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Old 01-03-2012, 02:51 PM
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Omelet's Build Thread!

That's right, I am FINALLY making my build thread! I have been modding this Jeep for three years now so I have a lot of catching up to do. Just bare with me, because this is going to take some time to get through. I will start from the beginning and try not to miss anything.


It all started in 2004 when I saw the beast that AEV and SuperLift made.





Not only did it look awesome, but it boasted some incredible performance. A Jeep Grand Cherokee with QDII coupled to a HEMI! I had to have it! Unfortunately, being a lowly military man also trying to support a family I could not afford a $45K vehicle, let along the $5K+ for the lift tires and other goodies.

Finally after the market took a crap in late 08 the time had come! I started looking around and pricing the different models and option. By then the CRD had also come out which I wanted more than the Hemi, but I could not find one in Cali I found a few in other states, but they were too far away and more than I could afford. So I ended up scoring a 2005 Limited with every option available that year and 40K miles for $16K! It seemed no one wanted to buy a big Hemi powered vehicle at that time, so local dealers were pricing them very low. Even a year after I bought it I couldn't find a better deal

This was the day I brought it home!






Yes it is dirty because I insisted on swinging by a trail on the way home to test out 4lo! I wanted to make sure the t-case and ELSDs were working properly. In fast the first mod I made was to remove the front air dam before I hit the trail.


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Old 01-03-2012, 03:33 PM
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Nice start. This is gonna be along thread lol.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:28 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

Well about a month later I got a killer deal on an intake and exhaust from autoanything.com

First to go on was the new Volant CAI.





The Volant was designed for the 6.1L, but fits just fine on the 5.7L. The only thing needed to make it a bolt on instal is a longer .5" hose that I picked up at the auto parts store for a couple bucks. I picked the Volant over the others because of the inclosed filter design. The filter is housed inside the box which completely shields it from the hot engine compartment. The only air entering the intake is from outside!

Later I wrapped the intake tube and box with cool tape to help insulate it from the hot engine during off roading (slow going when there isn't much air passing through).




After the intake was the MBRP exhaust.






I notched the bumper so the tip wasn't so low. I didn't want it getting hung up while off road. It still scrapes sometimes, but it is better than it would be and I don't want to completely hide it.






It had a killer tone to it. A nice deep gargle!


http://youtu.be/-Z98RG8BbqI


After about a year the wife decided the drone from the exhaust was just too much. So I installed a 12" reso towards the tailpipe. That helped but wasn't enough. So I ditched the MBRP muffler in favor of a 3" inlet/outlet Magnaflow. That changed to tune a bit which was good for appeasing the wife, but it no longer had the gargle to it that I loved. However, it still sounded good and the wife was happy! And as any married man can tell you, "A happy wife = A happy life" or "If the wife isn't happy, no one is"

After said changes:

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Old 01-03-2012, 06:06 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

Looking great so far. Cant wait to read through all of your projects again...never gets old!! ha. You have done some great work!!
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:24 PM
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:55 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

nice!!!!!.....
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:55 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

The next thing to get swapped was the taillights. I got a set of the red LED lamps off eBay and popped them in place of the OEM lamps.


A comparison, LEDs on the left and OEM on the right.







I also through in a set white 60 LED clusters for the revers lights.




And once they were installed.



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Old 01-03-2012, 06:57 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

Thanks guy! This is going to be my project for the next few days


I also updated post #3 to include the more recent exhaust vid.
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

how are those led reverse bulbs holding up? where did you get them?
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:54 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

Ok enough with the fancy stuff! I snagged a set of 5 Rubi wheels and tires off craigslist for $300. One (the spare) was new and the other four were around 60% left.



Test fit



They got to sit around for a bit until I got my lift



Eventually, I sold my stock chrome clad wheels to a guy with a Commander for $450! He had the Laredo. He needed new tires and these were practically new, plus he wanted chrome wheels. Not a bad way to make $150




In the mean time I installed a set of Aries taillight guards I got off eBay new for $60. I eventually modified the mounting brackets because I didn't like how far they stuck out. These pics are after the modification.









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how are those led reverse bulbs holding up? where did you get them?
Still working perfectly after about 2.5 years. I also got them off eBay! You will start to notice a trend here
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:16 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

Eventually I got all of the Old Man Emu (Medium Duty) lift goodies I ordered from Kolak! Just in time too. I had a trip planned with my dad over the weekend. Thursday came and I was still missing my front struts. I started by doing the rear and the struts ended up coming that afternoon. I finished the install that evening and then set out first thing in the morning to go to my dad's.

Started tearing into the front end at about 1500!



While trying to compress the new MD coils, I snapped one of my cheap spring compressors. So don't cheap out on those, spend the extra money and get the good ones! Luckily there was a PepBoys down the street that was open until 1900. Besides that the install went fine.

The next morning right before leaving:






This was my initial lift configuration. The Full OME MD lift, 1.25" spacers, Rubi Moab wheels, and Rubi BFG M/T 255/75/17 tires.


*Oh and for those who are afraid to install anything by them self, to date I have successfully done everything to this Jeep solo! And I am no mechanic or anything special. So don't let not having any help stop you from doing anything
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