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Unread 08-08-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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derekmac's WJ build

**Most of this is copied from a build thread that I have going on another site.**

Well I figured what the hell, might as well have a build thread for my WJ. Now this won't be an ordinary build thread, oh no. It's going to be the slowest and most boring one in history!!

I haven't done all that much to it yet, but I did install a 2" budget boost, bigger than stock tires and trimmed the front bumper.

Here it is, not too long after we got it. It was all shiny, no scratches, dents or rust.


One of the first things I did was to Plasti-Dip the emblems as they looked pretty bad.






I also Plasti-Dipped the fuel door, and since I had it, put a Monster sticker on it.


The next thing I did was get tires for it. For some reason, the almost bald all seasons on it didn't fare too well in the mud.



Looked a little more like a Jeep should.


After that, I also Plasti-Dipped the rims as I'm not really a fan of chrome.


And I also installed my 2" lift.


I also thought I should install a CB, and my parents happened to have an old (verrrrrry old) one that they gave me.


I got tired of the tires rubbing on the front bumper, so I gave it a trim.


That's about two years worth of work. Like I said, a sloooow build.

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Unread 08-08-2014, 02:05 PM   #2
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I bought it off of eBay. The place has amazing feedback and they've sold almost 3000 of these lights. It was also much cheaper than anything I could find local. I'm interested to see how well it works.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/24INCH-120W-L...item4d14754d84

No pics of the install as it was starting to get dark when I started to do it. I'm really happy with how bright it is! It doesn't have crazy throw, but does a great job lighting up in front of you.

It was really hard trying to take half decent pics with a phone, the difference is quite a bit more than what the pics show.

Here's just low beams.


Low and light bar.


Just high beams.


High and light bar.


I mounted it back a bit so I wouldn't get any glare on the windshield, or hood.


Only a tiny bit of light lands on the hood, and I can't see it sitting in the Jeep.


Here's how it looks mounted, now that I had a chance to clean up the wiring some.





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Unread 08-08-2014, 02:07 PM   #3
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I used Plasti-dip on the front grill, and used wing-walk paint on the bumpers, and plastic on the doors.




Also took off my mangled steering damper.
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Unread 08-08-2014, 02:12 PM   #4
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I cut the wheel wells to eventually allow for bigger tires. Here's a pile of dirt that came out of the drivers side plastic rocker cover. No wonders it's rusted!




Here it is with the lines drawn on.


The relief cuts made.


And basically done. I need to fix the rust on the fender, and trim the plastic liner.





Here's the front finished.


The back before cutting.


After cutting.


These show how much was trimmed.




It's not perfect, but it's good enough for me. The next thing will be to have the rockers cut out, and new metal welded in.
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Unread 08-08-2014, 02:15 PM   #5
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The Jeep was in the Garagemahal to get the rusted out rockers cut out, and new sliders welded in. Also had the ball joints replaces on it. Here are some pics that he took, and I'll add some more when I get it back tomorrow.

















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Unread 08-08-2014, 07:31 PM   #6
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Here are some of the finished pics he took.












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Picked the Jeep up from the Garagemahal today. What a difference!! The sliders turned out even better than expected. Scott did a fantastic job.

Here are some pics of the finished product, before and after paint.





























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Unread 08-18-2014, 05:41 AM   #8
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Thanks fore the pic's...

I have a 2000 WJ that looks like yours... Same colors as 1st picture (silver/ light gray vinyl)

Question... I noticed the color change on the vinyl skirting and bumpers..... Did U Plasti-dip them ??? If not, what did you use to make them darker
and even out the color... Cause I can't get an even color coat on mine and yours look pretty damn good to me.

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Ive never seen a WJ rust like that! On the drivers side, the fender and quarter are crazy! Other then that looks like a fun rig man!
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Thanks fore the pic's...

I have a 2000 WJ that looks like yours... Same colors as 1st picture (silver/ light gray vinyl)

Question... I noticed the color change on the vinyl skirting and bumpers..... Did U Plasti-dip them ??? If not, what did you use to make them darker
and even out the color... Cause I can't get an even color coat on mine and yours look pretty damn good to me.

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No, I didn't use Plasti-dip on them. In the first post, where they get darker, I had used Krylon bumper paint in the closest color I could find to the original. The stuff was really easy to spray on, and it went on nice and even. It also holds up really well to abuse. Just make sure the plastic is really clean, and give it a scuff with a red scotch bright pad.

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Ive never seen a WJ rust like that! On the drivers side, the fender and quarter are crazy! Other then that looks like a fun rig man!
In the winter, we get a ton of salt on the roads. I blame that, and the plastic rocker covers for the rocker rust. I had probably two pounds of dirt caked between the plastic and the metal. On the fender and quarter, the fender liners held a lot of dirt also, and I didn't realize that until the rust started to show through.

Even though it's not really built up, it is a fun rig. When I get a 4" lift, it'll be even better, or at least I hope it will be!!
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Unread 08-19-2014, 02:18 PM   #11
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The latest thing I've done is to start a GoFundMe thing. I figured what the hell, why not try it.

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Unread 08-19-2014, 03:44 PM   #12
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