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1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Extremely Limited Edition

Grand Cherokee Crawler is Built for Abuse

Ali MansourPhotographer, Writer

The key to creating a great trail rig is building at a steady pace. If you rush the project, things are bound to get overlooked. Move too slowly and you run the risk of the vehicle becoming a dust collector in your garage. Sean Chilton’s 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a fine example of how slow and steady can yield excellent results. The four-wheel-steer and exo-caged SUV you see here is the result of -- not months -- but years of hard work.

As is often the case, Sean started his build with a mild lift and mud-terrain tires for his Limited Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ. When needed, he would add on new parts or modify the Jeep to better fit his needs. Ten years later, Sean is still tinkering on the platform in hopes of making it even better. We caught up with Sean ’wheeling in the North Carolina backcountry, and were impressed at his willingness to push the Jeep Grand Cherokee to its limits. We look forward to seeing what the next evolution of his Jeep Grand Cherokee will be, but for now, the ZJ works just fine.

1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Owner: Sean Chilton
City: Wilmington, North Carolina
Engine: 5.9-liter Mopar V-8
Transmission: Modified 46RE
Transfer case(s)/ratio(s): Dana 300/4:1
Front axle: High-pinion Dana 60, Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Rear axle: ECGS steering Dana 70 HD, ARB Air Locker, 5.13 gears
Suspension (f/r): Triangulated four-link with coils, Doetsch 9000 shocks/triangulated four-link with coils, Doetsch 9000 shocks
Steering: PSC Motorsports front and rear fully hydraulic
Tires: 15/42-16.5LT Interco Super Swamper TSL
Wheels: 16.5x9.75 aluminum with Inner Air Locks
Armor: Modified Proto-Fab front bumper, custom exo-cage and sliders
Cool extras: Harbor Freight winch, York onboard air, 19-gallon RCI fuel cell