After moving to Colorado in the fall of 2006, I began exploring the state and the surrounding ones. My Saabaru works well for taking me to the local places and anywhere with a parking lot, but it wasn't until my first trip to the San Juan Mountains when I found out my car was insufficient to get me to the trailheads of the backcountry. This is when the decision was made to purchase a 4x4.
I originally purchased a Wrangler which was fantastic on the trails and fit my smaller lifestyle. However, in 2011 I replaced the Wrangler in favor of its bigger brother - the Cherokee - as it offered more cargo space which became highly desired.
This 1998 Jeep Cherokee is now my wilderness trail rig which is used for getting me to the trailheads and also for the sport of offroading. Here are the modifications I've made to it since purchasing it (I bought it with the 3" BDS lift):
|power performance increase
August 10, 2015
Life has changed and I now have a trailer where I'm pulling about 2000 pounds. I wanted to squeeze out a bit more power from my 4.0L engine so I decided to put a cold air intake and performance exhaust on.
All four speakers worked when I bought the Cherokee. But, as time went on, I ended up having one and a half working speakers. So, I decided to upgrade the sound system to something I'd enjoy while driving.
|split bench seat conversion
October 2014 - June 6, 2015
One of the things I do not like about the XJ is the rear seat is a full bench. So you can either carry people or stuff, but not both. So, I went to the junkyard and grabbed a complete set of seats from a Grand Cherokee (ZJ) and made them fit in the ...
|driving lights install
October 25, 2014
When I bought the winch mount I also purchased a light mounting bar with the plan to add a set of fog lamps up front. Well, I finally got some lights, but they aren't fogs - they are driving lights.
|cb radio install
October 06, 2014
My wheeling buddies and I decided to get CB radios to communicate with each other instead of two-way radios. A CB offers a lot of benefits such as increased range and uses vehicle power source. Two other features the radio I chose include weather information from NOAA and a 5w PA system.
|door trim removal
July 14, 2012
My wife noticed the other day why my left rear door "sticks" when it's opening. The cause: the door trim is separating from the door and catching on the driver's door when opening. I had a few options to fix it.
|jcr rock sliders
January 7, 2012
Whenever you're rock crawling, there's always the potential of hitting your rocker panel on a rock and incurring body damage. I decided to add some protection so I got some JCR Rock Sliders.
|bushwacker flat fender flares
December 17-18, 2011
After I put on bigger tires, I ran into a problem with tire rubbing on the fender flares during articulation. After a lot of vacillating between downsizing the tires, changing the backspacing, and cutting the fenders, I finally made a decision.
November 30, 2011
One of the best pieces of vehicle recovery equipment is a winch. Lifts, tires, and lockers are all nice, but you can still get stuck with them. A winch can pull you out of anything and help others, too.
|jks swaybar quick disconnects
October 15, 2011
The swaybar is a very important piece of metal when driving on the streets as it helps to prevent your vehicle from swaying too far and rolling when you go around corners. However, this piece of metal is in the way when on technical trails.
|surco roof rack
September 30, 2011
I like having a fullsize spare tire to rotate into the mix so all tires are the same. This does mean the spare tire will take up more room in the factory location - inside the cargo area. I opted to install a safari rack to carry the tire, recovery gear, and anything else I want.
|mud terrain tires
September 26, 2011
The original tires on the Jeep were not the greatest for my needs. Because I intended to drive this vehicle primarily offroad, I opted to purchase some good offroad tires. The selected kind was 31x10.50R15 BFG Mud Terrain KM2.