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Unread 09-20-2011, 02:05 PM   #1
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The Dentist Build Thread

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Bone Stock
So I’ve been meaning to put this build thread together for a while. I wasn’t planning on making a build thread, so I didn’t take many pics along the way. I wish that I had taken more. It took me a while to save enough money for the lift and tires. I’ve done all of the work myself.
Bone stock 2006 in the sellers driveway. Sept 2010. I live in Las Vegas, but I drove all the way to North Utah because I found a killer deal online. Plus it’s almost impossible to find a 4 wheel drive in Vegas.


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Unread 09-20-2011, 02:07 PM   #2
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Having Fun

Even though I couldn’t afford the lift and tires, I was still having fun with my new ride!
This was camping in the mountains… we did some light offroading.




I took it mudding. I was amazed with how the QDII did with the stock wheels. I am still cleaning this stinking mud out from underneath. I will never go mudding just to go mudding… took FOREVER to clean!


I did some towing, but was very unhappy with the rear sag. Also the stock suspension felt like it was very bouncy. It even sagged when I loaded it up to go camping… no trailer!
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Unread 09-20-2011, 02:09 PM   #3
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OME HD Install

OME HD Install
After the financial shell shock of buying a new vehicle, it took me about 5 months to save up for the lift and tires. The rush was on to get it all installed before Easter Jeep Safari. I was meeting my old college roommates to do some Jeeping. I ordered an OME HD lift from Kolak. My buddy and I put the lift on in his driveway:
Feb or March 2011



Front was on, before we did the back

The OME HD lift on with stock tires, I drove it like this for about 2 weeks.


To put the lift on I followed directions that I found online. It went really well, took about 3.5 hours. 3 hours on the front and 30 min on the back. The directions I was following said to only tighten the bolt on the top of the struts down a couple of turns, make sure you tighten that bolt as far as you can! Also, if you don't have air tools, it would be a REALLY tuff job.
I also put on the stock skids and saguaro front shackles. I didn’t take any pics of that, but you can see the shackles in some offroading photos that I will post.
I put on some Duratrac 265/70/17’s with spidertrac 2" spacers... looks very aggressive, but I think they're too much, I wish I'd gotten 1.25 or 1.5. I stuffed one of the wheel wells when offroading, plus It's very hard not to brush up against the wheel and staining my cloths. I think a .5 to .75 inches less would have been perfect.
The noise on the duratracs is not bad at all. I think it's quite a bit less then Muds, maybe a little louder then AT, but to me totally worth it, great on the road ride, and amazing offroad performance.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 02:14 PM   #4
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Kenwood 6980 In-dash Navigation Install

Kenwood 6980 In-dash Navigation Install
I also installed an in-dash navigation unit. I went with the Kenwood 6980 because it uses garmin for the GPS. I’ve installed in-dash dvd players before, so I thought it would be quick… it ended up taking around 14 hours. Way longer then I thought. Installing and wiring the back-up cam was a big chunk of that, it took much longer then I thought it would. I wish I had taken some more picture of the install.
I got a dash insert that would fit the GPS unit off of ebay for round $40.


I got a PAC C2R-CHY4 wiring harness for the stereo and a PAC SWI-JACK steering wheel adapter to retain my steering wheel buttons.




I wired inputs for my iphone and any other audio/video signal down through the center pillar and under the center console.



I decided against bringing the wires out of my console because I’d have to open and close it every time I enter/exit the vehicle. I fed the wires out of the side underneath the center console. I hid the audio/video wires under my seat and can pull them out if I want to plug something in. The iphone wire sits on my console and I plug my phone in when driving. This spot works great for holding my phone and it’s really easy to plug and unplug my phone when getting in and out:




I have generic audio and video inputs hidden under my seat just in case I want to hook up my xbox 360 on a road trip or something.


I wired the Bluetooth mic behind the driver side pillar.

The GPS is installed on the center of the dash under the windshield. I’ve never lost the signal there.

Back up Camera:

This is a good shot of the camera, and a preview of my MOAB pics:
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Unread 09-20-2011, 02:20 PM   #5
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Moab Easter Jeep Safari

Moab Easter Jeep Safari
I met my old college roommates at MOAB for Easter Jeep Safari. I had just finished putting the OME lift, and stock skids. I also put on the saguaro front shackles. This was my first real offroad adventure with my new baby. I was amazed at how it did.

My roommates and their grand Cherokees. They both have spacer lifts.
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Some rubicons that we were wheeling with.
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Most of the other rigs up there looked like this. Someone asked me “How the F did you guys get here” We were on the Behind the Rock trail… it’s the second highest rated difficulty in Moab. I think they were very surprised to see a “Luxury SUV” up there.
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This is “Hummer Hill” I wasn’t dumb enough to actually attempt this thing. I was just going to pull up on it for a pic… but after I had pulled up on it I had a rush of stupidity that overwhelmed me… I thought to myself “Go pedal is on the right!” I had to back up a little to get a good start. Needless to say the QDII did amazing. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a rush of adrenaline like that.



This is “Roller Coaster”





I didn’t hit my back end here at all, but it was too close for comfort… 4Xguards rear sliders are definitely high on my priority list. I hope the new company has them available soon.

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Unread 09-20-2011, 02:38 PM   #6
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Wow! I love the Jeep! This is one of my favorites! The duratracs look awesome on there. I loved the part about "how the f did you get up here, youre in a luxury suv!" Haha, great build
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Unread 09-20-2011, 03:24 PM   #8
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Like I've commented before - your WK looks great. Pics from Moab are ridiculous! I ordered the OME HD from Kolak as well. Been two weeks on the dot today and I have the front springs but still waiting on the rest. Can't come soon enough! The directions you found online - can you point me toward those? I have found some on an XK forum - don't know if those are the same directions. From reading other posts it sounds like the directions are up to the buyer/installer to get ahold of and I can not find anything "official" or specific to the WK. I know the XK supposedly has the same platform, but still ...
Couple other things, did the clevis bolt that connects the fork to the bottom of strut tube have a nut on the other side on your rig? I was looking at mine and it is just the bolt going through the holes of the collar - no nut on the backside. Also, when you did the rear did you jack the body up both sides and disco the sways & shocks and then let the axle drop down? Or did you have to do it one side at a time to get clearance for springs?
Just trying to cover all my bases before I tackle this.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 03:50 PM   #9
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The one you found on the XK forum is the same one I used - the instructions are very thorough. Only part of the directions I didn't care for was the manner of dropping the rear axle. Much easier to just lift the dang jeep and set some stands on the side support frame and closer to the rear. This allowed my axle to dropped ALL the way.

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I see you tossed in more pictures.... This is a really nice thread. You have alot of the same interior mods I did with my WK. Aftermarket Nav, Back up cam - But I do still need to get a doubledin console for the Nav - I had mine 'retrofitted' .. etc. Nice
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wow wow wow great wheeling pics! Definitely not helping my decision to trade my baby in on a Hemi next year
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Like I've commented before - your WK looks great. Pics from Moab are ridiculous! I ordered the OME HD from Kolak as well. Been two weeks on the dot today and I have the front springs but still waiting on the rest. Can't come soon enough! The directions you found online - can you point me toward those? I have found some on an XK forum - don't know if those are the same directions. From reading other posts it sounds like the directions are up to the buyer/installer to get ahold of and I can not find anything "official" or specific to the WK. I know the XK supposedly has the same platform, but still ...
Couple other things, did the clevis bolt that connects the fork to the bottom of strut tube have a nut on the other side on your rig? I was looking at mine and it is just the bolt going through the holes of the collar - no nut on the backside. Also, when you did the rear did you jack the body up both sides and disco the sways & shocks and then let the axle drop down? Or did you have to do it one side at a time to get clearance for springs?
Just trying to cover all my bases before I tackle this.
The directions I used were probably the same ones you have from the XK forum. They were excellent except for one thing. They tell you to only tighten the nut on top of the strut 3 or 4 turns... this is WRONG. Make sure the nut on the top of the strut is cranked down ALL THE WAY. It's also easy (since the strut shaft spins when you turn the nut) to under tighten it. I researched installing the lift a ton and edited the XK directions with tips from other posts... I'll email it to you if you PM me your email address.

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Unread 09-20-2011, 08:55 PM   #12
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Thanks for all of the nice comments guys!
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Unread 09-20-2011, 08:57 PM   #13
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More Moab Pics
Some more pics of our adventures. We did the "Behind the Rock" trail, "Fins and Things", and "Seven Mile Rim". I wanted to do a lot more, but we ran out of time... there's always next year!






This is my buddies 05 Jeep in the water coming off of “Little Lions Back”




















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Unread 09-20-2011, 09:03 PM   #14
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Trailer Brake Controller
I do quite a bit of towing, so I needed a trailer brake controller. I thought for a long time about where to put it. There just isn’t a good traditional place in the WK. I opened the door under the steering wheel column and tried to figure out if I could put one in there. I researched brake controllers and found out that the Prodigy brake controllers can be installed between 0 to 70 degree angle as long as it’s level side to side. I decided to attach the brake controller directly to the door. When the door is closed it’s at about a 50 degree angle. It works perfectly here. The only issue that I can imagine is that if I’m having a problem while towing and need to activate the trailer brakes by hand it would take me an extra second to open the hatch door. When I tow I only engage one of the retention clips for the door, it’s easier to open it quickly that way with one hand. After some practice openings I was confident that I would be able to activate the brakes quickly in case of an emergency.

Pic from the instructions: you can mount at any angle between 0-70 and it adjusts itself. I hear the newer ones can function between all 360 degrees of vertical angle.




This is with the door completely closed:

When I’m towing I only engage one of the retention clips, that way I can quickly open it to engage the trailer brakes by hand if needed. This pic is when only one clip is engaged.


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damn dude those are amazing pics
i got the adrenaline and im just sittin on my couch hahaha
i wish i had places like that around me

maybe i just gotta hunt more
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