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In 1984, AMC/Jeep® took its unitized body and 4x4 technology into the XJ Cherokee platform. This breakthrough compact SUV became the best selling model of its era and made the AMC sale to Chrysler profitable. These models and the subsequent Jeep ZJ and WJ Grand Cherokees feature beam axles front and rear, two-speed transfer cases and rugged engine packages, making them candidates for off-road upgrades and 4x4 trail use...Welcome to the XJ Cherokee and ZJ/WJ Grand Cherokee community at 4WD Mechanix Magazine!—Moses Ludel At left is a ZJ Grand Cherokee equipped to tackle the Moab Area
The Jeep® JK Wrangler took the link-and-coil suspension utility 4x4 to the next level. These 2007-up models are longer, wider replacements for the TJ and LJ Wrangler. They offer better highway ride, safer cornering and braking, more cargo area and an SUV stance. A true Jeep 4x4, the JK Wrangler has earned the largest sales and following of any Jeep utility model to date...Share Jeep JK Wrangler outdoor and travel experiences, how-to, accessorization, upgrades and performance enhancements. V-8 conversions and the Pentastar 3.6L V-6 edge out the stock '07-'11 models' 3.8L V-6 performance—but the
AMC/Jeep® always leaned forward in both car and utility vehicle designs. By the mid-'80s, the CJ needed a contemporary replacement, a vehicle with wider track for handling and a better highway ride package. The Wrangler emerged just as AMC sold to Chrysler, and the Wrangler and XJ Cherokee were the profit items Mopar wanted! The Wrangler four- and inline six era represents huge growth in the 4WD/SUV market overall, and there are huge numbers of enthusiasts, owners and buyers who can build a "community" at this forum! —Moses Ludel At left is an '87 YJ Wrangler, leaf springs articulating
The modern 4WD era, and the dawn of luxury SUV 4x4s, began with Kaiser's introduction of J-trucks and Wagoneers. Beginning in the early 'sixties, consumers and commercial users discovered that driving a "truck" was no longer a hardship. The Wagoneer eventually evolved into the luxurious Grand Wagoneer, V-8 powered with every power and accessory option known to town cars of the era. The Gladiator pickup became the AMC/Jeep Pickup, a J-series chassis that used the best powertrain and geartrain products available in the industry...This forum is for Gladiator/J-truck, full-size Cherokee and Wagone