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Unread 04-04-2012, 10:02 PM   #1
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Easy Do It Yourself WK mods list

I Have spent a lot of time reading various threads about easy DIY mods for WKs and thought I would list them out to see if I missed any. I'm not sure if this will be useful or not but I would love to see everyone's take on these mods and any others that should be listed!

So far I have:
- expanded metal grill mod
- front bumper lower valance removal
- plasti-dipped wheels, badges, and trim
- throttle body ground wire
- painted brake caliper covers
- gas tank skid notch
- HID fog and headlamp upgrade
- cargo area/lift gate LED mod
- pinch weld clearance
- Bed liner rear bumper step

I'm sure that I've missed a ton of others but these seem to be the most common mods that WK owners tend to do. I would love to see everyone's version of any of these mods!

Also if anyone can add an estimated cost to any of these mods it would be helpful to many new owners who want to make their WK their own without breaking the bank!

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Unread 04-05-2012, 12:24 AM   #2
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"throttle body ground wire"......what does this fix???
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Unread 04-05-2012, 01:29 AM   #3
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"throttle body ground wire"......what does this fix???
The hemi has an electronic throttle body that is only grounded by the wire harness. When you add a separate ground it helps a little with throttle response.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 01:35 AM   #4
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I Have spent a lot of time reading various threads about easy DIY mods for WKs and thought I would list them out to see if I missed any. I'm not sure if this will be useful or not but I would love to see everyone's take on these mods and any others that should be listed!

So far I have:
- expanded metal grill mod
- front bumper lower valance removal
- plasti-dipped wheels, badges, and trim
- throttle body ground wire
- painted brake caliper covers
- gas tank skid notch
- HID fog and headlamp upgrade
- cargo area/lift gate LED mod
- pinch weld clearance
- Bed liner rear bumper step

I'm sure that I've missed a ton of others but these seem to be the most common mods that WK owners tend to do. I would love to see everyone's version of any of these mods!

Also if anyone can add an estimated cost to any of these mods it would be helpful to many new owners who want to make their WK their own without breaking the bank!
Expanded sheet grill <$30
Bed liner $9 for rustolium $11 for duplicolor I like the duplicolor more.
For the throttle body ground I used a $9 battery cable from Napa
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Unread 04-05-2012, 05:02 AM   #5
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The hemi has an electronic throttle body that is only grounded by the wire harness. When you add a separate ground it helps a little with throttle response.
I believe you can do this with some of the 3.7's as well
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Unread 04-05-2012, 06:50 AM   #6
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"throttle body ground wire"......what does this fix???
Apparently when you add a ground wire to any one of the existing throttle body bolts it will help improve throttle response. Not sure about mpg
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Unread 04-05-2012, 07:10 AM   #7
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I believe you can do this with some of the 3.7's as well
the 3.7's after 2007, I believe.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 07:26 AM   #8
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I believe you can do this with some of the 3.7's as well
Sounds like black magic. I wonder if it would work for the 3.7 in the libs
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Unread 04-05-2012, 07:51 AM   #9
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Sounds like black magic. I wonder if it would work for the 3.7 in the libs
Should work as long as it's an electronic TB, AKA "Drive By Wire".
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Unread 04-05-2012, 02:27 PM   #10
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i still haven't tried it on my 3.7 even thought ive been saying i was going to do it for a few months now lol. if i ever get around to it i will post up what (if any) results i see...
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Unread 04-05-2012, 04:03 PM   #11
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Can someone explain the "Gas tank skid notch".
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Unread 04-05-2012, 05:00 PM   #12
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Can someone explain the "Gas tank skid notch".
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When you disconnect the sway bars in the rear, there will be a lip that the lower control arm in the rear catches when fully dropped. Some people cut that lip so that it allows the arm to travel down a little further.

I have to type this because it won't let me type nothing lol
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Unread 04-07-2012, 05:06 AM   #13
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"throttle body ground wire"......what does this fix???
Like BobG said, it improves response.

Today's autos have so many electronic parts/sensors/computers that electrical 'noise' is an issue with smooth operation. Not being an electrical engineer, my understanding is that proper grounding has the effect of removing static and spurous electrical energy buildup that interfers with signal transmission and sensors. It's kinda like tuning out the static from a bad radio signal so that the computers get a clear signal. Performance tuners have been installing these for years. I thought it was kinda gimicky but when I installed a kit on my CSRT it really smoothed out the idle and improved throttle response, so I'm sold on them.

The stock grounding wires and points are pretty pathetic on autos so upgrading the grounding is a simple and fairly inexpensive modification. I don't know if anyone makes them for WK's but they wouldn't be too hard to fab up yourself; heavy gauge braided wire, gold connectors, shrink wrap. The secret would be knowing where to ground to. Most kits ground the hood, throttle body, battery, block at two places and to the body at two places.

When I bolted mine in place I used a dap of electrical conductive grease (like for spark plugs) on the connections.
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Unread 04-07-2012, 05:15 AM   #14
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Just found a kit at http://www.andysautosport.com/jeep/2...i00000296.html
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Unread 04-07-2012, 09:48 AM   #15
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"- front bumper lower valance removal"

^Easiest and best looking mod for sure, alot more ground clearance and looks more aggressive
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