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Who is most deserving of the Cherokee of the Year 2009?

  • Btfury

    Votes: 35 13.9%
  • GravesdiggerXJ

    Votes: 12 4.8%
  • v2xj

    Votes: 10 4.0%
  • bmyohn

    Votes: 49 19.4%
  • Leftlanetrucking

    Votes: 48 19.0%
  • Mud_Pig

    Votes: 4 1.6%
  • Red88MJ

    Votes: 7 2.8%
  • Sprintagogo

    Votes: 7 2.8%
  • Twsty

    Votes: 13 5.2%
  • 89eliminator

    Votes: 16 6.3%
  • chris87xj

    Votes: 51 20.2%
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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)

Hey y'all, this is my XJ and I'm in love.
I've been working on her for about four years now and things have gotten a lot easier since I joined JF. It's been a labor of love with a lot of trial and error something along the lines of build it, break it, rebuild it better, but lately she's become pretty reliable and enjoyable. Wheelin' stories abound, we could talk about it for hours, but I'll have to say the best damage done on a trail was when I flipped her upside down at Redbird SRA. The exocage paid off there and the xj sustained no significant damage, however my buds never miss a chance to remind me of it when the opportunity arises. My pride as a technical wheeler may never be the same haha.
Here are the specs and modifications I can think of right now. I'm sure there's more but this covers the most of it. I hope you enjoy. - Chris

1987 Jeep Cherokee 2-door XJ
Rubicon Express 5.5" long arm suspension with extra leaf
Dana 44 front axle with Detroit Locker and Warn lockouts
Dana 60 rear axle with Detroit Locker
4.88 gears
Skyjacker differential guards
Rubicon fixed yoke kit and CV driveshaft
Hi-steer knuckles with 1 1/8" tie rods and track bars
4 wheel disc brakes
Braided stainless lines
Olympic front winch bumper
Tomken rear bumper and swing out tire carrier with Hi-lift jack
Milemarker 9,000 lb hydraulic winch
100' 3/8" Amsteel Blue synthetic rope
Custom tubular rocker protection
Custom built exterior roll cage made of 1.5" x .125 4130 chromoly tubing
Transfer case and gas tank skids
Custom chromoly roof basket and light bar
Four top mount Hella 500W driving lamps, two front mount Hella fogs, and two rear floods
Hard mounted Quick Air 2 compressor
Outback storage box with sliding, locking drawers
New interior including headliner, Husky Liner floor mats, tinted windows, extra 12V power ports
CB Radio; Pioneer Stereo with XM satellite radio, CD, MP3, and custom rear speakers
Full coverage undercoating
5 BFG MT's and aluminum wheels, 35 x 12.5 x 15
Rusty's flex flares
Rebuilt 3.4 L V6 and Hughes 700 R4 transmission with overdrive from 1994 Camaro donor
M.O.R.E. bombproof motor mounts
New radiator, power steering pump, alternator, AC compressor, starter
electric radiator fan with kill switch for water crossings
B&W tranny cooler w/ temp controlled fan
SunPro tach and tranny temp gauge
Optima yellowtop battery
BUSS auxiliary power distribution panel


2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4
88,000 miles

4.6L Golen Stroker
63mm TB
Banks Torque Tube Header
Airflow Snorkel
Optima Red Top
New Radiator
B&M Tranny Cooler
Tranny Fluid Temp Gauge
Flowmaster 40
Cat Delete
ZJ Prop. Valve
C-ROK Steering Brace

Trimmed front fenders
Cut and fold rear fenders
Doorless Mod
Bedlined rockers/fenders
Lebaron Hood Vents
Hidden Hitch Class III - with D-ring recovery
Candied Tailights

6.5" Rock Krawler Coils
3.5" Full RE Packs
1.5" TnT Customs Shackles
1" Ubolt Eliminators
TnT Customs Y-Link Kit
TnT Customs Builder Trac Bar System
TnT Customs OTK Steering
RE Twin Tube Shocks
TnT Customs Frame Stiffiners
RE 22" SS Brakelines


Front -
1995 XJ HP D30
TnT Customs Truss with raised trac bar and UCA mounts
4.88 Yukon
Aussie Locker
ARB Front Diff

1997 Ford Explorer 8.8"
Ubolt Eliminators
Raised Shock Mounts
Welded Tubes
Yukon 4.88 R&P
M.O.R.E DS mounting adapter
Ford Racing Disc Brakes
Riddler Ford 8.8" Diff Cover

Sony Xplod Stereo
Alpine 6.5" speakers
sound bar from older XJ mounted in headliner behind driver seat
Herculined Floors
Switches for lighting
Tranny fluid gauge

35/12.50/15 Maxxis Bighorns
Cragar Soft 8 15x8 with 4" BS

AJs Custom Winch Bumper
AJs Super Square Rails - 3/16"
TnT Customs Belly Pan
JKS Miniskids
Riddler Ford 8.8" Diff. Cover
ARB Front Diff Cover
C-ROK Inner Reinforcment Plate-steering box



1998 Cherokee
JK Rubicon Dana 44 Front and Rear.
16" steelies.
37" SSR's.
Suspension & Steering:
6.5" Rusty's coils, RE Monotube shocks, Clayton long arms, custom extended bumpstops.
4" Alcan leafs, RE boomerang shackles, shackle relocation kit, RE Monotube shocks, Poly bushings, custom extended bumpstops.
Chevy 1 ton tie rod ends, DOM tubing, custom DOM trac bar with Johnny joints.
AGR hydro assist is in the mail!
Motor etc:
4.0/AW4/sye'd 231. Klune V 4:1 that I have already is going in this summer.
Full Rusty's skid plates from the motor to under the fuel tank.
Front "frame" fully plated from the bumper to the coil mounts.
3/16" Frame stiffeners.
ARB switches for lockers.
ARB front bumper with 10k Smittybuilt winch and T Max wirelss controller. 100' 3/8" synthetic line.
Custom rear bumper getting made when I get time.
Bushwhacker cut out fender flares.
AJ's super rock rails.
Cobra 29 CB with firestik antenna.
Pioneer mp3 playing head unit, amp, sub.

We bought it in Maryland, drove 900 miles each way to get it. It was 50% done, with every suspension joint loose, bad springs, shocks and so on. After a LOT of work, it is a pleasure to drive. The wife and kids mainly drive it while I am out of town working, they seem to prefer it over the Range Rover we also have!


4,735 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·

987 Posts
Woo first one to vote!!!! These are awesome cherokee's.

My vote is for bmyohn

Good luck guys

2,365 Posts
this is too hard, also torn between bm and leftlane...... can't decide, be back later

edit:twsty's mj is sick too, not pretty but awesome nonetheless

XJ on 37's
10,621 Posts
Thanks guys!
FYI, Hydro assist is now up n running, don't think it is listed in the original deal... As is the 4:1 Kit in the transfer case now!
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3,567 Posts
Got my vote too Martin... love that rig. Was a really hard choice, there are a few sweet rigs in that list that are equally deserving. The part that swung my vote... your always there to offer good advice, and that sexy hydro steering setup.


304 Posts
Btfury FTW. seems to have the least molested body

XJ on 37's
10,621 Posts
Btfury FTW. seems to have the least molested body
And that's a good thing?:rofl:
Their not molested, their "trail rated".....:2thumbsup:

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