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MuddyBottoms 05-18-2013 09:41 PM

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Build
I picked up my 2000 XJ this February.
The plan is to build a daily driver/weekend wheeler. The color scheme is based on the 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.

Build List: Part 1
3" Rough Country lift
JK MOAB wheels
31" tires
JCR bumpers and rocker guards
Build List: Part 2
new front and rear axles, gears, and lockers
yoke slip eliminator
4.5" long arms
33" - 35" tires
4.6 Stroker
Roll cage

MuddyBottoms 05-18-2013 10:12 PM

So far I have picked up some JK Moab wheels off the Black Ops edition.

Installed new lights

and painted my grill

PatriotUSMC 05-19-2013 12:02 AM

That trailhawk looks awesome! I like the lights, good luck on the build!

MuddyBottoms 05-19-2013 03:30 PM

Thanks PatriotUSMC.

MuddyBottoms 05-19-2013 03:37 PM

Today I striped the side body trim off.

VegasGT 05-19-2013 09:01 PM

A fellow Kentuckian, nice. Looking good so far! Ill keep an eye on this one.

DNFJ 05-20-2013 07:24 AM

I like where this thing is headed.

MuddyBottoms 05-20-2013 05:50 PM


Originally Posted by VegasGT (Post 15454220)
A fellow Kentuckian, nice. Looking good so far! Ill keep an eye on this one.

Thanks, maybe I will run into you at one of LJOC events.

MuddyBottoms 05-20-2013 05:52 PM


Originally Posted by DNFJ (Post 15455408)
I like where this thing is headed.


MuddyBottoms 05-20-2013 06:09 PM

So after I took care of the body trim I pulled the hood off and started work on it. I don't have compressor right now so I am rattle canning it. I am using Rust-Oleum Professional
I washed, degreased, dried, and taped everything off. Then sanded and cleaned it. I then sprayed one coat of Self Etching Primer, two coats of gray primer, then one light coat of the flat black. I then wet sanded it.
Taped ready for paint

Wet sanded ready for the second coat.

I got the second coat on tonight. Hope to get it sanded tonight if not I will get to it tomorrow. After the black is done I will paint in the white center and the accent strip around the perimeter. The Grand's accent color is red but to keep my girl happy I am thinking of doing it in blue.

NJXJ91 05-21-2013 08:16 PM

So far so good. Cant wait to see the finished product

VegasGT 05-21-2013 08:59 PM


Originally Posted by MuddyBottoms (Post 15457953)
Thanks, maybe I will run into you at one of LJOC events.

Very possible! I almost went to the LBL trip they had but we had all that rain I opted out. Id like to check out Interlake sometime.

Anyways, keep us updated, I like a build with a theme to it.

spyder6 06-04-2013 10:40 AM

Have you put the hood back on yet?

MuddyBottoms 06-04-2013 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by spyder6 (Post 15518080)
Have you put the hood back on yet?

No I have not put it back on yet. After a few coats and sanding I had some tiger striping. So I have sanded it back down and a friend is going to loan me a paint gun. I hope to have it done today or tomorrow.

MuddyBottoms 06-08-2013 03:59 PM

I installed a Rough Country 3” Series II Kit a week ago. I am not going to do a write up of the install as there are many on the forum. I will say the install was easy it was removing the old parts that was the hard part. I ended up breaking a lot of the bolts.


As for my hood no matter how many times I have tried I keep getting miss coloration or striping. I am looking for someone to spry it because I just do not have the skills to paint the black.

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