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Unread 06-17-2012, 12:17 AM   #1
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Hello everyone! I'm running an 1999 Jeep Wrangler SE 4 cylinder 2.5L Inline 4 with everything pretty much stock including the AX-5 and rear Dana 35c and front Dana 30. It will be a slow build, but I want it to be just the way I want it. Thanks for reading this and I hope you follow this buildup.

So far my stock looking Jeep without the Hardtop:


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So notice how the fenders are faded and very poor maintained. I started by sanding and painting the fender flares and the plastic interior of the jeep since it is the same way. (Forgot to take pictures of the dashboard). I also took the bumper caps of since it makes the Jeep look horribly ugly. I will post more picture and updates upon my progress.

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Unread 06-17-2012, 08:38 AM   #2
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Looks like a great starting point! Krylon Fusion is great for the plastic flares, as it is designed to mold to plastics. Painting my flares was the first project I ever did on my TJ, too.
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Cleaning this thing up is similar to a slightly abused pornstar throwing on a bunch of makeup to try to hide her eternal scars, but I think she doesn't look too bad
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Unread 06-21-2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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Looks like a great starting point! Krylon Fusion is great for the plastic flares, as it is designed to mold to plastics. Painting my flares was the first project I ever did on my TJ, too.
Thanks. And yes, it seemed like a good starting point since I don't have much money to start off. Nice to know you started the same way. Hopefully I'll be able to keep the updates coming.
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Unread 06-21-2012, 08:55 PM   #4
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I'm sorry I have taken long to update but I haven't had that much time for my Jeep. Today I took of the entire dashboard including the console and seats. The previous owner of the Jeep had a dog and he didn't bother to clean under the carpet and seats. So out went the old carpet and I washed the tub completely. I have to say that was a nasty job. After getting everything washed I was going to start spraying but I had to finish my packing so didn't get to that. Hopefully I'll get to finish off tomorrow. I took a few pictures of my Jeep and how it looks so far. Enjoy.


This is my Jeep with the flares, chrome light bezels, and hood latches off.
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This is all the parts of the dashboard including fender flares and bumper caps.
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This is the washed tub since it was really dirty.
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I'm thinking of painting the whole front part of the tub black to match the bed liner that was put on the Jeep by the previous owner. But as you can see they didn't finish. Or maybe finish putting bed liner on the red parts. Not sure yet
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I'll keep updating upon my progress.
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Unread 07-10-2012, 12:54 AM   #5
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The whole dashboard interior and console were painted black as well as the front floor were the driver and passenger seats are. I also went ahead and painted the wheels because the cap and lug nuts were chrome.

I haven't had time to take pictures but will take some soon: the only one I did take I will post.



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Notice how the floor like much nicer than before. I will take some pictures of the dash as well as the wheels.

Btw, I forgot to mention that I haven't started to paint the interior of the doors and the steering wheel. Will paint those soon.
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Unread 03-22-2013, 03:24 PM   #6
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It has been almost a whole year since the last time I updated in my Jeep. I will continue where I left off. I sprayed the whole interior black because the gray was fading and made the Jeep look abandoned! Haha

Anyway here you have a picture of the original seats my Jeep had:

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They are nice but torn and very dirty! Even after three washes it was full of dog hair! So I took my seats to be upholstered with black and red vinyl. I also have custom seat covers made for when the top comes off and the heat is great I won't stick to the seats. Here you go:

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Aside from the interior being almost completely remade. My jeep was involved in a little wreck! Fortunately, only the passenger fender was damaged.Very little if the impact was transfered to the side of the tub. That would have been a pain to replace.

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I looked for the fender in junk yards but it was ironic that all the Jeeps in junk yards had a damaged passenger side fender. So I googled online and found a new one. It was not as expensive as I thought but I needed the fender to get my inspection sticker. This is what it looks like from a front view:

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Notice that my turn signal lights and my headlight bezels where sprayed black as well. Hopefully I'll be able to keep things coming.
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Unread 03-26-2013, 09:21 PM   #7
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How did you paint the bezels black? Been wanting to do it but I have no idea what kind of paint, steps to take, etc.
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Unread 03-26-2013, 09:41 PM   #8
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How did you paint the bezels black? Been wanting to do it but I have no idea what kind of paint, steps to take, etc.
I basically just wet sanded the bezels with a 1500 grit sand paper and sprayed it with matte black krylon fusion spray paint. I did about 3 coats with 15 minutes intervals. Its an easy process. I went matte because I hate gloss on my jeep.
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Ok so it's been a while since I've done something to my Jeep. So, I'll update you on what has been going on. I'll see If I can put up a list of the upgrades done, and maybe some future mods as well. Hopefully.

I've been busy this Christmas and my Jeep as well. The Jeep got a lot of Christmas gifts from santa this season for being good. Lol. I'll start off by what I installed first.

I began with the tail lights. Unfortunately I never took pictures of my my previous tail lights, but they were just the stock tail lights with three coats of smoke tint. It looked real nice but was a bit too dark and I have had several scares already where I've almost been rear ended. So, I went ahead and ordered the Rampage Euro Style tail lights. It gives my Jeep that "new" look which I really enjoy.

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After installing the tail lights I went and upgraded my headlights as well. I don't know much about HID conversions so I just ordered a pair of Sylvania SilverStar's which are as close to white as halogen bulbs get. They are pretty impressive actially.

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I don't think you can tell by the picture, but the left bulb is the stock headlight and the right bulb is the Sylvania SilverStar. Believe me, in person you can definitely tell the diffrence.

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I'm pretty content with these headlights. They are brilliantly bright and are a breeze to install. Also, I ended up replacing the bezels I spray painted black because after some months the paint started cracking. So I bought the Rugged Ridge Black Headlight bezels. As you can see them in the picture above.
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So I upgraded both tail lights and headlights so the last thing to replace was the signal lights. I also had them smoked with three coats however these were cracked. Which is why I wanted to replace the signal lights. I ordered the turn signal bulbs and the side marker lamps from TYC.

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I don't know if these are brighter than the stock ones, or if I was just used to the smoked turn signals that they seem very bright. Great buy.
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I upgraded all the lights on my Jeep but still felt a little off. I really love the look of the driving lamps on the bumper so I ordered some Hella 500FF Driving Lamps for my stock bumper. I was gonna install these myself but after going through the instruction three times I realized I had no clue what was going on. So, I took it to an nearby electrician who charged me $20 and did a terrific and professional job. Hands down the best $20 dollars ever wasted.

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The left driving lamp was a little crooked when it was installed but I have already fixed it. I'll see if I can get pictures tomorrow.
Also, the switch to these lamps was placed by the left dash speaker. I thought it was a nice placement and I didn't want to play $30 for the OEM fog light switch.

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My wallet then decided that was enough lights for now. Lol. So then I went a little on the interior. I'm a big music junkie and I can't live without music. So, since there isn't a radio station in my city with the genre I like, having an aux connection on my receiver is abiggie. My previous Sony X-plod receiver gave out in the aux department so it was time to upgrade my stereo receiver. I went with the Kenwood KDC-152 receiver. I love the way my Jeep looks with this new receiver. Again it makes it look fresh and new.

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However, I couldn't rock this new receiver without some dash speakers. I still had the stock speakers but they didn't work. So I picked up some Boss Chaos Series 4x6 speakers and man does it make a huge difference. I love the setup. I'm not all into subwoofers and amps and those stuffs so I though this was nice and good enough for a "to be" off-road rig.

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I had to purchase some mounting brackets for my 4x6 speakers because the hardware was not quite the size I needed. You can see the speaker mounted on a braket, and the bracket mounted on the dash. Still it was a great purchase.
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When I first bought the Jeep. It had carpet but the owner had a dog and the carpet was filthy so I decided to throw it away. I wanted to rock the Jeep without carpet but the accumulation of loose dirt and sand made my interior look messy and dirty. Not to mention my allergies. So, I ordered the BedRug Front Cargo Liners which are water, mud, and oil resistant. They are detachable for washing and the installation was very simple.

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So here is the tub getting washed.

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And here is the finished clean tub.

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Carpet installed without seats.

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This is the front driver side with the seat installed.

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This is the front passenger side with the seat installed.

What I really liked about this carpet was that it is tightly held in place with provided velcro straps. I also like the clean rugged look it gives my Jeep.
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Wow! Really nice! I like the carpet...I see many similarities haha. I'm 16 and got the Silverstars, and recently a new head unit and speakers, Hella 500s....Btw you were right about the electrician...It's actually pretty simple to wire up a set of lights, if you don't mind it looking a little messy in the engine bay. My Hellas are just wired up through the grille, to the battery where they're grounded and powered, then the switch is installed by the shifter (Auto XJ). But yeah, basically if you know your power, ground, switch, and relays, you should be good. Just think of it as a circle, where the power is just cut by the switch. Although mine are wired to only work with my high beams...Not sure how though. Dad wired the lights while I was at school...So if I made a mistake explaining, I apologize. But good luck with your Jeep! Any lift plans yet?
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