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Unread 05-18-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
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How to build a Cherokee rock crawler ?

So my Dad has an old Cherokee that he may trade. I'm thinking of buying it cheap & building a rock crawler so that my son & I can go crawling around the backwoods where I have some forest land.

I know very little about rock crawling other than to keep the undercarriage off the big rocks. I mostly drive sports cars on tracks so I'm used to driving fast so this slower stuff is new to me

So what are the most important things you need in a rock crawler. Obviously I'll need a large lift w enormous wheel travel, big tires, a winch, some underbody armor.

But how much hp & torque do I want ? Is the stock auto trans strong enough ? Can I swap the gears ? What else do I need ?

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Unread 05-19-2011, 02:41 PM   #2
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There is a ton of stuff you can do. If you wanted to to it right, I would recommend you go long arm, and not to tall.

This is a cool Y link kit. It comes with belly armor, and the arms. Match that with a Rusty's 4 or 6 inch lift.

TNT customs Y-link kit
Rustys 4.5" lift


I like to go low, and slow. Big lifts make you tipsy. Low and slow gets to go.

For some real eye candy check this out
Pirate4x4 Cherokee section
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Unread 05-19-2011, 02:42 PM   #3
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Also, a great read if you want some bathroom eye candy is Eric's book
High-Performance Jeep Cherokee XJ Builder's Guide 1984-2001
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Unread 05-19-2011, 03:46 PM   #4
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Check out NAXJA (North American XJ Association).

http://www.naxja.org

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Unread 05-20-2011, 10:08 AM   #5
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First of all, not that JeepForum isn't great, and North American XJ association is also. But the Pirates are playing on a whole different level. I don't even talk there, I just look at all the awesome work that is going down.

One of my favorites. Removable top XJ
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Unread 05-20-2011, 10:13 AM   #6
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For rock crawling, you really want high clearance, not high lift. Low center of Gravity with as much undercarriage clearance as you can manage. You can usually do this with a smallish lift and cutting up the fenders. This will let you run bigger tires to get your pumpkins and drivetrain away from the ground while staying low(ish). Also, a good first step is to lock the front and rear axles to get better traction.
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Unread 05-20-2011, 10:50 AM   #7
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That is actually the logic behind the Ylink under belly armor that I was linking to earlier. It pulls your upper control arm mounts higher up than stock, and gives a smoother, higher clearance in the center of the under body. 4.5 inch lift is just taller than what I run, and I think I would be happier on 33s, so 3 inches just won't cut it without some serious body mods.
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