Brand new to the site and the Jeep Forum. Here is the start of my Jeep build up.
This Jeep is a 2005 WK that was purchased used with only 74K miles on it from an Insurance Storm Damaged Auction. The truck sustained some hail damage this spring in the Wichita, KS area and was put on the auction block in July and picked up for $7,200.00 plus tax and auction fee's.
Why buy a hail damaged Jeep? Why buy a Jeep and never take it off road? I chase storms for a living and run a video production company that is all about storm chasing http://www.stormchasingvideo.com
The Jeep is a WK with what seems like all the options. 4.7L AWD. Inside it has all leather with heated seats. It has the VES and GPS DVD system which will be replaced soon with the newer Jeep GPS system.
The mods I have done so far is installed an OEM 2" lift kit. Swapped out the 235 stock tires for 245 70/17. I replaced all the lights and installed the projector with HID lamps up front. Major improvement on the front lights with the HID. I know some people hate the HID projector lights but with the ability to fine tune the cut off of the light at the top, it really works great for cutting through the heavy rain and snow.
Also I have put in the K&N cold air intake setup which to my surprise on long road trips, it made a major difference in the fuel economy by about 3 mpg. When you pull long road trips and drive 500 miles on a whim, 3mpg adds up fast.
I tried running without the front stock ground effect or faring on the Jeep, it looked cool and higher up but it actually took away from my mpg gains from the K&N setup. If this was a city only truck and play on the weekends, I would leave it off. With driving 1,500 miles round trips in a week, every week to cover weather events, I'll leave it on for now.
I have a bunch of photos to post but there on my office computer and I'm still out in the field right now.
Here is a photo from Yesterday that I think hit the limits of the Jeep.
This was from just south of Wall, South Dakota. I drove out to cover the Blizzard for the networks.
The next image is from last week while documenting the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
The end goal is to have this built up to where it is kind of like Omelets build.