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Jeep Grand Cherokee: Grand Chuggy

Front Winch
Verne Simons
| Senior Editor, Jp
Posted November 1, 2012
Photographers: JP Staff

How To Cut, Chop, And Build A Grand

No one can doubt that Grand Cherokees make great all-round rigs. You can daily drive one, go wheeling, grab some groceries, head to the mall, hit the trails, blast down the highway, and with a little work, you can build these rigs into truly amazing off-road vehicles—all with five-passenger capability. It’s somewhat amusing to us that for a long time people have been converting Wranglers to V-8s for more power (ourselves included), when it would arguably be cheaper and easier to buy a V-8 Grand and chop it up until it’s more like a CJ, YJ, TJ, or JK. So you spend $10,000 to $40,000 dollars on a Wrangler only to cut it up and spend another $4,000-$20,000 dollars on a V-8 swap. Why not spend $2,000-$10,000 on a V-8 ZJ or WJ and get to cutting and fabbing till you have a big tire’d, strong axle’d, small, roofless WJ or ZJ buggy?

This is not for the beginner, although it could be the evolution of a mild ZJ or WJ build. This idea is better suited to experienced fabricators, do-it-yourselfers with patience, or the guy with deep pockets and a good fabrication shop nearby. Here is how we’d do it!

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Sources

Warn
Clackamas, OR 97015
800-543-9276
www.warn.com
Currie Enterprises
714-528-6957
www.currieenterprises.com
Interco Tire
Rayne, LA 70578
337-334-3814
www.intercotire.com
Rock Hard 4x4
N/A, AK
308-750-4690
www.rockhard4x4.com
T&T Customs
Cheyenne, WY 82007
307-775-9565
www.tntcustoms.com
Off-Road Connection
800-792-2980
Champion Beadlock
951-471-2183

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