First, I plugged in the fog relay in it's spot in the driver's side dash fuse/relay panel/junction box and swapped out the headlight stalk for the one that has the fog light switch. Then, looked up where the relay output wires came out of the junction box. Since I can't seem to find where the end of these wires are ( no plugs in the wheel wells for the lights themselves), I cut them a couple of inches from the junction box, and ran my wires from them to the lights. I, then, ran a ground for both lights together to the passenger side fender. Very easy, I think!!
Got some more pieces of the Graphite '00 WJ, and put them on the wife's WJ, the Graphite hatch handle and the trim strip above the rear license plate. The plastic handle was looking kind of pitiful, and the black plastic trim strip was faded bad. This was my solution, eliminate the faded parts, with parts that won't fade again!
Here is what it looked like before:
I will be doing all 4 door handles as well, pics to come!
Wow! Awesome work on the WJ; I really need to find a local junkyard full of Jeeps around here. I'm in Upstate NY and there's tons of Jeeps rolling around because of the snow, so it shouldn't be too hard!
I'm in awe of the work you've done!
04 GC Special Edition - 4.0 I6 - Quadra-Trac II
Thanks! The problem I've been having is, since the Cash for Clunkers program has gone, there are very few WJ's in the junkyards. I was shocked I found one with the OEM tow hooks! Even when CFC was going on, I never saw one with OEM hooks.
I think the WJ is finally hitting the age where we will be seeing more and more off the road, hopefully I can find the hooks myself, I'm just not certain on removing the front bumper cover myself haha
Right now I'm facing rust issues along the rockers, terrible too because I only have 64,000 miles! For now ill have to sand, hit with rust converter and duplicolor paint/clear coat. Too bad mine doesn't have the cladding to cover it, as it's the Special Edition from 04'
04 GC Special Edition - 4.0 I6 - Quadra-Trac II
Well, the lower cladding on the rocker area can be a curse; packing mud, sand, and dirt between the cladding and metal. As far as OEM parts, I've got all I'm going to need for her WJ. I do want to get a 2" BB and 30"-31" AT's for it. At some point, I want to start swapping axles, and adding the OD adapter and transfer case.
Got new Limited headlights for the WJ! $91 shipped for both!
What it looked like with the old headlights:
Now, with the new Limited headlights:
I tried the buffing kits, 0 for 3, and, when I was using on of the kits, found that the passenger side had a small crack at the top. Time to replace them. Does anyone know of a good way of protecting them? Thanks!
Ok, FINALLY getting the items together to start the 4WD conversion!! Found out that the D30 and D44A that I got the from the '00 Limited have Vari-Locs, woohoo!
Looks like I will be getting the 2.5" front/ 2.0" rear lift from Fat Bob's, with the Pro Comp shocks that come with the lift. In time, I'll go with Bilstein 5100's. The tires will be General Grabber AT2 255/70R17's with 17" Rubicon rims.
I got the axles, the 242 TC, and the 4WD overdrive unit for the 42RE at the house now. I can't seem to find the front drive shaft and TC shift cable, so, I'll have to get those again, ugh! Before I start, I want to get all new suspension bushings, spring isolators and bump stops, and Lube-Locker diff gaskets. I got the front end aligned, and the shop said that the tie rods and other steering components are in great shape, so, I don't have to worry about those just yet. As for the front brakes, I will be switching over the '04 calipers/brackets/rotors over to the '00 D30, should I try to find a later D44A and get the calipers/brackets/rotors off of that? From what I've heard, the problems seem to be just the front brakes.
Is there anything else I'm forgetting that I might want to replace when I do this? I want to be able to do the conversion and lift at the same time while I have access to the lift. Thanks!!
Found a set of Limited smooth door handles, painted them Graphite to match the cladding, and swapped out the fading black textured plastic Laredo door handles. Now, I have nothing on her Grand that will fade!
Ok, I ordered the Old Man Emu 2.5" spring lift and spring isolators from Kolak. Hopefully, I'll have them on in a week or two. I do wonder if I should get adjustable track bars before I put the lift on, or, can I put the lift on, and later get the adjustable track bar? Why doesn't anyone say anything about the rear track bar? I think the wife is getting more excited about this then I am, LOL!! When I put the lift on, I will swap out the front axle beam with the D30, swapping the '04 calipers, caliper brackets, rotors, and wheel hub unit bearings onto the '00 D30. That way, I won't have to do a front end alignment twice! Once that is all done, I will swap out the D35 with the D44A and the 2WD transmission OD unit with the 4WD one, and install the transfercase. After I get that done, I will have a rear drive shaft made, and install it. Sounds like a plan to me!!!