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post #1 of 116 Old 06-28-2012, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Highschool Budget 2003 WJ Build

I got this 2003 Grand Cherokee a little over a year ago and since then I have been using what little money I have as a highschooler to get some upgrades for it. This is what I started off with. A bone stock WJ.

I wheeled with it like that for a while on street tires

After that I dumped 850 bucks on some 245/70/16 Falken Rock Mountain ATs. I went up in size from the factory 225/75/16. I was suprised at what a change it made in how the Jeep looked. It made it look more like a trail rig with the more aggresive tread.



After that I got a Uniden CB. I made a custom mounting plate that goes above the tail light. The only thing wrong with this setup is that I need a softer spring and a longer antenna.





After that I got to experience my first ever trail damage when I lost grip in the front and and slid over into a tree.


I then got an IRO 3 inch lift. It has tons of flex and I am very happy with it



After that, I got a wild hair and decided to get rid of the D35 and swap in a D44. While I was down there, I also threw in a Flowmaster muffler



Future plans are to get some 265s, and a front and rear bumper. Let me know what y'all think


03 WJ, 7.25", Custom LAs, 35s, Spooled HP44, Locked D60, 5.13s
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post #2 of 116 Old 06-28-2012, 11:41 AM
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looks good man, how you liking those tires? thinking about getting some Falken Rocky Mountains too

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post #3 of 116 Old 06-28-2012, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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I like them a lot. They are good on the rocks, and on the street. They clog up in the mud though in typical AT fashion

03 WJ, 7.25", Custom LAs, 35s, Spooled HP44, Locked D60, 5.13s
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post #4 of 116 Old 06-28-2012, 07:57 PM
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Nice! I'm in the same boat! High schoolers budget! I'm working on mounting my antenna you bought that bracket or made it yourself?

Steel Blue WJ named Julie.- R.I.P. Julie the Jeep

Another Steel Blue WJ named Jenn.
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post #5 of 116 Old 06-28-2012, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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I made it. 1/8 inch steel. Cut it so that it goes all the way to the back of the tail light housing but leave enough sticking out to mount the antenna. Put five or 6 sheet metal screws in and you are good to go! Don't forget to paint it and you may have to trim the tail light bezel to get it to fit. I didn't but depending on how you are wired up, you may have to.

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post #6 of 116 Old 07-05-2012, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Took the Jeep to a local rock garden today to have some fun. Didn't get any pics of me on the rocks. The front end was connected here btw




Also an exhaust clip cause I got bored
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post #7 of 116 Old 07-05-2012, 06:18 PM
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The jeep looks good bro, how do you like the 3 inch iro lift kit?

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post #8 of 116 Old 07-05-2012, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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I love it! Great on road, great offroad, and good quality. Good height to start out with as you can run 32s with no major cutting or trimming

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Went to Aetna in Tennessee today and had a blast. The Jeep did great!











I need spring retainers




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post #10 of 116 Old 07-10-2012, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmmmmm......

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Stay tuned

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post #11 of 116 Old 07-10-2012, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Well here they are. Fully blacked out LED tail lights for under half of the cost of any online ones!


Turn Signals

Lights On

Brakes Applied

Reverse

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post #12 of 116 Old 07-10-2012, 06:25 PM
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Great job. They look great.

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post #13 of 116 Old 07-11-2012, 12:20 AM
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Great build, looks awesome. Aetna looks like a blast as well. However, I'm not a fan of blacked out tail lights, If you want them to lose that matte look I'd pick up some plasticX and use an orbital buffer.

It should make them look nice and shiny, it may even lighten them up at the same time as well. But to each their own. Still looks good

Oh and what i've found, the only thing harder than modding a vehicle in high school, is finding the money to mod it while in college lol.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/dusks-wj-build-1272851/ - Mah build

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post #14 of 116 Old 07-11-2012, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, I sprayed them with the clear, and you can't tell in the pics, but they look semi-shiny in real life, and they actually look just like I wanted

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Stay tuned

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