Jeep Cherokee XJ 1984-2001: Advanced Performance Modifications

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The Jeep Cherokee is one of the most popular and rugged sport utility vehicles in history with nearly three million sold. While many have used the Cherokee for daily transportation, throngs of off-road enthusiasts have chosen the Cherokee for navigating over the toughest terrain, climbing rocks, trail riding, and much more. Although the Cherokee is wildly popular, these 1984-2001 unibody models have much room for improvement to become the best off-road vehicles.

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The Ultimate Jeep Cherokee XJ Performance Guide: 1984-2009

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Overview

The Jeep Cherokee is one of the most popular and rugged sport utility vehicles in history with nearly three million sold. While many have used the Cherokee for daily transportation, throngs of off-road enthusiasts have chosen the Cherokee for navigating over the toughest terrain, climbing rocks, trail riding, and much more. Although the Cherokee is wildly popular, these 1984-2001 unibody models have much room for improvement to become the best off-road vehicles.

Building the Cherokee into the toughest and most capable off-road 4x4 SUV requires the right build-up plan, the right combination of products, and appropriate modification. In Jeep Cherokee XJ 1984-2001: Advanced Performance Modifications, the upgrade and modification of all major components are covered to provide a complete performance package for maximum off-road performance. It shows how to weld and gusset the frame in critical areas. It also reveals how to install frame stiffeners panels and rocker panel replacements, which help minimize excessive chassis flex and promote improved handling. A three- and four-link suspension system delivers greater travel and better off-road performance. Suspension and frame modifications are necessary to run 35-inch and larger wheels. A comprehensive guide for installing mammoth off-road wheels and tires (31-, 33-, 35-, and 37-inchers), is provided. Installing Dana 44 and 60 and Ford 9-inch axles provide superior performance and durability. In addition, how to modify the Jeep inline-six cylinder engine for increased displacement and performance is revealed. All of these popular procedures are explained and illustrated in detail.

Dedicated off-roaders must substantially modify and upgrade the Cherokee so it's capable for rock crawling, mud running, and other extreme applications. These drivers must get maximum off-road performance out of their vehicles. All of the most popular and effective modifications, parts, and upgrades for a dedicated off-road Cherokee are covered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613250792
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/24/2014
  • Series: SA Design Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 530,030
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Zappe is a long-time and dedicated Cherokee enthusiast. He uses this heavily modified Cherokee for rock crawling and other off-road activities. He is a member of NAXJA (North American XJ Association) and is president of the Sierra Chapter. Zappe has written one other book for CarTech: High Performance Jeep Cheroke XJ Builder's Guide 1984-2001.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4
Introduction 4
Chapter 1: Welding and Your XJ 5
Welding Processes 6
Choosing a Welding Machine 7
Welding Safety 9
Welding Cast Axle Housing 11
Jeep Cherokee Profile: A Seven-Year Update 14
Chapter 2: Strengthening the Unibody 18
To Repair or Not To Repair? 18
Going Doorless 20
Frame Rail Stiffening 21
Rocker Panel Replacement 22
Sheet Metal Replacement 25
Quarter Panel Repair 26
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Matt Salyers’ Team M.A.D. XJ 29
Chapter 3: Inline 6 Stroker Buildup 32
Crankshaft 32
Connecting Rods and Pistons 33
Block 35
Head 36
Camshaft 39
Valvetrain 45
Oiling System 50
Engine Assembly 52
Tuning 59
Prebuilts 61
Ancillaries 61
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Eric Zappe’s Project Rubicon Version 2.0 63
Chapter 4: Front Axle Swaps 67
Dana 44 68
New-Generation (JK) 44 70
Dana 60 72
Hybrid and Aftermarket Axles 73
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Chris Niemeyer’s Sasquatch XJ 75
Chapter 5: Rear Axle Swaps 78
New-Generation (JK) 44 78
Ford 9-Inch 80
Dana 60 81
Sterling 10.25 and 10.50 83
GM 14-Bolt 84
Narrowing a Rear Axle 85
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Tim Burns’ Big Red XJ 88
Chapter 6: Front Suspensions 91
Front Four-Link 91
Radius Arms 93
Front Three-Link 94
Bushings, Rod Ends and Flex-Joints 98
Link Material and Hardware 99
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Team NAXJA/Petty Cash Racing XJ 100
Chapter 7: Rear Suspensions 103
Leaf Springs 103
Shackle Relocation Brackets 103
Traction Bars 105
Rear Four-Link 105
Coil-Overs 108
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Dean Murray’s High Intensity XJ 112
Chapter 8: Steering 116
Hydraulic Assist 116
Full-Hydraulic 120
Jeep Cherokee Pr ofile: Geoff Marshall’s Rok-Jeep XJ 121
Chapter 9: Roll Cages 125
Roll Cage Design 125
Material Selection 128
Tube Bending 129
Cage Mounting Methods 132
Construction Tips 135
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Matt Emmons’ Great White XJ 139

Source Guide 143

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