I have a Smittybilt XRC front bumper with bull bar, a Smittybilt winch, and a Smittybilt XRC rear bumper with tire carrier. I like them a lot. Installation is a chore, especially when done by yourself, because the bumpers are very heavy duty, but it’s not hard if you have any aptitude at all.
Thanks! I have more things to do with the Cherokee but I'm happy with how it's going. I may build a fold out platform on the trailer for a tent set up. Or maybe I'll just use it for hauling stuff and stick with the overlander plan and build a platform in the back of the Jeep. Lots of options...
My friend had his installed at a offroad shop in Portland, Or. In fact he had everything installed at the shop except the winch.
He found that his new 31's rubbed on the lower control arms. So he put on some 1 1/4 spacers. His is a stick. Given the choice that's the way I'd go too.
If I had unlimited funds this 4.6 stroker would be nice . My wife just laughed at me!
I really like the lift I installed (Rubicon Express 3.5”). It allows decent clearance on the 31” BFG mudders I run (not on the Cherokee in the pictures). I use stock rims and the backspace makes them tight on the inside up against the rear springs. I just installed Spidertrax 1.25” wheel spacers and that provided enough clearance to run chains in the winter (needed to make it home where I live). Any higher lift and you need to get a lot of other things changed out, and I’m building an Overlander, not a Rock Crawler…
I've always had a set of chains in my Jeep(s) but I've never had to put them on. Probably a few times I should have.
You must have a pretty steep drive and/or alot of snow and ice.
My XJ is stock and I think I'll keep it that way for now. I bought this one in July of last year. It's mostly sorted out now hopefully. I wanted to start with a fully functional Jeep before doing any mods. My backup lights don't work unless I wiggle the shifter, one of these days I will take it off and clean it.
The only other item is with the cruise control. When I put on the left turnsignal the cruise drops off. Just changing lanes before the detent it's ok.
I'm not sure of which brand of spacer my friend used but he's not one to pinch a penney on safety related items.
Steep and rough driveway, plenty of snow. My “driveway” is about half a mile long and wraps up the side of a ridge. It’s just dirt and rock with some road base in a few areas to help smooth things out a bit, but there are a couple of places where my “inclinometer” shows about 15°/16° slope (30°/32° Grade)! So with snow on it that’s kind of tough to get up, even with chains. Not a complaint really, cause I love living off-grid on the top of a mountain, but it does make thing “interesting” some times. When I see larger winter storms heading my way I leave a vehicle parted about 4 miles down my “main road” near a real paved road, and use my tracked Polaris Ranger XP 1000 to get in and out. Too much fun!
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