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1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ - Shafted!

Posted in Features on March 1, 2008 Comment (0)
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1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ - Shafted!
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Most of the time, getting the shaft is a bad thing. It's a bad thing unless you're getting your latest shaft, or set of shafts, from Tom Wood. Tom's company slogan, "The Best Drive Shafts In The World," may sound like boasting, but since "it ain't bragging if you can do it," that slogan is just telling it like it is.

Tom's personal '95 ZJ Grand Cherokee served him well as a stocker for a long time. Tom would attend wheeling events such as Moab's Easter Jeep Safari, the Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari, and various rockcrawling competitions. Using the Premier Power Welder under the hood, Tom rescued many an otherwise-hapless off-roader. Mangled driveshafts, split leaf springs, torn spring hangers, and cracked frames were fused back together in the field, allowing their owners to make it back to camp with their dignity intact. The ZJ was also a comfy road-trip vehicle that took the pain out of the drive to and from faraway off-roading events. Finally, the Grand's abundant power readily lent it to towing duty, a good thing since Tom usually dragged a trailer along for the ride. While there wasn't anything wrong with the ZJ, there were some limitations. The stock tires and wheels weren't meaty enough. The axles weren't strong enough. The suspension wasn't beefy enough. Finally, as a promotional vehicle for his driveshaft company, the then-stock ZJ was too "plain Jane." It wasn't noticeable enough.

Transforming Tom's Grand Cherokee took about a year. The parts used are all readily available - no super-wazoo unobtanium was called into play. The bolt-on parts add up to a Grand sans former limitations. A pair of stout, Dynatrac-built Dana 44 axles spin 33-inch Pro Comp Xtreme M/T tires. Tera and Sky's Extreme suspension components add both height and trail toughness to the package. There's no mistaking the former plain Jane for a stocker now.

Even with all of the mods, the most important parts on board are the driveshafts that propel it all, both literally and figuratively. Tom is out to prove that getting the shaft is a good thing, as long as it's a bombproof shaft from Tom Wood's Drive Shafts.

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Sources

Dynatrac
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-596-4461
www.dynatrac.com
Premier Power Welder
Carbondale, CO 81623
800-541-1817
www.premierpowerwelder.com
Tom Wood's Custom Drive Shafts
877/497-4238
www.4xshaft.com
Eaton/Detroit Locker
www.eatonperformance.com
Pro Comp Tire & Wheel
www.procomptires.com

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