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Well I finally decided to start a build/mod thread to consolidate all my stuff in hopefully one thread. It's a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 with a 242 TC and 30/35 axles that I bought new with 16 miles on it in Tucson AZ. I have a lot of catching up to do. I'll try and catch it up as quickly as possible.

Been Jeeping since 1975. Have had CJs, a MJ, XJs, WJs and a WK. Even spent two years in Turkey with my MJ wheeling.

Here is a pic of when my current 01 WJ was stock (on the right).



Here it is now.


Some of the mod are hyper-linked to threads or pics until I get everything on here.

All mods either made, done or put on by me except for a custom built drive-shaft.

BOLD ITEMS ARE FOR THIS BUILD THREAD (page & post)

Here is a list of things done...

6" ROCKKRAWLER LONG ARM
15X8 SOFT 8's, 33x12.5x15 PROCOMP MT's/TIMBERLINES AT's
Aussie locked 30/35 w/4.10s
Hi-lift jack
Bilstein shocks
Carolina DBL/DBL front drive shaft..... #page 1 post 7#
home brew rock rails..... #page 1 post 12#
grille guard..... #page 1 post 14#
front/rear hitch
T-Max 12.5k lb winch
rock lights..... #page 1 post 12#
Meangeen alt
TJ transfer skid..... #page 1 post 13#
elec OBA
Kilby belt driven OBA..... #page 1 post 2#
CB with external speaker
Split rear seats..... #page 1 post 6#
Vinyl doors..... #page 1 post 5#
3AR seats..... #page 1 post 19#
Custom front bumper..... #page 1 post 14#
Power inverter
55W backup lights
half doors #page 1 post 3#
7 6" offroad lights
102" redneck whip antenna
Super Lift Tru-Speed
strobes all 4 corners
Pioneer head with 1200w Pioneer amp and 2 10" Pioneer Subs
Semi air horns with pull cord
Deambered tail lights..... #page 1 post 9#
Quad tail lights..... #page 1 post 8#
Tail light covers..... #page 1 post 9#
Headlight covers
Surco roof rack
Tank lift
Snorkel
rock rail side extensions
4 point harness and harness bar
front fender trim
Custom front bumper(new sides)
swing tire carrier
Custom hood cowl..... #page 1 post 20#
Custom hood scoops..... #page 1 post 20#
This what I have had for a while. Run it all on my droid phone.
Bluetooth ELM 327 Diagnostics, Inclinometer, Torque vehicle ODB II system monitor

Euro tail lights and Mud flaps Gone for a while now

Things coming up...

35" tires
9" rear with ARB and either 4.56 or 4.88 gears(Have the 9" set up for WJ)
44hp front with ARB and either 4.56 or 4.88 gears
Radiator lift with a XJ 3 core rad and XJ AC condenser(have both already). Will eliminate the bottom rad hoop
Custom rear bumper with
Custom belly skid
PA speaker(have)
Whelen 295HFS5 siren/light control(have). Will use the PA and Radio function and light control for the offroad lights
rear fender trim
48 LED light bar
redo roof rack attachment
LED rock lights
 

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Kilby OnBoard air

Installed a Kilby Air Boss OBA system in the WJ Saturday. Took about 4 hours. Was a pretty straight forward install. Had to bend the ac line up and turn the radiator hose around to clear the top of the york ac. Got a little more work routing wires and tying up the air line to the back. Otherwise very happy with it.

I won the kit in a drawing I guess I entered a few months back. Forgot all about it until I got an email saying I won 2nd in the drawing. Thought I would sell it first but decided to see if it would fit in the WJ and it did.

So now I'm running the Kilby with the elec compressor back up. I mounted the Kilby tank in the spare tire well with the other OBA. Hooked both tanks together with a air line. Put a hose connector up on the brush guard for easy access. The Kilby is set for on=120 off=150 and the elec is set on=100 off=130. Fills the 5.5-6 gallon tank (2 combined) in about a minute to a minute and a half.

An added bonus is the diesel air horns vibrate the jeep with a 150psi pushing through them.























 

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Half Doors

I got a lot of requests for more pics and info on my Half Doors.

I cut out the pieces with a jug saw which made quick work of it. I then welded in some 10 gauge sheet metal. Used some late Cherokee interior door handles. Just had to make new connecting rods for the locks to handles. All the electric door locks work like normal. I added some Polk 100w marine speakers to all 4 doors. Removed the door hinge pins and replaced them with wire lock pins. Can swap all 4 doors in about 10 minuets. Power heated mirrors work also. I like'em. If you have any questions or want more info let me know.



















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Vinyl door covers

Made me some covers for my half doors this week. They are two pieces for each door. Uppers have a steel rod sewn into them to help hold them in the window channel. Also added a removable bar for each door and padded them. I'm working on getting the windows a little less wavy. I also painted the snaps now to look a little less obvious. Took the Jeep out in a down poor and had no leaks inside. All seams are glued and double stitched. I may try and add zippers to the windows later.





















 

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Carolina Dbl/Dbl front drive shaft

Replaced my stock shaft after it exploded while wheeling about 6 or so years ago. Took the jeep to Carolina Driveline in Spartanburg SC. They built a single/dbl but it had vibes at 45 or so. Then they built a dbl/dbl and have never had a problem with it since.











 

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Quad tail lights

Saw a ZJ guy do this a while bake. Pretty simple to do. There is already a mark on the back of the tail light marking the spot. Here are some pics of the backside of the tail light with the 2nd brake light. I cut a hole with a about a 1" wood spade drill bit. Then notched out where the tabs would go. Pin checked the tail light connector to find grnd, park and brake. Trimmed back the wires and soldered the pig tail wires to the harness.











 

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Tail light covers and deambered tail lights

Was looking for something different other than the steel tail light guards. Seen a few of those snagged on trees and ripped off. These were cheap on ebay and I think look good. Also Deambered the tail lights. A can of testers candy apple red model spray paint. Cleaned the area off and masked it off. Put two coats on. I havnt had to redo it yet.





 

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Rock rails and rock lights

Made the rails out of 2x2x1/4 sq tube. Bolted it with 1/2x1/2 angle iron and bolted through the pinch seam. Also have 1x1 sq tubing going from the 2x4 and 1/2 to the Uni-frame which I have strengthened with 3x3 angle iron. Have put 6 lights under the jeep for rock lights. Gunna be replacing them with LED strips soon.

















 

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TJ Transfer case skid

I got scared a few times when crawling rock and hearing things scraping. So I had a few TJ skids laying around from friends jeeps that I have worked on. Yeah it hangs really low, but at 6.5" I could live with it vs damaging the TC. I was only supposed to be temp fix but has been there for a few years now. It is beat to hell and time to build a proper more fitting one soon.









 

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Racing seats

Awhile back I broke the frame on the drivers seat. So I welded it back up and it lasted a year or so and went again. Saw some 3AR seats on Craigs list for $100 and picked them up. Cut the frame sliders off the bottom of the seats and welded them to some sq tubing frame I made for the bottom of the new seats. Bolted the frame to the seats and bolted them into the jeep. Worked out perfect. Really like how the bolsters hold you in when wheeling. The seats also came with 4 point harnesses but I havnt installed them yet. Gotta Fab a bar to go behind the seats to mount them too.



 

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Custom Jeep hoods

The first hood with the two scoops was the very first thing I did to the Jeep. The auto parts store had them on clearance and I figured if I didnt like them I could just pull them off. Well they stayed on for 10 years or so. They broke up the long lines of the hood.









Second hood I was looking for a change since I changed the color of the jeep to OD green. Picked up a $25 hood and had the $5 5.9 louvers and got the cowl from a friend for free. Also painted the center section black. Its growing on me.







 

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Got around to start cutting the fenders. Gunna get them done so I can make my front bumper to fit.

Here is how the winch plate is mounted.






Here is the fender cut in work.







Put door edge trim on to finish it. Didnt want to go through rolling the edges. Still gunna cut my rock rails down and bend the pinch seam over in the wheel well.



Here is what I cut out from under the head lights. Gunna cut a little more up to the spot welds.


 

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Got the rock rails stripped down. Cut about 3 inches off. Welded new ends and welded all the screw holes since I'll be drilling and tapping new ones. Applied a good coat of self etching rusty metal primer and have two coats of Rustoleum rust preventative black. Tomorrow I'll put them back on and work on the bumper. Also couple pics of my messy garage.









My home made welding cart. Holds my mig Lincoln 180 (220V), mig Chicago electric 90 (110V) and my Longevity plasma cutter (220/110V).



The messy garage.



 

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Your rear seat modification is awesome!!! Can't believe that is the stock seats cut up. The rest of your build looks great too. Nice to see you building your own stuff and fitting it to your needs. Keep it up!
 
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