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post #1 of 170 Old 07-13-2015, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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GrandBoosts' daily WJ

So I'm finally starting a "build" thread for the WJ, although it's more to keep a log of everything that's been done to it. So here's a brief run down of how I became a WJ owner..

I've always wanted a WJ but they were out of my price range. And for the trails I go down, I would have wrecked a WJ in no time. So after I got out of the go fast car stage (GrandBoost98 = 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, ran a 12 in the 1/4) I got into my YJ.




I traded the GTP for a 72 Nova that's been sitting in my garage.


Then I met a pretty little lady who wanted a jeep of her own to follow me around in




So we start settling down thinking about our future together. She fell in love with an expensive engagement ring so to offset the cost, she got me this!



Both the YJ and XJ were getting out of hand to be daily driving. She already has another car but the WJ will allow me to have a nice daily that I can tow one of the other jeeps with.


89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
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post #2 of 170 Old 07-13-2015, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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So heres the specs on the WJ, just copy and pasted from my build sheet

Vehicle Description 2004 JEEP GR CHEROKEE OVERLAND 4X4 SPORT UTILITY 4-
DR

Cold Weather Group
Luxury Group
Monotone Paint
Overland Decor Group
Radio-CD/Cass/10 Disc/Infinity Spkrs
Quadra-Drive II (R) 4WD System
Up Country Suspension Group
136 Amp Alternator
625 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Low Back Bucket Seats
Highline Door Trim Panel
Rear 60/40 Folding Seat
Supplemental Side Air Bags
Child Seat Anchor System-LATCH Ready
Next Gen Multistage Front Air Bags**
Floor Carpet
Cargo Compartment Carpet
Cargo Tie Down Loops
Front & Rear Floor Mats
Covered Cargo Storage
Cargo Trim Panel w/Storage Net
Driver Foot Rest

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Cargo Compartment Cover
Passenger Assist Handles
Mini Overhead Console
Full Length Floor Console
All 5-Speed Automatic Transmissions
Lock-Up Torque Converter
Dana 30/186MM Front Axle
3.73 Rear Axle Ratio
Dana 44/226MM Rear Axle
Tinted Windshield Glass
Front Door Tinted Glass
Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass
Flipper Liftgate Glass
Rear Window Defroster
Sun Visors w/Illum Vanity Mirrors
Rear View Auto Dim Mirror
Power Heat Driver Auto Dim Mirrors
Power Sunroof
Remote Keyless Entry
Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System
Air Cond ATC w/Dual Zone Control
Hood Insulation
Deluxe Insulation Group
Route 89 - CSX, Selkirk, NY
Electroluminescent Instr Cluster
120 MPH Primary Speedometer
Rear Window Wiper/Washer
Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers
Dual Note Electric Horns
Glove Box
12V Auxiliary Power Outlet
Power Accessory Delay
Power Locks
Power Windows, Driver One-Touch
EXTERIOR COMPONENT COLOR
MED. DRIFTWOOD MET. - Rails - Rock
Illuminated Entry
Warning Chime
Courtesy Lamps
Glove Box Lamp
Rear Courtesy/Reading Lamps
Cargo Compartment Lamp
Radio/Driver Seat/Mirror Memory
Halogen Headlamps
Fog Lamps
CHMSL Lamp
Security Alarm
Front License Plate Bracket
Bright Grille
Black Windshield Moldings
Grand Cherokee Badge
Jeep Badge
Side Roof Rails
Quadra Drive Badge
Overland Badge
20.5 Gallon Fuel Tank
Speed Control
Inferno Red Tinted Pearl Coat
AM/FM Cass/CD Radio w/Changer Ctrl
Infinity Speakers
Fixed Long Mast Antenna
Power Steering
Wood/Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
Heavy Duty Suspension w/Gas Shocks
Tilt Steering Column
Inside Mounted Spare Tire
Full Size Spare Tire w/Matching Whl
P235/65R17 OWL All Terrain Tires
Protective Coating and Remover
Build To U.S. Mkt. Specifications
GVW Rating - 5500#
U.S. Dealer Retail
Zone 32-New York
WJ-Vehicle Family
Four Wheel Drive (4WD)/(4X4)
Left Hand Drive (LHD)
Vehicle Order Tracking
U.S. Specifications Label
Connecticut Ship to State Code
Connecticut Sold to State Code
Lux Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats
Dk/Lt Slate Gray
Skid Plate Group
Trailer Tow Group IV
Mutually Exclusive Package

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

Supp. Side Curtain Frt/Rr Air Bags
5-Spd Automatic 545RFE Transmission
Quadra-Trac II On Demand 4WD System
Vari-Lok Progressive Front Axle
Vari-Lok Progressive Rear Axle
4.7L V8 Power Tech HO Engine
12V Rear Auxiliary Power Outlet
Power 10-Way Heated Memory Seats
Vehicle Information Center
Traveler/Mini Trip Computer
Automatic Headlamps
4.7L HO Badge
V-8 Badge
Adjustable Roof Rail Crossbars
50 State Emissions
Federal Tier 2, Bin 9A Emissions
Power Steering Cooler
Hydraulic Engine Cooling
Inferno Red Tinted Pearl Coat
All Radio Equipped Vehicles
10-Disc Remote CD Changer
Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Ctrls
Goodyear Brand Tires
17" Aluminum Chrome Clad Wheels
All Aluminum Wheels
Power Adjustable Pedals w/Memory
Fuel Tank Skid Plate Shield
Transfer Case Skid Plate Shield
Front Suspension Skid Plate

89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
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post #3 of 170 Old 07-13-2015, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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So the plan is to keep this a mild, daily driver, mall crawlerish build since we already have the other 2 jeeps for the trails. I just want to get rid of the soccer mom (or in this jeeps case, hockey mom) look and give it a more aggressive stance.

Right now it has the upcountry suspension package but I plan on adding 2" spacers to that for a total of about 3"s of lift. I know I'll have to get an adjustable track bar, extended sway bar links and longer shocks.

I want to fit some 245 70r17 all terrains on the 17" JK moab rims I picked up without much, if any, trimming. I already bought 1.5" hub centric wheel spacers and installed them with the stock rims



I also plan on doing a full 3" exhaust and some type of cold air intake. Neither of the other jeeps have cat backs so this thing is way too quiet for me lol but thats not to say that I want this to be obnoxiously loud, just a clean deep rumble.

And of course, little appearance things like headlights, LEDs, etc. But before I get to the fun stuff, I gotta take care of the maintenance stuff..

89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
http://tiny.cc/BRASSBALLSOFFROAD
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post #4 of 170 Old 07-13-2015, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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So I've been trying to take care of all the maintenance items before I start modding anything.

First up was the driver side mirror. It was looking like a fish bowl because the auto dim liquid started leaking out. After looking up the repair in this section, I was able to fix it in no time


Then I attempted to fix my no range key fob by extending the wire which didn't work. And then I took the whole assembly apart and replaced the whole wire , which also didn't work


I was able to replace the surface mount LED lights in the heated switchs


Picked up a little tool kit and some jumper cables to keep in there


Other things I didn't get pictures of include;

Air filter
Oil
Oil filter
PCV system
CCV system
Spark plugs
Repaired oil sending unit wires(melted)
Repaired blower motor wires(melted)
Stretched out door seals to fit(shrunk and sagging)
Wash&wax
Interior detailed

89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
http://tiny.cc/BRASSBALLSOFFROAD
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post #5 of 170 Old 07-13-2015, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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So here things get a little more interesting. I decided to paint the factory rock rails and rear step pad with black bedliner







I really liked the factory sound system but it was lacking an aux input. So rather than swap out to an aftermarket headunit, I followed the write up here and installed one myself. ( no pics as I was using parts from work and had to diagnose what was what)

Just this past weekend I swapped out my all chrome grill assembly and installed a body color matching outer grill bezel. I'm not a huge fan of chrome and I feel like this is a happy medium
Before

After


Other than that, I've taken it down some easy trails











And I think we're up to date. I'm sure I forgot something here or there and maybe not all the pictures are in chronological order but there it is. I'll add in things as I remember them and try to keep this thread updated whenever I do something

89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
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post #6 of 170 Old 07-13-2015, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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I have a few things left on the maintenance list; flush the front and rear diffs, tcase and transmission. I picked up the two transmission filters and Im about to order a Transgo shift kit as well. Then Ill stop by the dealer for the special Tcase fluid, friction modifier for the diffs and hopefully get the PCM flashed for the TSB and any other recalls taken care of

We have a big trip planned to go to Maine in August for the Warrior Salute event and I have 3 Jeeps to get ready. Chances are no fun mods will happen to the WJ until after the trip unless I find some cheap, easy mods to keep me busy.

89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
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post #7 of 170 Old 07-13-2015, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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I had some time to kill after work today so I ended up at my garage. I noticed that the transfer case output looked wet. So after I did some searching, I found that it was common to have the vent tube get clogged and make the rubber plug on top of the tail cone leak.

Sure enough if was wet all around the plug so I cleaned it with purple power and a brush then blew it dry with compressed air and RTVed the plug back in.

I then pulled the vent tube down and found the end piece was broken. So I cut that off, added about 2 feet of tube and topped it off with a jiggle cap I had laying around. I wanted to make sure the line was clear all the way threw so I went to take off the fill plug and it seems the last person in there over filled it a bit. I was happy to see it wasn't ATF4 coming out though. And then I zip tied it as high as I could
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89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
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post #8 of 170 Old 07-15-2015, 05:08 AM Thread Starter
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Ordered the Transgo shift kit last night from Summit and should be here by tomorrow! Should make for a busy weekend

89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
http://tiny.cc/BRASSBALLSOFFROAD
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post #9 of 170 Old 07-15-2015, 08:05 AM
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I had some time to kill after work today so I ended up at my garage. I noticed that the transfer case output looked wet. So after I did some searching, I found that it was common to have the vent tube get clogged and make the rubber plug on top of the tail cone leak.

Sure enough if was wet all around the plug so I cleaned it with purple power and a brush then blew it dry with compressed air and RTVed the plug back in.

I then pulled the vent tube down and found the end piece was broken. So I cut that off, added about 2 feet of tube and topped it off with a jiggle cap I had laying around. I wanted to make sure the line was clear all the way threw so I went to take off the fill plug and it seems the last person in there over filled it a bit. I was happy to see it wasn't ATF4 coming out though. And then I zip tied it as high as I could
Blah really need to do this on mine too. Can you explain a little more about what you mean in the last paragraph? I'm trying to visualize what you did. You wanted to make sure the line was clear all the way (not plugged I assume) so you removed the fill plug to do this? Why?

My "stocker" build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310/my-first-jeep-owning-adventure-1532212
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post #10 of 170 Old 07-15-2015, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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No problem. The transfer case is a sealed system and has a vent/breather tube. If you tried to blow into the breather tube without the fill plug or the plug that I RTVd out, you wouldnt be able to since its sealed. By removing one of the plugs, it gives the air somewhere to go. Hope that makes sense lol

If I had thought of doing this prior to RTVing the top plug, I would have just blown through the tube while I had that plug off. But since I had just RTVd it, I took out the fill plug instead. Which isnt a bad idea to do anyway so you can check the condition of your fluid

89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
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post #11 of 170 Old 07-16-2015, 07:10 AM
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No problem. The transfer case is a sealed system and has a vent/breather tube. If you tried to blow into the breather tube without the fill plug or the plug that I RTVd out, you wouldnt be able to since its sealed. By removing one of the plugs, it gives the air somewhere to go. Hope that makes sense lol

If I had thought of doing this prior to RTVing the top plug, I would have just blown through the tube while I had that plug off. But since I had just RTVd it, I took out the fill plug instead. Which isnt a bad idea to do anyway so you can check the condition of your fluid
Doh! I was thinking about it the right way, but backwards. I thought you removed the fill plug to blow air through the tube from the case to the jiggle cap. Really what is the correct way is to blow from the jiggle cap to the case with the fill plug or snap ring access plug out like you mentioned. I'll be ok

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post #12 of 170 Old 07-16-2015, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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lol its all good. Everybody has a brain fart sometimes.

On another note, the Transgo shift kit should be here today! Just have to pick up some fluid and Ill be ready for this weekends project

89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
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72 Chevy Nova-in progress
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So I took care of the transmission work yesterday. All and all it wasn't a bad job. I'm very pleased with the results. I took the opportunity to sand and paint the pan hammered black, install a drain plug and added another stronger magnet.

I put about 6.5 quarts in for the first test drive and it was a little rough shifting. When I came back and pulled the dipstick, it was dry! It took another quart and then next test drive was much smoother. Once I got home, I had to top it off again for a total of 8 quarts!

Driving normally you don't notice much of a difference, maybe slightly less lag between up shifts. But you can really feel it when you get on it. I was getting onto an on ramp and floored it, the jeep down shifted, threw me in my seat and lifted the front up. Instant smile across my face.

A friend asked how it felt because the shift kit in his Camaro was too much for him. I told him it's great but not overboard, more of a sports car feel rather than a mini van lol

Would have been much easier if it was lifted lol haven't had to jack up a jeep to work under it in awhile
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89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
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post #14 of 170 Old 07-19-2015, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Checked the pan this morning for leaks and freaked myself out lol the new paint on the pan was so glossy it looked wet. But luckily everything's dry for now.

I went back to the garage to clean up a bit more and also weld the cat shield. I noticed yesterday it was rattling so I just threw a few tacks on there and it's good to go.

While I was under there with the wire brush, I hit a couple spots where I saw surface rust forming and sprayed them with Loctite rust neutralizer

89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
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post #15 of 170 Old 07-19-2015, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Also decided to give it a quick detail while I was here. Vacuumed, leather conditioned, windows cleaned and washed the outside.

89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress
http://tiny.cc/BRASSBALLSOFFROAD
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