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Unread 05-18-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Build

I picked up my 2000 XJ this February.
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The plan is to build a daily driver/weekend wheeler. The color scheme is based on the 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.
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Build List: Part 1
3" Rough Country lift
JK MOAB wheels
31" tires
JCR bumpers and rocker guards
winch
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

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Unread 05-18-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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So far I have picked up some JK Moab wheels off the Black Ops edition.
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Installed new lights
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and painted my grill
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Unread 05-18-2013, 11:02 PM   #3
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That trailhawk looks awesome! I like the lights, good luck on the build!
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Unread 05-19-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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Thanks PatriotUSMC.
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Unread 05-19-2013, 02:37 PM   #5
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Today I striped the side body trim off.
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Unread 05-19-2013, 08:01 PM   #6
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A fellow Kentuckian, nice. Looking good so far! Ill keep an eye on this one.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 06:24 AM   #7
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I like where this thing is headed.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 04:50 PM   #8
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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.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 04:52 PM   #9
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I like where this thing is headed.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 05:09 PM   #10
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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
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Wet sanded ready for the second coat.
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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.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 07:16 PM   #11
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So far so good. Cant wait to see the finished product
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Unread 05-21-2013, 07:59 PM   #12
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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.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 09:40 AM   #13
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Have you put the hood back on yet?
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Unread 06-04-2013, 09:52 AM   #14
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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.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 02:59 PM   #15
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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.
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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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