Jeep Cherokee, from stock to wheeler!

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This episode well be discussing the 1997 to 2001 Jeep Cherokee, or also known as XJ. Now this may apply to the 1984 to 1996 Jeep Cherokee. As always verify any information you receive before making any modifications to your Jeep.

When modifying a Jeep Cherokee most everyone goes for the money shot. Modifications that have that wow factor. That is usually a lift and new larger tires, often with new wheels. Im here to tell you that isnt the proper first step, if you are going to take your Jeep off road.

Any off road vehicle can and will get stuck. The first thing you need to consider is how youre going to get unstuck! Makes complete sense doesnt it? Throwing a tow strap around a front or rear axle is just begging for damage and perhaps even a trail repair before you can continue back home.

The first thing you should do is install front and rear tow points. Factory tow hooks are often sought after on ebay and various Jeep forums. Dont skimp on the quality of the bolts that are used to tie the tow hooks to the unibody. Right off hand Id say grade 8 but do a little research and get the bolts used by the factory. Not necessarily Chrysler bolts, but same grade and quality.

If you have a tow package on your Cherokee you may be able to get away with a 2 receiver d-ring that can be installed when recovery is needed.

There are other third party solutions for tow points. Visit your favorite Jeep Cherokee forum and ask the members for their solutions.
On the next episode well discuss Slip Yoke Eliminator, or SYE.