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Old September 10th, 2010, 07:37 AM   #1
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I know, I'm sorry this is not a very exciting project but we've decided to remodel our Jeep Cherokee to give it a bit more bling. As BRAID make a Rally-Raid wheel suitable for such things as Dakar, desert racing and Baja we are throwing on some BRAID rally wheels so thought we'd go with the Dakar look, something like this:




Seems as if most of these trucks have all the rear windows blanked out. Perhaps thay replace the glass with something lighter but we just used perforated white vinyl which has the same look but you can still see out of the windows, a surprising amount actually.





Those are not the BRAID wheels but some Dodge Magnum 18s with Porsche Cayenne tires. We will need to get some custom adapters made to fit the Subaru spec. BRAIDS on this Jeep.

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Old September 10th, 2010, 07:40 AM   #2
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Then we added some decals:











Eventually we'll get rid of the small blue BRAID decals on the door and hood and replace the hood one with a big diagonal BRAID like on the rear. Then a few more decals on the rear doors and perhaps a number panel on the front doors with the DAKAR man inside instead of a race number which, of course, would just be pretentious. And we wouldn't want to be pretentious would we?




Need to do something about that windshield banner too and those lights.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 07:42 AM   #3
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Nice! Looks pretty cool. Good to see something different.
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Time to do something about the auxilliary lights. Right now it has one chrome KC Hiliter spot at 130W and one black KC Hilliter fog at 100W. Both are 6" diameter and both are rusting away though, to be far, they have both been very reliable.



This is the current thinking:

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Not much action over the weekend. Still waiting for the custom wheel adapters that we need to mount the STi wheels on the Jeep. We did get some Lotus parts in, which we installed almost right away we were so excited:






Amazingly the Cherokee comes without door pockets. There really isn't anywhere to put anything in that car. These came off a Lotus Exige so you know they will make it fast as well.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 07:48 AM   #6
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When I opened up this thread and saw your first picture, I was tempted to pm you to see if I could drive it
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When I opened up this thread and saw your first picture, I was tempted to pm you to see if I could drive it


Hah. You can drive the white one if you like.

I like the emoticons on this forum. A little different than I'm used to. My favorite:
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more info on the perforated white vinyl ??

jeep is looking good btw
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more info on the perforated white vinyl ??

jeep is looking good btw
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What do you want to know? It's just regular white vinyl with little holes in it. From the outside you can hardly see in but from inside it's like having a dark tint. It's like magic. I picked it up from a local sign shop. They use it for wraps I guess.

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yah thats what i meant. is where to get ect.
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So we are getting close to wheels, the main reason we are doing this in the first place. In order to get Subaru STi wheels one a Jeep on has to have some custom wheel adapters made:




I guess we could have just ordered some wheels in Jeep spec but we were originally going to use the wheels Travis Hanson rolled at X-Games but, not surprisingly, he wants to keep them. Can't blame him I guess. So we have a few sets of new STi wheels in stock so we thought we'd use them. We can always sell them later if we decide to but what other looney is going to want Jeep specifc rally wheels? (this is where you place your order).

The wheel specs are 5x114.3, +50 with a 56.1 center bore and the Jeep uses 5x114.3 +32 with a 71.6 center bore. The adapter is 35mm thick which will result in an effective offset of +15 which should put the edge of the tire right where it is now with the 255s on a +25 offset wheel. The ARP studs are kind of long. I didn't expect them to recess them quite that much.


Still have to decide color so did some mock ups with the adapters and also Photshop:







I'm not very good with Photoshop.

Which do you think looks best? The third one down is a 17x8 Tarmac rally wheel off my race car. I just tried that for fun.

Now I just have to find some lug nuts and tires and decide on the wheel color.
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I like the Tarmac rally wheel.
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DOH! You are not supposed to like that one. Good job I didn't try the 18x8 tarmac wheel in gold eh?

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Just got the wheels on. What do you think? I cheaped out and went with some used 237/70-15 Bridgestones we had in the shop. I'm not sure how I feel about the effect yet. I think I'll try a small lift next, perhaps 2".
















I also just ordered some more decals :)
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sweet so far you've added stickers, some wheel spacers and rims. Do you have anything planned to make this actually work?
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Those wheels are fugly.
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sweet so far you've added stickers, some wheel spacers and rims. Do you have anything planned to make this actually work?
No. Did you not read the first line? I've already appologized for it being a lame project.
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Well, it is a different look than I am used to... I kinda like it in a rally / subie sort of way. Either the wheels need to be bigger or the tires need to be bigger - something looks unproportional.

I put 2" rusty's full length add-a-leafs in the back of mine that I use for a winter car, (almost an Identical clone of yours pre-graphics) and a 3/4" spacer in front with stock-length shocks.

It screams for a tube prerunner front bumper and big aluminum skid plate.
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Er..that's good, right?
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Well, it is a different look than I am used to... I kinda like it in a rally / subie sort of way. Either the wheels need to be bigger or the tires need to be bigger - something looks unproportional.

I put 2" rusty's full length add-a-leafs in the back of mine that I use for a winter car, (almost an Identical clone of yours pre-graphics) and a 3/4" spacer in front with stock-length shocks.

It screams for a tube prerunner front bumper and big aluminum skid plate.
I agree, something's not qiute right. I'm planning a skidplate, not sure about the bumper though. It's supossed to end up looking like a Dakar Rally Jeep.
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