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1996 Jeep Cherokee - Rubicon Patrol

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1996 Jeep Cherokee - Rubicon Patrol
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This project was started during a campfire conversation on the 51st Jeepers Jamboree when the El Dorado County Sheriff OHV (EDSO) members began talking to Jeepers Jamboree president Rich Mainwaring about a trail-capable rig. Rich mentioned the possibility that the Jeepers Jamboree group could help them build one for the next year's event, and with all the traffic the Rubicon sees these days, it seemed like a great plan to help the sheriff's OHV team patrol the trail.

By using El Dorado County matching funds and coordinating with the Friends of the Rubicon, EDSO was able to purchase a low-mileage '96 Jeep Cherokee out of the GSA fleet pool. With a basic platform to get the project started, the sheriffs hauled the XJ to Extreme Gear Offroad in Orangevale, California, where Scott Arntz went to work. Because everyone involved wanted to take the rig to Moab for the Easter Jeep Safari, the crew at Extreme Gear only had six weeks to make it trail-ready. After showcasing this new Rubicon patrol in Moab, it went back to Extreme Gear, where the finishing touches were applied. Among these was the actual law-enforcement equipment, including the lightbar and radios.

The rig was finished just a couple of weeks before the 52nd annual Jeepers Jamboree in 2004. There was just enough time for Merlin Scott, Scott Arntz, Rich Mainwaring, Keith Tremelling, and Lee Chevez to have a day-long training session with the new drivers up at Loon Lake. The Sheriff OHV team finally got the chance to 'wheel, angle, and dangle its new team rig.

The basic concept for this project was to enforce common sense on the trail and the Tread Lightly policy, just like the Sheriff OHV team had done the past couple of years with its quad units. With this common-sense approach, the Sheriff OHV team is helping our 4x4 community keep this trail open for future generations.

SPECIFICATIONS
Year/make/model: '96 Jeep {{{Cherokee}}}
Owner/hometown: El Dorado County Sheriff OHV (EDSO)/Placerville, California
Engine: 4.0L HO
Transmission: Automatic
Transfer case: 4.3 Atlas
Frontend: Dana 30 with a Tru-Trac
Rearend: Dana 44 with a Detroit Locker
Ring-and-pinion: 4.88
Suspension: Full-Traction 6-inch long arm
Tires/wheels: 35-inch BFG Krawlers/15x8-inch steel

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