1984 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ Advanced Performance Modifications
1984 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ Advanced Performance Modifications

1984 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ Advanced Performance Modifications

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1984 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ 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 unibody 1984-2001 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 right build-up plan, right combination or products, and substantial 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 as well as rocker panel replacements, which helps minimize excessive chassis flex and promotes improved performance. A three- and fourlink suspension system delivers greater travel and better off-road handling. 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, modifying the Jeep inline-six cylinder engine for increased displacement and performance is revealed. All of these popular procedures are explained and illustrated in detail.

• Explains and illustrates essential chassis, suspension, drivetrain modifications for extreme off-road use.

• Shows how to perform essential chassis welding, bracing and strengthening techniques, which are critical for optimal off-road performance.

• Reveals how to upgrade to Dana 60 and Ford 9-inch, which is important for reliable operation and top performance.


  • Welding and your XJ
  • Strengthening the Unibody
  • Inline 6 Stroker Buildup
  • Front Axle Swaps
  • Rear Axle Swaps
  • Front Suspensions
  • Rear Suspensions
  • Steering
  • Roll Cages
  • Source Guide

About the Author Eric Zappe is a longtime 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:

Publisher: CarTech Inc.
Softcover: 144 pages
Illustrations: 374 color photos
Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.5 x 0.25 inches
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