A longtime client of Tunes-N-Tint from here in Lakeland dropped by the shop to talk about a 2014 Jeep Wrangler restyle project. He wanted to make some significant audio system and lighting upgrades to his wife’s Jeep and coordinate the project so he could surprise her at one of our shows. We sat down with the client to discuss his vision and goals for the project. Then we came up with a plan of attack!
Jeep Wrangler Audio System Upgrade
The client liked the features and functionality of the factory source unit. Rather than replacing it with something new, we used a PAC AmpPRO AP4-CH21 OEM integration device to extract a full-bandwidth audio signal from the original radio. We then directly connected the clean signal to a JL Audio XD1000/5 amp. We mounted the amp in the storage compartment under the false floor of the cargo area.
Jeep Subwoofer System and Speaker Upgrades
We sourced a pair of fiberglass under-seat subwoofer enclosures for the Jeep and installed a pair of JL Audio 10TW1 subwoofer in them. The enclosures don’t take up any space in the vehicle and the output from the JL subs is impressive. We finished the audio upgrade by installing JL Audio C3-650 convertible speakers in the dash and overhead soundbar locations.
Custom Powder-Coated Accessories
The styling and performance upgrades for the Jeep include a set of AMP Research Power Steps, Poison Spyder metal fender inserts, a Rough Country lift kit with Fox shock absorbers and dual steering stabilizers, tow hooks, D-rings and several led lighting brackets. The client chose a set of Fuel Krank D517 wheels for the Jeep. These items are coated in metallic blue with a color-shifting pearl that makes them look more purple at certain angles. We also painted the interior air vent trim pieces, door trim and dash inserts in the same metallic blue finish. Then we added custom graphics to the hood and stabilizer arms.
We had the center sections of the wheels painted black to match the body color of the Jeep. We then wrapped them in a set of Nitto Terra Grappler tires.
Custom Lighting Upgrades
Lighting was a big part of this project. We installed Rough Country light bars across the top of the windshield, on the front fenders and the rear of the vehicle. Rough Country also makes a cool light bar insert for the front grille of this Jeep. The bar locates five 8-inch single-row LED bars vertically in the grille and provides an insane amount of output.
Accent lighting for the Jeep Wrangler restyle project includes RaceSport LED under-car lighting, wheel well lighting and rock lights. We also added LED strips to the interior of the vehicle to light up the footwells. Oracle halo-style headlights and fog lights are the icing on the cake.
An overhead switch panel and a multi-zone LED controller gives the client control over all the lighting upgrades. The controller allows the client to set the LED lights in thousands of color choices. An LED third brake light located inside the spare tire replaces the flimsy plastic housing that comes from the factory.
Motorized Convertible Top
The inspiration for the upgrade started with the client wanting to provide his wife with an easy way to remove the roof from the Jeep. He found out that there was a motorized convertible top available for the Jeep. We ordered the top and installed it for the client. The top opens by releasing two brackets at the top of the windshield; then it motorizes back and down – all in less than 10 seconds.
Jeep Wrangler Restyle Presentation
With all the work done and the Jeep polished up and on display at one of our shows, the client brought his wife to the Jeep. The whole thing was a surprise to her! She loved everything about it. The stereo sounds awesome and the Jeep looks amazing.
The couple are property owners at River Ranch, so we know the Jeep will get a healthy off-road workout. The rest of the time, the client’s wife will use it as her daily driver. If you are in the Lakeland area and want to transform your Jeep into something unique, drop by Tunes-N-Tint or shoot us an e-mail using our online contact page.