WJ=Wifes Jeep. WJChris' Slow Build - JeepForum.com

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 135 Old 05-15-2010, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
WJChris
Registered User
 
WJChris's Avatar
2000 WJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Posts: 2,808
WJ=Wifes Jeep. WJChris' Slow Build

I never thought I would do this, but I like the idea of having something to look back at down the road.

The WJ was purchased sometime in 2006, to be the Wife's Jeep. Since then she has started commuting, so I get the Jeep now! My first mod was a BB from the classifieds and I rode that for a couple months until I couldn't stand the DT8000 shocks anymore. The next year or so the Jeep remained stock.

A few months ago I decided the family needed a way to get out and explore. My plans are to keep with a more expedition type Jeep. I always liked the idea of running around the mountains for days, without seeing anyone else.

First, the budget will only allow for a mild 3" lift. I opted to contact Nick at Kolak and he sent me over some OME 3" coils, JKS trackbar, and Rubicon Express shocks. Now I can fit the 265/70/16 General Grabber AT2 tires.

Next, i had some free time to raise the gas tank, since the spare no longer fit inside, and the idea to use it as storage didn't suit me because I don't like the idea of having to pull everything out to get under the floor.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ +
Images are here:

http://photobucket.com/WJGasTank

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ +

Next we cut the factory skid out along the sides, then we drilled a 2" hole and 1.25" holes where the hoses are to run through the "frame". We decided it best to run some pipe as conduit through the bare holes. Next we trimmed the filler tubes to prevent the hose from kinking. Next we removed the filler neck and cut it to length.

Once the skid was out, it was time to cut it up and re-attach it. We cut out about 6 inches. After we welded it and re-painted it, we raised it up, installed the gas lines and inside filler lines

Now since I have no spare, I ordered the KOR stealth rear bumper with tire carrier and the roof rack from Kolak. I will update in a couple months after I get them installed.


Last edited by WJChris; 07-08-2010 at 07:48 PM.
WJChris is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 135 Old 05-15-2010, 06:50 PM
JeepontheRocks
Registered User
2002 WJ 
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Erie, Pa
Posts: 115
Looks good! I was planning on doing the gas tank raise once I build a tire carrier so I have somewhere to put the spare.

2002 Limited WJ

JeepontheRocks is offline  
post #3 of 135 Old 05-15-2010, 07:59 PM
justkiddin
Registered User
2003 WJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Charelston, SC
Posts: 94
It does look good
justkiddin is offline  
post #4 of 135 Old 05-22-2010, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
WJChris
Registered User
 
WJChris's Avatar
2000 WJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Posts: 2,808
Still waiting for some parts, so I decided to add some "camping" lights to the rear hatch.
Attached Thumbnails
DSC05774 (Medium).JPG   DSC05776 (Medium).JPG  
WJChris is offline  
post #5 of 135 Old 05-22-2010, 03:38 PM
theksmith
Registered User
2003 WJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 1,701
i like those camping lights! i was planning to do the same thing, but with a strip from oznium.com... where did you get those flush mount pods?
theksmith is offline  
post #6 of 135 Old 05-22-2010, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
WJChris
Registered User
 
WJChris's Avatar
2000 WJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Posts: 2,808
I found them at Home Depot. $35 for the set. During the day, they don't do much. I was a little bummed, but when I lit them up at night, WOW!

I had to take them apart to mount them flush, its was easy to figure out.

Hampton Bay 3-light LED Task and accent lighting kit PN: 980 984
WJChris is offline  
post #7 of 135 Old 05-22-2010, 06:24 PM
MoonyJohn
Web Wheeler
 
MoonyJohn's Avatar
2004 WJ 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: West Linn
Posts: 7,387
Thats a neat idea! I actually might use this hatch on my dub since it works, might end up doing this someday. How easy was it to install for wiring? Did the wiring make it to the battery?

"Water covers 3/4 of the earth, Jeep covers the rest"
MoonyJohn is offline  
post #8 of 135 Old 05-23-2010, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
WJChris
Registered User
 
WJChris's Avatar
2000 WJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Posts: 2,808
Quote:
Originally Posted by MoonyJohn View Post
How easy was it to install for wiring? Did the wiring make it to the battery?
Very easy. I pulled the +12v from the outlet already there. Its fused for 20A, and the lights are only .1A each. I pulled 2 18ga wires up the C pillar, across the top and fished them through the stock rubber boot that is used for the rest of the hatch electronics. Make sure you plan on some sort of disconnect in the wire near the hatch, so you can pull the trim and not have to cut the wires!
WJChris is offline  
post #9 of 135 Old 05-23-2010, 06:47 PM
Whiskeypete
Registered User
2012 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 156
looks really good chris....looking forward to seeing the transformation
Whiskeypete is offline  
post #10 of 135 Old 05-24-2010, 06:58 PM
RedRock527
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Springfield, MO
Posts: 713
I wish the ZJ's had a cig lighter in the back...

Looks really nice.

96 ZJ : IRO 3.5in Lift, 31x10.5 General Grabber AT2's, ARB Front Bumper, XRC10 winch, other misc mods.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/redrocks-build-thread-1031758/
http://www.youtube.com/user/Bulletsrain?feature=moby
RedRock527 is offline  
post #11 of 135 Old 05-24-2010, 09:41 PM
ras2001wj
Registered User
 
ras2001wj's Avatar
2001 WJ 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: North Olmsted, Ohio
Posts: 1,923
where are the lit up pics?

Rick

2001 WJ Laredo 4.0
2" BB
245/75R16


Ron Paul
2012
"Freedoms Popular"
ras2001wj is offline  
post #12 of 135 Old 05-24-2010, 10:01 PM
straty1987
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,521
lights look good. have any night pics?

how many LED's are there in every assemble?
how hard was it to get the wire going down the hatch form the top?

did you remove any of the stuff that's in the hatch?


Thanks
straty1987 is offline  
post #13 of 135 Old 05-24-2010, 10:16 PM
GhostKnife
Registered User
2012 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: St Clair
Posts: 597
NICE build so far, loving the lights!
GhostKnife is offline  
post #14 of 135 Old 05-24-2010, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
WJChris
Registered User
 
WJChris's Avatar
2000 WJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Posts: 2,808
Quote:
Originally Posted by ras2001wj View Post
where are the lit up pics?
See attahced, my pictures didnt come out too nice. there are nicer images in the other thread here:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/e...ights-1031311/

Quote:
Originally Posted by straty1987 View Post
lights look good. have any night pics?

how many LED's are there in every assemble?
how hard was it to get the wire going down the hatch form the top?

did you remove any of the stuff that's in the hatch?


Thanks
10 LED's per light. The wiring was extremely easy, the upper C pillar panel pulls right off, the rear header panel also just pulls off. The only screws were on the lower rear panels, and the door.

I didn't remove anything from stock, just patched this in.
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_2542 (Medium).jpg  
WJChris is offline  
post #15 of 135 Old 05-24-2010, 11:53 PM
straty1987
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,521
Quote:
Originally Posted by WJChris View Post
10 LED's per light. The wiring was extremely easy, the upper C pillar panel pulls right off, the rear header panel also just pulls off. The only screws were on the lower rear panels, and the door.

I didn't remove anything from stock, just patched this in.
thanks, ill get to this some day lol. been working on off road lights in the front and make making the jeep more trail ready.

but i thought it would be a little hard getting the cable down the hatch panel
straty1987 is offline  
Reply

Tags
gas tank raise , grand cherokee , kolak , lift , wjchris

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
My slow zj build Erbo1Kanerbo Grand Cherokee General Discussion 564 05-10-2013 07:46 AM
from 235s to 31s. made my jeep slow GrandJC78 ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 2 06-30-2008 06:49 AM
my jeep is slow! GrandJC78 ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 3 06-27-2008 07:17 PM
will 31s slow down my jeep? froadin orvis ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 17 06-16-2008 02:29 PM
Stumbling 4.0 in wifes GC? NYJeeper ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 2 03-12-2003 05:51 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome