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etp 04-15-2012 06:47 PM

etp's Build Thread
 
Well, I regret not taking pictures since I got my Jeep, but Ive got some from a while back. The work in this post has been done over the course of about two years, mainly because my 17 year old income can't do it any faster, hah! So anyways, here we go!

It came home with me as a stock 2005 White 3.7L WK with QT1 (AWD).

It stayed stock for about a year until I added the OME HD lift kit, and Goodyear Wrangler Authority Tires (Got em' for $500 installed OTD - a steal IMO)!

Next, I installed a new JVC headunit (KDR-820BT), Infinity Speakers, a Sound Ordnance (love it for the money) amp, and ran all new heavy duty speaker wire - sorry, no pictures. I got really frustrated with that one!

Then came the K&N 77 CAI, Fastman TB, SCT Preformance Tuner, and Magnaflow Exhaust!

Finally, I bought a set of Carbon Satin Rubicon wheels form a guy with a black JK, and mounted my Goodyears on em. During that same time, I added spidertrax spacers and did the pinch weld mod.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7127/6...9233a8f656.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/6...9d6ce8ba4b.jpg

And that is how she sits now! I want to make it more agressive looking but am having trouble with some ideas - so throw em at me! Also, I am trying to find white door handles and chrome trim, so if anybody knows a good place, let me know!

Robb286 04-15-2012 07:30 PM

Looks great! It sits really nice with ome kit. How does the magnaflow sound with the 3.7?

etp 04-15-2012 07:53 PM

Sounds excellent, like a stock V8 or HEMI (I know I know... I wish). I can upload a video for you if you'd like!

mattydipps 04-15-2012 08:05 PM

please do upload!

etp 04-15-2012 08:09 PM

Video on the way - what do you think I could do to make it more "agressive" looking?

JRLT 04-15-2012 08:11 PM

And does the Magna Flow have a model Number?

Omelet 04-15-2012 09:04 PM

You could do something like the Matrix and mount some lights on it. Or a rack with lights. Or some taillight guards. That kind of thing usually makes a Jeep look more aggressive.

etp 04-15-2012 09:27 PM

I was hoping you would chime in Omelete! Im actually hoping to fab up your famous winch plate as soon as i can find a shop who can lay some welds fairly cheap, the steel is already covered! Can you tell a difference in MPGs with a ROLA roof rack installed? Ive heard every answer under the rainbow and can't seem to get something straightforward.

Omelet 04-15-2012 10:16 PM

Oh ya there you go! That will add to the look and function quite nicely. I actually have the Gobi rack not the Rola, though I am sure the aerodynamics are similar. But I am the last person to ask about that :) I don't pay enough attention to my gas mileage to tell. I can say that there is an increase in wind noise, not bad just noticeable. Another thing you could do is mount 4 slim lights to your stock crossbar. That would be cheap yet functional and still add to the aggressive look.

mattydipps 04-15-2012 10:19 PM

toss some hellas behind the grille..... truck looks awesome btw im a sucker for a white wk

etp 04-15-2012 10:19 PM

Do you have a link to the lights mounted in the crossbar?

Omelet 04-15-2012 10:35 PM

I don't remember who's WK I have seen them on. I have some pics saved on my computer, if you PM me your email I will send them to you.

oducks12 04-16-2012 02:38 AM

I have the Rola rack installed on my 3.7, also have a bike rack and ski rack on top, and got 19.2 average mpg going about 70 for 300 miles today. Not too bad! Before the rack I was getting about 20, so not too much of a difference. I also have the K&N, so I figure you can expect similar results. As far as making the Jeep look more aggressive, I would add some fogs into the factory slots (personally I can't stand the black plastic spacers) and a front skid, followed by a front guard of some sort. The 4XGuard matrix is really nice, it's on my list of things to (eventually) purchase. I like the way you're heading with your WK! :thumbsup:

AJeepZJ 04-16-2012 05:18 AM

Nice thread, man!

etp 04-16-2012 09:17 AM

Thanks Guys! Omelete, do you have a write up on how you put that light bar in the matrix?


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