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DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« on: May 26, 2017, 07:45:50 PM »
As most of you already know, I inherited a WJ to compliment my JK. Getting the build thread going, cause mods should start happening in June.

GeckoGlow's WJ Build & General Rig Discussion Thread

(This first post will be updated as changes are made.)

Current Specs:

 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

 Stats:
  Wheelbase: 106"
  Weight: 4,200 lb

 Drivetrain:
  4.0L I6
  42RE Automatic
  NV-242 Selec-trac, low gear ratio: 2.72:1
  Dana 30 front axle
  Dana 35 rear axle

 Suspension:
  BDS 2" springs
  Bilstein 5100 shocks
   - Front travel: 8.51"
   - Rear travel: 9.23"
  JKS Quicker Disconnects
  Hockey Puck bumpstops
   - Front: 3"
   - Rear: 2"

 Wheels & Tires:
  AEV JK Pintlers, 17x8.5", 5.2" backspacing, black
  265/70 R17 (~32" x 10.5") Falken Wildpeak AT3W

 Lighting:
  KC 100W auxiliary driving lights

 Armor & Body:
  Chopped and dented plastic bumpers
  Cut and rolled fenders for tire clearance

 Current Pic:
« Last Edit: November 27, 2017, 03:04:01 PM by GeckoGlow »
'13 JK Wrangler - The wheeling rig
'01 WJ Grand Cherokee - The daily & farm runner

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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2017, 07:46:26 PM »
This Jeep has been in my family its whole life. My mom bought it brand new in February of 2001. It was our vehicle of choice for long road trips and hauling the family around town. Plenty of memories made with this Jeep. In August of 2010, my mom upgraded to a 2011 WK2, and the WJ became my sister's first vehicle.



Like any older vehicle, it has its issues, but it survived my sister, two minor accidents, and the 4.0 is running strong with only 142,000 miles on it. Throughout its time as my sister's vehicle, I was constantly saying that I'd like to have it when she's done with it.



Back in the beginning of March, the radiator cracked and I had zero time to get it fixed. My sister ended up buying her college graduation gift, a 2011 JK. Obviously, she wants to be as cool as her big brother.



Now the WJ is mine. Ordered up a new radiator, swapped out the cracked one, and put the WJ into daily driver duties.



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'13 JK Wrangler - The wheeling rig
'01 WJ Grand Cherokee - The daily & farm runner

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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2017, 07:47:30 PM »
Started the first round of minor mods tonight. Front and rear recovery points, chopping the front bumper, and getting the chrome grille ready for some black.

Rough cut of bumper trim, front hook in place:


Hitch needs to be cleaned up a bit, but the new rear bumper is already pre-dented!:  :HiFive
« Last Edit: May 26, 2017, 07:57:31 PM by GeckoGlow »
'13 JK Wrangler - The wheeling rig
'01 WJ Grand Cherokee - The daily & farm runner

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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2017, 09:06:13 PM »
Pre dented? Score!

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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2017, 11:22:05 AM »
Front end all freshened up.

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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 02:36:16 PM »
Rear recovery point done. I forgot how much I LOVE working on older, rusty vehicles.

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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2017, 05:29:37 PM »
Thanks to Ty, I have some JKS quicker disconnects off his sold JK. With some different mounting posts and hardware, these should work just fine. But not until the Jeep is lifted.
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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2017, 05:58:03 PM »
They served me well. Hope they will work for you.


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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2017, 12:01:11 PM »
Thanks to Longman, I have a railroad Jeep. Gonna gain some girth, just the way I like it.

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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2017, 12:07:57 PM »
Also, it looks like the discos ARE the perfect length.

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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2017, 12:49:05 PM »
I get more anxious to mod this Jeep everyday. I let my sister borrow it last week, while her Jeep gets repaired, and I already miss not having it. Once I get the Jeep out to it's first Farm run, I'll get the lift and tires. Here's the closest I've found to what I'm wanting:

Mine will be a bit shorter (this is 4", I'm thinking 2"), but I'll open up the wheel wells. Wheels and tire size are exactly what I'm doing.



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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2017, 02:30:09 PM »
Gecko, I thought maybe this would help ya- my black wj on 2" lift with 255/75. I had to trim the front bumper slightly towards the  bottom. Gray wj on 2" lift with 245/75


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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2017, 03:18:21 PM »
How do you know they are black and gray??

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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2017, 03:26:42 PM »
I opened the door and read the vin sticker ;)

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Re: DUB-J: The Other Green Jeep
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2017, 03:34:34 PM »
The AEV wheels were 16s right?
'13 JK Wrangler - The wheeling rig
'01 WJ Grand Cherokee - The daily & farm runner