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Hey!

Inspired by Numb Thumbs & Kev I've decided to create a thread of my own. I hope you enjoy the posts & photos as I setup my WK2 for some camping, off-roading and a bit of fun.
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that is great news!

i'm loving these new Jeep Looks and clean simple mods!!!! gotta keep it looking nice you know so lets start you off...

what color ?
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I've been following the other two and I'll be following this one as well.

I wish Saguaro designs a front and rear bumper for WK2's as well. I'm still waiting on the new design for the WH.

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Here's my WK2 on the first day.



2012 Grand Cherokee Overland
Mineral Grey
5.7L Hemi
Quadra-Lift Air Suspension
Rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential
Panoramic Roof

Basically I got all the goodies I could, heated/cooled seats, sat/nav, Adaptive Cruise Control, etc.. I seriously considered going with the Off Road Adventure Pack II, knowing I would be going off road regularly, but I wanted the fancy 20" rims for around town. On the Overland the only thing you gain from the Off Road Adventure Pack II is the skid plates and it was cheaper to buy and install those than it was to buy the 20" rims.

So...

The very first purchase I made, was all the skid plates. I've had a few off road vehicles in my day and I must say I was impressed with the skid plates. They are heavy gauge steel and well designed. I should've snapped a few photos of them before they were put on, but sadly I didn't.
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I think you need an aftermarket muffler the HEMI in those it's tamed to a point you couldn't recognise it anymore (plus no HEMI badges on the rear door).

I'm not sure if it would matter or cause any issues by gutting out the existing muffler and installing 2 new one's individually. Maybe best to ask the shop, I don't even know if they have any performance stuff similar to the existing muffler on those, as it's a single unit.

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Next was a Tow Hitch. I went with a Reese Hayman. At the time the dealer wanted some absolutely ridiculous amount, about 2x more than they charge now (which is still too much). So I went to ARB and they recommended a great place called Miami Towbars.

Since the spare sits inside the vehicle there is actually a lot of room underneath the back of the WK2. This makes for a fairly easy install, but also allows them to tuck the hitch up underneath, which looks much nicer and doesn't decrease your departure angle very much. They do cut a notch into the rear bumper for the hitch to poke through, but if they do a good job, it ends up looking really nice.

I like that it allowed me to remove the stock tow hook, which improved the departure angle significantly. And now when I recover from the tow hitch, it is a centered and balanced pull.

Here's a few pics for anyone who's curious. I took these today, not when the tow hitch was installed, but you can still see how it all fits.




After my first trip off road, I noticed they mounted the wiring harness underneath the bracket, which of course led to it getting damaged. I went back and had them rewire and remount a new harness up above the bracket, where it is a bit safer. The guy was great and only charged me $20 for the labor.
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I think you need an aftermarket muffler the HEMI in those it's tamed to a point you couldn't recognise it anymore (plus no HEMI badges on the rear door).

I'm not sure if it would matter or cause any issues by gutting out the existing muffler and installing 2 new one's individually. Maybe best to ask the shop, I don't even know if they have any performance stuff similar to the existing muffler on those, as it's a single unit.

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Thanks for the info on the mufflers. I am definitely looking to make a few performance tweaks. I emailed Hennessey Performance in the US, and asked what was around. They've got a good deal of stuff for the new SRT and some of the other 5.7L Hemi's - Challenger, Charger, WH, & Ram Pickups but nothing for the new Jeeps yet.
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Sadly 2012 WK2s come from the factory with no front recovery hooks. I know there has been a lot written about 'The Great Jeep Recovery Hook Debacle of 2012', so I won't get into all the details here.

I took delivery of my WK2 in February 2012, so at the time there were no options anywhere for front recovery hooks. I researched all over the web for options and came up empty. Which basically meant, I had a brand new shiny 4x4 that I couldn't really take off road.

I researched all the options, as many others have. I found you could fabricate a very basic bracket and attach the rear recovery hook (or a US factory recovery hook) to the front right of the vehicle. It is only a matter of hole alignment, for the bolts and the opening in the front fascia. The front left would be much more complex and therefore very costly to fabricate anything. Just as I was about to get something fabricated, Jeep released their kit. It cost $350 plus installation, $550 all up, which almost encouraged me to do the fabricating... lol. In the end, I installed the kit.

I've tested it, and it works fine. Even recovering a Land Cruiser 100 Series buried in the sand to the axles.

I've posted a few photos. I'll take a few more with the front fascia off when I head down to Coffs Harbour at the end of April. As you can see, the recovery hook is recessed quite a bit so it can sit behind the plastic snap on/off plates. It also has a very tight radius making it difficult to slip a tow strap onto it. Plus, there is also a radiator hose (metal) that makes it a very tight fit. Not ideal, that's for sure. And if I weren't going to put a Bull Bar on the front I would definitely look into fabricating something better.



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Next up, was a pair of rock rails.

I looked at the official rock rails from Jeep (https://www.mopar.com.au/Pages/Store...ils.aspx?D=164) but wasn't too sure. I'd also seen a pair from RRO, (http://www.rocky-road.com/grand-cher...k-sliders.html). I called Stu Murchison from Murchison Products in Brisbane (http://www.murchisonproducts.com.au). I'd come across his name a few times earlier when looking for recovery hooks and off-road wheels, so I figured it was time to give him a call. He was on vacation, but took my call anyway. We chatted for a good 15 minutes or so and he told me the Jeep rock rails were excellent. He offered me a good price including installation and I was sold.

Here are a few photos. As you can see they completely replace the plastic rail that comes standard. They have excellent fit and finish and don't protrude into the wheel well at all, something I was a bit nervous about with larger than stock tires. They are extremely sturdy and completely smooth underneath, with all bolts recessed and out of the way. There was no drilling or cutting required for installation. I haven't tested them yet, but all-in-all I am very impressed with them.

The extra bar that sticks out from the side provides a great place to stand when taking things on/off the roof. But if you'd rather have a clean look without the extra bar, I noticed the 2013 Trailhawk has the same rock rails without the extra bar.




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