Reinforcing the Cherokee's body would be a theme revisited throughout the buildup. Karl Armbrust measured and cut steel plates that would eventually hold the XJ's A-pillars to the rollcage. "Without these plates, the body will flap around and could crack right where the pillar meets the fender," LaFortune explained. "Rigidity is needed to keep the truck from cracking apart. If we make the truck strong enough, it should last three to four seasons."