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TX-WJ 05-14-2009 12:09 AM

TX-WJ's build thread.
 
Been around for a while, and couldn't sleep tonite, so I finally get to start my build thread :p.

So far I have owned 3 WJs, started with a graphite '99 Laredo, loved that color, kept it stock until I sold it; old pic of me and the missus. (The MK3 '97 Jetta in the background, GLS 2.0 5spMT; my first love, gone but never forgotten)

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...riaJan02-1.jpg

Then came the silver '03 Laredo, bought it new for $29K :eek: (worst deal I ever made on a car :brickwall), started wrenching on it, 2"BB+UC, MX6s, JKS Disco's, rear Addco, 32 ATs, freedom conversion LOL; was fun while it lasted, lots of mudding, minor dents.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0486.jpg

But with the 4.slow and 32s, major loss in power came (was my DD then), started thinking about re-gearing the 30/35, but after pricing the gears/install opted to look for an '04 with the V8; then I found her........







My current WJ is a steel blue pearlcoat V8 4.7 Ltd., what a joy it was stock on the freeway, plenty of power for such a heavy rig; got her on Sept '07 for $15K with 37K mi on the odo; sold the '03 for $10K with 65K mi on it :D.



The build sheet:

Quote:

Dear David:

Thank you for contacting the Chrysler Customer Assistance Center
requesting the build sheet for your 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee.


According to our records, your vehicle was equipped from the factory
with the following:

*XL Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats
-L5 Taupe
ADE Cold Weather Group
AFFS Luxury Group
AHX Trailer Tow Group IV
APAS Monotone Paint
A82P 4.7L Eng (EVA)/5Spd A/T 5-45Rfe(DGQ)
BAZS 136 Amp Alternator
BC6S 625 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
BRYS Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
CACS Low Back Bucket Seats
CBWS Highline Door Trim Panel
CFNS Rear 60/40 Folding Seat
CGUS Child Seat Anchor System-LATCH Ready
CG1S Next Gen Multistage Front Air Bags**
CKDS Floor Carpet
CKNS Cargo Compartment Carpet
CKTS Cargo Tie Down Loops
CLES Front & Rear Floor Mats
CLGS Covered Cargo Storage
CLHS Cargo Trim Panel w/Storage Net
CLPS Door Sill Scuff Pads
CSCS Cargo Compartment Cover
CSRS Passenger Assist Handles
CUDS Mini Overhead Console
CUFS Full Length Floor Console
DGES All 5-Speed Automatic Transmissions
DGQ 5-Spd Automatic 545RFE Transmission
DHAS Lock-Up Torque Converter
DHFS Quadra-Trac II On Demand 4WD System
DJJS Dana 30/186MM Front Axle
DMEP 3.73 Axle Ratio
DRKP Dana 44/226MM Rear Axle
EVA 4.7L V8 MPI Engine
GBBS Tinted Windshield Glass
GCBS Front Door Tinted Glass
GEGS Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass
GEPS Flipper Liftgate Glass
GFAS Rear Window Defroster
GNCS Sun Visors w/Illum Vanity Mirrors
GNKS Rear View Auto Dim Mirror
GT3S Power Mirrors, Fold-Away
GWA Power Sunroof
GXMS Remote Keyless Entry
GXXS Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System
HAFS Air Cond ATC w/Dual Zone Control
HGAS Hood Insulation
HGDS Deluxe Insulation Group
I23S Route 23 - CSX, Jessup, MD
JA6S Electroluminescent Instr Cluster
JCBS 120 MPH Primary Speedometer
JHAS Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers
JHBS Rear Window Wiper/Washer
JJBS Dual Note Electric Horns
JJJP 12V Auxiliary Power Outlet
JKAS Locking Glove Box
JKPS 12V Auxiliary Power Outlet
JKYS Power Accessory Delay
JPBS Power Locks
JPDS Power Windows, Driver One-Touch
JRHP Pwr 10 Htd Mem Drvr 6-Way Pass Seats
K4QS STRIPE/BADGE/MOLDING COLOR
LACS Illuminated Entry
LAGS Warning Chime
LAZP Vehicle Information Center
LBBS Courtesy Lamps
LBCS Glove Box Lamp
LCES Rear Courtesy/Reading Lamps
LDBS Cargo Compartment Lamp
LETP Traveler/Mini Trip Computer
LEWS Radio/Driver Seat/Mirrors Memory
LMBS Halogen Headlamps
LMGP Automatic Headlamps
LNJS Fog Lamps
LPSS CHMSL Lamp
LSAS Security Alarm
MDAS Front License Plate Bracket
MFZS Bright Grille
MHAS Black Windshield Moldings
MT2S Trail Rated Badge
MVAS Limited Badge
MVBS Grand Cherokee Badge
MVCS Jeep Badge
MVEP V-8 Badge
MWES Side Roof Rails
MWTS 4X4 Badge
NAS 50 State Emissions
NBGP Federal Tier 2, Bin 9A Emissions
NFPS 20.5 Gallon Fuel Tank
NHFP Power Steering Cooler
NHMS Speed Control
NMHP Hydraulic Engine Cooling
PBQ Steel Blue Pearl Coat
QBQS Steel Blue Pearl Coat
RAAC All Radio Equipped Vehicles
RBP AM/FM Cass/CD Radio w/Changer Ctrl
RCES Infinity Speakers
RDDS Fixed Long Mast Antenna
RDZP Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Ctrls
SBAS Power Rack and Pinion Steering
SCLS Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
SDAS Normal Duty Suspension
SUAS Tilt Steering Column
TBBS Full Size Spare Tire
TBLS Inside Mounted Spare Tire
TSVS P235/65R17 BSW AS Perf Tires
TZHP Michelin Brand Tires
WF1P 17" Steel Spare Wheel
WGPS 17X7.5 Alum Silver Accent Wheels
WLYC All Steel Wheels
WLZC All Aluminum Wheels
XFHP Class IV Receiver Hitch
XFKP 7 Pin Wiring Harness
XFLP 7 to 4 Pin Wiring Adaptor
XGDP Universal Garage Door Opener
XPFS Protective Coating and Remover
YAAS Build To U S Market Specifications
YGCA 7 Additional Gallons of Gas
ZKGP Spring - Left Front
ZKYP Spring - Left Rear
ZYGP Spring - Right Front
ZYYP Spring - Right Rear
Z6BP GVW/Payload Rating
04HA FAM: LH TRACKING: 20823L06 MY:2003
04IA FAM: LH TRACKING: 20814L05 MY:2003
1AAS U.S. Dealer Retail
135S Zone 35-Washington
2TGA Customer Preferred Package 2TG
28G Customer Preferred Package 28G
3C3A V-8 Bonus Discount
32FA Limited Equipment Discount
39BA New Price Tracking
5I1S WJ-Vehicle Family
5I4S Four Wheel Drive (4WD)/(4X4)
5I8S Left Hand Drive (LHD)
594S Vehicle Order Tracking
6USS Label - U.S. Specifications
621S Maryland State Code
921S Maryland State Code


If I can be of any further assistance please let me know.

Thanks again for your email.

Sincerely,

Senior Staff Representative
Chrysler Customer Assistance Center



Here's the window sticker:


http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...2/IMG_0830.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...2/IMG_0829.jpg






And here she is, in its pure "stock" form (sidesteps installed by the PO :teehee:; as a first mod, those sidesteps have to go).

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0472.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...100_0481-1.jpg


In with the new, out with the old:

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0489.jpg

more to come....

TX-WJ 05-14-2009 12:12 AM

Rocking her stock:

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0530.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0546.jpg

Oh yeah, I forgot, some tint went in the first week, gotta keep my wheeling buddies cool in the summer :cool:.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0526.jpg

Posers 05-14-2009 12:13 AM

Looks good

TX-WJ 05-14-2009 12:16 AM

Then the process started; transplanted the 3" lift from the '03 to the '04; that was a long weekend, which ended with a sore back and a big smile on my face LOL.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0677.jpg


Got some chrome mopar towhooks:

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0684.jpg


Added tera bumpstops front and rear, they suck!, what a waste of money :thumbdown:, too short to do anything at 3"; should've gone with IROs custom ones.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0668.jpg


Added the JKS adjustable trackbar while I was there, since was dogtracking a little at 3":

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0669.jpg


Redrilled holes for the washer bottle mounting bolts on it's stock location and was able to move it forward about 1"; still alive and well to this day with the 32s fully stuffed; but will need to get a bottle inside the engine bay for the next phase of the build.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0674.jpg


Tossed in the front Addco and added grease zerks to the mounting brackets since the poly bushings that it came with would squeak like crazy after a few days.....especially after water crossing with the heep :nono:. (Had to drill the front addco holes to fit the JKS disco pins as the bolts were bigger than the addco's holes, what a pain!, make sure you have some sharp cobalt drillbit for this, I think it was 1/2").

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0680.jpg


Getting her dirty after the lift and wheel/tire transplant:

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...100_0737-1.jpg

SnowLeopard 05-14-2009 12:18 AM

I love the color. You need the Freedom Edition wheels though. They look better. I'm just saying. I love them even more than my Canyons, and I thought I'd never love a wheel more. Simple, sophisticated, sharp.

You know, I like pics of the interior, also. I know it's not everyone's favorite thing on JF, but I love to see a well outfitted interior. Is it charcoal or regular gray? I've never liked tan, but I'll forgive you if yours is that color. ;)

Now for the 'upgrades'...

TX-WJ 05-14-2009 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SnowLeopard (Post 7218081)
I love the color. You need the Freedom Edition wheels though. They look better. I'm just saying. I love them even more than my Canyons, and I thought I'd never love a wheel more. Simple, sophisticated, sharp.

You know, I like pics of the interior, also. I know it's not everyone's favorite thing on JF, but I love to see a well outfitted interior. Is it charcoal or regular gray? I've never liked tan, but I'll forgive you if yours is that color. ;)

Now for the 'upgrades'...

Sorry, still working/building the thread, yes, the freedom wheels passed on to the '04; gray interior, pics of interior will come :-P

TX-WJ 05-14-2009 01:43 AM

Painted the inner grille gunmetal to match the wheels; also swaped the Laredo black housing headlights from the '03 and got rid of the ugly chrome ones on the Ltd. (I wonder if the lady that bought the '03 ever noticed that :D).

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0745.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0722.jpg


OME SD40 SS (sat too low):

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0790.jpg


Flipped the brackets on the TR to get better clearance; helped some but still managed to hit the SS on the rocks, 32s" FTL :p.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../102208030.jpg

Wife's '05 Z71 burban in the backgraound, AKA the great white :cool:.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../102208034.jpg


Driver side tire stuffed, testing the bumpstop extensions..... not even close :-(

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/100_0808.jpg

To be continued....

sandman 05-14-2009 02:20 AM

that kid seat looks comfy.

TX-WJ 05-14-2009 07:06 AM

Then scored some JKS supernerfs for cheap on craigslist, I think I paid $150 for them, were never installed by seller; of course, I put them backwards thanks to the infamous mislabel issue :brickwall; they still work pretty good though, again some sharp drillbits and a right angle drill are a must for this one; I added some extra pinchweld self tapping screws for good measure (has provisions for only 2 screws per side out of the box). Best money ever spent on armor fo shoo!, have saved my butt countless times.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../072508002.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../072508005.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...s/IMG_1132.jpg


Finally tracked down and fixed the stupid clunking up front; superglued some rubber washers to each side of the JKS QDs top and bottom, and voila, clunk free (until the Aussie install that is :-P).

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...s/IMG_1143.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...s/IMG_1142.jpg


Flipped and pushed the fog lights forward to save them from the tires, and trimmed the bumper cover at the "rubbing corner":
(More details on it here.)

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../090908015.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../090908017.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../090908025.jpg

TX-WJ 05-14-2009 09:32 PM

Then came some interior misc. stuff.

All weather mats (F/R) and trunk liner: (forgive the dirt :o)

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../102208036.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../102208024.jpg


One of my favorite mods, the RB1 (E-bay $600ish) with iPhone integration and MP3 10CD changer; oddly enough the limited was the only one of my WJs not to have factory CD changer :confused:, but that's OK cause the one on the '03s crapped out after 3 yrs: (The iPod cable is now shrink wrapped in black to blend it in).

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...33008009-1.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...33008013-1.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...s033008016.jpg

lakailimited06 05-14-2009 09:36 PM

how bout that 44a lol

TX-WJ 05-14-2009 09:48 PM

On to the lights.

E-bay projectors with HIR bulbs; also swapped fog bulbs for 9005s :cool:: (some more info here.)

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...pLights038.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...33008035-2.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../052208032.jpg


Will prolly unhook the halos eventually, but figure I'd rock'em for a while :-P, oh yeah, also swapped the sidemarker white LEDs for ambers.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../052208038.jpg


De-ambered and quad tails: (more info on the quads here.)

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../051908059.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../051908054.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../051908064.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...40408029-2.jpg

TX-WJ 05-14-2009 09:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lakailimited06 (Post 7224207)
how bout that 44a lol

Still torn last time I checked, LOL.

lakailimited06 05-14-2009 09:53 PM

haha i had plans but i think im just going to gear the 30/35 for now and run my 31's, maybe 32's max...

TX-WJ 05-14-2009 09:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lakailimited06 (Post 7224350)
haha i had plans but i think im just going to gear the 30/35 for now and run my 31's, maybe 32's max...

Good luck, I'll letcha kno when I swap it out either way jst n case :thumbsup:.


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