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Valpacer 06-02-2012 03:59 PM

Valpacer's WH Build Thread (W8)
Well, its about time I started one of these. Some will be a bit out of order, some mods have heaps of pics, some none!

To kick things off, Here is the Jeep just after it arrived form the dealer. Was searching for a Laredo CRD with QDII, either a Demo or such. Had to get it from the other side of the country.

So the order to the dealer had some extras on it :thumbsup:
  • ARB HD Lift with Bilstein Struts and shocks
  • ARB Bullbar
  • Warn Winch
  • IPF 800 lights
  • Commander Rims
  • 265/70R17 BFG All terrains
  • Brake Controller

First things were the adding of a Uniden Remote Head UHF CB, and a RFI CD900 Antenna to the bullbar.

You can also see in the pics how the spare sat down....didnt last long there.

This is how it was for around 2 years, it was the family daily, wheeled on the weekends when i wasnt in the XJ, or the ZJ, or the 80....

Then the real mods started....

Valpacer 06-02-2012 04:24 PM

First real mod was the installation of a Rola Vortex XL roof rack.

To keep it lower I fabricated up some rola aluminium crossbars into new side rails, which let me use unistrut fittings to mount the rack direct to the new side rails. Kept it 3" lower.

Attention then turned to the rear cargo area. It was time for a set of roller drawers.

Removed all the factory bits, and made up a new rear floor from 18mm marine ply, covered in marine carpet. To level the floor out (remember the factory base has storage in it) I use some Unistrut to make up some mounts. Lost a little space here, but was worth it for the drawers.

And skip a few steps, here they are. The drawers themselves come from a company that sells full kits as well as pieces, from them i ordered 2 galvanised draw units, 450mm wide x 710mm long x 210mm high, each with 2 sets of rollers.

SO made up out of marine ply (1/2" this time) the drawer fronts, some small pieces for the gap to the side of the cargo area, and the top. The top was hinged in the middle, so it can be removed easily when needed!

This meant i could mount a pair of Deep cycle batteries in one of the drawers, and carry all my usual ear without it getting in the way!

I mounted the compressor and Inverter in the Left hand side beside the drawers, along with the controller for the rear batteries and the rear auxiliary fuse bix.

Right side was more space for tools!

With the compressor mounted, it needed an air tank and some lines. Mounted a 9l tank under the rear, firstly on the outside of the rear subframe (lasted 1 trip before i broke it off) and then in the inner side. I was able to reuse the brackets i made though.

And then inside the Frame.

And then Air outlets front and rear.

Valpacer 06-02-2012 04:39 PM

Along the way here I hooked up with Stu from Murchison Products, a local vendor specialising in Late model Jeeps.

With the arb suspension kit sagging more and more every day (when we pulled it out it was only 10mm higher than stock, a 2 of the bilstein shocks had popped) a list for some new works was begun.
  • CRDStu HD lift
  • Bash Plates
  • Snorkel

Valpacer 06-02-2012 04:52 PM

The new lift went on, custom sized coils for the struts and the rear, and 2" longer rear shocks than the OME.

No pics of the install, but you can see the height change in most of the pics from now.

Next was the snorkel, airflow brand, which took around 4 hours to install.

The original front facing intake blocked of.

A new hole in the side for the snorkel pipework.

And the finished product.

JeepN4KC 06-02-2012 04:55 PM

The rear cargo and compressor builds are top notch!

And I always imagined the right hand drive rigs having the skinny pedal on the left of the brake pedal...............

Glad to see your rig on the build threads! :thumbsup:

Valpacer 06-02-2012 05:08 PM

Installed a LED interior light, with its own switch (didnt want it on the courtesy lights as usually had kidlets asleep when it would be opened)

A single strip of LED fixed with double sided tape to the frame under the top trim.

Ordered and received a BullyDog Watchdog on special, allows me to monitor Boost, rail pressure, temp and battery with adjustable warning levels for each. Plugs into the OBD2 port, cable run behind the dash.

Ordered all the bits for an overhead roof switch panel as well.

Valpacer 06-02-2012 05:16 PM

Got sick and tired of lugging the spare on the roof, so made up a hitch mounted tyre carrier.

Took a long hitch receiver, welded some side plate on for the pivot mount. Arm made out of 50mm sq tube (2" sq).

2 over centre latches to hold it

Pivot allows it to fold down so the tailgate can open. Its far enough from the Glass that it can open on its own anytime.

Finished Product.

You can also see along the way here I went to some 265/70R17 Maxxis Bighorn Mud tyres. Excellent grip, but a bit soft for the Jeep/ Sidewalls flexed over obstacles very well.

Valpacer 06-02-2012 05:26 PM

Mount plate made out of an old 6mm wheel spacer i had.

Slight angle back to make it as close to the car and easier to get the wheel onto the carrier.

Valpacer 06-02-2012 05:39 PM

I also converted the winch to Rope instead of wire. Saved 10kg and made it that much easier to climb up hills to recover.

Being an ARB bar, i had to get an offset mount hawse, which no one had on the shelf, so that meant a week wait to put it on.

Removed the wire cable, and attached the rope.

Used the clothesline to spool on the rope. Perfect distance of 30m :D. Unfortunately now after many re-spools, the clotheline is on a 20 deg tilt. Oh well :D

Valpacer 06-02-2012 06:06 PM

I also wired up the in cab winch controls, but hadnt decided on the switch yet. Was debating over the carling type of one of the nice alloy kits that are out there.

Mounted the overhead switch console, which also housed the volt gauges for the main battery and the rear batteries.

Used a 6 way housing, cut into the roof lining and ran 2 x 7core wires down the LHS a pillar.

Decided on using the same style switches for the winch controls, so I used the modular housings this time for a 7 way switch panel, and moved the volt gauges to the centre console. Being a Laredo, there are plenty of spare spots!

The Items on the left of the rocker are only active when the ignition is on, the centre rocker can feed power to them when its off. THe RHS ones control the winch and the small light mounted in the grille to shine on the winch at night.

Relocated Volt Gauges

Relocated work light switch to the rear.

And here are the work lights they switch. 1 each side at the rear. 5 led 20w.

Valpacer 06-02-2012 06:21 PM

Something i had wanted to do for a long time was to get a second battery under the bonnet, mainly to give extra capacity for winching. I decided on 2 x optimas, 1 starter (red top) and 1 dual (yellow top), both rated at the same as the factory huge battery.

I removed the factory battery, battery tray and the fuse box and power centre mount.

Then out of some aluminium plate, made a new tray, braced with some aluminuim angle, and the bolt holes recessed into the plate.

Had to trim a small amount of the strut tower out, and the factory bracket for the power centres was fully removed. These were then mounted down about 2" rearward of their original locations with a couple of tabs.

Used a redarc controller (same as the one controlling the rear batteries) which i mounted on the other side of the shock tower.

Received a pressie in the mail, one of the new twin ARB air compressors.

out with the old single and in with the new! Sounds like a biplane taking off :D

Due to the extra heat it generates (it actually has its own cooling fan) i vented the top of its enclosure with some fluted aluminium.

Valpacer 06-02-2012 06:30 PM

My new AEV Savegre rims arrived from the US, and wasted no time getting them fitted up.

They looked even better covered in mud :D

Plans were being made, with Stu heading to the states for Easter Jeep, he also met with Saguaro and others.

On the list were Saguaro front and rear bars, Saguaro grille.

I had already installed the 4xguard sliders, but didnt take any pics :-(. Too busy hitting rocks with them!

Jvenrick 06-03-2012 11:36 AM

Fantastic WK dude!! I love your rig, look forward to seeing more!!

JeepinShep 06-03-2012 12:18 PM

Very glad to see you posting your build :) Loving my CRD..

SSF556 06-03-2012 12:29 PM

Nice to see everything in one build thread...looking good.

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