With the economy in the Dumpster, many of us are turning to our older 4x4s for daily driving and adventure rather than purchasing a new vehicle. Keeping these old beaters running efficiently and dependably with aftermarket performance parts is easy, and with regular maintenance the vehicle can be depended upon in the toughest situations.
Recently we completed a number of engine performance upgrades with easy bolt-on components on our old adventure wagon, a '97 Jeep Grand Cherokee. These mods noticeably increased the V-8's power, and the work completed the summer maintenance for the rig, which included an oil and coolant change. The upgrades and maintenance procedures aren't specific to this model engine; most of these steps can be completed on just about any rig. We now feel much better cruising the Jeep across hot deserts and around the country in search of our next off-road adventure.