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Unread 08-31-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Antisocial Idiot Building a Dub

I'm going to skip the history for now, since I doubt anyone cares to hear about a stock 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7L with a modest sound upgrade living a boring life for 200k miles? I've wanted to do some mods since day 1, but for 7 years, I had money and no time, and for the last 4 years, I've had time, but no money (that's what I get for getting married and losing my business).

The goal is to hit Moab in 2015. I was going to shoot for 2014, but the wallet seems to have other plans. In all reality, I'll probably be stuck on local forest service roads...

So, the wish/to-do list for now...
  • Complete brake rebuild w/Akebono calipers
  • >4" lift
  • big-*** tires
  • Rock Sliders
  • Tank Lift
  • Front bumper w/winch
  • Rear bumper w/tire carrier
  • Fender Flares?
  • Safari Rack
  • Off-road lights (front and back)
  • Lots of interior work

I'm sure other items will sneak into this list as things get going. My first mod, was to put some ricer-style headlights on... more on that later...

Ok, here's where it gets interesting... almost every build thread I've seen on here start with the lift followed by endless mods to accommodate that lift. I'm going to go in the other direction, I'm going to do (almost) everything else, then lift. Mostly, this is because I do not have the money to do the lift, tires, and rear bumper tire carrier at the same time, which I would need to do, as this is a DD and will stay that way for the foreseeable future.

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Unread 08-31-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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As everyone knows, modding a vehicle requires space to work and tools to work with. I have no space, except two parking spots in front of our rental townhouse. Not the most pleasant of work environments, but I do get my fair share of curious neighbors when I'm working on the car. They ask all kinds of interesting questions, like "you working on the car today?" To which, my typical response is "Sure am, are you walking your dog today?"

So, we're looking for a new home, and the first item on the must-have list, is a garage. Failing a garage, I'd be happy if we could just find a place where the nearest neighbor is at least a quarter mile away.

Oh... back to the tools... I do have a modest collection now, but mostly for carpentry, electrical, and plumbing. For mechanical stuff, I do have a set of sockets, wrenches, and nut drivers. Reading up on other builds, it sounds like I'll need a bunch of nifty things, so here I'm going to assemble a list of tools and equipment I'm likely going to need to finish the build.
  • Torque Wrenches
  • Air compressor
  • Misc air tools
  • Floor Jack - Done (2.5T for now)
  • Jack Stands - Half Done (3T)
  • MIG welder
  • Plasma cutter

Taking a page from Sundowner's build, I'll probably end up putting together and posting a WJ Survival Kit similar to Sudowner's TJ Toolkit. Come to think of it, it'll probably be almost exactly like his... maybe not even worth the effort.

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Unread 08-31-2013, 04:20 PM   #3
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Build Info:

*E7 Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats
-DV Dark Slate Gray
ADLP Skid Plate Group
AFFP Luxury Group
AHX Trailer Tow Group IV
APAS Monotone Paint
AWE Up Country Suspension Group
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
CLHS Cargo Trim Panel w/Storage Net
CLPS Driver Foot Rest
CSCS Cargo Compartment Cover
CSRS Passenger Assist Handles
CUDP 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
DHF Quadra-Trac II On Demand 4WD System
DJJS Dana 30/186MM Front Axle
DMEP 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio
DRKP Dana 44/226MM Rear Axle
EVA 4.7L V8 Power Tech Engine
GBBS Tinted Windshield Glass
GCBS Front Door Tinted Glass
GEGS Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass
GEPS Flipper Liftgate Glass
GFAS Rear Window Defroster
GNCP Sun Visors w/Illum Vanity Mirrors
GNKP Rear View Auto Dim Mirror
GTM Power Memory Mirrors, Fold-Away
GXMP Remote Keyless Entry
GXXS Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System
HAAS Air Conditioning
HGAS Hood Insulation
HGDS Deluxe Insulation Group
I25S Route 25 - NS, Winston-Salem, NC
JAYS Instrument Cluster w/Tach
JCBS 120 MPH Primary Speedometer
JHAS Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers
JHBS Rear Window Wiper/Washer
JJBS Dual Note Electric Horns
JKAS Glove Box
JKPS 12V Auxiliary Power Outlet
JKYS Power Accessory Delay
JPBS Power Locks
JPDS Power Windows, Driver One-Touch
JPTP Power 6-Way Seats
LACS Illuminated Entry
LAGS Warning Chime
LAZP Vehicle Information Center
LBBS Courtesy Lamps
LBCS Glove Box Lamp
LBDS Ash Tray Lamp
LCES Rear Courtesy/Reading Lamps
LDBS Cargo Compartment Lamp
LETP Traveler/Mini Trip Computer
LMBS Halogen Headlamps
LMGP Automatic Headlamps
LSAP Security Alarm
MDAP Front License Plate Bracket
MFZS Bright Grille
MHAS Black Windshield Moldings
MVBS Grand Cherokee Badge
MVCS Jeep Badge
MVEP V-8 Badge
MWGS Side Roof Rails
MWTS 4X4 Badge
NAS 50 State Emissions
NBVP Low Emission Vehicle (LEV)
NFPS 20.5 Gallon Fuel Tank
NHFP Power Steering Cooler
NHMS Speed Control
NMHP Hydraulic Engine Cooling
PRV Dk. Garnet Red Pearl Coat
QRVS Dk. Garnet Red Pearl Coat
RAAC All Radio Equipped Vehicles
RBKS AM/FM Compact Disc Radio w/Chgr Ctrl
RCEP Infinity Speakers
RDDS Fixed Long Mast Antenna
RDZP Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Ctrls
SBAS Power Steering
SCLP Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
SDUP Heavy Duty Suspension w/Gas Shocks
SUAS Tilt Steering Column
TBLS Inside Mounted Spare Tire
TBWS Full Size Spare Tire w/Matching Whl
TTBP P245/70R16 OWL All Terrain Tires
TZAP Goodyear Brand Tires
WDRS 16X7.0 Lux Alum Silver Wheels
WLZC All Aluminum Wheels
XEAP Tow Hooks
XEEP Fuel Tank Skid Plate Shield
XEFP Transfer Case Skid Plate Shield
XEUP Front Suspension Skid Plate
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. Mkt. Specifications

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Unread 09-01-2013, 05:31 AM   #4
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Be carefull while Hugging the Trees...They leave dents on your Jeep....

Shhhhhh I'm not crazy...It's just the voices in my head
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Unread 09-01-2013, 05:39 AM   #5
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97 tj 6 cyl 5 SPd 4" supelift 35" baja claws 8.8/hp 30 ,4.10 lockrite in the rear , RR sye and adams dc shaft ,10k lb viper winch and other crap
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Unread 09-29-2013, 06:31 AM   #6
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So, before I can build, I guess it would be best to maintain, which means buying tools and getting dirty with the old girl. I already have quite a few general purpose tools and quite a few trade specific tools (just not the mechanical trades). So I picked up a 2.5T jack, which is admittedly small, but it gets the girl up on a pair of 3T stands, and it's perfect for hauling from the basement to the parking lot.

So, I was going to do a flush on the brake fluid, but ran into a minor issue right out the gate. The bleed screws on both sides are rounded (I slipped twice on one side and once on the other). I stopped before making any issues worse.

While under there, I see that my axle seal isn't getting any better either. I guess I now need to figure out what specific tools and and parts I'll need to replace the axle seal(s).

Since I ended up not doing any real work, I decided to spend the rest of the afternoon giving the old girl a bath. Looking pretty good for 205k miles I think!

Ultimately, I want to replace the hoses, calipers, pads, and rotors, but not until the axle seal has been tended to.

I'm thinking I need to start collecting parts and tools so I can do it all on a given weekend.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 06:20 PM   #7
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A plasma cutter although very handy at times is by no means a necessary tool. Before I had mine I still built plenty of stuff. A lot of times a grinder with a cutting disc will do the same job with a cleaner end result!

Good luck with your build and expanding your tool collection!
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Unread 10-01-2013, 08:41 PM   #8
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I've not played with metal for over 20 years now, but want to get back into it. The cutter is way down on the list though... unless I find a great deal along the way. In fact, most of the toys er.. tools I want are secondary and will wait until I get into a home with a garage. Not sure what would come first at that point... a vehicle lift or the cutter.
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