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post #1 of 47 Old 03-01-2016, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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03 Overland Expedition Build

I just sold my 98 TJ last week and picked up a 2003 Grand Cherokee Overland v8 HO with 161577 miles on it. It has every option from the factory just about according to the build sheet, leather, heated, powered seats, wood trim, power sunroof, quadradrive, Dana 30 front with varilok, Dana 44A with varilok both geared at 3:73. It has the skid plate group, towing package, and a few other things I'm sure I'm forgetting. My plan for this rig is going to be focused more on an overland type build. Progress will be slow because I'm in college. Once I graduate I'll buy a new car and keep this as a serious rig. That's when the real mods will come. For now though I'm planning a 3" lift with JK rubicon tires and wheels, roof rack, CB radio, a winch, OBA, rock rails and maybe a few other odds and ends. I like Theksmith's GC build and will be getting lots of ideas off his build thread. Without further ado, here it is.










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post #2 of 47 Old 03-01-2016, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Today I'm installing the cassette adapter I got for it which will allow me to play my iPhone music. I will also put the cig outlet dual USB charger in so I can charge my phone as well as someone else's. I've already added a few things from my old jeep that I took out to make it more mine. Under the 40 seat I put my socket set and a pair of gloves. Under the 60 seat I have the Jack stuff, an ice scraper and the factory amp for the infinity sound system. I put a screw driver set in the center console and added a sun visor organizer to hold pens, more tools such as torx bits, razor knife a regular knife and garage door opener. I also put the first aid kit behind the from seat and the jumper cables in the rear where the netting is. I'm also putting some air fresheners in and a new air filter.

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Found out I need to find the air filter specifically for the HO, not the standard v8.

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Going home for spring break so I'm about to order a few parts. All new spring isolators and a .75" spacer for the front to level it out. I measured the other day and from center of the hub to bottom of fender was 17.75". It should be 19 with the factory up country suspension so in all I expect a total of around 2" from where it currently sits

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Replaced all my grab handle screws out for some #10-32x1 in Philllips head screws. Much easier to access with a drill bit than a 5.5 mm socket.
Also added a yeti, ECU, and Jeep Addiction sticker to the rear glass

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post #7 of 47 Old 03-05-2016, 05:28 AM
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Looks good! Welcome !

How was the iPhone mod? I need to consider that myself.

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Looks good! Welcome ! How was the iPhone mod? I need to consider that myself.
Thanks! Didn't think anyone was reading my post haha. It was extremely easy if you have a cassette player. I bought the cassette adapter from Walmart ($5-10) and put the tape in and plugged in the phone to the cord that comes with it. If it's fuzzy, turn the actual phones volume down and then turn the headunit volume up

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post #9 of 47 Old 03-05-2016, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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Picked a set of 5 JK Moab Rubicon wheels for $120! I'm going to paint them a gunmetal gray I think then get them installed

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Very clean ride, bro. Congrats!

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Very clean ride, bro. Congrats!
I appreciate it!

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Posted a bunch of TJ stuff for sale last night. So far I've sold quite a few things, enough to fund a roof rack! Maybe a few other things.

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post #13 of 47 Old 03-09-2016, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Put some brand new looking JK Moab wheels on my 03 overland. Got them installed but they didn't install the TPMS. So I took it upon myself to take the old TPMS off the old rims. Sheered 2 out of 5 in half. Used a torch to help get them out. Went to the auto store and bought one more so I have 4. Anyone know what I should pay to get 4 installed?

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Installed a uniden 505xl CB radio with tunable 3' firestick antenna mounted to a HD spring and the tailgate mount

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Well I haven't been able to access my account because I've been locked out. Since the last time I've updated this thread I've done a few things.
First off, I picked up a roof rack but will only be using it when necessary. Mpg drops by 2 with it on.
Second, I had the replace the alternator summer 2016 because it died on a trip to Raleigh.
Third, blend doors died and cracked. Replaced with jgc full metal design. Never have to worry about that again. The rotating part on the actuator was cracked and falling apart too so I just replaced that today.
And finally, I ordered the last piece for my lift, an IRO adjustable trackbar.
Other parts going in:

IRO 4" coils
Bilstein 5125 shocks
RC Front adjustable quick disco swaybar links
Zone extended rear sway bar links
RC fixed LCA (front)
Rear RC lower control long arms
RC adjustable y link
I also found a set of 10a willys edition wheels and mounted a set of 265/70/17 Mickey Thompson all terrains on them.

I think that's about it for right now. There will be lots of pics coming. I'm prepping for an off-road trip in April and am contemplating a gas tank tuck.

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