When the XJ Cherokee came out in 1984, it was criticized for featuring a unibody construction rather than a body on frame (there had never been a unibody civilian 4×4 before). What people didn’t realize was that the XJ’s unibody construction had far more torsional rigidity than your average unibody structure, with 3,200 bonds on a finished body. It was incredibly well built, with a torsional stiffness rating that exceeded the typical “full frame” setup at the time. The stiffer a structure is, the easier it is for the suspension to work as intended
On the other hand, the XJ was flexible enough that it wouldn’t risk tearing itself apart while off roading. The Cherokee was one of the first American vehicles with a structure modeled via finite element analysis on a supercomputer. Jeep’s goal was to allow only 1/2 of a degree in bending while incurring a load of roughly 3gs
The finished unibody structure is 400 lbs lighter than the body-on-frame competition. Combined with its small size for easy maneuvering and the incredible aftermarket support, the XJ is one of the most capable unibody vehicles on the planet
A man named Wolfgang Bernhard took over as Chrysler’s new executive in 2000. Nicknamed the “cost-slasher” and “whirlwind”, Wolfgang came from Mercedes-Benz to “turn Chrysler around”. One of the first moves Wolfgang made was toward killing the Jeep Cherokee, which he thought was an aging, bland SUV. He pushed for the Cherokee’s replacement, called the Jeep “Liberty” – a name he thought better differentiates itself from the Grand Cherokee
Key Model Year Changes:
The ignition system of the 4.0L is updated to a new distributorless system via coil-on-plug
Mid-1999 models w/ the 4.0L saw the intake manifold revised to help counteract smaller exhaust porting on the latest casting of cylinder heads (to meet new emissions control laws). The increased exhaust porting and new ignition system resulted in a slight power increase
1997 is the model that received the most significant updates, defining the 1997-2001 years of the XJ. These updates include redesigned frame, 4.0L engine, exterior/interior styling updates, and much more
The 4 cyl engine is axed the following year (2001), leaving only the straight-six
40k original miles
New front brakes
New track bar
Clean Florida title
Location: Bonifay, Florida – (more photos below)
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