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1997 Jeep Cherokee XJ Buildup - Well Guarded

Posted in How To on December 1, 2010
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Rock protection and recovery are two important elements to successfully tackling a trail and making it home for the night. If you don't have protection where you need it you might end up broken down and stranded. Same goes for having the proper recovery equipment should your vehicle become stuck. Our '97 Jeep Cherokee XJ had the suspension in place to handle most trails but operator fears of rock rash and getting stuck held it back. Searching for quality equipment that would look as good as it worked, we turned to two long-time players in the industry, Rocky Road Outfitters and TrailReady.

A TrailReady winch bumper and Rugged Ridge 8,000-pound winch with synthetic line sit at the front of this '97 Jeep Cherokee XJ. A set of Rocky Road Super Sliders fortify the rocker panels and also serve as a step.

The Rocky Road Super Sliders are made from 3/16-inch steel and mount on the sub-frame as well as along the body seam. This is said to better distribute the load across the length of the uni-body Cherokee. The Super Sliders also create an easy step-on area for reaching roof racks or simply to ease vehicle entry. Rocky Road Super Sliders are available for many vehicle makes and models.

TrailReady redesigned its Cherokee winch bumper recently and we got one of the first samples of the new design. The bumper still retains all of its original features; most of the design changes were cosmetic. The bumper weighs about 80 pounds and features an integrated 3/16-inch sub frame with a 1/8-inch steel outer skin. In addition to improved ground clearance and approach angle the TrailReady XJ winch bumper can be equipped with up to a 9,000-pound winch. The new TrailReady XJ winch bumper fits all model year Cherokees and most Commanche models. It not only looks good it offers great body protection and features fully boxed welded shackle mounts.

With parts in hand we landed at Jeep Solutions in Long Beach, California. A full service Jeep and 4x4 shop, Jeep Solutions can tackle all types of repairs and installations as well as custom projects. The installation was quick and easy.

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Jeep Solutions
Long Beach, CA 90805
Rugged Ridge
Lynnwood, WA 98087
Rocky Road Outfitters
Heber City, UT 84032

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