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Unread 06-09-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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Delosh's 05 Silver TJ Build - Mild DD

I've never started a build thread before (even though every vehicle I've owned has been a "build"), so I figured why not. I found this 05 TJ in August of 2013. Great shape, minor rust on pass side rocker. Matched all my search criteria. My plan is to mod it out just a little - but still maintain good road manners, since this is my daily driver.

Here it is shortly after I picked it up.


I retired my "other" Jeep from daily driving. It's fully built GC SRT8 with a 426 HEMI.


Painted the frame and bumpers satin black.





Replaced console sub with the 2 ohm DVC Kicker. Other speakers with replaced with Polk 5.25s. Power is provided by my old JL 300/4 which I integrated into the bottom of the rear seat. Shown here is the mounting plate and wiring. I'll add finished photos once I find them. Front 2 channels run the 4 Polk speakers. The rear 2 channels are bridged to the console sub but since the impedance was so low on that Kicker, I dug out 2 "bass shakers" from a long time ago to get the impedance back to where it should be with this amp. They're bolted to the floor just under the front seats. They're only kinda noticeable.





Lights were dimming quite a bit at idle, so I swapped to the Durango alternator. While at it, I upgraded wiring and terminals.



Chopped the front bumper and added a MetalCloak JK lightbar. Painted bumper parts Ford Metallic Charcoal (and headlight rings). This gives a teaser of the color scheme I'm planning on. I also added JK turn signals since these fenders will be gone soon. Rear bumper will get same paint (maybe a slight angled chop?)



Next up...
Rims, tires, fenders, sliders, 2" BDS lift

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Unread 06-09-2014, 12:04 PM   #2
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No time wasted here. Love that accent color
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Unread 06-10-2014, 08:56 AM   #3
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Thanks! I've been looking at dark charcoal cars lately and decided that the Ford Focus was my favorite shade. Ordered rattle cans from automotivetouchup. It didn't turn out perfect and may need to be resprayed later but I do really like the combo.
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Unread 06-10-2014, 09:08 AM   #4
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Wow is that a clean jeep. It looks practically brand new. Nice find
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Unread 07-19-2014, 08:21 PM   #5
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Added Exogate, BDS 2", painted rear bumper

I painted and installed an Exogate to prepare for my new rims and 33s (sitting in storage at my office). I replaced all their supplied hardware with stainless. Tire carrier came out a little darker but that's my fault. Will be covered anyway. All metal-to-metal contact is buffered with some leftover pond liner material I had in the toolbox. You can see a piece of it where the tire will mount.

Painted rear bumper is on.

Also installed BDS 2" lift and painted the white BDS shocks to match the body silver. Photos of them to come after I get the two-tone Metalcloaks on and the wheels/tires. Silver shocks now have metallic charcoal satin vinyl BDS graphics applied. Went ahead and re-made all the oem decals (Jeep, Wrangler and X) in the same metallic charcoal satin vinyl. I now realize that the Wrangler decal will be covered up when I install my Metalcloak rockers. Oh well.



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Unread 09-09-2014, 02:41 PM   #7
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Couple of updates.

Finally got the custom painted Metalcloak fenders and 33's on. Up next, matching rocksliders.



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