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Unread 08-18-2013, 12:04 AM   #1
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Our 3rd Jeep- The Onyx Green 2004 Overland

Hey guys, you might have seen my other jeeps on the forum, my trail rig XJ-
"Rattletrap" (2001 Sport)

My girl driving-

Build- http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/m...letrap-668339/


And my now daily driver wj. (2004 Special edition)



Build-
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/...-build-932344/

But now, my dad has a new WJ, a 2004 Onyx Green Grand Cherokee Overland.
He's going to build this, while I take over on his 2004 SE. The xj is too numerous in miles and gets terrible mpg. (It's paid off too, so why sell it?)

We picked it up in Napa, CA, and drove it back up north to Humboldt County about 2 months ago now. Paid just 9K. (It is MINT.)
Specs-
2004 Grand Cherokee Overland
Onyx Green Pearl Coat
84k miles
4.7HO
545rfe
Quadradrive/ nv247
Skids
Tow Hooks
Leather, rock rails, the whole overland deal
Navigation
Crap street tires
Too much chrome




Now for the build...

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2004 WJ Special Edition, Silver, 3 inch IRO lift, 4.7, JK graphite moab wheels/SRA's- Mom's dd
2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 08-18-2013, 12:34 AM   #2
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Build plans include-
Iron Rock 3 inch lift, Rubicon Wheels/tires. (We already scored 4 MOAB wheels from a JK off of ebay.)
Addco rear sway bar
Bilstein shocks


But first.... We need to rid the jeep of that chrome. We hate it, it serves no purpose, and just looks like something from Cadillac.

Before- Chrome headlights/ grill/ air dam, tow hooks.


Ebay special headlights for an 04 Laredo, (same as on my 04 SE, they look and fit great.)



I thought the black background lights only made the chrome stick out more, so on a random afternoon, I tackled the removal.

Used 200 grit sandpaper to remove all shine from the chrome, and shot it with krylon semi-gloss.


Took the whole grill apart and was careful to sand both the inner throat rings and the bezel thoroughly.
I also used a duplicolor adhesion promoter primer.



Took the air damn off as well. (You must remove the bumper to do this, not too hard.)


Removed the tow hooks, scuffed them well with my flap disk and angle grinder, then used duplicolor bedliner spray to ditch the chrome.


And......
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2004 WJ Special Edition, Silver, 3 inch IRO lift, 4.7, JK graphite moab wheels/SRA's- Mom's dd
2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 08-18-2013, 12:40 AM   #3
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Done!!


I'd say it's a huge improvement. Eventually we will paint the outer bezel Onyx green, (like the special edition and laredo's have in 04,) but for now, black will do. Not bad for about $20 in paint and sand paper. The lights were about 84.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/400319507269...84.m1423.l2649
By the way- This ebay seller is awesome. We bought the lights and one had a reflector that came loose and could not be repaired. Sent them 3 pictures, and they had a replacement shipped out the next day for free. Didn't have to ship the other back either.

More pics-



Now I just need to paint the side trim black, (just the stupid chrome piece) and then we need to ditch the wheels.
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2004 WJ Special Edition, Silver, 3 inch IRO lift, 4.7, JK graphite moab wheels/SRA's- Mom's dd
2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 11-22-2013, 09:14 AM   #4
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I work at a jeep dealership now, as a lube tech. I will soon start doing aftermarket installs as well. (Jk's mostly!) So that's super exciting.

Anyways, we have a huge back stock of JK wheels and tires, all from the builds we have done.

So I was able to score 5, freedom edition JK moabs with SRA tires. Perfect size for a 3 inch lift, and better for a rig which is mostly a commuter/mom's rig for now. My dad is happy!


Untitled by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr
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2004 WJ Special Edition, Silver, 3 inch IRO lift, 4.7, JK graphite moab wheels/SRA's- Mom's dd
2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 11-22-2013, 09:04 PM   #5
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Looks good, your xj is badass as well. What the jk rims and tires set you back? I would love to find a set for cheap.
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Unread 11-23-2013, 09:53 PM   #6
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I can't promise you'd find them anywhere for how cheap I got them, $500 for 5. Employee discount plus the fact that they were inventory surplus.
I might buy another set and put them on my silver jeep for DD use.
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2004 WJ Special Edition, Silver, 3 inch IRO lift, 4.7, JK graphite moab wheels/SRA's- Mom's dd
2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 11-24-2013, 11:30 AM   #7
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Wow nice dub. I always have loved that color.. Those wheels will look good on your jeep too. Excited to see where this goes
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Unread 11-26-2013, 09:48 AM   #8
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Thanks man. I'm taking the overland to my work today, needs an inspection, and an oil change.

While it was nice to ditch the chrome, the black grill certainly took away from the overall look of the front of the overland.
I've always hated blacked out front grills, so my dad agreed that we should do something about it.

I found some Onyx green pearlcoat spray on ebay, from a dealer closeout. Got two cans, (for like 20 shipped) plus a primer and a clearcoat at oreillys.

Here goes nothing!

Sanded, prepped and a light primer spray on the "trim ring".

Untitled by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

Primed

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Now a color coat

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2 cans later, then the start of the clear.

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I let the clear sit for about 2 weeks, (mostly because I was too busy)

Then I sprayed some more last night, and now it is drying and I will go to my parents today to put it together.

As of a few days ago- (it is just resting, not snapped together just yet)


Untitled by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

It got more clear last night so the gloss is pretty damn good, I just couldn't assemble it.
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2004 WJ Special Edition, Silver, 3 inch IRO lift, 4.7, JK graphite moab wheels/SRA's- Mom's dd
2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 11-27-2013, 06:28 PM   #9
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And done! There was no possible way for me to completely match the gloss of the hood and bumper, but the color is spot on, and for less than 30 bucks, compared to the hundreds I would have spent at a body shop, it really worked well.


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2004 WJ Special Edition, Silver, 3 inch IRO lift, 4.7, JK graphite moab wheels/SRA's- Mom's dd
2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 12-04-2013, 09:51 AM   #10
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Well, kind of a crazy outcome to this-
My dad originally wanted to build the overland for himself. (And my mom's daily driver,she has a dog that requires her to have an SUV to use.)
The special edition would remain my daily driver.

Well, since my mom has been daily driving the overland, she actually misses the silver one a lot. It was her daily driver for like 4 years. (Doesnt like the dual climate control, navigation and such)
And my dad decided he likes metallic grey more than Onyx, so when he looses his company car after retirement, he is going to buy another 04 Overland.

My mom gets her favorite jeep, I'm building the overland, and my dad will get to have the overland he always wanted.

So stay tuned and I will be buying a 3 inch IRO lift, and putting the rubicon take-off's from the silver jeep onto the overland. Should be sweet!
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2004 WJ Special Edition, Silver, 3 inch IRO lift, 4.7, JK graphite moab wheels/SRA's- Mom's dd
2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 12-04-2013, 12:42 PM   #11
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With some polish and a Mequiars power cone, you can take some 1200, 1500, 2000 grit to the clear coat and them buff it to a better shine than the stock paint.

Make sure you use at least 5 coats of clear. I use Rust-Oleum for my clear on several projects and have never had a problem and it dries to re coat in a couple minutes. Find the clear at Home Depot

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleu...2#.Up-FCsRDu8A
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Unread 12-04-2013, 09:53 PM   #12
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Dude awesome, thank you. I'll check that out.

Here's some shots of it at dusk, more than just the straight on pictures.


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I love this color!
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2004 WJ Special Edition, Silver, 3 inch IRO lift, 4.7, JK graphite moab wheels/SRA's- Mom's dd
2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 12-05-2013, 05:13 PM   #13
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Another NAXJA dude gone to the dark side..

Congrats on the new job, looking fwd to the new build.

I also like that color. Took me awhile to find the green color I wanted for the Mrs WJ.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 10:07 AM   #14
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Thanks man! I'm in love with this jeep. I drove the xj on saturday... wow it is slow! hahaha. Lots of fun to drive but it will never be a dd again.

I really like the overland because since I live in Humboldt County, and I am a historian, it is cool to have redwood all inside the dash... Sort of a homage to all the redwood timber history around here. (We have the largest redwoods in the world.) Not to mention the fact that I volunteer for a local historical group called the Timber Heritage Association. haha

Anyway- Here's a shot of the paint color again, I don't have any cool action shots yet because I haven't wheeled it.

Untitled by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

And here's what I hope it will look like when I'm done- Can't remember whose jeep this is but it has the lift height and tire size I'm going for.


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I want to build a tire carrier too.-

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Ultimately it will get the same 3 inch IRO lift, addco sway bar, dual steering stabilizers, Bilstein shocks and my jk wheels and tires from the other wj.
Like my old silver wj.-

photo (7) by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr
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2004 WJ Special Edition, Silver, 3 inch IRO lift, 4.7, JK graphite moab wheels/SRA's- Mom's dd
2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 12-09-2013, 08:22 PM   #15
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That NJ rig has a build thread at CF..

http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f46/02-...-build-169013/
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