This is the new replacement for my aging Nissan Hardbody.
It is a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, 2 owner, always garaged, 130,000km.
Being a Limited it comes with nice things such has 10 way electric adjust + heated leather seats, Premium stereo with a 6 channel power amp and inifinity speakers, steering wheel controls, dual zone climate control. This special model also comes with blown mid/tweeters
OEM Gear is as follows:
Jeep single CD 2 band GEQ 1.5 din headunit, 10 disc stacker, Inifinty 6 channel amp, 6x9 midbass lowpassed by amp, 2 inch fullrange mid/tweet highpassed by amp and rear 6.5 fullrange.
Being a 2001 it misses out on the awesome electro-luminiscent gauges and auto folding rear seat headrests which were standard on the 2002 model.
My intentions are to change wheels, some 30.5 inch mud tyres, 2 inch "budget boost" lift, and louder exhaust.
__________________ March 2014 GCOTM. 1998 Deep Slate 5.9 On the Jeep:Hot intake, 52mm TB, Summit 8mm wires, catch can, 703s, insulated fuel rails, indexed Champions, Bilstein 4600s, Eibach lowering springs, Moog SS, Ironman mounts, Lotek 2GP, lots of gauges, sparkly paint. In the garage: M1 4bbl In the works: Addco/Hellwig sway bars, nitrous, full polly bushings, full exhaust, data logging, billet UD pulleys
No real updates other then quite a bit of refinement with the tuning and after correcting one mid which was out of phase, the system has finally come to life to a point where I'm almost happy enough to leave this Sound Quality Competition tune for daily driving.
Finally took the Jeep offroad for the first time. I expected it not to perform "brilliant" with its 29 inch road tyres, stock suspension and open diffs. Found this nice shallow mud pit which i used to drive through in my old jeep all of the time on my way home from work. Turns out other 4wds since, have done the same and when I came along both front and rear diffs became beached with all 4 wheels spinning freely inside the ruts created by their 33/35" mud tyres.
Looks like my idea of a 2" lift and 31s might quickly change to 4" and 33s
Well, I've since changed direction with this Jeep..
I have bought a new SQ competition car and as such I have decided to "downgrade" some of the components.
This means the flashy Clarion headunit has been swapped for an Alpine IVA-D511E single DIN 7" motorised screen with nice things such as satelite navigation, USB, DVD, Ipod, Steering wheel controls, Bluetooth audio and hands-free and even basic MP3: all of which was missing from the all-out sound quality headunit it is replacing.
The front speakers will remain but I'm downgrading amps and subs to a single 5 channel and single 12" sub fiberglassed in the rear quarter panel so I have full use of the cargo space once again.
I've also bought a '02 cargo barrier which I had to modify to suit the earlier '01 floorpan. The seat bolt holes of the '02 is completely different and this cargo barrier was designed to suit side curtain airbags which I dont have so I have "blanked" the big open gap at each corner with some perspex.
The new car is a 2007 Holden Special Vehicles Grange (you americans get them as a Chevrolet Police Pursuit Vehicle)
It features even more rare and high end gear such as Morel Supremo, Morel Integra, Boston Acoustics "Pro", Soundstream DaVinci and Arc Audio PS8 Processor
2002-2004 WJ Cargo barrier. This is designed to suit the '02+ models with side curtain airbags. As this is a '01 model without curtain airbags I have decided to block off the top corners with some 8mm perspex which I cut and flame polished to give a nice soft edge the whole way around. It was rivetted in place and a fire extinguisher mounted on the driver's side.
New shoes: '08 JK 17s with 265/70/17 Cooper STT tyres.
Still running the 2" Budget Boost + (sagged) 1" UC springs but I'm glad I didn't rush out and get a 3" lift as now with the 32s I'm probably looking more toward a 4" long arm kit and some cutting to best make use of them.
I think the JK 17s with 32s is about the biggest I would want on a WJ without going for at least 6" of lift with cut in flares etc.
New sub box:
Ive decided to make use of the dead space in the spare wheel well, left by my upgrade to 32" tyres (32" doesn't fit spare wheel well any more)
. The idea is to build a spare wheel shaped/sized sub box that is easily removable, able to place heavy loads over and is completely invisible to the eye. As the spare wheel well in this is completely cylindrical in shape, if decided to use 100% 18mm MDF and use one 2400mm long continuous kerf to create the 30.5" circle. Calculations work out to be exactly 75 litres of internal enclosure volume.
I had thought about running two 12s with a 6" aero port and scale down the enclosure size to suit, making it as efficient as possible to best make use of the modest 1000 watts of power.
As I love old school, I remembered seeing this lancer from the late 90s/early 00s.
So I redrew the enclosure to test fit all four to see if the 30.5" circular baffle would fit four of them and to my surprise, it does: only 2-3mm clearance all round with all four baskets touching.
More old gear: Alpine MRV1000, MRVF400 and 4x Alpine SWR-304D (bass ZR).