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?)
Rims, tires, fenders, sliders, 2" BDS lift