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Hey all! I've been wanting to start a build thread for my 2017 Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat Limited 4x4 for awhile now and today is finally the day. This forum has been pivotal to the progress of my build so I cannot thank everyone enough for the amount of useful information I've gained along the way. I hope that you enjoy my build!

Current mods:
- 10% tint on the side/rear windows, 35% tint on the windshield
- Gloss black "Jeep", "Limited", and "4x4" badges
- Gloss black grille rings, fog bezels, lower front fascia, rear bumper step-pad surround, and tail light bezels
- Lamin-x tinted tail lights, rear reflectors, and 3rd brake light
- XenonDepot 5K HID kit for low-beams and LED kit for fog lights
- DeAutoKey LED reverse bulbs
- Color-matched mirror caps
- Bora 1.25" spacers
- Color-matched OEM door handles
- Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs

Future mods:
- 22x10 Factory Reproductions FR70 "Black Machine Face" Hellcat Replica wheels wrapped in 305/35R22 Lionhart LH-Five tires and black lug nuts
- OEM gloss black roof rails
- Gloss black 3M vinyl-wrapped window trim
- OEM black chrome exhaust tip
- Painted brake calipers with "Mopar" heat-resistant decals (unsure on caliper color currently)

Pics to follow shortly!
 

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Here she is the day she was delivered - this was around October-ish of 2016 if my memory serves me right. Had around 500 miles on the dash at this point!



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First thing's first, I had to get darker tint of course :p I ended up going with 10% tint on the side/rear windows and 35% on the windshield! Came out very nicely IMO and helps a ton during those hot summer days.


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Next up came blacking out the majority of chrome on the front and rear end. This was done by replacing the grille rings, tail light bezels, rear bumper step-pad surround, and "Jeep" badges with OEM gloss black replacement pieces. Because a gloss black "Limited" badge isn't made OEM, I decided to order a pair of gloss black "Limited" and "4x4" badges from eBay so that they would match one another. You can see that they are slightly different in size than the chrome ones, but without a side-by-side comparison they look OEM enough to me. The OEM fog light bezels only come unpainted so I had them professionally painted gloss black.





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I then had my tail lights, rear reflectors, and 3rd brake light tinted with Lamin-x "gun smoke" film and installed Bora 1.25" spacers all around. I also installed a XenonDepot 5K HID kit in the low-beams which made a HUGE difference in light output!





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The chrome lower front fascia began bugging me so I opted to remove it and have it wrapped in gloss black 3M vinyl rather than downgrading to the textured piece or shelling out ~$400 for the unpainted fascia. Turned out better than expected!




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It was time to upgrade my reverse bulbs, so I went with DeAutoKey LED reverse bulbs. Man, these things are like headlights! I also purchased some white mirror caps off of a forum member and had them professionally color-matched to my body color.





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Last but certainly not least, I upgraded my fog lights to the XenonDepot LED kit to match my low-beams. XenonDepot lighting is no joke either! My chrome door handles were also replaced with body-colored OEM handles from JustForJeeps to almost complete the de-chromed look. Most notably, I had the Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs installed to give her a slight drop. The final pic is how she sits currently!




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As for my future mods listed, they will come with time as my paycheck allows :lol: However, I do have the Hellcat reps ordered and they should be delivered tomorrow afternoon! Pics to come of those of course! Let me know if you have any questions about my build, I'd be happy to help.
 

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Nice job. Did you track how much money and time you have invested? Also, the backup lights, were they difficult to install? Where did you pick them up? Thanks.
 
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Nice job. Did you track how much money and time you have invested? Also, the backup lights, were they difficult to install? Where did you pick them up? Thanks.
Appreciate it! Unfortunately I haven't kept up with how much I've spent on time and money so far. As for the reverse lights, the outer lamps are very easy to access. To access the inner lamps requires removing the lift-gate panel which is held on by clips; a trim tool and some patience is all that is needed for this. Once that's removed it is a simple bulb swap. Here's a link to the kit I ordered - Complete Reverse LED Kit for the Jeep including including SRT, overland, Laredo, limited | deAutoLED. Quite pricey for a set of LED bulbs but IMO they are way worth it. My first-ever build before this was an '07 Chevrolet Avalanche and I learned over the years that doing it once and doing it right is more cost-effective in the long run, at least for me. Thanks for checking out the thread :thumbsup:
 

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Are going to paint the wheels too? Looking great so far
Thanks man! I've seen you around while lurking in various threads and you have no idea how helpful some of your posts have been to my build, especially those regarding the Eibachs. If you're asking about painting my stockers, I won't be painting them as my 22x10 "Black Machine Face" Hellcat reps will hopefully be in Monday (FedEx has been giving me the runaround). Other than using black lugs and replacing the center caps with OEM gloss black Jeep caps, my 22's will look identical to the pic shown below. I went with machine-finished wheels on my previous build (also shown below) and really dug the look. While I do plan on blacking out the remaining chrome accents, I want the wheels to add some contrast to the rest of the black. There's no doubt that the completely "murdered" look is killer, but I personally find it a bit overplayed so I want to do something slightly different. Anyways, I'll keep this thread updated if my 22's ever get delivered lol :lol:


 
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Well, after FedEx delivered my wheels/tires four days late... they're finally in! They were delivered on Tuesday and I anxiously installed them shortly after. Just getting around to posting pics as I wanted to get her cleaned up a bit first. I'm very happy with the outcome! I'm now thinking more and more about leaving the chrome window trim as it seems to tie into the wheels nicely although the wheels aren't chrome. Lmk what y'all think!

22x10 Factory Reproductions FR70 "Black Machine Face" Hellcat Replicas wrapped in 305/35R22 Lionhart LH-Five tires.



 

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Did you paint the door handles black? Truck looks great.
No I didn’t, I ordered OEM handles from JustForJeeps that came painted in my body color. Install was a PITA but I love the look!
 
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What a great build bro! Can't beat the black on black look, great combo. One of the cleanest WK2's I have seen, your making me jealous I have delaying buying wheels because I can't make up my mind on what wheels to get.
 

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Looks good. Are you running spacers with new wheels?
Thank you! No I am not, the new wheels have the proper offset (+45) to account for the spacing issue and therefore sit completely flush with the fenders. I removed my spacers and sold them to a forum member recently!
 

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So a couple of weeks ago I decided to order a set of OEM gloss black Jeep center caps to replace the chrome blanks that came with my new wheels. I snapped a few (very crappy) pics while installing! Once all of this spring pollen is gone I'll give it the detail it deserves. But for now...




 

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Looks great, what are you planning for the rest of the textured plastic pieces? I couldn't stand the contrast, so I used SEM Trim Black Euro Jet and painted them...definitely makes it flow a lot better.
Thank you! I would love to color-match the textured pieces but if I were to do it I’d want to purchase the overland pieces unpainted & have them professionally sprayed (because I’m very OCD lol). By going that route it would cost me a lot in OEM parts/paint labor so for now I’m going to leave it as is...
 
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