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Jeep has no model that has more heritage than the Cherokee. Project XtremeJ is a 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ four-wheel-drive. The Jeep was purchased in May of 2014 and has a touching backstory associated with its previous owner.
The vehicle was purchased from Travis Witten, a veteran CAL FIRE firefighter, serving from 1969 until he retired in 2007. While we know very little about him, we didn’t want to let his service go unnoticed as we have relatives and friends that live in the areas Travis used to protect.
The concept behind the build is to create a fully capable, rock-climbing Cherokee XJ. We want to make sure that the Jeep has excellent wheel travel, bulletproof engine performance, and durable hardware that can take this project anywhere.
The Jeep arrived at the shop bone-stock, a blank slate that we can have our way with. Not too often do you get a chance to start something that someone has not had their hands in before. Travis and his son’s love for Jeeps and off-road vehicles will be shown with the additions we have planned for XtremeJ.
The first step to creating an off-road rig is getting it off the ground. With a lift, as well as larger wheels and tires, we will be able to start conquering the rocks on the trail. Since the Jeep will be up against rocks while it is climbing, the addition of body armor will be necessary. Belly pan skid plates, rock sliders, and bumpers will all need to be added to keep the body safe.
Just like any other off-road vehicle with additional weight, we will need to add new differentials, axles, and driveshafts. Everything that will be installed to the project will have a purpose, just how Travis would have wanted it.
Stay tuned for updates as we dive in and start adding to the project, with the end goal of creating a rock-crawling radical Jeep Cherokee. Off Road Xtreme will be making sure that Project XtremeJ lives up to a high standard.
10/20/2016 – Getting A Stronger Facelift
2/17/2016 – Time To Play
12/11/2015 – Full Facelift
11/2/2015 – Header Install and Heat Shield
10/1/2015 – Gibson Cat Back Exhaust