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Unread 03-11-2015, 12:08 PM   #1
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Girl's first Jeep plus Build Thread

Hello all!

Just picked up a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Special Edition WJ over this last weekend, and of course with any new (to me) vehicle, there will be mods... So I figured I would introduce myself and start this thread.

Jeep is currently completely stock, but super clean (hard to find here in Traverse City, MI). I already have all the parts for "phase one" mods on order, including a 4" rough country lift kit, wheels/tires (17x8.5 and 255/75/17), bushwacker fender flares, husky floor mat liners, and a double din stereo kit... You know, the necessities. Phase 2 will include off-road rear and front bumpers and a winch.

Here are the photos, stock as can be... But at least it has a V-8!











More photos to come as parts arrive.

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Unread 03-11-2015, 12:13 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

Looks like you have a nice starting point for your build! Be sure to check out the Stickies in the WJ section of the forum.

Also, I'm moving this to the Grand Cherokee General Discussion forum with the other build threads.
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Unread 03-11-2015, 12:50 PM   #3
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I want to see a pic of your 04' XJ. They stopped making them in 01'. Yours is a WJ.
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Unread 03-11-2015, 01:01 PM   #4
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I want to see a pic of your 04' XJ. They stopped making them in 01'. Yours is a WJ.
I'm confused.... Isn't that what I said? ^^
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Unread 03-12-2015, 06:22 AM   #5
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I saw WJ..........
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Unread 03-14-2015, 08:36 AM   #6
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Sharp WJ - rust free WJ's are hard to come by up here. Which RC lift kit did you get? I just had the RC long arm kit installed this past week - I'm in the break-in phase now. I went with the Rusty's springs/shocks to get the extra .5"
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Unread 03-23-2015, 12:21 PM   #7
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Spent my Saturday installing the lift from 8am to 10pm (including breaks for b-fast, lunch, dinner, and sometimes just messing around in the friend's garage). Overall it probably took 8 hours, including dealing with two important bolts that broke from being too rusted.

4" RC short arm lift. Unfortunately couldn't afford the long arm lift. 17" wheels, 255/75/17 Duratrac tires. Overall tire profile is 32" high. No rubbing, but it was CLOSE. Step 2 is installing the fender flares, hopefully this weekend. It needs new U-joints on both drive shafts as well... Whoop, whoop!
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Unread 03-23-2015, 05:23 PM   #8
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You'll have to post on how it rides - I've heard short arm kits can be really twitchy above 3". I really dig that color - it looks almost greenish grey. For front armor, check out frantzdesignworks.com - and you can see it: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/...ml#post8371113
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Unread 03-23-2015, 05:49 PM   #9
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This is one of the nicest looking DubJays I've seen. I mean as stock. I love the color and basic look. Special Editions were nice, too. The subtle upgrades provide improvements to the base. Getting in there and wrenching yourself, now that's awesome. It reminds me of when my older sister and I used to work on my Jeep together. Oh man, there are some stories there. Fun times! Btw, those tires look great. Let us know if they rub when articulating, eh? What wheels are those?
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Unread 03-23-2015, 06:31 PM   #10
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Good choice on wheels and tires. I have the wheels, just want the tires now lol

Let us know about the kit! My buddys brother has been running his for.. atleast 4-5 years. Havent heard him complain
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Unread 03-24-2015, 07:02 AM   #11
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I'm loving the kit so far! No real issues. No twitchyness. It drives insanely straight, but this Jeep was the straightest driving truck (or car) I've ever driven in the first place. It's a rougher ride but it's solid, and I really don't mind feeling the road in a Jeep... Actually I prefer it that way.

The wheels are 17" MBMTK0. With this lift/wheel/tire combo there IS some rubbing in the front when articulating. It's not going to go offroad until I can get the fender flares installed. On pavement it's just fine.
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Unread 03-24-2015, 07:09 AM   #12
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Since i have tig and mig welders, for the front bumper I'm thinking of saving some money and going with a kit: http://ggcustommetalfab.com/99-04-gr...cABlAHIAcwA%3d
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