Here’s my 2001 XJ Sport – 4.0L, AW4, NP231, Chrysler 8.25”.
My grandfather had identical Cherokees from 1984 to this 2001 – every year he’d trade it in for a new one after about 30,000 miles. I never really figured out why… always a Sport (or similar) model, white with a gray interior, 4WD, power windows & locks.
He took his Jeeps everywhere from Belize to New Zealand to the Arctic Circle, and I was fortunate to ride along often for the past 17 years. I inherited the XJ from him, so I have a really soft spot for it. It probably gets more TLC than 95% of kids in this country.
Here are a few pics from last month.
Mirror Lake, on the Continental Divide in the Rockies
Canon City, CO (I hate mud)
Access road to Onion Creek Trail in Moab, UT (XJ in front)
Pike’s Peak, CO
So far, in a 100% stock XJ, I’ve traversed Poison Spider Mesa, Steelbender, Moab Rim, most of Hell’s Revenge, Sevenmile Rim, Fins & Things (12 times), Porcupine Rim, Chicken Corners, Golden Spike (with a little rock stacking on the Golden Crack), and a couple dozen others I can’t remember… people are always surprised at how nimble and capable a stock XJ can be. Just us two XJs out on the trail, usually. Pulling out clueless tourists in abused rental TJs and posers in H2s is always fun.
I expect to add an OME 2" system, 30" BFG A/T KOs, and IPF H4s soon.