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Unread 11-24-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Moved this thread over from the builds section from a few months ago when I first bought the Jeep. Now that I'm finally starting to work on it I'm going to try and keep this updated as I go along!


Well, after months of browsing around here on Jeep Forum I just bought my first Jeep. It's a silver 2003 limited Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's a V8 with Quadra-Drive and 96,000 miles Still in high school so this build is going to be kind of slow but I'm looking forward to it! I welcome all advice, comments, ect.

My goal for this Jeep is to build a comfortable dd that I can travel/camp with and still tackle difficult trails.

Here's the pics from the dealer's website. Haven't gotten around to taking any myself.













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Unread 11-25-2012, 02:08 PM   #2
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Ordered my lift today! I took advantage of IRO's free shipping sale and got the 3" with DT8000 shocks, adjustable front track bar, and a Tenneco heavy duty steering stabilizer. Going to install over Christmas break with my dads help.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 08:20 PM   #3
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Well the Jeep made out pretty good over break.



Changed the oil and got the lift installed after Christmas. Took maybe 7 or 8 hours. Install went smoothly other than a few small problems. When I recieved the lift in the mail half of the bags of hardware were already opened and spilled in the shipping boxes. Turns out there was some parts missing and lots of extra parts that weren't needed??? Worked it out without much trouble though. Other than the missing hardware, I have loved the lift so far! Doesn't seem to ride much stiffer than stock and helps helps out with the "soccer mom" look

Some random install pics



















And the finished product







Now I need tires. I'm leaning toward Soft 8s with Treadwright Guard Dogs but also considering some Rubicon takeoffs from CL. Have to wait on a couple more paychecks before I have the money though so I have some time to decide.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 08:37 PM   #4
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Just a list of tentative plans for future reference

Phase 1
[*] Install Lift
[] Install Tow Hooks
[] Skid Plates
[] Plastidip Badges
[] Paint Interior Wood Trim
[] Axel and Brake Maintenance
[] Transmission Maintenance
[] Get Spare Keys Cut and Programmed

Phase 2
[] Wheels (16x8 Cragar Soft 8)
[] Tires (265/75/16 Guard Dogs)
[] Wheel Spacers
[] 35% Front Window Tint
[] Trim to Fit Tires?
[] Rola Roof Rack
[] Mount a Maglite
[] Spacers?
[] New Coil Spring Isolators?

Phase 3
[] JKS Quick Disconnects
[] Roof Rack Lights
[] CB
[] Ax/Shovel/Hi Lift
[] Bilsteins
[] Aftermarket/Custom Front Bumper

Phase 4
[] Tube Doors
[] Winch
[] Rocker Rails
[] 33 or 35s
[] Bushwacker Fender Flares
[] 4/4.5" Lift

Along The Way
[] Fix EVIC
[] New Floor Mats
[*] GPS
[] Wire a GPS Charger Through Dash
[] Power Inverter Install
[] Redo Audio System
[] HID Headlights
[] LED Brakelights
[] LED Interior Lighting
[] Exhaust
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Unread 12-31-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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Rotated the tires and finally installed the front tow hooks I've had sitting around for months today. Also started picking up stuff to fix my rear axle seal that is leaking.

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Unread 01-27-2013, 12:35 PM   #6
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Update: Got some mossy oak floor mats and painted the ugly wood trim black. Still haven't gotten around to fixing my rear axle seal.

And my new plan is to have this thing ready to take to Uhwarrie this summer so I won't be following the list I had posted earlier.

Planning on having this all done by summer:
-Rubicon wheels and BF Goodrich KMs
-Rola roof rack
-Hi Lift jack
-IRO transfer case skid
-JCR stage 2 or 3 sliders
-JKS quick disconnects
-CB
-Spidertrax wheel spacers

After all this is done, I'll start looking into lights, bumpers, a winch, 4.5 in. lift, flares, and bigger tires.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:37 PM   #7
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I'll be the first to comment if im correct... :P Nice looking Jeep you got going there man! I look forward to seeing some pictures of this thing on the trails! Have you gotten any time to flex it out on anything? If not, if there is a river near by, go find a dock and flex on it and take some pictures... My brother always did that as his flex shots and stuff like that.

Anyways, good luck with the build. I will also be keeping an eye on this one to see what another high school student can do with their Jeep.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:57 PM   #8
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Thanks man!!

I've taken it out on trails a couple of times since I installed the lift but haven't taken any pictures or flexed it much. But I'm ditching my street for some mud tires in the next couple weeks and I will definitely get some action shots then.

Hopefully one day it will be as nice as yours!
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Unread 01-31-2013, 09:43 PM   #9
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This took like a year of decisions and waiting for parts. Of course I wasn't the anxious one, it was my brother. But i wish we lived some what close otherwise i would already be planning!

So far i have talked to a junior and another sophmore who both have Jeeps... I just wish that more people in my school were into it more. And thanks for the compliment!

And i dont know if i was paying attention but do you plan on getting a bigger lift at all? I was just curious because some people buy temporary lifts and then lift it higher later...
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Unread 02-01-2013, 09:00 AM   #10
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Yeah, I do plan on going with a bigger lift. But since its going to be my daily drive through college the biggest I'm going to do now is 33s on 4 1/2" of lift. Sometime down the road, I'd love long arms and 35s but that's not happening anytime soon.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:02 PM   #11
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I'm diggin' the 4.5" lift thought with 33's... I've got 5.5" with 33's and i think it looks great! Not to small and not too big... If anything, i would keep it at that if it was your daily driver and for wheeling... But, everyone has their own opinions so i wont spoil yours :P
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Unread 02-01-2013, 08:54 PM   #12
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Yeah, I'll probably have to cut or get flares but I think it's a good combo as well.

I plan on making a couple of trips to Uhwarrie this summer so stuff like armor and a cb are going to have priority over the lift and 33s for now though.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 05:03 AM   #13
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Yeah, i know what you mean... No matter what you will get scratches everywhere from random crap that happens, but its always nice to know that your headlights, tail lights and doors wont be banged up... And it's always nice to have a clean Jeep. Not a beat up Jeep that you dont give a crap about...

Also down the road oyou dont want to be paying for new paint jobs or body replacements... :P
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Unread 02-02-2013, 03:34 PM   #14
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Yeah, always better to spend the money on skids and sliders than have costly repairs later down the road. Already scuffed and dented up one of my doors when I got wedged between a couple of trees trying to follow a wrangler down a narrow trail.

As for pinstriping, I've got a ton of it already and haven't even wheeled it hard yet. With the silver color, you have to get close to see it though which is nice!
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Unread 02-03-2013, 01:17 AM   #15
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Yeah, the bad things about lighter colored cars is that scratches don't appear as well... But the dirt is seen easier. And then its visa Versa for dark colored cars........ I have so many scratches on the side and on the hood, they're kind of hard to hide.
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