• JP Magazine
  • Dirt Sports + Off-Road
  • 4-Wheel & Off-Road
  • Four Wheeler

Jeep Cherokee XJ - 10 Day Jeep Speed Racer Part 2

Posted in Project Vehicles on January 23, 2007 Comment (0)
Share this
Jeep Cherokee XJ - 10 Day Jeep Speed Racer Part 2
154 0703 01 z+jeep cherokee xj 10 day jeepspeed+crew working

Our story so far: JeepSpeed racer Jason LaFortune and his crew at Temper-Mental Racing (TMR) hit us with an intriguing question-could they build a fully operational desert race truck out of a tired, 140,000-mile Forest Service XJ in just 10 days? The pitch was a strong one-LaFortune accomplished a similar feat in 2004, but in 14 days, not 10-and we were curious to find out if he could truly work the same magic in about two-thirds of the time.

In our last issue, we kicked off the buildup coverage with some drivetrain work and frame bracing. During Days 4 and 5, the suspension and rollcage start to take shape.

Day 4: Prior commitments kept us out of the Temper-Mental shop on Day 3, so we had some catching up to do. The most obvious change: the Jeep came off the lift and into the shop's second bay. The lower altitude meant the crew could start locating the axles. At the rear, the Currie 9-Plus racing 9-inch was moved into position. The rearend is fitted with 35-spline axles, 5.14 gears, and a spool. The suspension is cycled with only one leaf on each side.

View Slideshow
View Slideshow

Sources

Gale Banks Engineering
Azusa, CA 91702
800-398-9256
www.bankspower.com
Currie Enterprises
Corona, CA 92880
714-528-6957
http://www.currieenterprises.com
Lincoln Electric
Cleveland, OH 44117
216-481-8100
www.lincolnelectric.com
Kartek Off-Road
Corona, CA 92879
951-737-9682
http://www.kartek.com/
Deaver Spring
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714-542-3703
http://www.deaverspring.com
Temper-Mental Racing
www.temper-mentalracing.net
Fabtech Performance Suspensions (Dirt Logic shocks)
www.fabtechmotorsports.com

Related Articles

Comments

Connect With Us

Newsletter Sign Up

Subscribe to the Magazine

Sponsored Content