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Unread 06-05-2013, 11:21 PM   #21781
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Finally put a set of 2013 JK 255/75R17 wheels/tires onto the WJ. I put the IRO 3" lift on last weekend. Addco rear sway bar and a pair of NGK o2 sensors should be here Friday. Things are starting to turn out nicely.

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Unread 06-06-2013, 12:55 AM   #21782
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Here's what I've been up to lately:

-New Pioneer Head Unit: Cost $450 after extended warranty, all of the extra hardware/components, and installed with the Bluetooth mic mounted nicely and USB inputs routed to my glove box (which was way too much considering I could have done it all myself for at least $100 less). Expensive, but it's a nice unit and sounds great even with the stock speakers and the stock Infinity amp still in the signal chain. It's a good starting point to build on. Again, too much money, and I won't make that mistake again, but at least it's done nicely and it took half an hour of sitting in a waiting room watching TV = no headache for me!

-Tinted tail lights (went a little darker than I wanted, but it will tie the black and white theme together nicely. Chrome delete is still a work in progress)

-Repaired some tears/rips in my front bumper with epoxy and other other stuff and it was a lot of work, but it's fixed. I primed, smoothed out, and repainted using Stone White (PW1) Duplicolor from Auto Zone and then plenty of clear coat, wet sanding, and finally polishing. Paint job turned out great, but if you look very close in person, the paint is a little "yellow" compared to the factory paint. I know there are two designations of Stone White from Duplicolor and I got the common one (PW1). Not sure if maybe the other one would have matched better but I'm going to do an 04 front end conversion and get it professionally painted down the road.

-Plasti-dipped my aftermarket ebay grill, front Jeep logo (still need to do al other logos as part of chrome delete) and lower portion of bumper. The grill looks pretty good, in my opinion, but I'll be getting an 04 OEM one soon and will keep the black and white them when I get it.

-Added a Smittybuilt rear shackle to my hitch with locking pin. Like it and I'm sure it will come in handy, but I need to sort out the rattle/clunk when I hit hard bumps.

-Cleaned throttle body and IAC (which were very black) and replaced spark plugs (a pain but not as bad as some made it seem). The engine always ran and idled well, but the idle is SO smooth and consistent now and throttle response and power increase is noticeable. I wasn't expecting it, but it seems to be back to that level of power that it had 5+ years ago where you would barely hit the gas and it just responds immediately and lurches forward and scares you a bit. It took me by surprise a couple of times. The intake and exhaust seem much more audible now for some reason and the power increase is noticeable. It has that quick throttle response and torque-y power that I remember it having when it was much newer. And I wasn't expecting it to feel any different so it actually scared me a couple times when the throttle responded so well For what it's worth, to those who are skeptical, the spark plugs were ORIGINAL (100k miles) and corroded to the point they had almost twice the gap they should have. The throttle body and IAC was pretty covered with carbon deposit as well.

New head unit


Tinted tail lights (not as dark in person) and new rear shackle)


Plastidipping and new paint on front bumper (slight mismatch with the rattle-can Duplicolor paint I used, which is more noticeable in the pic)


More bumper paint and Plastidip (black and white theme coming along and chrome delete getting there)


Cleaned up engine bay a tiny bit after throttle body/IAC cleaning and spark plug change


This is what the sparks looked like (original equipment with 100k miles). They are inspiring that the engine has run well all these years and seem in great condition for that old, but definitely needed to be changed and the vehicle runs much better


The WJ is running like a CHAMP now! Love it. I have a 3" Kolak lift and Goodyear Duratracs ready to go on as soon as the final pieces come, my OME HD springs that I've been waiting 2 months for. I currently have Bilstein shocks, OME 10mm spacers, all new spring isolators, JKS adjustable track bar, Moog Super Trail Boss steering stabilizer, and IRO rear extended sway bar links. Just need those damn OME HD springs and I'll be sitting on a 3.5" lift with 32" Duratracs! With that and some rock sliders, plus some some new non-chrome headlights and complete chrome delete (including wheels black'd), I should have a fairly nice Dub!
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Unread 06-06-2013, 01:04 AM   #21783
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OK... we are going to have to have a talk...

Let me know how it goes, I am thinking about the same. I just want to jump from 3" to 5-6" when I put on my 35s (gotta regear something fierce too).

Are you staying at 4" or going up?
Haha. I will. And I'm going to stay at 4.5 inches because I have newish tires and don't want to have to regear. I also like the size of tires look on it right now but I might get 33s next time I get tires. I am staying for sure though because all my lift parts are newish
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Unread 06-06-2013, 04:41 AM   #21784
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With my cruise set at that speed it runs about 2050rpm. But i have a little bigger tire size.:cough: lol. i always forget about how much that affects the engine.

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Haha hey now, we all know size doesn't matter lol
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:46 AM   #21785
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Finally put a set of 2013 JK 255/75R17 wheels/tires onto the WJ. I put the IRO 3" lift on last weekend. Addco rear sway bar and a pair of NGK o2 sensors should be here Friday. Things are starting to turn out nicely.
I need o2 sensors too, but aren't we supposed to stick to oem or are those oem?
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Unread 06-06-2013, 08:08 AM   #21786
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I need o2 sensors too, but aren't we supposed to stick to oem or are those oem?
I believe the the OEM o2 sensors are made by denso and ngk.

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Unread 06-06-2013, 09:05 AM   #21787
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Wow! Is that box full of speakers, or do you have a whole mariachi band in there?
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Unread 06-06-2013, 10:26 AM   #21788
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Sea foam and new air filter

Sent from my WJ with Toro Y Moi playing on the radio.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 10:54 AM   #21789
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Wj New wheels & tires...

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Finally put a set of 2013 JK 255/75R17 wheels/tires onto the WJ. I put the IRO 3" lift on last weekend. Addco rear sway bar and a pair of NGK o2 sensors should be here Friday. Things are starting to turn out nicely.
Put on some Rubi wheels also!!
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Unread 06-06-2013, 11:01 AM   #21790
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Put on some Rubi wheels also!!
for some reason I think those look like poop on JK's but look really good on the WJ...esp Gray ones.

I wonder if the wifes WK would look good with them?!?
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Unread 06-06-2013, 11:28 AM   #21791
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Dropped it of at the shop to get a new muffler put on, and get the AC recharged. Found out that the compressor was completely seized and they couldn't get it to move at all. Might put the new shocks on it today that I picked up if I feel like it.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 01:45 PM   #21792
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Put on some Rubi wheels also!!
Looking good sir!
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Unread 06-06-2013, 02:46 PM   #21793
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Dropped it of at the shop to get a new muffler put on, and get the AC recharged. Found out that the compressor was completely seized and they couldn't get it to move at all. Might put the new shocks on it today that I picked up if I feel like it.
You running an I6 or V8 engine? What exhaust did you upgrade too?
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Unread 06-06-2013, 02:54 PM   #21794
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You running an I6 or V8 engine? What exhaust did you upgrade too?
The V8. I only did the muffler, and I put Thrush Welded on. Haven't had it on the high way yet, but it has a nice deep tone around town.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 03:46 PM   #21795
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How are you doing 65 with your rpm's under 2k? what size tires you running?

Sent from your back seat!!!
Not hard, mine will do that, too. I haven't checked my tires, but there aren't anything special, just Michelins.

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