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Old 04-26-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Have had a '95 YJ for awhile but it has turned out more of an offroad only rig and the wife no longer "enjoys" riding in it in town. So,we figured it would be great to have another jeep that would get a mix of highway and light trail use and that was a bit safer for the kid to get strapped in the back. Originally I figured I would spend time looking for a TJ and find something in good condition with moderate milage. Well, as you guys know, anything decent like that is going to run at least 15K and for something with really low miles closer to 20K. I just couldn't see spending that kind of cash for a vehicle that would need work, updating, might not be as highway reliable, and we would sink several thousand dollars into anyway. So... I started looking at new JKs and figured that for about 27K we could be out the door with a new jeep that had the basics we would want for weekend driving. Loved the look of the Willy's with the black wheels. Found a black one with auto (for the wife) air, and premium soft top, just the basics. So here we go... Time to make it unique, this thread is as much for me to remember where we started and what we did as anything, but I greatly appreciate any suggestions or know how!

I know for sure we are going with lime green as an accent color, but that's about it for now, trying to work on a "theme"....
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Old 04-26-2014, 05:31 PM   #3
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First mod: mesh grill DIY!

2 sections of metal gutter guard from lowes: $6
2 cans of Krylon fluorescent green paint: $8
4 packs of zip tie outdoor automotive anchors : $8
1 tube of epoxy: $3
1 pack of zip ties : $2

So this is what I got for $26 and about 3 hrs work (mostly waiting for paint to dry while drinking a beer)
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:43 PM   #5
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Speaker upgrade coming tomorrow...
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:22 PM   #7
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Spiderweb mesh, love this thing. $109 from quadratec.
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:32 PM   #8
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Speaker upgrade. I decided to go with fosgate after quite a bit of research as they have 6.75" speakers for the front and back that fit into the factory openings without adapters, just drill new holes in the plastic. Put P1675 ($55) speakers in the soundbar and P1675-S ($98, components with tweets) in the front. Was able to reuse the factory grills on the soundbar. The front is not nearly as big of a PITA as people say. You don't have to remove the dash to get to the drivers side, just remove the pop panels and about 4 screws around the steering column. The dash will flex enough (very carefully) to allow the speaker to come out the bottom. The passenger side is a snap. These tweets don't flush mount quite as nicely as I would have liked, but I didn't want to modify the pod any so this is how they turned out.
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Speaker upgrade. I decided to go with fosgate after quite a bit of research as they have 6.75" speakers for the front and back that fit into the factory openings without adapters, just drill new holes in the plastic. Put P1675 ($55) speakers in the soundbar and P1675-S ($98, components with tweets) in the front. Was able to reuse the factory grills on the soundbar. The front is not nearly as big of a PITA as people say. You don't have to remove the dash to get to the drivers side, just remove the pop panels and about 4 screws around the steering column. The dash will flex enough (very carefully) to allow the speaker to come out the bottom. The passenger side is a snap. These tweets don't flush mount quite as nicely as I would have liked, but I didn't want to modify the pod any so this is how they turned out.
So how does it sound I need to do something with mine I have the alpine premium pkg but it sounds flat
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Old 05-09-2014, 03:19 PM   #10
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So how does it sound I need to do something with mine I have the alpine premium pkg but it sounds flat
The sound quality is night and day at least compared to the base system, I don't have the alpine. There still isn't enough bass for me but the spectrum, clarity and volume is much much better. For me well worth the $150 bucks. I will still be adding a sub soon.
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The sound quality is night and day at least compared to the base system, I don't have the alpine. There still isn't enough bass for me but the spectrum, clarity and volume is much much better. For me well worth the $150 bucks. I will still be adding a sub soon.
Thanks..my bass is ok not great but the highs are just flat so I am going to change what you did..been thinking about it for a while.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:43 PM   #12
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Coil Spring Upgrade

So I picked up a set of 18/59 coil springs off ebay for $80 plus shipping, $100 total. Switched out my 13/55 springs the WW came with. I decided to paint the new springs green while I was at it. Overall, for the cost and time spent I am really happy with the improvement. In the rear I gained about an inch and a half and in the front I gained about 2 inches, well worth it in my opinion. I might still add 3/4 inch spacers in the near future before new tires are in order...

As you can see in the pics below, there wasn't much height difference in the rear springs themselves, but some difference in the fronts.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:45 PM   #13
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Coil Spring Upgrade

Before height

Rear, front.
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After height

Rear, front
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:15 PM   #15
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Looks awesome!!! I ordered mine on 4/12 and still in D1 status but already started ordering some small things. I am going with a (neon / synergy green) theme as well. I saw a good looking set of wheels on tire rack the other day that had some small outlines of neon green. Just not sure if thats going a little to far with the green. What do you think?

I can't remember who they were made by right now but when I find them again I will post a pic if you would like.
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Looks awesome!!! I ordered mine on 4/12 and still in D1 status but already started ordering some small things. I am going with a (neon / synergy green) theme as well. I saw a good looking set of wheels on tire rack the other day that had some small outlines of neon green. Just not sure if thats going a little to far with the green. What do you think? I can't remember who they were made by right now but when I find them again I will post a pic if you would like.
Thanks! What color did you go with?

I was thinking the same about wheels but have since decided to stick with the black rubicon wheels that come on the WW for now. When I was looking though the only wheels with green I could find are made by Tuff.

http://www.statuswheels.com/cms_imag...andard-2-4.png

I love synergy green as you can tell...
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:32 AM   #19
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I ordered a black 2dr Sahara. Those tuff wheels are nice but I was thinking a brighter green. Something like this but different center caps.

http://www.tirerack.com/upgrade_gara...2FGreen+Accent
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Those are pretty sweet, but just don't look like jeep wheels to me, they look more like sports car wheels.
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Wheel spacers

Added some rugged ridge wheel hub centric spacers ($160) as I plan to keep the stock wheels but would like to get 33" tires. After this I like the look of the stock tires much better, a lot better stance. Before on the passenger side photos, after on the drivers.
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:48 PM   #24
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New decals. From northerntint.com
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Not part of the Willys build but went out and had a great time in the YJ today!
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Bass... After the speaker replacement I am very happy with the mids and highs, and it even added some low end to an extent, but I am really looking for a bit more bass. Not a lot, just enough to flesh the spectrum out a bit. I really didn't want to give up any cargo space at all being a 2 door and have looked at a few under the seat options but those are very very limited due to size. I decided to try an experiment... I ordered 2 ordered the boss 8" low profile powered subs (I know, they are cheap and boss may not be that high of quality but the size was right) from amazon to see if I could get them mounted behind the seats, under the seat back covers. Well, they fit perfectly, you would have no idea they are even there. You can see a slight bulge where the seat back pockets are but that's it. Wiring is almost completely hidden as it is all under the seat.

Performance wise these things aren't bad, I think having two helps a lot. There is a lot more low end obviously and a little bit of punch as well. I would say that these round out the overall sound very well and add quite a bit more bass than the factory alpine system (my system was base but my buddy has the alpine, he agrees). I am still struggling a bit with the adjustments as there is a lot of bass at low volumes and not quite enough at high volumes, need to tweak some more. I tried to capture a few pics below. $180 for the subs + $22 for 2 wiring kits.
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Wheel spacers Added some rugged ridge wheel hub centric spacers ($160) as I plan to keep the stock wheels but would like to get 33" tires. After this I like the look of the stock tires much better, a lot better stance. Before on the passenger side photos, after on the drivers.
How's your ride with the spacers? I'm thinking about a set myself for my altitude
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How's your ride with the spacers? I'm thinking about a set myself for my altitude
Actually quite a bit better, definitely handles better on the highway due to the wider stance.
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looking good so far, what are the dimensions on the "Jeep" logos on your fenders?

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