Jeep Cherokee Xj 1984-2001: Advanced Performance Modifications by Eric ZappeJeep Cherokee Xj 1984-2001: Advanced Performance Modifications by Eric Zappe

Jeep Cherokee Xj 1984-2001: Advanced Performance Modifications

byEric Zappe

Paperback | March 26, 2014

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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.

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. InJeep 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 stiffener 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.

Title:Jeep Cherokee Xj 1984-2001: Advanced Performance ModificationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:March 26, 2014Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1613250797

ISBN - 13:9781613250792

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1:

Welding and Your XJ 
Welding Processes 
Choosing a Welding Machine 
Welding Safety 
Welding Cast Axle Housing 
Jeep Cherokee Profile: A Seven-Year Update

Chapter 2:

Strengthening the Unibody
To Repair or Not To Repair? 
Going Doorless 
Frame Rail Stiffening 
Rocker Panel Replacement 
Sheet Metal Replacement 
Quarter Panel Repair 
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Matt Salyers& Team M.A.D. XJ 

Chapter 3:

Inline 6 Stroker Buildup 
Connecting Rods and Pistons 
Oiling System 
Engine Assembly 
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Eric Zappe&s Project Rubicon Version 2.0 

Chapter 4:

Front Axle Swaps 
Dana 44 
New-Generation (JK) 44
Dana 60
Hybrid and Aftermarket Axles 
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Chris Niemeyer&s Sasquatch XJ 

Chapter 5:

Rear Axle Swaps 
New-Generation (JK) 
Ford 9-Inch 
Dana 60 
Sterling 10.25 and 10.50 
GM 14-Bolt 
Narrowing a Rear Axle 
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Tim Burns& Big Red XJ 

Chapter 6:

Front Suspensions 
Front Four-Link 
Radius Arms 
Front Three-Link 
Bushings, Rod Ends and Flex-Joints 
Link Material and Hardware 
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Team NAXJA/Petty Cash Racing XJ 

Chapter 7:

Rear Suspensions 
Leaf Springs 
Shackle Relocation Brackets 
Traction Bars 
Rear Four-Link 
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Dean Murray&s High Intensity XJ 

Chapter 8:

Hydraulic Assist 
Jeep Cherokee Pr ofile: Geoff Marshall&s Rok-Jeep XJ 

Chapter 9:

Roll Cages 
Roll Cage Design 
Material Selection 
Tube Bending
Cage Mounting Methods 
Construction Tips 
Jeep Cherokee Profile: Matt Emmons& Great White XJ 

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