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Unread 08-10-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
KoltenZJ
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Well let's start off with an introductory, I'm a 17 year old going into my senior year in high school in northern California. I own a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. It's my first car and my first build of what I hope to be many. I have always liked Jeeps as I was raised in a family dominated with Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler. One of my favorite hobbies is mudding and I thought what better off road vehicle to get than a Jeep. I purchased my ZJ from an elderly couple who maintained it cosmetically, however mechanically it lacked the proper appreciation. So let's start with some stock pictures.

Here it is the day I bought it

And not to long after, taking it off-road


To-do list
x3.5" Rough Country Suspension Lift Kit
x265x75r16 BFG All terrain t/a KO
xPioneer DEH-X6500BT Deck
xPioneer TS-A1675R Speakers
xFlowmaster Super 44 Muffler
xKC HiLiTES Daylighters
xKevin's Off-Road Hard Light bar
xDurango Air Hat
xPlasti-dip rims
xPlasti-Dip Grille and emblems
x1.5" Wheel Spacers
Winch
Steel Front Bumper
Steel rear bumper
Rocker Guards
x2 12" Subwoofers
Fender Flares
Snorkel
Exhaust tip
Air Lockers
Rims (Maybe)
xHID headlights/Black Crystal Lens
Foglights/Lens

*x=Complete
*x=Incomplete

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[CENTER][COLOR="Red"]*1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
[COLOR="Black"]3.5" Rough Counrty Lift, 265 75 r16 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO Tires[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][COLOR="Green"]Check out my build thread![/COLOR]
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/koltens-1997-zj-1560500/[/url][/CENTER]

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Unread 08-10-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Fast forward to today and I started off bright and early by replacing the spark plugs and wires. the old ones were all stock and toasted. After much speculation I also decided it would look better with plasti-dipped rims so I did just that and am currently working on the last 2 rims.
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[CENTER][COLOR="Red"]*1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
[COLOR="Black"]3.5" Rough Counrty Lift, 265 75 r16 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO Tires[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][COLOR="Green"]Check out my build thread![/COLOR]
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/koltens-1997-zj-1560500/[/url][/CENTER]
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Unread 08-11-2013, 11:04 PM   #3
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Looks alot better with the black rims in my opinion. Good luck with the build and have fun mudding! Its a blast once you can get into some deeper stuff
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Unread 08-12-2013, 12:29 AM   #4
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Thanks! Good to know someone else likes it too! I might also do all the chrome emblems as well shortly. Posts like yours help keep me motivated!
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[CENTER][COLOR="Red"]*1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
[COLOR="Black"]3.5" Rough Counrty Lift, 265 75 r16 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO Tires[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][COLOR="Green"]Check out my build thread![/COLOR]
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/koltens-1997-zj-1560500/[/url][/CENTER]
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Unread 08-12-2013, 09:21 PM   #5
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Blacking out those emblems would be a really nice touch. Have you looked into sye's or tcase drops yet? It might be a good idea once you put on the 4 inch lift kit. Looking forward to seeing your build progress!
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Unread 08-12-2013, 09:31 PM   #6
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Decided to continue plasti-dipping and did the badges/emblems as well as removed the 4x4 badges and also plasti-dipped the grille. Up next comes the cladding. Here are some pics of the work done today and the end results. This is the result of about 5 hours of work. Would have been faster but I took my time and still made a few mistakes. Final product in my eyes looks great though and was well worth the time!
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[CENTER][COLOR="Red"]*1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
[COLOR="Black"]3.5" Rough Counrty Lift, 265 75 r16 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO Tires[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][COLOR="Green"]Check out my build thread![/COLOR]
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/koltens-1997-zj-1560500/[/url][/CENTER]
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Unread 08-12-2013, 09:35 PM   #7
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Haha you must have read my mind! Blacked it out today! As far as SYE and T-Case drops those would be things I will definitely look into doing!
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[CENTER][COLOR="Red"]*1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
[COLOR="Black"]3.5" Rough Counrty Lift, 265 75 r16 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO Tires[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][COLOR="Green"]Check out my build thread![/COLOR]
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/koltens-1997-zj-1560500/[/url][/CENTER]
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Unread 08-13-2013, 02:43 PM   #8
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Hahaha looks great man
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Unread 08-13-2013, 03:30 PM   #9
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Going to pick up Durango air hat now!
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[CENTER][COLOR="Red"]*1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
[COLOR="Black"]3.5" Rough Counrty Lift, 265 75 r16 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO Tires[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][COLOR="Green"]Check out my build thread![/COLOR]
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/koltens-1997-zj-1560500/[/url][/CENTER]
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Unread 08-14-2013, 01:32 AM   #10
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Grabbed the air hat, now I need to get some tubing so it will mount to the rest of the intake properly!
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[CENTER][COLOR="Red"]*1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
[COLOR="Black"]3.5" Rough Counrty Lift, 265 75 r16 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO Tires[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][COLOR="Green"]Check out my build thread![/COLOR]
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/koltens-1997-zj-1560500/[/url][/CENTER]
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Unread 08-14-2013, 01:25 PM   #11
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Nice man! Now you should just save the money from those subs and put on a full exhaust system hahaha
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Unread 08-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #12
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Haha my plan is to get a flow master super 44 for it. Getting new speakers and deck tomorrow or Friday because today is my birthday
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[CENTER][COLOR="Red"]*1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
[COLOR="Black"]3.5" Rough Counrty Lift, 265 75 r16 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO Tires[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][COLOR="Green"]Check out my build thread![/COLOR]
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/koltens-1997-zj-1560500/[/url][/CENTER]
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Unread 08-15-2013, 01:09 AM   #13
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I went to Auto Zone today and picked up a 28" Spectre intake duck, I love it seamlessly connected the new hat and the air box. Thing runs beautifully and has made a very noticeable difference when driving. Recommend this to anyone!
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[CENTER][COLOR="Red"]*1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
[COLOR="Black"]3.5" Rough Counrty Lift, 265 75 r16 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO Tires[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][COLOR="Green"]Check out my build thread![/COLOR]
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/koltens-1997-zj-1560500/[/url][/CENTER]
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Unread 08-15-2013, 04:10 AM   #14
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tube looks good , i may do that too whan i do the swap

have you reset the cpu to take full advantage of the extra flow ?
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Unread 08-15-2013, 09:22 AM   #15
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No, didn't know I could. I'm pretty new to all this
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[CENTER][COLOR="Red"]*1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
[COLOR="Black"]3.5" Rough Counrty Lift, 265 75 r16 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO Tires[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][COLOR="Green"]Check out my build thread![/COLOR]
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/koltens-1997-zj-1560500/[/url][/CENTER]
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