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Unread 11-23-2010, 01:58 AM   #1
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Akro's 2001 WJ Build (Clayton Install)....

Table of Contents:

Lift install and Audio/Video - Scroll down on current page...
Post Lift Installation Photos
HID Install
HID, LED turn signal, and Soldier Field Snow Photo's
Hornblaster's Shocker 240 Install
Debadged and paint touch up photos
Riding and road trip photos
Rigid E-series 40" Lightbar install
Rigid E-series 40" Lightbar night photos
LED Tail light Install
Mean Green H.O. Alternator and modified T-case skid install
Gettin Dirty in the Country...
Accident photos from falling off the lift at the shop...
Moab Photos...
6" Clayton Long arm kit install
DDO Fundraiser Run at The Cliffs
Canon 5D Mark II photos...



Hey everyone,

I'm new around here so I wanted to say hi to and let everyone know what I have in the works. I really appreciate any input so please feel free to comment or ask questions as I will be updating this thread throughout the build process. I have a 2001 WJ Limited with the upcountry package that I bought in April or this year(2010). I paid $6500 with 105,000 miles on it.



I'm a huge snowboarder and make several trips out to Colorado every year and always drive to bring all of my gear, so I put a ton of miles on my cars. I have run into a few issues since purchasing the vehicle(New timing belt, O2 sensor, water pump, radiator hoses, power steering pump, and I the front Differential seized up on a trip back from Colorado 2 weeks ago which was no fun and cost 1700 to fix..) but when you consider I have already put close 20K miles on it since I bought it 7 months ago I'm not too upset. After about a month or so I started with the audio/visual part of my build and that took most of the summer to get all of that completed.Here are the specs:

Alpine INA-w900 navigation unit
2 9-inch headrest LCD's
Alpine PDX-F4 125w x 4 Multi-channel Digital amplifier
Alpine Type - X Component Interior Speakers
Alpine PDX-M12 1200w x 1 Digital Mono Sub Amplifier
2 MTX - 9510's
Sirrius Satellite Radio
Backup Camera
Viper 5901 Remote start/alarm
Passport Escort 9500 Radar Detector
Optima Yellow Top Battery






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Unread 11-23-2010, 07:37 AM   #2
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Do you live downtown? Looks good man.
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Unread 11-23-2010, 08:39 AM   #3
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looks good!

tirerack gives the duratracs pretty high marks for snow. don't know if they get much better with that style of tire.

the boat's a serious hitch load. might wanna address some way of boostin' the rear suspension(air bags?) or get a weight distribution hitch...you don't want the front end to lose touch with the tarmac in an emergency maneuver. you hit the brakes, vehicle goes straight as the front wheels lock up. don't ask how i know.
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Unread 11-23-2010, 08:43 AM   #4
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my parking garage is only 6'11"
I for sure would not fit. My roof rack and spare would hit REAL fast.
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Unread 11-23-2010, 08:47 AM   #5
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Do you live downtown? Looks good man.
Thanks a ton bro!!! Yeah I live in downtown Chii... In the loop actually about 5 blocks from the sears tower...




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Still rubs a bit but I have been trimming as the suspension settles.... Hopefully I dont have to trim too much more...










Thanks for looking and if you have any questions or comments feel free to comment or ask!!!

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Unread 11-23-2010, 08:53 AM   #6
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looks good!

tirerack gives the duratracs pretty high marks for snow. don't know if they get much better with that style of tire.

the boat's a serious hitch load. might wanna address some way of boostin' the rear suspension(air bags?) or get a weight distribution hitch...you don't want the front end to lose touch with the tarmac in an emergency maneuver. you hit the brakes, vehicle goes straight as the front wheels lock up. don't ask how i know.
Thanks for the heads up!! When I took the boat downtown last summer for the Chicago Scene boat party my truck seemed to handle the suspension load pretty well!! Its already put up into storage for the year so I will have to wait and see how it handles next summer with my lift installed. I will definitely install some bags or whatever if it becomes an issue!!
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Unread 11-23-2010, 05:33 PM   #7
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Ive heard great things about the duratracs. Almost makes me want a pair when i step up a size. Nice clean install on everything you've done..

BTW, nice goggles. Those are slick.
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Unread 11-23-2010, 09:15 PM   #8
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Ive heard great things about the duratracs. Almost makes me want a pair when i step up a size. Nice clean install on everything you've done..

BTW, nice goggles. Those are slick.
Thanks for the compliments. Those goggles are quicksilver BTW... Il definitely keep you posted on how those duratracs are once I get them Installed next week... Snapped a couple photos of my jeep today with the headlights, nerf bars, and roofrack installed...

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Unread 11-23-2010, 09:38 PM   #9
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I like what you're doing except for the nerf bars. I find them to be more annoying than useful, but they do make my Jeep look a bit more unique. I plan to replace them with rock sliders one day. The tire choice looks good, and I like those wheels you plan on.

I really like the chrome inlets to the grille on that Limited, with the nice, new headlights. You're making a very useful, versatile vehicle.
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I like what you're doing except for the nerf bars. I find them to be more annoying than useful, but they do make my Jeep look a bit more unique. I plan to replace them with rock sliders one day. The tire choice looks good, and I like those wheels you plan on.

I really like the chrome inlets to the grille on that Limited, with the nice, new headlights. You're making a very useful, versatile vehicle.
Thanks for your input!! I really appreciate it!! Im curious as to why you find them annoying. The reason I put them on is so that I have something to step on when putting snowboards up on my roof rack without getting the interior dirty. They seem to work really well for that. I definitely have to watch my step getting in so I don't hit my foot on the bar, so I can see how that might get annoying after a while but I think once the lift is on that wont be an issue...
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Thanks for your input!! I really appreciate it!! Im curious as to why you find them annoying. The reason I put them on is so that I have something to step on when putting snowboards up on my roof rack without getting the interior dirty. They seem to work really well for that. I definitely have to watch my step getting in so I don't hit my foot on the bar, so I can see how that might get annoying after a while but I think once the lift is on that wont be an issue...
They kill ground clearance, and you'll find you end up getting stuff on your pant leg when getting into the Jeep, as everything you drive through splashes up on them. They gather mud or snow in your wheel wells, it just happens. So they can be good for the uses you mentioned, but they have some pretty annoying drawbacks as well. You'll end up hitting your foot on the bar though. It's inevitable. Lift or no lift, the bars will pretty much be the same about getting in the way. You can find some sliders that will let you stand on them to get stuff on the roof, but sliders will probably cost more, and they take more effort to install.
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They kill ground clearance, and you'll find you end up getting stuff on your pant leg when getting into the Jeep, as everything you drive through splashes up on them. They gather mud or snow in your wheel wells, it just happens. So they can be good for the uses you mentioned, but they have some pretty annoying drawbacks as well. You'll end up hitting your foot on the bar though. It's inevitable. Lift or no lift, the bars will pretty much be the same about getting in the way. You can find some sliders that will let you stand on them to get stuff on the roof, but sliders will probably cost more, and they take more effort to install.
Ok gotcha.... I just installed them so I guess we will have to wait and see how long they last on my car before I get annoyed and cant take it anymore lol.... Then Il find some sliders to throw on... I never considered them before. What kind of sliders are you looking at? BTW I like your profile pic. ]
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How's the build going? Love the cat, btw. It's a cross-breed with the African Savannah, right? I like the Bengal myself. Too pricey though. Amusingly enough, there are some stray kittens around my mom's house that look to have quite a bit of Bengal in them. They're almost like jungle cats the way they climb trees, too. Like nothing I've seen before. I'm thinking of swiping one...
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How's the build going? Love the cat, btw. It's a cross-breed with the African Savannah, right? I like the Bengal myself. Too pricey though. Amusingly enough, there are some stray kittens around my mom's house that look to have quite a bit of Bengal in them. They're almost like jungle cats the way they climb trees, too. Like nothing I've seen before. I'm thinking of swiping one...
Bro he is growing soo fast its crazy!! Bengals are cool but I have never seen a cat with such athleticism as the Savannah... Neo is already jumping, climbing, and running around my place like a pro... Its crazy...!!! Anyways the Jeep is going really good!!!! Had a little bit of a hiccup with tire size... They ordered 285/70/17's instead of 265/70/17's so when they put them on the wheels wouldn't turn more than 20 degrees... No one realized it until I got there to pick up my car yesterday and they took it off the garage lift... I swear I thought I was being punked but unfortunately I didnt get my car back... It looks freaking badass with everything...!! Especially with the 33's on there but there is no way those will work on there so Im stuck in this rental car til Friday when my 265's will be here.
I just want my ride back already!! It will be 7 days without her tomorrow and I miss her!! I know its worth the wait though!!! She is going to look sick all finished and functional!!!

Hows things down in texas?
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