Modification Write Ups
Hello all. This can an extreamly helpful thread for for all the DIY JEEPERS. When you do a simple mod like mounting a sunglass holder or more involved mod such as lifts - engine repairs - PLEASE share your how to and an idea of how easy or hard the job was. Pictures are always a great help, Also add any repair or maintenance tips/instructions.
Last index update: 14 May, 2016
Modification Thread Index. We will try and keep the index current.
Mopar Rock Rails also see The Video
2011-2013 Sub and Amp
Rocky Road Slider Install
Rocky Road 2.5 lift Install
Aux switches to dash
Add Auto Climate your non-climate-controlled WK2
Chrome vinyl wrapping your running boards
Interior Trim Removal PDF
RRO Bumper Winch Insta
JW Speaker LED fogs
Mopar Rock Rails 2014 WK2
Mopar Skid Plates
DIY Phone Mount
Replace your black roof trim with OEM roof rails
Replace your black roof trim with OEM roof rails more details
Corsa exhaust install
Trailer brake controller in center console
Installing SRT Sway Bars
2014 Summit-only 5.7L Corsa Cat-back and Volant CAI
Fascia Grille removal PDF
Grill Update 2014 Limited to Summit
Removing grill without also removing bumper cover
RRO winch kit on a 2014
Dealer Anti-Theft System Removal
Trailhawk Sliders/Rock Rails
Rigid Industries Duallys in factory fog light housing
Rear seat belt extenders
Hemi muffler X-pipe substitute
Air Lift 1000
CB and HAM antennas ;.. CB in a 2014
Rear Camera Install
Pinch Weld and Tire Size
STR8 Grill On a 2011
Tow Hook Install
H11 5000k "Xtreme" kit in a 2015
33s on 20s
Sway Bar Info
Shark Fin Antenna 2011-2013
Dash Camera Install
OME Lift Install
Passing Wires Through The Firewall : Photos Here
2011 LED Fog Light Replaced With LEDS That Have Large Heat Sink
Uneek Rock Sliders
LED Roof Rack Cable Routing
Rear Bumper Lights
Side Window Deflectors
Nexus 7 Mounting
Heated Steering Wheel
LED Light Bars + and Switches
Running Boards on 2015 Summit
Yakima Roof Rack
Are Aftermarket HID (High Intensity Discharge) Lights Legal?
Installing HID's into a vehicle not originally equipped with them from the factory is technically illegal.
There is a lot of confusion around aftermarket HID kits. Many people want the benefits of brighter headlight bulbs and have seen HID on executive vehicles. There's a wide range of HID kits on the market and many are at affordable prices, but a lot of customers are not fully informed of the true picture.
Although there have not been any definitive answers to searches performed online to whether a particular aftermarket HID kit is legal or not, some States do have specific laws stated in written literature posted regarding the legality of specific headlight upgrades.
Your specific State's headlight upgrade laws can be found by typing in (your State) HID, High Intensity Discharge, or Xenon Headlight Laws.
HIDs installed in headlight systems designed for halogen lights produce substantially different beam patterns. They are difficult to aim, and emit light that exceeds the intensity allowed under the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
Also see HID Glare, and Headlight Glare.
Under federal regulation FMVSS 108, replacement lights must conform to the specifications for the original equipment manufacturer's system they will be installed in. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has determined that HID conversion kits can never be designed to meet this standard. The NHTSA declared HID kits illegal in 2004.
Installing HID's into a vehicle not originally equipped with them from the factory is technically illegal. Practically speaking, you stand little chance of being cited for them provided you educate yourself on the requirements of HID lighting and take the necessary steps to ensure you have the right equipment and adjustments to keep it safe. That is, make sure your vehicle's headlight assembly uses an appropriately designed projector lense (as opposed to a reflector), and of course that your headlights are properly aligned after installation. Many newer vehicles use projector lenses because stock halogen bulbs also benefit from the "light shaping", but having just any old projector lense does not necessarily ensure that the beam pattern will be correct. It is absolutely essential for HID's to give the light output a sharp cutoff line to prevent blinding oncoming traffic. As HID's become more popular, aftermarket projector housings are being produced for some vehicles.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) states that improperly-installed HID's are getting a lot of complaints. Vendors will usually include a disclaimer that they are intended for offroad use only, but it's no secret that people don't follow this rule. Now, there are a lot of aftermarket automotive parts that qualify as illegal but aren't strictly enforced. Logically, the safety implications of blinding oncoming drivers are more serious than, say, an exhaust that exceeds the legal noise level. So the DOT has actively gone after vendors of HID conversion kits, threatening monetary fines if they continue selling them, and consequently there are now fewer places to buy them.
Mopar Rock Rails
Installed the Mopar rockrails this weekend. PITA but looks great and solid. Roughly an 8 hhr install by yourself. I recommend 2 guys though. A few pics.http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/r...204_155836.jpg http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/r...204_223018.jpg http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/r...205_104426.jpg http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/r...205_212314.jpg http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/r...205_135940.jpg http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/r...206_104713.jpg
How to adjust your headlights
If you open your hood and look on the right or left side above each headlight you will see rounded slot about 1/2" X 1" on each side, Use a flashlight and look down thru the slot about 4-5 inches down you will see a white round dial with a phillps screw slot in it. You will need about a 8" long phillps screw driver to reach it. ( turn screw clockwise to raise headlight)
Make sure headlights are on dim NOT ON BRIGHT
Best done a night with car parked on level surface about 6 ft from wall, you will see where light shines on wall raise each about 2" ( It will take 2-5 turns on screw to raise them)
Go out on the road to test them do not raise them up to far as you will blind on coming cars.
Pictures to make it easier.
First, Where the location of the hole and the size screw driver you'll need, 8" as was stated.
Next, That flashlight in the cargo area actually came in handy.
Finally here's a view of the plastic screw itself.
Mopar Skid Plates
Below are pics of the skid plates installed on my 2012 GC Overland:
Tubular Aluminum Rails
I added the Tubular Aluminum Rails (side steps) p/n 82212130 and created a page with some notes to go along with the pictogram instructions. Took about two hours to install because am slow.
Still trying to figure where to put my size 11's so it is useful.
One of these is a diesel.
Rocky Road Slider Install
Original thread here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309/...alled-1362918/
Finally got around to taking some pix and video of the new rock sliders. The install was pretty strait forward. These do require you to drill into the uni body which wasn't to difficult. Except, I didn't pay attention on the passenger side when drilling one of the holes and the alignment was off. I was able to save it though.
Once you drill the holes you then have to use self tapping bolts which took some muscling to get them to catch. I recommend pulling off the slider after drilling the holes and use the drill and wiggle it around a bit to make the whole slightly bigger. Then once you get the bolt to catch on all the holes pull it out then put the sliders back on and bolt everything down.
I did this all by myself but could have used another set of hands. It does take pressing really hard on the self tapping bolts to get them to catch. I'm 6'4" 260 and it took me pressing as hard as possible.
Adding Switches to Dash
Ok, I took the plunge and installed a bank of switches below the headlight switch (as you can see the space to the right of the headlight switch was a no go unless you want to do some MAJOR cutting).
For those who want to do the same, it is not for the faint of heart because of the amount of cutting to accommodate the depth of the switches. Anyways, I am pretty happy with the outcome, my only beef is that I sometimes hit the gas cap switch with my knee when I get into the Jeep because it is no longer recessed. I might switch the two power wires so that the switch is in the off position when it up instead of down.
Here is the lower portion of the dash opened up. You can see the new winch power, ACC and ground wires hanging out. You tap the orange w/grey wire for dash lights.
Switches installed and ready to go! The switch includes a red light for power and a green light tapped to the dash lights and comes on when the rest of the dash is light up.
The solenoid for the winch is installed under the hood, with the power cables routed under the truck back to the receiver hitch.
After the install the winch into the receiver, connect the power and you are ready to go.
Anyways, I pretty happy with the way it turn out.
How to Add Auto Climate your Wk2!
I ordered Item # 55111916AP (2011-2013 without Heated or Ventilated Seats)
From Just for Jeeps!!
Step #1 Unbox and awe at the beauty of it.
Step #2 say good bye to manual HVAC
Use the bottom lip of the trim and pull with 2 hands equally * mine took some force*
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y10...9-25181914.jpg Almost there!!! I found it easier to start pulling and wiggling near the drivers vent!
***** Caution There are wires attached to the panel*****
Step #5 it's out!
Step #6 Requires a #15 Torx bit (at least that's what worked for me)
4x torx and the old HVAC will fall out!
Take your new Auto Hvac put it in place of the old put the screws back in.
Step #7 Trim the HVAC Harness Connector ** I used a razor blade to trim it **
Step #8 Plug your connectors back into the panels before putting the trim back in place and get it a good push to pop all the clips back in.
Step #9 Enjoy!!
Hope this helps!
and the I believe the Auto HVAC has it's own infrared system see the center of the dial on the auto system.
Dual Climate works perfectly and auto climate does like it should.
DIY factory remote start
I've been looking at adding a remote start to my wife's WK2. its cost about $220 to buy the kit and the dealer quoted like $500 for the installation. I was reading the installation guide and it seems fairly simple just alot of pulling interior parts out. Has anyone attempted this job on their own? Is it difficult?
here is the installation guide:
DIY K&N Intake 3.6L
So Today I decided to make my own homwm brew version of an intake for $70 bucks, rather then $300 for a CAI.
All you have to do is go to PepBoys, get a 4" joiner tube, 4" K&N filter, and a small little mini cone filter for the secondary air tube coming off of the air box.
Here is the install pics, took literally 10 minutes to put everything together.
the sound is nice when you get on it, although thanks to the awesome sound deadening in our cherokees you cant hear it that well inside.
DIY/Review: Chrome vinyl wrapping your running boards
So first the few obvious questions:
1) MORE CHROME!?
Yes, more chrome. I like the chrome running boards.
2) Why not just buy the chrome Mopar boards?
There's no fundamental difference between the chrome boards and the black boards, just an appearance coating, and this is way cheaper than buying another set of $500 boards.
So first off, this RVinyl Chrome wrap doesn't work like normal vinyl. You don't want to use heat on this stuff, or it ends up like this.
So basically, this is what you'll start with when open the box.
To do this, you'll want to order the 24"x72" piece. Then cut it in half (hot dog style for those of you who capped out in artistic ability at Kindergarten like myself). This stuff is quite reflective. It looks great.
So the first thing we need to do is remove the boards. There's 3x 10mm bolts that hold them to the brackets. The plastic step pads are held on by 2 and 3 Phillips head screws.
Next we need to clean the heck out of these, because they're dirty.
So clean it off with soap and water really well. You'll be amazed how dirty these things are.
Time to actually put it on. Start by lining up your starting edge near the hole for the mounting brackets. This lets us hide the transition line. Get the whole thing lined up, and start wrapping around.
Using the low friction squeegee is CRITICAL. Chrome vinyl will show scratches very easily, so make sure you use it. If you don't have it, a piece of felt may work. Continue wrapping your way around the board.
Once you've wrapped around the board, you can re-attach the hardware pieces. Since you've got them off, it's not a bad idea to give them a good cleaning and use some sort of protectant on them (I used Turtle Wax F21 - this stuff works great but makes it very slippery, so make sure you give it a bit of time before you intend to step on them).
You can see in that picture an area where I jacked it up. This film supposedly has air release and should fix that. We shall see in the morning.
I put it back on the Jeep just to see how I liked the look. I do like the chrome, and the vinyl looks great for chrome. However, I didn't do very good job with it, and so it didn't turn out as well as it could have. I have no doubt a professional with this film could make these look flawless, and fantastic, but the RVinyl chrome is somewhat difficult to work with.
Overall, the product is good, with awesome looks - it looks as good as a lot of OEM "chrome". But it's hard to work with, so unless you are pretty skilled with it, I'd limit it to smaller areas. And don't try to use heat on it
Interior Trim Removal PDF (Possible Sticky?)
I was curious about replacing the factory subwoofer and wanted to see if, instead of buying this (to save some cash):
... I would attempt to remove the factory sub myself and do some math to see if I can just buy a sub (of my choice, even though this JL sub above probably rocks) and stick it in the factory's place (even if it involved some DIY tactics).
Looking at all the trim panels though, it appeared it could possible be a litte tricky to remove though so I did some google searching and came across this:
I wanted to share that link with you all because this could be helpful for many different reasons for people wanting to do things themselves.
Seems like a worthy "sticky" link to me :2thumbsup:
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