Have you always dreamt of desert racing but couldn't afford it? The Jeepspeed Challenge may be the hot ticket into your dream seat. In three simple steps you can be out there racing in one of the biggest classes running. Step one: find an '84-to-'01 Jeep Cherokee XJ (much like this '92) online, anywhere from $500-$2,000. Step two: take your truck to the guys at T&J Performance in Orange, California, and drop about $10,000 in parts on their Jeepspeed Products Kit. Step three: sign up for a race and go for it!
This month, we checked out Tom Barnett's '92 XJ, loaded up with T&J's Jeepspeed Kit and a few extras. Tom worked closely on this project with Clive Skilton, the owner and promoter of Jeepspeed. Jeepspeed is a race series that quickly gained a great deal of respect in the off-road community, partly due to it's grassroots competitive restrictions. Tom wanted to create a vehicle that would be competitive and fast in the dirt while still remaining street legal to get around town. Teaming up with T&J and Currie Enterprises, the team brings more than 25 years of experience to the project.
The truck you see filling these pages is more than the kit offers. The list of options available in the kit is vast so we will list just a few. A few of the items include; a pre-bent interior sports cage, front shock mounts, front suspension, heavy-duty steering, rear suspension, Bilstein shocks, 30-gallon fuel cell, race seats, BFGoodrich tires, and more. Upgrades include a 9-inch rear end, triple bypass shocks, fiberglass front fenders, a pre-bent engine cage, coolers, a 62mm throttle body, a 4.0L race engine or 4.7L stroker, race tires and more. Contact T&J for full specifications.