The Cherokee Specs
1997 Jeep Cherokee SE 4x4
Engine: 4.0L I6
Transmission: AX15, 5 speed manual
Transfer Case: 231J w/Super Duty SYE
Axles: Rear Chry 8.25, with No-Slip locker
Front D30 with TruTrac limited slip
RoughStuff Diff Covers
Beefed up lower control arm mounts (welded on plate steel)
HD Crossover Steering by Rugged Ridge
Lift: Front, T&T Customs Long Arm kit w/RE 5.5" coils
RE track bar w/Poison Spyder Customs heim joint
Rear, Rubicon Express 5.5" leafs, 2.5 degree shims and RE extended shackles
Tom Wood's Drive shafts front and rear
Bilstein 5100 Shocks
RE Extended Brake Lines
Tires and Rims: Kumho M/T KL71 33x12.5 15R on 15x8 black Rock Crawler steel rims
JKS Bar Pin Eliminators front and rear
Quick Disconets: Tomken (if front sway bar wasn't removed)
Nerf Bars by Custom 4x4
Front Bumper by Custom 4x4
Rear Bumper w/ Gas Can and Tire Carrier - Tomken/homemade hybrid
Steering box brace - homemade
Gas Tank skid plate by ACF
Trackbar mounts - beefed-up
TJ fender flairs
Auto Meter tachometer
Uniden Pro 520 CB with 4' Wilson tunable antenna
48" Hi Lift jack
The Cherokee's Purpose
She was built to survive exploration style wheeling and mild rock crawling. I carry a 101 piece Craftsman tool case, a set of open/box end wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, and if I use an odd tool for repairs I’ll throw it in somewhere just to have it. I don’t carry many spare parts just radiator hose, U-joints, and some fluids. I’ve been wheeling off and on since 1984 and never busted an axle or driveshaft so I don’t carry those as spares. That’s not to say I won’t ever break one, but the type of wheeling I do makes it unlikely. I wheel in groups of 2 or more vehicles.
For recovery I have a strap and poor mans winch (Hi Lift).
For safety I have a fire extinguisher, and first aid kit. I also carry extra water (I live in the desert), extra food, and warm cloths whenever I go out.
Maybe 4:1 gears for the 231.
All XJs were built as a "Uni-body" design with the body and frame rails tied together as one piece, as opposed to a body on frame design. All XJs have solid axles front and rear. The suspension consists of coils for the front and leaf springs for the rear. All XJs came with disc brakes in the front and drums in the rear.
Jeep Cherokee specifications for the entire production run can be seen at Cherokee History. Options in bold are what my Cherokee came with from the factory.