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Unread 03-11-2015, 11:48 AM   #1
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Mid-Atlantic: I traded in my modded WJ: Go get it!

So last weekend, I finally got my wife to crack and buy a 2014 Grand Cherokee to replace my WJ. That being said, my modified WJ was traded into New Carrolton Jeep in MD. I just gave them the title yesterday so there's no way they sold it yet. I'm not even sure they'll put it on the lot due to the amount of mods on it, but if you're looking for a clean '04 Overland with only 104k on the clock and quite a lot of money in mods and replacement parts, give them a call. You can probably get a great deal due to the mods (and noises explained below).

Mods that I can think of off the top of my head:

-OME HD springs/Bilstein shocks/31" tires (full size spare)/rear addco sway bar
-Replaced every bit of the steering: TRE's, redhead steering box, new steering shaft (may need new ball joints though)
-all suspension arms replaced with IRO arms, custom rear upper links and bracket made by me for a rear 4 link, axle side front UCA bushings brand new
-G2 aluminum front diff cover/external trans cooler
-HID retrofit headlights with BMW parts
-Rigid D2's in the grille, PIAA LED fog lights replace the stock fogs
-Alpine head unit with ipod hookup, Wood trim wrapped with carbon fiber vinyl, trans temp gauge installed behind steering wheel, 3 switches (one for Rigids) in driver's side center vent, rugged ridge floormats

I bought the thing 2 years ago, completely stock and mint condition with 65k miles on it, so I can tell you its entire history. Let me know if someone here does pick it up, I have some fluids and parts that could go with it.

PS: if you test drive it, there is a loud gear whine noise coming from the rear due to me using heims in my custom arms. I bought some bushings to replace the heims, but never got around to it before it was traded in. I still have them and should quiet it down significantly.




Steering wheel is now wrapped nicely in black cycling bar tape.

(wife not included)


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Unread 03-11-2015, 11:59 AM   #2
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I'm curious how you get along with the WK2. They've sure grown on me. I just wish they had the 3rd row seating like the new Durangos...
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Unless I'm towing a WJ with this WK2, I won't be back haha. I'm done with solid front axle vehicles unless it's strictly for offroading.

This thing is amazing. Rides like a dream, has every option you can get except for rear TV's and a bigger engine. The Summit interior is so nice and the body looks way better than the rest of the trim line, fairly close to the SRT. Couldn't quite afford the diesel, no way I could afford the SRT unfortunately, and didn't really want the V8 because I wanted better mileage. I have no reason for a 3rd row seat, I hardly put anyone in the back seat as it is. My 70 mile daily commute is a hell of a lot more enjoyable now.

I was just posting this as a courtesy to someone that might be looking for a clean, well modded WJ. Hope someone picks it up and enjoys all the time money I spent on it!

Now to go through my parents garage and toss/sell all the extra WJ stuff I have...
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A 70 mile commute is definitely a reason to look for a better fuel mileage vehicle! I'm lucky in that I only have about a 15 mile round trip drive every day. That makes my terrible mileage a little more bearable!

It would be cool if your WJ gets picked up by someone appreciative of the work you've done!

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PS: if you test drive it, there is a loud gear whine noise coming from the rear due to me using heims in my custom arms. I bought some bushings to replace the heims, but never got around to it before it was traded in. I still have them and should quiet it down significantly.
If there is a loud gear whine noise coming from the rear, it would not be due to your use of heim joints. Sure heim joints tend to transmit more sound and vibrations to the body, but the noise indicates a problem with the gears and/or a bearing.

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EDIT: I do not mean for that to sound negative, and I do not want to drag your thread off topic either. Your comment simply peaked my interest. At freeway speeds I get to enjoy insanely loud gear whine in my WJ. It too uses all heim joints on custom arms, but the noise is caused by a poor wear pattern on the gears.
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If there is a loud gear whine noise coming from the rear, it would not be due to your use of heim joints. Sure heim joints tend to transmit more sound and vibrations to the body, but the noise indicates a problem with the gears and/or a bearing.
Nah, definitely the heims. The noise came about when I installed my custom rear upper links. There was no noise before and I've done no modification to the gears.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310/...links-2963289/

Unlike most 4-links, the WJ has the upper link bracket bolted straight to the diff. If I had rubber bushings somewhere in my custom arms, it would kill all the noise and vibration, but since I was running johnny joints and heims, the noise gets transferred right into the body mounts. I bought some metalcloak duroflex joints to replace the heims, but didn't get a chance to install them before I traded the WJ. Still have them if someone here picks up the Jeep.
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If only you sold it 2 months earlier. Although, ur the man for giving us the heads up even if it pains me to see what I could have had
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God damn you.

If only you sold it 2 months earlier. Although, ur the man for giving us the heads up even if it pains me to see what I could have had
Blame my wife, I've been trying to get into a new jeep for months haha.

We damn near bought a new mustang convertible and kept the WJ, but we then figured it'd be better to have a reliable, comfortable Jeep for my DD and road trips, then I'd get something cheaper for my fun car.
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