Fellow Jeep enthusiasts, welcome to the 2012 JF Cherokee Of The Year contest!
December is the time to line up all of the COTM's chosen throughout the year and pick one for COTY honors.
Here’s your chance to have a look at some of the more popular XJ’s on the forum this year. I have to admit I like them all so this may be a tough decision. It's up to you to help decide who will be the winner. Take time to check 'em out and when you find your favorite, show your support and approval by casting your vote. Feel free to post up with positive comments or discussion and bump this thread as needed
Also please click the button just under the poll to help keep this thread up all week in the top five voted/crawled threads on the JF homepage.
This poll will run 10 days instead of the normal 7 so voting will span two weekends and close on Christmas morning. Contestant picture count has been increased to 4 for this event. Normal COTM contestant Rules and Guidelines apply. If your Jeep is entered, you can review them here: COTM Rules and Guidelines
Here are your 2012 Cherokee Of The Year entries in the order received. Let’s get this started and see where it goes!
Originally Posted by egodfrey – January 2012 COTM
Model: Cherokee Sport
Drive Train: 4.0l w/ brown dog mounts and Ford Injectors, Aw4 tranny, Np231 w/ HD SYE, D30 HP front w/ Chromo Shafts 760x u joints, Aussie Locker, D44 rear w/ Spartan Locker, 4:56 Gear Ratio
Suspension: Total= 4.5", RC coils, Rear bastard pack, 1.5" rear shackle, upper and lower flex joint control arms, no swaybars
Wheels/Tires: 33x12.5 Baja Claws on 15x8 Soft 8's
Other Notable Modifications: 3 core radiator w/ dirtbound triple electric fans, Front and rear recovery bumper w/ custom fabbed front winch mount, warn m8000 winch, JCR tie ins, hi lift, OTK steering, Double Sheer Trac Bar, CD player w/ Satellite Radio
Favorite Modification: Lockers! And trail rash.
Least Favorite Modification: Having to park it next month for a year while I deploy.
Best Trail Damage: Broke my old winch leg and shorted it, back feeding catching my map sensor on fire, then fire extinguisher didn’t work, ended up having to rewire the entire engine.
Optional: Currently it is torn apart getting Dana 60's front and rear with 538 gears and moser spools, 39.5 tsl tires, psc hydro assist steering, fuel cell, and a 3 link long arm front complemented by a triangulated 4 link rear. In other words it's being 100% redone right now.
Originally Posted by 2doorxj – February 2012 COTM
Drive Train: 4.0, ax15, np231, Dana 44s out of an 89 wagoneer, spools front and rear, 4.88 gears, tenfactory chromo shafts up front, milemarker locking hubs.
Suspension: All custom mid arm 3 link, 2x.250 wall upper and lowers, Ruff Stuff heims, and johnny joints, ballistic fab bracketry, 12 inch travel bilstein 5100s front and rear, shock hoops going through the rear floor.
Wheels/Tires: 35x12.50x15 MTR/ Kevlar, 15x8 cragar soft 8's with copperhead fab rim stiffeners
Other Notable Modifications: Front and rear JCR bumpers, custom high clearence rocker replacement with outriggers to the frame, frame stiffeners, OTK steering with GM 1-ton tie rod ends
Favorite Modification: Mid arm 3 link
Least Favorite Modification: Ruffstuff heims. (way too noisy, wish i had gone with JJs)
Best Trail Damage: Rear driver 1/4 panel bashed in on Otters trail Rausch Creek PA (luckily the glass survived)
Wheels/Tires: 31x10.5 Maxxis Bighorns on 15" Procomp D Window Steelies
Other Notable Modifications: H4 Headlights, Hanson Pre-Runner bumper, AA SYE, 8.25 29 Spline Aussie Locker, Yukon Shafts, TnT Belly Pan, TnT Chassis Stiffeners, 2x6 rockers, Tomken Gas Tank Skid, JKS Steering Brace, LeBaron hood vents, 4 KC Daylighters, 2 Hella 500s, APN Header, Magna Flow Cat, Flowtech Glasspack
Favorite Modification: Rear Aussie Locker
Least Favorite Modification: 31" Tires, Really need 35s...
Best Trail Damage: First time crawling on some rocks with no skid plate and I cracked my T-case open
Optional: Got my Cherokee in 07 as a graduation present because I couldn't really fit in my old 99 Saturn (I'm 6'9"). When I got it, she had 1 previous owner who only put 32k on it. In 2011 I finally put together the money to lift it. I went with a cheapo kit just to do a little local wheeling in mud and what not. I quickly got bored with that and into crawling. Slowly I've been turning it into what I want it to be, mostly by upgrading when I break stuff. Next step is 35x12.5s, Front locker and alloy shafts, gears, and a rear bumper.
Day I got it.
Yellow Jacket at Rausch Creek still on short arms.
Really spooky feeling on 3 wheels.
COTY line-up continues in next post...
"You can set my jeep on fire and roll it down a hill,
But I still wouldn't trade it for a Coupe DeVille."
Optional: After my YJ was stolen, I didn't know what I wanted to replace it with. Bike, car, pickup, another Wrangler...saw the XJ one night while browsing craigslist. I didn't know any of the technical differences between the years, but after 6 hours of bus rides and transfers I made it to the dealer and picked it up. Lucky me, it was a '99. Daily-driven 55 miles a week to work and back.
Originally Posted by ChiliPalmer – October 2012 COTM
Model: XJ Cherokee Chief
Drive Train: 2.8L V6/AX5/NP207
Suspension: Front: Random springs (I was told Ford F150) - Rear: 1" Shackle - with everything chopped off it is lifted approximately 2.5"
Wheels/Tires: Cragar V5, 15" x 8", 3.75" BS - 35" x 12.5" x 15" Goodyear Wrangler MTR's (Oldschool)
Other Notable Modifications: A few body modifications
Favorite Modification: Boatsides/Rear Quarters
Least Favorite Modification: No windshield (will be putting speedglass in someday)
Best Trail Damage: Just a few scrapes and bruises so far ;-)
Optional: - So I went to a BBQ for my wife's work and the guy had this XJ just sitting there (he lives on 5 acres). I asked if he would sell the front axle (I hadn't really looked yet and I assumed it was a non-cad HPD30 - I was wrong), he said I'll sell you the whole thing for $100. So the next thing you know I've got this XJ sitting in my garage with the wrong front axle, a crappy rear axle, no grill, crappy motor/tranny, etc.
From there is just kind of happened. I found an MJ on CL for $100, bought it for $80 and took the grill and the tailgate and then got $125 from the junkyard. Then I found the tires on CL for $500, then a rear XJ D44 for $200 - I finally decided to go ahead and build it since I had all the parts - of course I had to go the junkyard and pull an actual non-cad HPD30 like I wanted in the first place...
Originally Posted by Texsun – November 2012 COTM
Model: Cherokee Limited
Drive Train: Front Dana 44 HD w/ 5.13s, chromoly, and Eaton E-locker, Rear Dana 60 w/ 5.13s and Spool
Suspension: 4" 3-link Long Arms
Wheels/Tires: 35x12.50 Bighorn on custom 15" 8x6.5
Other Notable Modifications: Comp. Cut, and Stretch
Favorite Modification: Full Widths!
Least Favorite Modification: Not digging the Rear Bumper