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post #76 of 155 Old 03-28-2016, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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My brother joined MOPAR this weekend! 2013 Charger R/T AWD. My dad is the only one without a MOPAR now! (Mom has 2014 WK2).

My brother is still trying to sell his truck, though.
- 2005 F-150 XLT 5.4L V8 4x4 6'6" bed
- 61,xxx miles. 93 and full synthetic every 5k since 30,xxx
- Custom stainless steel dual exhaust (professionally done)
- Chrome bull bar and running boards
- 18" XD monsters + Nitto Terra Grappler 275/65r18 tires
- Bilstein 5100s in front for leveling effect
- Tonneua Trifold cover
- Aftermarket radio installed last summer
- Factory tow hitch

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post #77 of 155 Old 04-07-2016, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Recently I've been thinking about getting more power, which made me fearful that I might put too much money into this jeep the sell it for a 4.7 or 5.7. So now I'm leaning toward making the switch.

2008-2010 4.7 or 5.7 V8, when inspecting before buying what should I be looking for? QD2 or QT2? Is the hemi worth it? And I assume most if not all of my aftermarket parts can be switched over: wheels/tires, rola roof rack, roof rack knobs (new to old), mats, interior lights swap, grill swap, plastic trim pieces (new to old), gas tank door, trunk and door sill stem trim, antenna. Thanks for all input.

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post #78 of 155 Old 04-07-2016, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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So I have found practically identical 2008 Limited Steel Blue WK's.

WK #1:
$14,900
5.7L Hemi 4x4
QD2
79,849 miles
Rear trailer hitch
All the standard limited interior stuff (Boston, leather, NAV, etc.)
Carfax reports 2 owners, one for 48K, one for 31K, both in OH-PA area. No accidents, water damage, etc. Clean title, regular maintenance done in a timely manner, no complaints at any time.

WK #2:
$15,995
4.7L 4x4
QT2
71,820 miles
No trailer hitch
Standard limited features, almost exactly the same
Could not find carfax, but was able to search the VIN and came up with scary results. Electrical failure: vehicle dies while driving. Power train failure: vehicle goes into neutral from park and can roll. These seem like they have been fixed, but the electrical one keeps appearing.

I know which one seems obvious, but I am only 20 and I'm worried about insurance differences, gas mileage (somewhat), and if a hemi is actually necessary. Plus my brother thinks I should just stick with a 4.7, and the one I found is closer than the hemi by a good amount. Please give me some feedback, thanks guys.

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post #79 of 155 Old 04-07-2016, 08:46 PM
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5.7 no question about it. Learn the new engine inside and out. The difference in gas and insurance is nothing compared to a bad wrap sheet. Have your insurance company quote the 2. Should not be much of a difference. Gas mileage between the two is mostly in your foot... And as always, bigger is better. You won't regret it.

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post #80 of 155 Old 04-07-2016, 10:40 PM
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The QD2 is amazing offroad... and a side benefit is it comes with the Hemi attached!
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post #81 of 155 Old 04-07-2016, 11:25 PM
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I'd go with anything QD2 and Trail rated(skid plates) You can have the skid plates without the trail rating, my 08 has it. The loss of the trail rated badge is due to the 18" Limited wheel upgrade. 4.7L or 5.7L from the people around me that have both seem like it's more of a preference type thing. The new 4.7L has 16 plugs just like the hemi's. If you can find a CRD, that's the way to go! You may not get a v8 rumble, but when I go wheeling for 4-hours with my group and use less than 1/4 fuel and the gassers are 1/2 or more, that says enough right there to me.


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post #82 of 155 Old 04-08-2016, 09:36 AM
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Aside from a CRD with QD2, a hemi is the next best. WK #1 hands down, the other one isn't worth the time.

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post #83 of 155 Old 04-15-2016, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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Decided against trading, would rather lift this summer and put performance work into this one.

Finally got my flag decals on my rear 2 windows! Pics coming later.

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post #84 of 155 Old 04-17-2016, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Put on my American Flags and added the Rola roof rack extension this weekend.

Saw a WK being towed while driving back to school, kinda sad! Featuring my antenna doing yoga.
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post #85 of 155 Old 05-17-2016, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Did a little work last week cleaning up my front end. The expanded sheet metal for my grill was rusting some, so I decided to take care of it before it started to really spread.

I took a wire brush to the metal and got as much rust off as I could. Then I covered the metal with anti rust flat black paint, 2-3 coats and then 2 coats of bedliner. Hopefully it stands up to rust this time.

I also added another sheet in the lower valence to protect the lower part of the radiator from bouncing debris. I found slots here and there to zip tie the new metal down, so not as strong as the screws but good enough.

Some of the rust had spread to the "chrome" grill cover, so I sanded that down and added a few coats of bedliner (finally). I really like this look better than chrome. I also hit the Rola wind shield thing and the license plate mount with a few coats of bedliner too (it's state law in Ohio to have a front license plate).

Today I talked to a local offroad company about installing lift components, and got my quote! Now just to buy parts from Kolak and tires either online or through Bob Sumerel.

Lift parts:
OME MD coils
Bilstein 5100/5125
Rusty's 2" poly rear spacers
JBA UCA's
General Grabber AT2's 275/65r18
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post #86 of 155 Old 05-24-2016, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Did a little more work this weekend. Saturday was spent helping my dad put new lights in the garage, and it's a lot easier to work there now.
Sunday I did the trunk lighting mod in the vent with T Tap connectors, and also changed my shifter knob to a wooden baseball bat handle.
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post #87 of 155 Old 06-02-2016, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Last weekend I got around to installing a Steel Armadillo CB antenna mount. It went smoothly, just be prepared to drill into the body. I plan on having a flag pole ready to mount for the Fourth of July.

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The next day I attempted to help my dad remove a stump from our yard using my front tow hooks. I had initially figured that my bumper would hold up, but that wasn't the case. I have since removed the tow hooks and plan on mounting them in the correct location to the frame and not on the bumper. I advise all to do the same and not try the shortcut like I did. By the way, the stump won.

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But don't worry, it was pounded right again

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Now I have a good excuse to get the matrix brush guard to help protect my bumper and to finally get tow hooks. This weekend I'll be attempting to mount my brother's old F150 tow hooks on the front. If they don't work, I'll stick with the old hooks for now.

My hypertech tuner came in yesterday, and installation was a 15 minute breeze. RPM's are noticeably lower, shifting is smoother, and there is a slightly noticeable power increase. One I have my lift on in 2 weeks It'll be helpful in tire size correction.

EDIT: can't get the 2 pictures to right themselves

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post #88 of 155 Old 06-10-2016, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Got all my lift parts in! Should be installed sometime in the next 2 weeks.

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post #89 of 155 Old 07-04-2016, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got my WK lifted! Its a modded OME MD lift with Bilstein 5100s at 0.75", Bilstein 5125s rear, Rusty's 2" poly spacer rear, and JBA UCAs. I measured 23.5" rear and 23.75" front center of hub to fender on day 1. The new tires I got are 265/70r18 General Grabber AT2s, with the spare currently in the trunk. Not 100% sure what to do yet since its 32.6" tall. No spacers and no pinch weld mod, but the PWM is needed in the front.

Edit: As of February 2017, the hub to fender measurements are 22.5" front and rear
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post #90 of 155 Old 07-05-2016, 04:33 AM
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Looks real nice!

You might get the spare to fit if you deflate it. I've got a 265/65-18 stuffed in my spare well but it's certainly snug.

08 Limited Hemi - wheels, tires, springs...ya know, stuff
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