Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Q&A Vlog: Choosing the Right Jeep 4×4 Model

Q&A Vlog:  Choosing a Used Jeep 4×4 for On-Highway and Off-Road Use!

In this vlog, Moses Ludel shares his choices for a used on- and off-highway Jeep 4×4. Learn about the assets and downsides of the Wrangler YJ, TJ and JK, the Jeep XJ Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ and WJ models.

2007-2011 Jeep Wrangler JK model
1992-98 ZJ Grand Cherokee set up for the trail

     Moab, Utah, Annual Jeep Safari is a testing ground for Jeep owners. At left, the MasterCraft 4-door JK Wrangler takes on a steep rock face. The ZJ Grand Cherokee (right) has heavy duty equipment to cruise the slickrock!

YJ Wrangler with 4.2L inline six on the Rubicon
XJ Cherokee equipped for the trail and highway!

     At left is a 1989 Jeep YJ Wrangler, originally equipped with a 4.2L carbureted inline six. The engine has an Atomic EFI conversion from MSD, the installation covered in-depth at this magazine. At right, an XJ Cherokee has overlanding potential with moderate modifications and a minimal initial price for a used 4×4 vehicle. 

TJ Wrangler Rubicon gets a 4-inch lift kit
1999 XJ Cherokee after 6-inch long arm lift installation

     Jeep TJ Wrangler Rubicon model at left has just received a 4-inch Full-Traction Suspension lift kit installation. Tires are 33″ diameter and suited for street and moderate to harder four-wheeling. At right is the magazine’s own ’99 XJ Cherokee with a 6-inch long arm lift from Full-Traction Suspension, just prior to installation of the aftermarket bumpers, winch and spare tire mount upgrades!