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Project Ground Pounder SRT Wide-Body Clone

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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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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
Hamze! It seems Allah has given you a purpose man! If there are no good shops in all of Lebanon, you should be the person to open one! This is proof positive of what you should be doing with your life. I'd come there to help you in a heartbeat if you ever did start a Lebanese custom shop.

lol, instead of West Coast Customs, you could call it Mediterranean Coast Customs!

Beirut has to be beautiful. It was once referred to as the "Paris of the Middle East".
Very well said Ron...

lol at the mediterranean coast customs ... call it bimbin in da middle east!

Beirut is an amazing city so are the chiqas there :D

Hamze would agree !?!?
man forget lebanon the middle east is going to be rocking to his jeep ...

our soldiers in Iraq will bumpin to the show tunes that Hamze puts on his jeep ... swear my cousins in Turkey will be deaf by the time I go there for a visit looool ... we might even get some earth quakes and tsunamis over here ok that's a little too far fetched but it does fit with he has done for his car ...
it's amazing to see how everyone interacts on here on a minute to minute basis !!!

Hamze again bro Mashallah and really nice build ...
Hamze hows it going bro?

how's the build coming along?
very sick brotha!

you do make it look so easy like putting some lego pieces together ... that is one sick azz build
I'm Honored ! Thank You brotha! :)
I'm speechless brotha, I have shown a couple of wankers here what you have done and no one can believe that you actually did all that, just to show you that everyone really admires the work you do ... thanks for keeping us posted with the amazing work
brotha your look a surgeon with that jeep man ... you have taken it all apart and sewn back together and gave it some real life :)

makes me feel bad cuz I'm just being lazy instead of learning from the master jeep heart surgeon :)
so you took it's virginity away you jeep molester hahaha
wow that is a lot of work lol ... what tools do I need Timmy ?

mine are burnt out as well all the AC control lights ... and my CT lights are dimmed down now one of them is burnt the menu one ... do you mind if you can please show some pix and start a new thread maybe and others who want to chime in with their input can chime in as well ...
Ok, I will. Right now as I type I have my whole unit on my coffee table, swapping out the ESP button bulb. I will do a How-To thread with lots of pix. Give me a day or two.
Timmy - I have had some soldering experience at the lab I used to work at that should not be the hard part ... I guess the time consuming part is making me iffy about it lol

Can't wait for the pix to be posted, I just need to know what type of LED's to get.

Hamze and Timmy - What type of LED's did you guys use for the A/C control

Thanks for the great tip
Hamze my dear brother, that looks amazing man loving the headlights look real sick

I like your fort knox maximum security parking lot with the chain lol

that's a very nice thought to paint ur key same color as ur jeep looks good, amazed how much detail you put into ur work man !!!

p.s. the new sig is looking good
that chit had me laughing so hard bro ... other crazy drivers reminds me of the crazy arab driving ...

have you ever seen the saudi sandal skating on youtube ?
Nate -- who the f is mamze ?

Hamze -- yes bro that's the one LMAO man those guys are crazy, phuck the chain bro you need a concrete barrier to hold it from those idiots lol
Brother Hamze what's the latest news ? Hope everything is going well.

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Dang brother that is looking real nice ... I like that mesh grill it's more tightly packed and give's a very nice look to it

15 coats of paint and 2 days to wait :eek:

What more do you have left until the ground pounder is ready to roll through the streets of Lebanon ?
Hey Bro! :)

Yes, i like to take my time to do stuff :) lol I have some patience when it comes to cars !! I like the mesh also, its nice bcz the holes are small IMO..

The jeep will roll soon hopefully, but the thing is i need some spare time to work at it :) I still have the srt8 roof racks, side door moldings , and side rockers to paint soon... then the project will be due..

Next year, i will strip the whole interior, so that i can install the ground Pounder sound system ( all parts are on hand, but need some time to work on my corvette '' planning for a widebody L5 fenders and some 345's on her ) :) + i will do custom upholstry for the jeep :) ...
That mesh grill is sick brother ... yes you do have the patience to work with cars and the amazing talent also

must feel good to be not far from having it complete to roll out on the streets

that's going to be a whole new project with the interior what do you have in mind ... if you dont mind sharing ?

345 on the rear of the vette ? That's going to look real PHAT !!!

Hey brother care to show us some of the things you have done to your other toys ? :D
sweet deal

the interior must be confusing, this is just a thought of course ur the master when it comes to fabrication ... black seats with the same exterior color stitching?

can't wait to see more of your work brother it's serious inspiration :D
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