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Unread 04-21-2014, 07:41 PM   #1
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2003 WJ Off-Road Minivan

So I just recently sold my 2005 LJ because we recently had a child and I needed a 4-door. My goal with this vehicle is similar to my LJ build. The Jeep needs to be a solid daily driver as it will be 90% on-road, and a sleeper wheeler. When I decided I wanted a 4-door I couldn't decide between an XJ or WJ. I previously had an XJ but couldn't find one without a ton of miles. I test drove some 4.0 WJ's and they seemed under powered. Then I found this Jeep:

2003 WJ Laredo
Color: Granite
89xxx miles
4.7L V8
Selec Trac T-case
5 Speed Auto Transmission
D44a rear axle
Tow package (3.73 gear upgrade)

I feel like I got all the options with this Jeep that I wanted with the 4.7, 242 and 3.73 gears.

My first modification goal will be lift and tires. I plan on an IRO 3" lift and adjust the bumpstops for 32" tires.

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Unread 04-21-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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Modifications:

Suspension:
OME HD 3" Springs
Bilstein 5100 Shocks
IRO Adjustable front Trac Bar
IRO Rear sway bar links

Tires:
Goodyear Duratrac 245/75/16
Stock 16" Silverblade Wheels


Electrical:
USB Outlet purchased from Amazon.com
Blue Sea Systems PM 5028 Fuse Block

LED Lighting:
Interior: (Superbrightleds.com)
Under dash courtesy: WLED-WHP10
Map lights: WLED-WHP6
Cargo light and above rear doors: 4410-x9

Exterior: (Amazon.com)
Third brake light: Kolite "194"
Reverse light: Aaroncarled Samsung 60w
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Unread 04-21-2014, 07:52 PM   #3
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Looks good! I love this color
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Unread 04-21-2014, 09:58 PM   #4
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Nice clean looking WJ , we have one very similar to yours . I have been thinking of putting some OME springs under ours , what made you decide on IRO?
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Unread 04-22-2014, 04:13 AM   #5
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The IRO kit seems pretty complete. I think I will need the full 3" to squeeze 32's. The OME kit would need spacers to get me that tall. IRO kit is more for less money, and I've read good reviews.
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Unread 04-23-2014, 09:05 AM   #6
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I had the day off today and tinkered with the Jeep some. The struts for the hood and lift gate were shot so I replaced them, it took literally 5 minutes to do both. I took the mountain decal from my TJ and put it on the front fender. Also bug deflector is gone!

Yay for open hood.

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Unread 04-27-2014, 02:07 PM   #7
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I look forward to watching the progress. I am just starting my 2004 WJ build. I have ordered OME custom kit from Kolak and I just picked up a set of 5 2013 Rubi wheels to put on.

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Unread 04-29-2014, 12:01 PM   #8
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I look forward to watching the progress. I am just starting my 2004 WJ build. I have ordered OME custom kit from Kolak and I just picked up a set of 5 2013 Rubi wheels to put on.

Len
I've been wavering back and forth between just getting tires or getting a set of rubi take offs like you did. The only thing for me is I live in a pretty snowy environment and I think a set of bfg at will do better in snow and ice.
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I've been wavering back and forth between just getting tires or getting a set of rubi take offs like you did. The only thing for me is I live in a pretty snowy environment and I think a set of bfg at will do better in snow and ice.
Yeah I am interested to see how the tire performs on wet roads and snow. Fortunately my WJ has been retired as my daily driver, so I am not too concerned. Once they are worn out I would probably go to the DuraTrac tires.

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Unread 04-29-2014, 03:01 PM   #10
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I like the rubi take off wheels better, but I don't hate the silver blades so I will probably stick with them and spend the money I save on some rock rails.
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Sub'd, can't get enough of WJ builds. That WJ looks really clean and rust free.

Like where this is goin....
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Unread 05-03-2014, 08:14 PM   #12
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Homemade disconnects:

Edited to ADD: This didn't work, I aborted it. The bolt hole in the brackets were too big and the sway bar clanked around too much. I will be going with JKS Discos.

Utilized a 1/2" pin. The interior dimensions of the sway bars are 0.47" so I had to grind the pin down some.

Parts:


Result:


Now I need to figure out something to do with the sway bar when it is disconnected.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 02:12 PM   #13
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Small update:

Nifty Catch All Floor mats




Next: replacing interior lights with LED's
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Unread 05-08-2014, 09:33 PM   #14
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Tonights Mod: beginning interior LED light conversion.

I got these lights from superbrightleds they have a nifty vehicle replacement guide. You can pick your make model and year, and they list the light locations and LED replacements. Note, the WJ is not a CAN BUS system, so do not pick those LEDs. I started with the rear cargo lights and the "courtesy" lights above the rear door handles. The lights are brighter than stock and they still perform correctly and dim when I close the doors.

Next I will replace the map bulbs and the under dash lights. I'm not going to fool with the backlights on the dash right now. I then intend to start on exterior LED's, as they have replacement LED bulbs for the stock taillight housings.

Before:



After: (Also I switched to my wife's camera to get a good shot, and ignore the hay in the back)

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Unread 05-09-2014, 07:03 AM   #15
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Wow that's awesome. I know my next mod!
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