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Unread 03-29-2012, 10:52 PM   #1
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"The UTE" Build Thread

So I decided to start a build thread just for fun. It's not much of a "build" but at least I can track my progress and get some pointers along the way. This is the first vehicle ive ever worked on so please be easy on the harsh comments as I'm NOT a mechanic in any way.


First off I have a 2004 Limited that I bought with 82,000 miles. It had a 3" IRO lift. The only other thing that wasn't stock was the 17" rims that were black with a machined lip.. I didn't care for them very much so I changed them. since then I have changed several things and I did have pictures of everything but no longer have all of them(decided to upgrade my iPhone and lost all of my pictures) As of today I now have just under 89,000 miles with an IRO 6.5" lift. I will take more pictures of everything and post them when I can.

Also I just bought another WJ recently for my wife and hers will be mostly stock.. but I am going to track her progress on here too.

My Wife's is a 2004 Laredo that we bought with 83,000 miles and was 100% stock. We have only had it a couple weeks and the only mod is tinted tail lights.

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Unread 03-29-2012, 11:05 PM   #2
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Can I trade you grilles off your wife's ride for mine? Just figured we've done business before, maybe we can again. Oh, and thanks for the lift. Just did the ball joints and TRE, and alignment. Now it's fantastic.
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Unread 03-29-2012, 11:10 PM   #3
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haha I don't think a tan grill would look too good on your WJ!! plus her and I both hate chrome. That's why my grille is no longer chrome.

How much did the ball joints and TRE's cost you? I need to do mine soon I think.

ps glad you are enjoying the lift! can I have it back? my wife needs a lift!
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Are those black rims you were talking about for sale?
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Are those black rims you were talking about for sale?
nope I sold them about 5 months ago sorry. they are pretty cheap online though! I actually sold them and bought the exact same ones just in matte black with no machined lip. they are called "Dirty Harry" by REV I think?
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I'm willing to spray it black to match my bumpers. And I'll send you one blacked out grill. TRE and ball joints was about $600 with alignment and I did brakes also.
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I'm willing to spray it black to match my bumpers. And I'll send you one blacked out grill. TRE and ball joints was about $600 with alignment and I did brakes also.
haha no thanks man. you do know that the '04 grill won't fit on your WJ without modification.. it's totally different but I guess it could be done. I'll trade your lift for her grill and that's my final offer.
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Swine will fly and snowballs in HE!!. Sorry cant do it. I guess it's back to scrounging the JY.
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Swine will fly and snowballs in HE!!. Sorry cant do it. I guess it's back to scrounging the JY.
ha! if I see one I'll let you know though.. I'm always headed to a jy
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Here are the oldest pics of the jeep that I still have.. yes the jeep is covered with crap but this is how it looked when I bought it.

The only modifications I had done at this point was the blacked out the chrome up front and installed a cd deck
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Here is the day I got the new wheels on! They are actually the exact same as the old ones but without a machined lip. still on a 3" lift with blown shocks....
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Found a roof rack on the local classifieds and picked it up for a decent price.. It's a mopar roof rack that was on an '08 WK. Bought it for 200 with 4 Hello slim style spot lights already wired in! I looked up the rack and lights online and the whole set up was around 12000 new!

Also used it to pick up a couple Christmas trees last year!

I sanded down the front bumper and Herculined it and love the look! and I tinted the tail lights and gave the headlights an "angry" look with the tint.

Also picked up a hi-lift jack on the local classifieds as well.
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Got my IRO critical path long arm lift and an alignment.
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On my way to some military training I parked next to a smaller WJ and decided that I needed to take some pictures. Also I now have a shovel and axe mounted to the roof rack with "quick fists"
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Sanded and Herculined the rear bumper.. left some of it body color and I really like how it turned out!
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