Nice man, thanks. I like the black with white writing. Think I'm going to order one of those.
Yeah, dude, if you order one post a pic of where you put it. I was thinking of putting the black/wht letters on passenger side opposite the Trail Rated badge. Maybe I'll just replace the one in the pic - it didn't go on the smoothest.
Went on a little road trip to Tuttle Creek Off Road Park on Sunday. It's north of Manhattan, KS - about 2.5 hours from us. We had a gang of family with three Jeeps between us. Tuttle is an awesome place to wheel for anyone and everyone. That's my cousin's KJ - bone stock/street tires - did pretty good - I was impressed. I was proud of her for bringing her Jeep. They needed winched out a couple times - but still My Uncle, of course, pushed his TJ further than he has (it's funny how the more you wheel the more you'll try). The WK did great. We came through one stretch of trails that had a couple "pucker factors" built in - namely a shelf trail that dropped right off the passenger side on its climb to a nice ridge, and then a leg that we took down from that ridge that was the steepest gradient I have ever been down. (You wouldn't believe this place is in flat-lander Kansas). Oh yeah, the dork driving the WK is me in all my no shave November moustached glory. But, everyone on my crew at the firehouse is doing it too so it's all in good fun.
A couple of the latest mods I've done. Nothing major. Cheap, easy, and fun.
For Christmas I took an extra multicolor strand of lights and put 'em on the roof rack. I used zip-ties at each corner and the the middle of all sides to secure it. Then just ran the plug down the top of the lift gate to the rear interior. Used an inverter in the rear cig. outlet and plugged the lights into the inverter. I also finished sprucing up the underside of the rear end (axle, lower shock mounts, spare well rails). I sanded the rust out best I could with some heavy grit sand paper and used some flat black rustoleum in a rattle can. Figured a few coats would help protect with the snow season approaching (actually we had our first dusting the other day). Not to mention the salt that the road crews lay down I hate that stuff - nothing worse on the underside of a vehicle. My before pic is from a wheeling venture about a month ago at Tuttle Creek ORV just north of Manhattan, KS and the after pic may not reflect my work the best - but hopefully you get the idea.
Okay - so after some minor set-backs getting this thing to update properly and upload the initial tuning, I got my Superchips Flashpaq 3875 installed!
It was a Christmas gift from me to me, haha. My wife and daughters scored this year as well. Santa was sitting pretty this year when it comes to $'s. Our initial Santa's lists combined were creating quite the unfunded liabilities.
Some timely overtime came in handy and put Santa in the black. This entry to my build may be quite remedial to some, but please humor me because I know there are those out there that don't even know what an OBD-II port is among other things. So, I'm just trying to be helpful. Anyway, overall, the SC is easy to install and work with - very user friendly.
First things first - everywhere you look they are recommending to update your tuner before plugging into your OBD-II. Whether it's the flyer in the box, the instructions, or the tuner itself. So, I did. You have to go on SC's website, create an account, and download the easy update software. This is all free and takes maybe 15 minutes. Once installed, open the update software from your desktop, use the USB cable provided to plug the tuner into a USB port on your computer, and wait for it to update.
Once the update is complete you're ready to go to your rig. The OBD-II port is on the driver's side, about where your left shin is when you're driving. Just plug in the tuner to this port.
The tuner will power up when you plug it into the OBD-II and begin prompting what it needs you to do. Namely, turning your key from "off" to "on" during different phases of the tune.
It will initially copy and store the stock files from your rig which takes about 5-10 minutes. Then it will ask what tuning you want to program. Loading the new tuning will take about 5-10 minutes as well. I chose the advanced tuning 87 octane and customized my tire size to 31.75" from stock. This is to recalibrate the rig to compute 265/70/17's when it comes to the speedo and what not.
After the Superchip was finished loading my tune into the WK, the only thing left to do was disconnect the tuner and take it for a spin. Right away I noticed that the Jeep felt like stock again, better in fact, as far as throttle response, acceleration, and shifting. The Jeep is just quicker to respond and accelerates like a champ. Putting the 265's on pulled the power down a little and especially made the transmission shift akwardly. The SC, so far, seems to have remedied this. Now it's time to enjoy my Christmas present and decide if I'm going to place any of the SC decals to the WK!
Oh yeah, guess I'll update my sig, too!
This was already posted in WK/XK pics thread but I like to think of my build thread as a photo journal of sorts. I can show what I've done to the WK and show what it enables me to do with it. Plus, again, it's MY build thread so I figure even if I'm not "building" something in every entry I'm showcasing the rig.
Some pics from the last day of 2011
KS Rocks Offroad Park:
This washed out crossing really kicked my @$$:
The winch of shame
The spacing of that rock and log on the right side (right at my front & rear tires), combined with mud, and only airing down to 20psi is what gave me trouble I think:
Check out the articulation of my Uncle's TJ:
You can't tell by the pic but he was lookin at quite a steep grade on that rock and his rig wanted to roll to the driver's side as his rear left was bottomed out while his front right was bumping up that gap. We set-up quite the rigging with his winch, two anchors with change of directions, 2 snatch blocks, back to his right front tow hook. It may have been overkill but it allowed a straight pull with the winch and and a "downward" pull on his right side which is what was needed here.
Planning our line up this rocky climb.
That climb resulted in some trail damage and I didn't even summit in the end.
If I'd stuck with my plan to stay the course of the main trails
this wouldn't have happened:
I used the 87 octane tune on the SC for wheelin. I noticed more power in my low gears in 4lo and after wheeling I used the SC to idle up while using my compressor to air back up. The SC mileageXS tuning gave me almost 19mpgs on the trip down there into a head wind and the drive back I ended up with 21mpgs! The WK has never seen that kind of mileage.
Overall, it was a great way to start the last day of the year.
I have the week off (gotta love 24-48s w/ a Kelly Day) so I decided to do some projects. Nothing major - exterior aesthetics. I still had the Red Rock Crystal grill that came stock with the rig in storage so I figured I would play around with it. It also gave me the chance to work with DupliColor spray on bed liner (which I'm thinking of doing my bumpers, fender flares, and the sides up to the trim).
First thing I did was separate the grill base from the painted piece:
Next, I used a coping saw to cut out the fins:
Then, I used a sanding block (not sure on the grit but it was heavy) to grind all the clear coat off and scuff the surface up nice. After that I wiped it down real well with a wet towel and called it a day. I would get materials the next day:
After running some errands and finally finding the DupliColor I got started. I figured since I had the bed liner I may as well pull the rear step pad and bed line it as well. Careful patience is all it takes to remove it. Then I gave it a good cleaning with simple green:
Next, I masked off the dimples where the plastic rivets seat as well as the four tabs that fit in the inboard side of the bumper. I wanted to make sure this thing fit back snug as it did with no difficulties:
I did four coats on each piece - this is best done outside 'cause the spray is fairly messy as to get a good texture you have to hold the can at least a foot away from your piece. Each coat was light and the next just builds on the last:
Between coats I cut the mesh (I used gutter guard) for each of the spaces on the grill but I was looking at how I was going to secure them:
Finished step pad piece:
Finished grill piece:
Finished step pad installed:
I decided on 8" black zip ties placed in each corner of the rectangles and obviously snipped off the excess. The base piece has indentations that seemingly were meant for this mod as the zip ties seat in them and the painted piece can snap right over:
Finished bedliner grill with mesh inserts:
Finished grill installed:
All in I spent about 20 bucks in materials and supplies and spent about 3-4 hours on the projects combined. I don't know if I like the "murdered out" grill over the chrome (and I know the wife isn't gonna like it when she sees it). I do like the "new" finish to the rear step pad and it looks like it will withstand some abuse. The finish of the Duplicolor is really nice, thick, and textured. Overall, the Duplicolor is easy to work with, a little messy, and throws some globs near the end of the can (it may not have been ideal temps outside - the can calls for 70 degrees but it's lower 60s here today and I couldn't let that pass without doin stuff).
After I got done I took the pup to the off-leash park. It was a good day.
did you prep the step board other then giving it a nice cleaning?
planning on doing this tomorrow ...
I didn't. Probably should have but I figured it already had some texture for the spray to stick to. If it doesn't take I'll just remove it and try it again.
You might try scuffing it up with some sandpaper. Can't hurt - I just didn't figure it would matter. Guess I'll find out.