Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Latitude Mod/Build by tbrou6229
Hello KL Family! I have read through a few different threads and gotten some great ideas for modifications for my 2015 Latitude. I decided I would put my progress down on the forum for anyone who is interested!
I guess i'll start with the back story. If you don't care for the back stories, skip to the next paragraph! I bought my Cherokee in February 2015. I had really researched SUVs and cars, and started out as a hater of the front grille on the Cherokee. In fact, I wouldn't even look at them when I first started searching. However, it grows on you! Eventually, I had fully decided on getting a Cherokee Latitude and decided I would build one if I couldn't find what I wanted on a lot. While searching I found a 3.2L Granite-painted Latitude with ADII and the cold weather package... It was everything i was looking for! Unfortunately a bad experience with the dealer left me driving off the lot empty handed and sent me to another local Jeep dealer. At this next dealership, I found the Jeep Cherokee i now call my own-- a Brilliant Black painted 2015 3.2L Latitude with "Frost Beige" interior. Unfortunately, this one did not have ADII, or the cold weather package and the dealer couldn't locate the one I liked at the other dealership. So after some dealing, I ordered new Charcoal grey leather heated seats, signed the paperwork, and drove home in my new Cherokee. I'll admit I had some buyer's remorse at first, thinking about what I thought I should have got, but eventually began to enjoy it and learn the joys of modifications!
After getting the beige fabric seats taken out and the leather installed, I thought I would be perfectly happy... Well, enough is never enough, so I began the process of performing a "black-out" on my Jeep. I used to work for a local graphics company that has just gotten started into Plasti-Dip. I allowed the Latitude to be one of the first test subjects! I removed my chrome grille inserts and the silver roof rails and had them sprayed matte black. Once installed, they looked AWESOME! I decided then that I had to keep going... For the next step, I removed all of the chrome badging and emblems and replaced them with the grey emblems that are on the Trailhawk models. In addition to replacing the chrome emblems, I am putting matte black vinyl over the chrome window trim. I also put in an order for the Anthracite Grey plastidip and am currently waiting on getting my wheels back. BTW, if anyone is interested in getting their wheels dipped and wants to match the Trailhawk badge color, the Anthracite is almost a perfect match!
I figured that just modifying the overall look of my Cherokee was good, but what could I do to make it even better? After reading up on some of the threads here, I decided to purchase the Xenon Depot LED kit to install. I only read the first few posts on the thread and figured it would be easy.... Newsflash!!! Its not plug and play! SO i ordered resistors and broke out my soldering iron to fabricate a new wiring harness to make the LEDs work. (I haven't had the chance to install yet, so this is still a work in progress).
I have a few other projects in the works, and some ideas for upcoming jobs. After I get the LED headlamps installed, I am working on adding lighting in the undercarriage to mimic approach lighting found in some vehicles. I purchased LED strips which will be mounted to the frame near the doors. I have also been watching a thread on adding Puddle lamps to the mirrors, so I may attempt to do that as well.
As far as upcoming ideas, I would like to add heated mirrors. (I have them in some other vehicles, and truly miss them in my KL). I have also been looking at purchasing and installing the RRO slide rails...
I'll have more pics coming as things get completed. The first pic attached here is my KL before any exterior modifications.