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Unread 04-22-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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2002 WJ Build

Decieded to make a thread to track all my progression. I've done alot since I first got it, but there is still more to go. My jeep has 133,xxx on it and is my first Jeep. Well when I first got it, I changed all the fluids, and changed the oil. I then painted my cladding to make it look better since it was all faded. Then I got my lift kit, I got a 2 inch spacer lift kit made by Daystar, and new shocks, Ranchos. I also installed new Isolators. I then decieded to paint my wheels to match the cladding. This is where I am at now, When I did my lift, the front coil mounts were rusted off so I need to create something to act as mounts.

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Unread 04-22-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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This is a write up on how I painted my cladding. I first wanted to paint my cladding because the old cladding was so faded and looked horrible. And I new in the future I was either going to buy black rims or paint the ones I have. So I went with Kylon Fusion Satin Black paint. I bought 5 cans of paint.

Steps:

1) Clean off the cladding with a hose and dry it.
2) Sand it down with a fine grit sand-paper, and then clean it off with paint thinner.
3) Tape off everything you don't want to get paint on.
4) Apply your first coat and wait 10-20 min to dry.
5) Paint another coat and wait 10-20 min again.
6) Repeat step 5 until you have your desired look, usually it will be on your 3rd or 4th coat.
7) Let it dry for about 30 min and take off the tape.
8) Enjoy your new look!

I didn't do a clear coat or anything, and its been holding up really well. I also painted all the door handels and mirrors to match. The key to a good job is prep work. Make sure you take your time with cleaning and taping it off and it will come out great!
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Unread 04-22-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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This is a write up on how I painted my Wheels. I wanted to paint my wheels becuase I liked the way it'd look with the silver paint and the black cladding. I used the same paint as I did on the cladding, Kylon Fusion Satin Black. So here are the steps I did to paint my wheels.

Steps:

1) Jack up the front of the car and take off the front 2 wheels.
2) Clean he wheels with windex.
3) Sand the wheels down with a medium grit sand paper.
4) Clean the wheels with paint thinner.
5) Let air out of the wheels so you can put index cards inbetween the wheel and tire.
6) Use Kylon Fusion Self-etching Primer, and apply 1 coat, and let sit 20 min.
7) Apply another coat of primer and let sit 20 min.
8) Do a light coat of Satin Black, let sit 20 min.
9) Another coat of black and let sit 20 min.
10) Repeat step 9 one or two more times, up to you.
11) After you let it sit, apply 1 coat of Kylon Fusion Clear Coat, let sit 20 min.
12) Apply one last coat of clear.
13) Let sit for about 45 min and then put it back on the car.
14) Repeat steps 1-13 for rear wheels.
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Unread 04-23-2012, 07:30 PM   #4
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So today my rear brakelight went out, this happened last week, and I just banged on the tail light and it magically came back on.. This time though, first time I taped the tail light it crack. So I just ordered a new tail light and bulb. Anyways I just bought some 3 inch pipe, I couldnt find it anywhere so I bought it off the internet. Hopefully I can fix the coil mounts now.
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Unread 04-23-2012, 08:52 PM   #5
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dude can u tell me how u painted ur wheels that looks GOOD and can u tell me how much it cost to get that spacer lift and new shocks and did u put it on urself
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Unread 04-24-2012, 11:51 AM   #6
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Steps:

1) Jack up the front of the car and take off the front 2 wheels.
2) Clean he wheels with windex.
3) Sand the wheels down with a medium grit sand paper.
4) Clean the wheels with paint thinner.
5) Let air out of the wheels so you can put index cards inbetween the wheel and tire.
6) Use Kylon Fusion Self-etching Primer, and apply 1 coat, and let sit 20 min.
7) Apply another coat of primer and let sit 20 min.
8) Do a light coat of Satin Black, let sit 20 min.
9) Another coat of black and let sit 20 min.
10) Repeat step 9 one or two more times, up to you.
11) After you let it sit, apply 1 coat of Kylon Fusion Clear Coat, let sit 20 min.
12) Apply one last coat of clear.
13) Let sit for about 45 min and then put it back on the car.
14) Repeat steps 1-13 for rear wheels.

And as for the lift, it cost me $475. Talk to Kolak, he can give you my setup, 4 Rancho Shocks, Daystar 2 inch spacer lift, and all 8 isolators. He is a great guy with great deals.


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dude can u tell me how u painted ur wheels that looks GOOD and can u tell me how much it cost to get that spacer lift and new shocks and did u put it on urself
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Unread 04-26-2012, 06:21 PM   #7
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I had my front mounts fixed today by a friend of mine, next stop, mountains!
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2002 WJ - Daystar 2" Spacers, Rancho 5000 Shocks, Hankook Dynapro 31.5" Tires, Homemade Quick-Disco's.
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Unread 04-28-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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First time I hit the trails with my 2inch lift. It worked great, I just need some bigger tires.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 10:16 AM   #9
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So today I wanted to make a more permanent spot for my cb radio. I used to just keep it wedged inbetween the seat and console, but it was sloppy looking and always moved around. I've seen people take out the ash tray and put it in there. So, since I don't smoke or anything, I did that too. I just popped off the dash, cut the ash tray out to fit it, and put it in. It looks really good and is in there snug.
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Unread 05-02-2012, 06:21 PM   #10
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Just ordered my new tires, Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10 P245/75R-16 109T OWL!
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Unread 05-06-2012, 04:34 PM   #11
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Bought a new CB Antenna, and made a mount to mount it by the tail light. It is really sturdy and imo looks great. It has better range than that crappy magnetic antenna. I plan on cutting off the square edges to make it round to give it a nicer finish. And my tires will be here tommorrow!
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Unread 05-07-2012, 04:09 PM   #12
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Installed my new tires, looks great! And it gave me about another inch of height.
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Unread 05-13-2012, 10:45 AM   #13
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Here is a better shot of my new tires, and I also painted the diff covers today.
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Unread 05-18-2012, 03:36 PM   #14
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Going to be making some quick disconnects this weekend! Im just removing the lower bolt and replaceing it with a clevis pin.
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Unread 05-20-2012, 04:19 PM   #15
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So I made my Quick Disconnects. While they are connected they make some noise because the clevis pin is a little smaller than the hole. But nothing that electrical tape won't fix. And I went off-roading to test it out, and WOW does the Jeep get more flexed when they are diconnected. Here are some pictures of my WJ with the sway bar disconnected.
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