) ..

ACC halos .. ( going to Garbage ) .... All in 1 Pic :) :thumbsup:




A clock which i inserted the srt8 logo in :) so i liked to share .... its 6:00 Am now, gonna continue the thread with the EXTERIOR Pics tommorow.. good night ..

 
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