We've all thought the same thing after hitting a trail for the first time: "How can I make my rig handle better off-road?" Jim Brunett was no exception. Realizing he needed more suspension flex than the factory offered in the Grand Cherokee, he took his WJ over to Jeeps R Us for a much needed off-road capable suspension.
Flexed-Out Grand Cherokee
The guys at Jeeps R Us yanked out the stock suspension and outfitted the Grand Cherokee with a Clayton 6-inch long arm suspension kit with Bilstein 5100 series shocks as well as a slip yoke eliminator and sway bar disconnects. To make sure the rest of the Jeep's drivetrain was up to par, Jeeps R Us fabricated a new set of driveshafts strong enough to hold up to some trail wheeling action.
Jim wanted his Grand Cherokee to clear 35-inch tires-needless to say the sawzall came out and took care of that problem pretty fast. Fender clearance is one of the biggest issues with Cherokees but thankfully it wasn't an issue in Jim's case. The Iceland Off Road Go Berserk cut-out fender flares made tire clearance a thing of the past while giving the Grand Cherokee an aggressive, all business look.
The Jeep's newfound suspension flex impressed us while off-road. It might be one of the smoothest-riding long arm kits on the market, and the Jeep managed to get some decent suspension flex climbing over obstacles.
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Stock with Clayton Off Road unibody rails
Front Dana 30, rear Dana 44, Quadra-Trac T-case, SYE and heavy duty driveshafts
Clayton Off Road 6-inch long arm kit, Bilstein 5100 shocks, adjustable track bar, sway bar disconnects
Rancho steering stabilizer
Extended brake lines
35x12.50 Pro Comp Xtreme A/T, 17-inch Pro Comp XDs
Iceland Off Road 2.25-inch cut out fender flares
Favorite Off-Road Area:
Ocotillo Wells and Johnson Valley, California
Iceland Off Road's Go Berserk cut-out fender flares allow the use of a bigger tire without
The WJ's front suspension allows the front Dana 30 to articulate over most obstacles, even
A set of 35-inch Pro Comp Xtreme A/Ts help the Grand Cherokee by grabbing and clawing its
.....The tires are mounted on a set of 17-inch Pro Comp XD series wheels, setting the Jeep
The rear suspension is a Clayton Off Road four-link with 6-inch lift coil springs and Bils