JeepWJ's 03 WJ Ltd Build Thread - Project Golfball
Okie-dokey...just because if everyone else was jumping off a bridge, I would too, here's my build thread...nothing too fancy here.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
iPod adapter installWHEELING TRIPS:
Northwoods Overland 2010.05.09...........Post 74First, a little about how I got my Heep...I wanted a JK Unlimited ever since they came out, but I couldn't afford one new, and there weren't any on the market used. My minivan died, so I started looking for a new car. The dealer was trying to get me to buy a Kia, but I was more interested in the Dub right next to it. It was an '03 Limited, and the only option it didn't have was the Nav radio, otherwise it was fully loaded. Single-owner, no crash history, and really good condition. HO V8.
I got it in summer '08, right when gas prices hit around $4 a gallon, so I got it for dirt cheap, too :)
Here's a picture of my dub, the first day I got it:
The beemer is some other tenant's. I lived there for six months, and that car never, ever moved. It was also about 2 feet deep in junk. I'm talking old books, McDonalds wrappers, tennis rackets, clothes, and the like.
First thing I did, was to install one of those tape-player iPod connector dealies, so that I could listen to my iPod while driving
I had tried an FM transmitter for about two days before I returned it. The tape dealie works ok, but if I were to redo it, I'd just get a whole new iPod-capable system.
I didn't do too much to my Heep for about half a year, until I paid it off. Meanwhile,
That was a two-mile trip, through 8" of fresh snow, with my basically stock WJ dragging its gas tank all the way. With the left driver's side window stuck open. My next project was to replace the window regulator with one that works. No biggie...just tear the door apart, and replace with a new regulator...the new one's not as powerful as stock though. Takes longer to roll up the window now.
Installed a fire extinguisher (I had it lying around and I didn't know what to do with it)
So here's my Heep, 'bearly' modified:
Now the fun begins. I smashed a taillight on a garbage can at -20 F, so I got some custom lights:
Now, the first big mod...a 3" IRO lift!!
I got a CB for my Heep:
I debadged it...
(I didn't take pics of this)
and had an extra power inverter lying around, so I permanently installed that:
I also permanently installed a USB phone charger:
I started getting a little (ok, fine, a lot of) death wobble, so I replaced the steering stablilzer with an IRO / Tenneco dual stabilizer kit (but I never stuck the second one in -- I'll probably just keep it for when the first one goes out.
(see post below---I'm only allowed 20 pix per post.)
I did theksmith's removable rear seat mod
and added in some eye bolts for holding some sway bar disconnects (future mod)
Finally, I did some minor bumper trimming, in preparation for a possible, more radical theksmith-style bumper trim.
I'm hedging on this. Here's a photoshop of what it'd look like if I ended up doing it:
Well, that's where my rig is at for now...here's what's on my wish list:
Well, that about covers it! Hope ya like it!
Very nice rig ya got there. I had that iPod cassette connector, too. It worked pretty well for a $12 item, and it lasted me for over a year, but I finally upgraded to a new Kenwood receiver and haven't looked back since! :2thumbsup: Can't wait to see the new tires, keep it comin!
well my dream (I'm a radio guy and kind of an audio/computer nerd) would be to put a carputer under the left rear seat, with a 8" touch screen up front, and a multi-input sound card in there somewhere. That way, I could plug the CB, my phone, an AM/FM tuner, GPS, CD player, and iPod in, and run an audio mixer program to be able to mix between all of them, right on the screen. Problem is, what I described would set me back waaaaaay more than I can afford right now, probably around $1000 if I use an old laptop carcass that I've got lying around. If I want to do it right, it'd cost several thou.
That permanently installed stuff is really sick. I want to put an inverter in my cargo space.
Nice project though!
what is the theksmith's removable rear seat mod?i have never heard of this before.
Well basicly u drill out the holes in the bracket for the bottom part of the seat and put quick disconnect pins in them so when u wanna remove them just pull teh pin and bam instant more rear space.
Here's another one...just some behind-the-dash wiring...
and here's what I did with my Tenneco SS... I installed the bracket for moving the SS up / running dual SS's, but I never ended up needing dual ones, and I didn't have time to pull out the one I had, and put it back higher up. If I bust it, I'll do it. Otherwise, it's going to stay as is.
Nice truck, your user name reminds me of Crivitz for some reason. lol
just a quick picture of the finished disco holders. I just used 1/16" stainless cable with a screw-type carabiner.
Well, I finally got up the guts to hack up my bumper.
I think it looks ok, but it'll look better when I paint the radiator support and the bit of frame that sticks out black.
And, while I'm at it, just a wheeling pic.
I'm thinking about doing the bumper cut also but if I do, I may cut it all the way in half and not leave that middle part.
Looks really sharp. My IRO 3" will be here Thursday. Now I'm saving up for wheels+tires.
Do you have any pictures of the permanent power converter install? That's really interesting.
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