A jeepers work is never done...
What started as a spontaneous buy back in 2000 has evolved - somehow - to something, that affects large parts of our life.
I bought a 1990 XJ, stock, back in 2000 and since then it somehow change itīs shape, it finds some more parts to add and it keeps me busy all the time. Damn thing!
Later it got two smaller brothers, but thatīs another story.
OK, now some pictures...
Stock as stock could be...
Itīs one of about 350 ever built "Cherokee Colorado" - 4.0, Laredo package + factory hitch, some tubing to protect the rockers, a bullbar with two Hella lights, some "premium speakers"
, no power seats, no AC, non-HO. The "Colorado" package was just for the german market. The Laredos where shipped to Germany and then modified to the specifications mentioned above.
The first modifications started to roll in:
- Alpine stereo
- Optima Yellow battery
- 2" OME lift
- 31" BFG MT on stock wheels
- Kaymar rear bumper w/ spare carrier and work light
- and of course - for the use on the german Autobahn
: a Safari snorkel
Our first roof mounted tent was added and off to northern Norway we went - 5000 miles without a problem.
Drinking, driving and falling asleep isnīt a good idea - so in 2002 I crashed into a large traffic sign and did some damage to the XJ. Noboby was injured and since then: No beer when driving.
Some months later weīve got the Jeep back on the street.
- All damage was repaired
- Added front bumper with small Hella HID lights
- Added longer shakles, an add-a-leaf and some spacer
- Swapped the ugly stock wheels for some black steelies
- Swapped the 31" BFG MTs for a set of 32" BFG MTs
- Added light guards and white clear corners
- Added Thule fullsize roof rack
Then I bought a set of built axles - D30/35 w/ 4.56, chromoly shafts and Detroit Lockers f&r. I added a set of Scheelmann seats and a Hannibal roof rack as well.
My wife has bought another XJ as a daily driver - another one of the 350 "Colorado" XJs and I got me a clean ī94 XJ Limited as a daily driver. It came w/ a 4.5" Rusty lift - part swapping time!
So my offroad rig got bigger, the 4.5" kit and the budget boost gave me around 6" of lift, the daily driver got the 2" OME suspension.
The 4.56 w/ the 32" tires make it fly! We did some trips to the french & italian alps w/ this setup and really like it. The 6" lift led to the purchase of a Tom Woods SYE for the 242 and a custom driveshaft. SS brake lines were added.