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Old 06-29-2014, 09:46 AM   #1
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05' Zombie jeep project

So this is my first jeep and loving it so far. Wish I had gotten into them sooner! I have about 20 years in low voltage and customer fabrication, and i needed a project so here she is. I'm just lucky the girlfriend likes jeeps, otherwise i have a feeling I'd be sleeping on the couch far more with the time i spend on it. The basics… 05' Wrangler X, some upgrades were already done to it when i got it but most are coming off. The fenders may stay but thats about it. Long term plans are new bumpers, winch, 33's and lift, paint nerd bars in trash, sliders, and so on. Basicly everything!! It took a few months to find all the little issues that the seller never mentioned but those are gone, so time to start upgrades. I have some catching up to do on posting this build. I've done a lot of work already so I'll try and split it up. Feel free to ask questions or point out any stupid mistakes that noob jeepers might make. Thanks!

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Old 06-29-2014, 09:56 AM   #2
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So here's the jeep when I got it with pretty basic upgrades. Smitty tube bumpers front and rear, 31' tires and rims, bushwhacker fender flares, nerf bars, light guards, and a pair of KC spots up front. Good start but not what i had in mind. Fenders are about the only thing that may stay.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:07 AM   #3
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For those interested here's a list of the issues it had when I got it:

- fan only blew on top two speed
- oil pressure gauge wouldn't always work when the jeep was started
- front sway link was busted
- broken door pin on the passenger side
- rear tailgate wasn't showing open
- nasty rake on the front end
- tires had a number of nails in them
- whoever did the security system needed shot (all the connections were bare wire just twisted together
- rims are trash, almost rusted out in spots
- engine mounts needed replaced
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:26 AM   #4
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The evolution of an addiction
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:27 AM   #5
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So first thing's first, Headlights and smoked turn signals. I don't know how you guys drive with these stock headlights!!! I would have seen better strapping two flashlights to the hood. Switched them out to KC halogens. Don't see the need for HID, more wires and stuff to put under the hood. K.I.S.S. right?

Oh yeah and you can see the intake poking out(I just got a generic slap together one from the auto store, will upgrade it to a nicer one later, but for now does the job). I replaced it and the exhaust with a banks monster. Okay system… but def not as loud as I'd hoped.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:33 AM   #6
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HAHA so true!

Stay tuned, the best is yet to come. I have only just begun the madness.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:34 AM   #7
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Here is my before and after lol..
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:36 AM   #8
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It looked like a stripper's jeep before hahaha
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:38 AM   #9
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Very nice, I'm not the only one effected by the addiction! My girlfriend really wants to strangle me at this point over it.
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It looked like a stripper's jeep before hahaha
now that you mention it… yeah it did. LMFAO
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Never saw a stripper do stupid stuff like this though
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So next was more of a plan ahead… Fixing and upgrading the electrical.

I knew power distribution was going to be an issue once i started adding accessories and lights. So here's a quick sum up and some photos of what i did with it.

All power wires to the alt and battery, including grounds were replaced with 4awg. Not really pictured but they're there.

Below are photos of the distribution box i made which mounts under the hood in front of the brake booster. The box was a standard electrical box from home depot(sprayed black). It's sturdy and water tight. Worked well for the space. A bunch of relays and lots of wiring. *** I did upgrade the gauge wire after I did this!! The relays nows are fed by 8 awg and I will put that photo in too*** I decided after it was done and in, that there was no way the 12awg in there was going to cut it. I have a fuse 4awg that feeds this box.
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Nicely done. Im wanting to do the same thing with a water proof tackle box. Then run rocker switches in cab
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"Never saw a stripper do stupid stuff like this though"

What?? Climb on wood? Never…..
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Haha
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More photos of the electrical:

The fuse block will most likely get switched to a circuit breaker. I'm using what I have laying around tho for now.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:32 AM   #18
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Dam... wire me up a box
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Next was the audio system. The factory one with the mud-terrain tires wasn't cutting it.

This was a spur of the moment build so if you are thinking of doing this use weather treated ply, and seal it well!! I just used what was laying around and honestly didn't expect it to turn out as well as it did. I'm sure i'll be redoing it in the future. I also want to add more details to it. Flush in the speakers, and a cover for the amps will be added. For now it does the job. Speakers have their own enclosed air space. it's sealed with a marine resin and sprayed with bed liner. All the wires we run up the roll bar padding and actually hide really well. The amps are a mono block and a 4 channel. Still running off the factory radio with a line out adaptor for the rca's. radio will be switched out at a later day.
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A few more of it installed
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Good use of space, didn't think there was room under the seat, even for a shallow mount sub.
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I guy had plans posted
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No plans for mine. You wanta try it, then good luck!! I didn't even take measurements haha. The whole thing came out of a case of beer and boredom.
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Delta light bar added…

Easy install. I basically ditched all the wiring, switches, and relays they supplied. They want holes drilled in the a pillar and passenger side firewall. I decided to do it the right way. was able to tuck in the wire at the roof and run wires properly. Run off a factory switch instead of the toggles they provided.
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Here's where it's at today. Still needs rims, tires, lift, bumpers, winch, sliders, and whatever else i think of along the way. It's a start, will post more as it's done. If anyone needs more detail or how to on what i've done so far, let me know. I'm happy to make a more detailed thread.
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I would loose that light bar first trip out lol. I need to be able to take my windshield off
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Seriously, bad-Aye. Love the custom audio bar and all the lighting, you definitely know what you're doing in that arena. In your list of future mods, don't forget to add that front locker, will change your life.
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Seriously, bad-Aye. Love the custom audio bar and all the lighting, you definitely know what you're doing in that arena. In your list of future mods, don't forget to add that front locker, will change your life.
Appreciate it ty! I dont have the trail time you guys do, so I'll def be looking to you guys for advice on the drivetrain and suspension. I know fabrication and engines but some of this is new to me.

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