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
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 - 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...