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Unread 06-01-2008, 05:49 PM   #1
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Congratulations to our June Cherokee of the Month: Sierra Drifter

Congrats to Sierra Drifter for winning the Cherokee of the Month for June!

Sierra Drifter
2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport - Patriot Blue
4.0L Inline 6 HO
AW4 Auto transmission
RocTrac NV241OR 4:1 transfer case from an 04 TJ Rubicon
Tom Woods rear CV drive shaft

Front Axle:
Dana 44 high pinion full width 8 lug from a 1978 Ford F250 68” wide
4340 chromolly alloy inner and outer shafts
Yukon super ujoints
ARB selectable locker
Yukon 5.13 ring and pinion gears
Warn Premium Locking Hubs
Ford 1-ton dual piston disc brakes
JKS over axle trackbar relocation bracket
Custom made sway bar brackets located above the high-steer tie rod
JKS Quick Disconnects

Rear Axle:
Dana 60 full width from 1979 Ford F250 66” wide
Bored spindles to accommodate 1.5” shafts
Yukon alloy 1.5 inch 35 spline alloy shafts
ARB selectable locker
Yukon 5.13 ring and pinion gears
Disc brake conversion using Cadillac Eldorado calipers
JKS shock mounts

Lift:
Rubicon Express 5.5” Extreme Duty suspension lift
T&T Customs Y-Link Long Arm upgrade kit
JKS Adjustable Coil Over Spacers (ACOS) set to minimum height
Two-inch lift shackle on rear leafs
About 7+ inch total lift and a lot of fender trimming

Steering:
Ford flattop knuckles
Harsh Terrain high steer arms
Foothill Offroad heavy-duty tie rod and draglink.
Chevy 1-ton tie rod ends
Waggoneer pitman arm
C-Rock steering box inner and outer reinforcing plates
Steering box brace

Protection:
Custom 4x4 front winch bumper with brush guard and recovery points
Kevin’s double square tube Rock Sliderz
T&T Customs full belly skid
Stock XJ gas tank skid
Custom made differential guards
Plated lower control arm mounts

Other Misc:
37" x 12.50 x 17 Goodyear MTR's
Cragar black steel wheels
Bushwhacker fender flares
Rubicon Express heavy-duty track bar, drop-bracket, and brace
T&T Customs Frame stiffeners
Warn M8000 winch
Lokar cut-to-fit emergency brake cables
Extended stainless steel brake lines
Thule roof rack gutter-mounts and crossbars
Yakima Load Warrior roof rack with extension
Cobra 29wxst CB
Firestick 4ft CB antenna
ARB Air compressor for lockers
Viair 400 Air compressor for tires
Off road lights
Red Top battery
Cut and folded rear quarter panels
Custom made switch box for ARB lockers
Custom made IPod dash mount
4 new JBL Speakers
Two fire extinguishers mounted inside
Highlift jack, tow strap, tree saver, snatch block, d-rings, cable weight etc.

I’ve done every modification myself except the ring & pinion setup, and welding on the front axle brackets. I do my own welding now. After 4 years of modifying I am almost done, well as done as any rig can be. My XJ has been through some of the toughest trails in the west, including the Rubicon, Fordyce, Dusy, Swamp, and two trips to Moab. It has performed well, a couple very minor trail breaks but it has always brought me back home.





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Unread 06-01-2008, 06:13 PM   #2
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Congrats!!! Definately a contender for "Best of the Year!!!
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Unread 06-01-2008, 08:46 PM   #3
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Just wanted to say thanks to everyone that participated in the COTM.
All the entries were very nice, each one a unique one-of-a-kind XJ,
and all of them deserving of COTM. So congratulations to all of us.


It doesn't matter if you're running a budget boost and 31's or building a monster on 40's,
we are all crazy about our Cherokees. I've owned a lot of vehicles over the years, but I have
never modified one to extent I have my XJ, and I've never been so attached to any of them.
I own a nice daily driver, but I wouldn't care much if something happened to it, but if something
happened to my Cherokee id have to open a vein or something.

Thanks again everyone, I feel very lucky, happy, and honored to be this months COTM.

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Unread 06-01-2008, 08:48 PM   #4
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Congrats man, well deserved
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Unread 06-01-2008, 09:15 PM   #5
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One of the jeeps I look up to.
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Unread 06-01-2008, 09:28 PM   #6
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x2, love your work. Well deserved!
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Unread 06-01-2008, 09:54 PM   #7
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Congrats, I agree with Eric!
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Unread 06-01-2008, 10:03 PM   #8
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I can only dream that mine will look like that some day. Congrats man
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Unread 06-01-2008, 11:02 PM   #9
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Congrats!
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Unread 06-02-2008, 06:49 PM   #10
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Congrats sierra!
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Unread 06-02-2008, 09:39 PM   #11
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Congrats sierra,and I bought your book,can't wait till it gets here!
Sierra, is there something you've neglected to tell me... all these years.... I feel betrayed.


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Unread 06-02-2008, 09:44 PM   #12
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kudos dude. very impressive build!
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Unread 06-03-2008, 08:47 AM   #13
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Sierra, is there something you've neglected to tell me... all these years.... I feel betrayed.


Dude i bought your Book,I'm so sorry,in my haste I got you and sierra mixed up.I'm so SORRY!
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Unread 06-06-2008, 08:30 PM   #14
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i see youve taken your camera with you mudding too? (black dots in the sky)

yeah i asked one of the dudes at the camera place why i got those black dots and they said it looked like dirt permanently etched into the lens.

awesome rig and congrats!
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Unread 07-18-2008, 08:20 AM   #15
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your xj looks awesome .....very well build and very cleanly done. best ive seen
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