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.)
2004 Grand Cherokee Overland
Onyx Green Pearl Coat
Leather, rock rails, the whole overland deal
Crap street tires
Too much chrome
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.
Now I just need to paint the side trim black, (just the stupid chrome piece) and then we need to ditch the wheels.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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