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Unread 07-26-2011, 11:25 PM   #76
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Oh! I thought it had a 4 inch kit on it. I was just gonna aim for 31s and a 3 inch. And those hood vents at def cool. But I'm to scared to cut into my hood lol
Nope, just OME HD springs and Bilstein 5125 shocks. Anything higher and I'd have had to mess with track bar and sway bars etc. and just didn't feel like replacing the whole suspension since I'll never do any extreme rock crawling. Just like it to look good, ride good, and be capable offroad when necessary. And not cost much. I'm pretty nervous about cutting a perfectly nice and clean hood especially since I've never messed with anything like that before. Soon I'll get to it hopefully.

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Unread 12-08-2012, 02:53 PM   #77
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I've been seriously neglecting this build thread lately. Not done too much though. I've picked up a set of black aftermarket headlights that I'm going to retrofit with bi-xenon morimoto mini HID projectors I picked up for a song from theretrofitsource along with ballast harness and bulbs. They've been sitting around for some time just waiting for me to get to them.

The headlights I got are the standard amber corner reflector amber lower turn signals you see on all Laredos. Im gonna paint the chrome projector shrouds black. When I get them apart I'd like to find a way to get them like these so they'll be all black when off. Painting or tinting the corner reflector should be no prob I'm just curious about getting the lower turn signal portion to appear black but still function at normal brightness. I'm not to keen on tinting the lenses as it'll just serve to cut the light output I'm working to increase.
Soon I hope.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 03:04 PM   #78
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I finally took the leap and installed the Pontiac GTP hood vents I'd been mulling over forever now. I'll tell you cutting into a perfectly good hood is no easy task. With some careful measurement and placement I got them on. I'll be honest it was much messier than I had hoped. The Pontiac vent louvers protrude below the hood level making the exact cutting a real PITA. The first side was a learning process. The second went much better. I'd like to take them off and do some more cutting to allow for better air flow when I get a chance. They're in, they look good and they're functional. I took full step by step photos on my camera. I just need to upload them so I can do a full write up.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 03:10 PM   #79
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I still have the 5.9 vent I had planned on using at first. I'm looking to get $120 shipped as that's what I have in them. If I could do it all over I'd use these instead. They're at least 2x as sturdy as the Pontiac vents. The louvers don't protrude below the hood so mounting is WAY easier and this also allows for much better air flow and functionality. I went with the looks of the Pontiac vents but these are definitely the better choice.
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Unread 01-11-2013, 08:09 PM   #80
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Any updates ?
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Unread 08-19-2013, 08:20 PM   #81
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Finally got my Westin brush guard mounted. Only took a year or so to get it on. Lol. You can see from the pics my beefed up mounting brackets and I actually ended up cutting part of the original brackets to use as a backing plate. Most of the hardware is grade 8 except a few bits cuz the hardware store ran out. I'll replace those parts later. Eventually I plane on mounting recovery hooks That is why the brackets are so stout. Trust me, I'm 280 and I can hang from it with zero flex.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 07:10 AM   #82
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Have a full write up for the hood louvers

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Unread 08-22-2013, 09:47 AM   #83
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Yeah I've been meaning to. I've got a bunch of pics. Not sure I ever loaded them on my computer. I'll get on it.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #84
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Yeah I've been meaning to. I've got a bunch of pics. Not sure I ever loaded them on my computer. I'll get on it.
Ok cool thanks I've had these louvers for over a year and I want to get them on

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Unread 08-22-2013, 03:25 PM   #85
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Finally got my Westin brush guard mounted. Only took a year or so to get it on. Lol. You can see from the pics my beefed up mounting brackets and I actually ended up cutting part of the original brackets to use as a backing plate. Most of the hardware is grade 8 except a few bits cuz the hardware store ran out. I'll replace those parts later. Eventually I plane on mounting recovery hooks That is why the brackets are so stout. Trust me, I'm 280 and I can hang from it with zero flex.
This thread is making me miss my 2003 Overland. I wish I would have kept it to build up...Anyways looking real good!
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Unread 08-22-2013, 03:37 PM   #86
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Thanks. It's moving at a snails pace at this point. I've got a box full of parts and projects I've collected and either not started or finished. Lost my ambition I guess. Also got a boat that needs constant crisis resolution.
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Unread 09-15-2013, 09:04 PM   #87
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Towed my boat from Baltimore to my parents house in Central PA to store it and hit it with some bottom paint this winter. 2 and half hours on major highways. Little bit of wiggle now and then but the HO worked like a beast. The boat is 3850lbs dry, not sure about the trailer but with 50 gal of fuel in it I'd say it's heads or tails which was heavier, my Jeep or the load I was pulling. My folks driveway is pretty steep and rough dirt mountain road so there was some serious tire spinning in low on the last quarter mile but alls well.

Flushing my coolant and refilling with dealer HOAT tomorrow. Hope to knock out new plugs and maybe the fuel filter if I don't encounter too many snags. Also have some black Laredo headlamps and weather tech mats to throw in. Try to remember to snap pics.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 04:32 PM   #88
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Well I cleaned the hell out of her today. My dad has a power washer that's just perfectly underpowered for car washing. Amazing the filth hiding in panel joints and on the roof gutters where the Mexican car wash workers can't reach. I washed, shined and put in my Weather Tech liners. The cargo liner covers my oversize spare hatch that stood up a little. Nice that the cargo liner has outlines for the cargo tie downs which cut out easily with an exacto knife. Now everything is neat and organized and securely tied down.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 05:08 PM   #89
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I've been seriously neglecting this build thread lately. Not done too much though. I've picked up a set of black aftermarket headlights that I'm going to retrofit with bi-xenon morimoto mini HID projectors I picked up for a song from theretrofitsource along with ballast harness and bulbs. They've been sitting around for some time just waiting for me to get to them.

The headlights I got are the standard amber corner reflector amber lower turn signals you see on all Laredos. Im gonna paint the chrome projector shrouds black. When I get them apart I'd like to find a way to get them like these so they'll be all black when off. Painting or tinting the corner reflector should be no prob I'm just curious about getting the lower turn signal portion to appear black but still function at normal brightness. I'm not to keen on tinting the lenses as it'll just serve to cut the light output I'm working to increase.
Soon I hope.

please document your retrofit with lots of pics when you do it!
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Unread 09-30-2013, 11:24 AM   #90
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I'm hoping to tackle my headlight retrofit when I get home from sea Wednesday or shortly thereafter. In the meantime I'm stuck on the boat for two weeks with little to do for long stretches. Recently to keep myself occupied I decided to try some photoshopping experiments on my jeep. I used some free iPhone artstudio app just to fool around and see how some things would look. They're pretty crude as I've got little skill and fat fingers trying to paint on my iPhone but it gives the general idea. If I have some free time the idea was to really start blacking everything out I said I would when I first got the jeep years ago.

In the first pic I always wanted to black out the fog light openings and the lower fascia opening as the bumpers lines really seem to ask for it. The brush guard is on now so you'd hardly see the lower fascia opening. I have no intention of tinting my fog lights as that would kind of defeat their purpose but I'm still thinking about these black projector halo fogs(no halo hooked up of course) so I darkened them to see how it would look. Also my HID retrofits will be almost entirely black (inside not the lens) so I darkened them too. I'm quite pleased with it. Crude as it may be.

In the second pic I blacked out the door pillars in between the windows as well as the rear cargo vent. < Not sold on that one, looks like a range rover or BMW ripoff. I blacked the door handles which I really like and which are already scratched up enough to justify it. The fuel door and long chrome horizontal trim on both doors I don't think I like either. The chrome door trim I believe is just 3M'd on so I might just remove that and black out the grand cherokee and trail rated badge. My Overland badges look terrible but they're expensive to replace though I'll probably still do it cuz I don't want to be confused with a limited. Lol. And then a light tint on the tail lights.

What do you think? Got some plastidipping to do? Also I'm torn between doing this all in flat black or glossy. I really love flat black even though its getting way too popular I think it looks awesome. I'm really considering redoing the grill brush guard rock rails and all these accents in flat black. I think it'd look mean. Not excited about redoing all the wheels flat though. That's a lot of work.
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