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Unread 05-14-2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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"Storm Trooper" Build

I've had this WJ for a little over a year now and I've been meaning to start a build but I'm terrible at taking pictures while I'm working on it. I'm trying to get better at that.

This is where it started:

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
4.7l Power Tech V8
Quadradrive

Originally bought for my wife, but I quickly took it over as my own. It reminded me too much of my ZJ that I sold a few months prior.

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Unread 05-14-2015, 03:35 PM   #2
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This is my mod list as it stands right now. I will upload the "along the way" progress pictures as I have time.

-Suspension-
2.5in FatBob's Springs
10mm OME Trim Spacers
Doetch Tech 8000 Shocks
JKS Quick Disconnects
Removed Rear Sway Bar

-Wheels/Tires-
17in MotoMetal
265/65R15 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

-Engine-
Airaid Intake
Bosch 4-hole Injectors
IRO 3in Cat-Back Exhaust

-Armor-
Flatland Winch Bumper with Warn M8000 Winch
RRO Front & Rear Differntial Guards

-Exterior-
Roof Rack
+Spare Tire
+3 Gallon Fuel Source
+Shovel
+Ax
+Hi-Lift Jack
Trim Front & Rear Fenders
Bedliner

-Lighting-
FJO Fender Mounts with 4in Spot LED Pods
4in Flood LED Pods on Bumper

-Interior-
Rear Seat Pin Mod
Power Acoustic DVD Player
LED Lighting
Fire Extinguisher
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Unread 05-14-2015, 03:38 PM   #3
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Here are the first round of upgrades. Installed UC springs and fit my 265/65R17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. An Airaid intake. Then some general interior items.
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Unread 05-14-2015, 03:40 PM   #4
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Shortly after that, I did some bed lining and some fender trimming and also added the JKS discos.
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Unread 05-14-2015, 03:42 PM   #5
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Next up, trail accessories. Roof rack, spare, shovel, ax, and auxiliary fuel source.
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Unread 05-14-2015, 03:45 PM   #6
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Next along this journey was some front protection, recovery, and some auxiliary lighting. Bull bar with Fawkes Fabrication bull bar relocation and recovery kit with the addition of two 4in flood LED pods. Also, FJO fender mounts with 4in spot LED pods.
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Unread 05-14-2015, 03:50 PM   #7
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This is where the journey shifted. Prior to taking the picture below, I came in to contact with a wonderful little white tail deer at a high rate of speed. The damage included a destroyed bull bar, bumper, headlight, grill, headlight/grill frame, and front left fender. I decided to replace only was needed and upgrade what I could with the remainder of the insurance money. Here you will see the outcome of the 2.5 FatBob's springs, OME trim spacers, and many cans of bedliner.
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Unread 05-14-2015, 03:54 PM   #8
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After having a TERRIBLE experience with JD Murray and his "business", Off Road Armor, I contracted a friend to put a Flatlands Winch Bumper together for me. Collectively, we added the stinger and extra radiator support protection.
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Unread 05-14-2015, 03:56 PM   #9
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And to bring us to the most recent upgrades, I invested in a Hi-Lift Jack (and some Hi-Lift accessories), and also some diff armor from RRO.
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Unread 05-14-2015, 04:34 PM   #10
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Looks good man! I like the bumper setup, maybe its a good thing you got in the accident lol.

What are your future plans?
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Unread 05-14-2015, 05:04 PM   #11
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Looks good man! I like the bumper setup, maybe its a good thing you got in the accident lol. What are your future plans?
Thanks! Yeah, I was pissed when I hit that deer but it all worked out.

Near future: TC/Cat skid plate and integrated rockers/sliders. The friend that did my bumper will be doing those as well.

Looking further: steel wheels and 32's. And eventually IRO Critical Path 4in lift.
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Looking good. Suck about the deer, but it looks like you Kept Calm, and modded on.

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Unread 05-14-2015, 06:03 PM   #13
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Been waiting for this for awhile. Thanks for getting it started! Love the new look since moving from the UC springs. Did you end up selling the springs? I already got some but was curious anyway. Did you notice any difference with the 4 hole injectors? Every place I've read about those it's been for the 4.0, not the 4.7.
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Unread 05-14-2015, 06:20 PM   #14
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Looking good. Suck about the deer, but it looks like you Kept Calm, and modded on. - Fellow Chiver
I did indeed! Thanks!
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Unread 05-14-2015, 06:25 PM   #15
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Been waiting for this for awhile. Thanks for getting it started! Love the new look since moving from the UC springs. Did you end up selling the springs? I already got some but was curious anyway. Did you notice any difference with the 4 hole injectors? Every place I've read about those it's been for the 4.0, not the 4.7.
I'm really liking the extra height. Not a huge amount but it helps.

I still have the UCs, had potential buyers but no follow through from them.

I love the injectors. Did them on the 4.0 in my old ZJ so I gave them a shot in the 4.7. Starts quicker and the powerband seems wider and smoother.
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