Grand Cherokee [“ZJ”] Project

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It all began in August of 2014. That was when I purchased a completely stock 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee off Craigslist. I figured this would be both a fun and challenging way to enter the world of "Jeeping". Modifying a "ZJ" is much less popular than a Cherokee or Wrangler. Below are some of the stats of the Jeep when it was stock and where it sits today. Use the boxes above to see a more detailed write-up on each section of the build, including parts used, the process, and more photos.

Stock Stats:

  • 5.2L small block V8 engine

  • 249 Transfer Case

  • 29" tires

  • 220 horsepower (estimated)

  • 285 lb-ft torque

  • 8.2 in of ground clearance

  • Dana 30 front diff.

  • Dana 35 rear diff. 3.73 gearing

  • Rectangular driving lights

  • 133K miles

Current Stats:

  • 3.5" suspension lift

  • 242 Transfer Case

  • 31" Cooper AT/3 tires

  • 15" Black Rock wheels

  • Hanson Front Bumper

  • Rockhard Rear bumper/tire carrier

  • Transfer case skid plate

  • IRO Gas Tank Skid plate

  • K/N High Flow Air Filter

  • Custom Roof Rack

  • Interior LED light upgrade

  • GenRight Hood Louvers

  • Custom Lighting

  • Custom Audio System

  • CB Radio

  • Upgraded fuel injectors

  • 12.5 in of ground clearance

  • Dana 30 front diff.

  • Dana 35 rear diff. with 3.73 gearing

  • 150K miles

I'm always looking for more modifications to add to the project. The Jeep has come a long way since I first got it, and it certainly isn't done yet. One thing to note: this is still my daily driver! That being said, I can't get too crazy -- yet. The modifications up to this point have made the vehicle more reliable, more capable, and more enjoyable to drive. It has tackled trails like the Backway to CKBroken ArrowDevil's Highway and others. Check out the videos below of the project so far. More specifics can be found using the boxes above.