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Hey Guys!

This is my build thread for customizing my mountaineer.

I have a few things done already. a custom switch box, cb, roof mounted light bar, roof mount rear brake lights, offroad lights behind grill, offroad lights on bumper. Add a leaf in rear. dash mounted gps. k&n air filter.

The list of thing i plan to do is this.... (Not in any particular order) added links for ease of how to's that i used, and what not.
1.HID Kit 35w 10000k
will just have the low beam kit.
2.relocate cb antenna to mount onto hood with a 4' antenna
http://www.rightchannelradios.com/deep-hood-channel-mount.html will do a write up
3. snorkel/ homemade cold air intake
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/airintake.htm
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81609&highlight=custom+intake+tube
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245496
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220176
4. warrior shackles/ TT twist DONE
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=329062
5. Trim front Bumper DONE
see below post for how to
6. 33" tires with new rims
still deciding on tires and rims. mustang 17x8's and some nankangs mustars maybe...
7. New lightbar with 4 55w lights tied into high beams.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CARR-Deluxe...Parts_Accessories&hash=item4170a3c7dc&vxp=mtr with their gutterless mount kit. the Rota will be good for parking garages and other things.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CARR-Gutter...Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f21fe87dd&vxp=mtr this will replace the roof rack light bar i have now. and then use some 6" round lights off ebay probably.
8. Swap to an explorer front grille/ headlights
will do a write up since there is any from mounty to X
9. window visors/ bug deflectors
would like to do camo but idk if they exist... also i think they may get broken up on the trails so i may not do these.
10. clear corners
hmm not sure on this i still want to black the head lights out
11. black tail light cover
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=149756 i will use the spray
12. Winch
ebay special? this will come after bumper and tires.
13. more zombie stickers
:) :p
14. fix rust then bedliner the bottom half DONE... Sorta
see below on what i did.
15. paint bumpers/ grille black DONE
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=194547&highlight=plastic+painting
16. offroad bumper with winch plate, skid plate, light tabs, stinger, and tow hooks
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=99820 going to do a homemade custom unique one i hope... just trying to find the right shop/ guy.
17. hi lift jack mounted to hood. locked down for theft precautions
http://www.quadratec.com/products/12591_0021.htm
http://www.jeepline.com/store/itemdetail.asp?ID=39468640 apparently is a jeep thing about to become a X thing! i will do a write up on this too.
18. new camo front seat covers.
walmart special!
19. custom mesh grille DONE
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=108493 used this but his looks better!
20. Tint the windows
may attempt the precut ebay kit, but i want 2% in the back and 15% on the front windows
21. remove side steps DONE
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188614 I opted to not fill in the holes due to rust.
22. Replace shocks
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=379415 my thread
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=60655&cc=1363991 Monroe sensa trac
http://www.gorancho.com/assets/appli..._MaxTravel.pdf Rancho rs5374 I will do a write up because this is suppose to cause a lift of 1-1.5" all the way around.
23. new cd player
Something double din with GPS, bluetooth, and touch screen
24. fix my broken cruise control
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=229245
25. remove roof rack and maybe add aftermarket cargo rack
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=83683 how to remove.
http://www.everythingsuv.com/surco_safari_roof_racks-esuv.asp like this but ebay knock off would be for spare tire, reverse lights, shovel, maybe front lights too if i dont do the lightbar from CAAR
26. fix drivers window that doesnt go up/ down
ugh i have no clue whats up with this. me and my dad plan to tackle this in march after spring break. i think its a wiring thing? but it could be anything i may just buy a new door from junk yard with working stuff ;)
27. fix interior dome lights that i broke with red LED
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=225698
28. LED puddle lamps
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=206132
29. Fix upper ball joints DONE
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=194453 This was a disaster! cause a small fire and 5 hours of my time.
30. half doors
Not quite sure on this yet, i have liked the idea and think it might be fun. but i have heard it is a pain in butt to take on and off, and i dont want to get wet if it rains...
31. Body lift
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=282378&highlight=1.5"+body+lift
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=240957&highlight=body+lift
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=238214&highlight=body+lift
32. LED Tail lights, turn signals, reverse lights, and brake lights + hyperblink fixed DONE
see pics below. used this link to find the part to fix it hyperblink :) http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=247220
33. led puddle lamps, or neon glow around truck triggered by puddle lights
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=298760
34. led grill lights raptor style
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=368847
http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/led-accent-lighting/bolt-beam-10mm-led-light/56/

hopefully no one will be offended i took their oh so helpful thread and complied all into one awesome place where everyone who looks at this can say hey look there it is. im going to try and get the title changed to 2nd gen mounty build thread with links and how to's

I will add to this as i think of new ideas and will mark off what i complete

Please feel free to add suggestions of things i should do, not do, or parts / places you recommend to get things.

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Nice. glad to see you finally made a registry. gotta get her ready for a mounds run next year.
 






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Nice. glad to see you finally made a registry. gotta get her ready for a mounds run next year.

Thanks kazer! I'm excited to build it finally.
Would you be up for a October it November run? By
Then I should have the mods done needed for offroading better.
 






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I'm always down for a mounds run lol. theres a trip planned for drummond island late september if you're interested, wheeling and camping.
 






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Where is drummond island? What weekend?
 






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I work Thursdays and Fridays. I won't.be able to do that
 






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Shackle have been ordered today. be here in about a week! Once i get those in im going to find some time to do the shackle/ TT twist.

looked at tires today. going to get the goodyear wrangler authorities 31/10.5/15 at walmart 148 a piece. cant beat that! heard great things about them.
 






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Removing Side Steps / running boards

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This is how it started this morning

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These clips are absolutely annoying to get out!

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Today i wasnt feeling great but i decided it was way to beautiful out for me to sit in side so what did i do? removed my running boards. in all i would say it took me maybe 30-45 minutes if that. it would have been faster if i had an impact though :) oh well! I also used the rust to my advantage and just jumped on the steps to get them to fall out and push through the holes. some would say this is bad/ tacky but the bolts were all stuck in there and no way they were coming out. plus the rust has to be cut out eventually.

This is the forum i used to help me... http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188614 Thanks 94eddiebauer

Cant wait for my new decals, and shackles to get here. and then its time for 31 tires! hopefully next week monday.
 






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well i have had some time at work today to think about what i want to do next. my money situation is very good still so i can keep moving on. I work a 24 in flint tomorrow so that will mess some things up! but thats okay :)
but fridays projects are this...
Custom mesh grille (black)
paint my chrome grille the color of my body spruce grey (love that color)
tint my tailights and maybe headlights with the vinyl cling.
and if time allows while paint is drying i will trim my front bumper

i am off at 8am so i have all day to do this! and then i will be going to chicago on saturday so hopefully nothing catastrophic happens. or i will be driving without a grille to chicago hehe

i will post pictures and links when done
 






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update... at work today got bored and after speaking with kazer i decided to buy some leds... i bought a bunch lets say :) so once they come in i will do the write up on how i am doing them... and show some pictures :)
 






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Custom mesh grill, trimming front bumper, painted trim, bedliner, custom neon emblem.

How to trim bumper
for me this was simple, on some years you can simple unbolt the bottom half, mine was attached, there was a distinct line half was down i just took a cut off tool and followed the line all the way across. it turned out good in my opinion.
How to paint words on my molding green
After the mouldings were all painted i went through with a paint brush and put about 7-8 coats on. on the sides i just taped it off used a razr and cut out the letters then sprayed about 5-6 good heavy coats. it makes it unique

well i got off work friday and i couldnt find the paint i needed. so i decided to just paint the grille, molding, and below all bedliner. i also with the assistance of my friend decided itd be sweet to outline some stuff in neon green to contrast the black. i have to paint a few more moldings with green. my shackles are here finally. so i think tomorow those will be on. and i will buy 31's. enjoy all the pics!

How to paint the bedliner
for all the paint that was actually bedlinered over i used a very fine sand paper and lightly scratched it up. and then cleaned it off and sprayed it.
for all the plastic it was just washed off and then painted. so far about 6 months later and after winner and some tree rash it all it holding up. there is one spot on bumper that is scraped off from hitting a wood post :eek:

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before

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This after i trimmed the front bumper, and after i painted in matte black. i had originally went with a matte black idea for the trim and then decided to go with bedliner today. this makeshift rack is a pingpong table holder!

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bedlinered the keypad molding too. didnt do as good of a job covering it as i should have. but it turned out good

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i also added some camo EMT edition 4x4 stickers. i like them alot :)

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decide that itd be sweet to paint off my gas cap door. i like it bedlinered :)

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here is the mesh grille before being painted. This was an absolute pain in the butt!!!! i regretted this as soon as i started it. so hard to do! and plus my dremmel died half way through i had to use 2 pieced of the gutter guard stuff. so that was a real pain in the butt to figure out.

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painted all black. i was originally going to use the torch and take all of the chrome off. but at this point i was so flustered i just said screw it and figured bedliner would cover anything and stick to it... so we will see what happens. but it looks so much better black. if i was leaving it silver itd be a disaster.
edit- 6 months holding strong

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surprise more neon green!!! and it looks a heck of a lot better with the emblem.

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i actually really like this. and from a distance you really cant see how bad the grille is. but i like this. cant wait to get my new hellas in!!!

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after!
 






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On the list of things to do this week...
install all of the led's i bought and the flash module
add the one sticker i bought :)
finish bedlinering the fenders
install shackles do TT twist
buy my tires
install wheel spacers 1.5"
insta cling tint on headlights, corners, and tail lights

things im looking to purchases this week...
hellas
light bar
HID kit
tint ?
new headlight housing (foggy, and the one is broken)
push bar
tow hooks
 






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Your should take the lights off the bumper and throw them on the back either under the tails or around the hitch, run them to a toggle or directly to the reverse lights
 






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Your should take the lights off the bumper and throw them on the back either under the tails or around the hitch, run them to a toggle or directly to the reverse lights
Actually I already have a set back there. I will send you a pic in a second I'm at work.
The plan is to put 3 hellas on bumper. 5 on roof lightbar and then move
hose to the back.
 






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Got any pics of the switch setup?
 






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Thanks man. I got a custom switch setup utilizing one of the cubby holes in the center console but I am not satisfied with it at all.
 



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current reverse lights wired into a switch. these will be replaced eventually by the ones on the front grille.

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this is my current switch box. i utilized one of the cubbys by cutting it out. the switch on the far left is over head lights. then next is grille lights. then reverse lights. next 2 blank. then last one powers CB. its no the "cleanest" job and may look into a new one eventually or removing it all together if i wire my lights into brights, headlights, reverse lights etc. so we shall see! post a pic of yours youngmounty
 






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