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#1 12-04-2012 10:22:09

john
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Registered: 09-27-2008
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For those with a stock Cherokee....

I'm thinking of keeping my Jeep Cherokee stock and not going for a lift kit. However, I found clips on Youtube of people with stock Jeep Cherokee's running through stuff I'd be too scared to go through like mudpits that go for around 40 yards and crossing 2ft deep rivers. Maybe they're deeper. Anyway, I remember before that there were people in this group who told me that they go through logging trails in their stock XJ. My question is: what type of tires are you using? Within the next 2 weeks, I'm planning to buy Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo's. I'll be going with the size P225/75R15 so I can save gas money and give "alittle" more space in my rear wheelwell for when I go over rocks. NH has alot of them! Any advice on what tires to get which may be better? I also use my Jeep Cherokee as a daily driver so I'm not sure about getting mud terrain tires.

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#2 12-04-2012 10:32:42

thomas
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Registered: 10-22-2008
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Re: For those with a stock Cherokee....

Bump it up to 235s (1/4" taller, 1/2" wider) and you can get Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor with Kevlar for the rocks. It's actually rated a better tire on Tire Rack and it's the same cost. Stick with the All Terrains.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyres … earch=true

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#3 12-04-2012 10:45:36

akaparadox
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Registered: 03-21-2009
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Re: For those with a stock Cherokee....

I have a stock 92 cherokee (4.0L, auto, 4x4) and I have taken it through a 2ft deep stream multiple times. It's pretty scary because at 2 feet, it's higher than the door's bottom, so some water will come in. I have very cheap general SUV tires (235's) but so far haven't gotten stuck. I've also taken them through about a foot of sludgy mud before too. I just ease it at a constant speed and the xj will just cut right through it. I think I choose my paths wisely though. I wouldn't recommend too much of mud with my jeep though considering my tires. I probably won't do the mud again unless I get a winch- that place I went is a little spooky and a horrible place to get stuck.

A friend of mine recently told me that the only trail vehicle his agency will take up the mountains (around 9000 ft elevation) was their cherokees (stock). Their other rigs- F-350's diesel and fullsized SUV's- are just too heavy to get them over the steep inclines and through the brittle and loose cinder. I don't know if any of you watch Discovery channel, but there was a Show called Fearless Planet that represented Hawaii's natural obstacles pretty well.

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#4 12-04-2012 19:09:48

john
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Re: For those with a stock Cherokee....

Thanks. Unfortunately, I still have alittle phobia if there's too much mud. The last time I went out was in a Ford Explorer (stock) and I took my wife. About a mile into the trail (4pm), I had to cross a mud hole. Sure enough, my tires were stuck between 2 rocks and I tore my front hub. My door was almost to the window sill in mud while we could escape throught the door on my wife's side. We had to walk back through the trail, call a tow and then go home. Now, when I go offroad, I only cross territory like that if I'm with another person. If I'm alone, I really take it easy.

My Cherokee's been good to me. I think because it's light weight, it lets it go over rough terrain with minimal damage. The only vehicle I'd trade it in for would have to be a 4 wheel drive Jeep Wrangler.


PS: The tire size you mentioned....... is it a General Grabber AT?

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#5 12-05-2012 08:52:17

john
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Re: For those with a stock Cherokee....

These silent armors..... are they better than the GSA's? I used to work at a tire shop that was a Goodyear dealership. I used to think they offered good tires for offroad. We worked with a guy who was an EMT and Search and Rescue. He bought the GSA's and broke cords in 3  tires within a month of owning them. Since Silent Armors are supposed to be a step up, the ones you have..... do they last long?

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#6 12-05-2012 08:57:12

music
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Re: For those with a stock Cherokee....

My opinion is to get 255/60 R15 they served me well in the past 4 years in they really nice on the Jeep too.. choose Fulda Or Bridgestone.. they are the best

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#7 12-05-2012 09:03:06

inkdrummer
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Registered: 08-05-2009
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Re: For those with a stock Cherokee....

I use 30 inch Kumhos.Love them in all weather...

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#8 12-05-2012 09:07:00

jock
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Re: For those with a stock Cherokee....

The stock, out of the box XJ is a very capable off road vehicle (and runs quite well on the road considering its double live axle arrangement). The goal of AMC engineers (yeah, they're the ones who came up with this jewel) was to create a lightweight vehicle with the versatility of a station wagon and the off-road prowess of the CJ. Given the fact the Cherokee was in production for over 15 years without any major changes to its basic design, I'd say the boys from Toledo got it right....even after Chrysler took over all they did were eye wash improvements. The lightweight unibody construction means the XJ can slog through stuff that will mire down other bloated 4WD SUV's. When a vehicle is so well designed from the start, it's difficult to make "improvements" on it without creating additional problems (like "death wobble" when lifting the XJ). Good on you for leaving your XJ stock.....

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#9 12-05-2012 10:04:41

acs88xj
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Registered: 12-05-2009
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Re: For those with a stock Cherokee....

further note: problems mopar is having with libbys - mileage, engine durability [not as good as the 4.7], weight, and front axles if you really want to go offroad... they could've done worse than stick with the xj -- and it seens they have.

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#10 12-05-2012 10:11:11

john
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Re: For those with a stock Cherokee....

I've got 185k miles on my XJ and the motor is still fine. I've gone offroad only a few times in it and didn't experience any problems with the front axl. Since 4hi is difficult to get into for me, I just use 4lo only when I really can't get through something in 2wd.

I think that for offroad use, the XJ is one of the best SUV's to drive. It just isn't with the flash that Cadillacs and some of the larger SUV's have so a lot of people don't buy them. My engine is still powerful. I can have 2 adult passengers and take off uphill passing people. This is something my Ford Explorer just couldn't even do if it was really pushed. I've driven a few friend's trucks and SUV's and they have V8's in them. Yukons and Expeditions..... buy my XJ will still keep up with it's I-6 it has.

The only negative aspect of my Cherokee is the space in the backseats for a car seat. My Explorer would've been better to use as a family car and now, I'm looking to get a larger SUV or full sized truck just to use as a daily driver and just use my XJ for offroad or if I'm going someplace by myself or with my wife leaving my daughter at home.

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