Jeep 4WD How-to: XJ
Cherokee & MJ Comanche Workshop
With 2.8-million XJs built from 1984-2001, the used market is plentiful—and pre-owned models are cheaper (per
capita) than any other used Jeep 4x4 in history! Featuring a virtually bulletproof powertrain, with axles similar
to the rugged YJ Wrangler's units, the lightweight XJ Cherokee and MJ Comanche provide a stout, utilitarian
platform that performs.
Tip: Looking for a used XJ Cherokee? Avoid the original
'84-'86 G.M. 2.8L V-6 models unless you plan a G.M. 3.4L V-6 long-block upgrade or a swap to another engine
Moses Ludel became an XJ advocate after building a stone stock '99 model
into an OFF-ROAD Magazine project vehicle in 2006. This
vehicle has been a commuter and trail runner, Moab 4-Wheeler Television performer, and it features a 6-inch long arm suspension package, ARB Air
Lockers front and rear, Toyo tires, American Racing wheels, Superior gear changeouts, a Warn winch plus ARB and
Warn bumpers—it's all available for the XJ Cherokee! Who did all of the installation and mechanical work? Moses
Ludel, of course!
If you like the idea of a compact utility wagon with a closed body, a roster of available factory
and aftermarket accessories—plus driving ease both on- and off-highway—consider this 101.4" wheelbase model. The XJ
or MJ will take a reasonable off-road pounding and survive, with extensive off-road and
laurels to the XJ's credit! For a low admission cost, join the XJ Cherokee owners group! To prep and keep
your off-road XJ or MJ at peak performance, get your facts at 4WD Mechanix Magazine!
Want to do your own Jeep 4WD repairs, troubleshooting and upgrades? The
workshops offer Jeep technical 'how-to' projects, valuable troubleshooting tips plus a variety of upgrade
product installations. See the 'how-to' articles and instructional tips on the following pages! For HD video
how-to, see the playlists at the 4WD Mechanix HD Video Network.
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