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Old 05-13-2018, 02:50 PM
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Default Ruffstuff Giveaway!

Ruffstuff wants to BEEF UP YOUR RIG!

We have the parts to make your XJ unstoppable,

We're giving away a $100 Gift Certificate


a $50 Gift Certificate with FREE SHIPPING
*Some limitations apply.

See below how easy it is to enter!

We have a wealth of products useful to
every Cherokee guy or girl!
Awesome stuff like:

A bolt-in, ready to party steering kit that not only
is WAY stronger, but also eliminates bump-steer, and
the ‘dead-spot’ in the steering wheel.

Frame Stiffeners for the mid-chassis...

And the front frame...

Diff Covers for every stock axle offered under the XJ ...
And so many more!

Extremely beefy Stock replacement control arms with 1-1/4” heims

And a whole bunch more stuff just for XJs right here:


All you need to do is reply to this thread with a pic or two of your XJ!

Give us a little about your rig and the story of how it got so crumpled,
or how the hell it's still so straight! What have you done to it?
What has it done to you?

We like a good story here at The 'Stuff ;-)


Once we have some front runners, we will launch a poll thread in the
Vendors Showcase so that all of you can vote for the winner! The key here is
to get your friends to get on and vote for you, if they've been slacking on
making a account, tell them to get in gear and help you win!

We'll be making some announcements on our social media,
so there could be a lot of eyes on your rig!

We're going to take entrants until the end of the month,
then we'll launch the Poll and see who wins!

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Old 05-14-2018, 05:20 PM
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Location: DE
Posts: 5,630
Year: 1988
Model: Cherokee
Engine: I6 4.0

My first vehicle i've ever owned back 10 years ago now. Still drive it to work from time to time, hardly lets me down. Started off as a stock '88 for $800 and been working on it since, always think it's done, never is.


1988 Laredo 2 Door
248xxx miles
Brown Dogs Rubber Engine Mounts
Volvo 746 Injectors
Still Closed Cooling
C101 delete

Pro Comp Soft 8s 15x8 3.75bs
BF KM2 33x10.50r15
1.25" Wheel Spacers

RE 3.5" Coils
Core 4x4 Tier 3 Adjustable Lowers
RE Superflex Adjustable Uppers
RE Adjustable Trackbar
Rusty's 3.5" Full leaf pack with poly bushings
JKS Boomerang Shackles
Doetsch 8000 shocks

Creepy Fab Front Bumper with JCR Wide Hoop
IRO DIY Rear bumper
2x6 3/16" Rocker tube
HD Offroad Mid Stiffeners
2x3 3/16" stiffener to 2x6 supports
AJ's DOM side tubing
D30 Solid Diff Cover
Rusty's HD Crossmember
Rusty's Tcase Skid
OEM Gas tank Skid

'96 HP30 3.55 gearing
Cavfab Crossover Steering
TNT Fabrications D30 HD Coil & LCA Brackets
IRO C Gussets
'98 C8.25 3.55 gearing
Aussie Locker C8.25
Rock Krawler Stainless Brake Hoses

Bedlined Floor
WJ Brake Booster
Mazda RX8 Seats
Custom Plaid Headliner
75% new floors
LED CB antenna
'98 Center Console
PIAA 6" Fog Lights
thatXJguy CB mount
RC rear Bar Pin Eliminators

To Dos:
HD Offroad Rear stiffeners (sitting in garage)
Rear shock towers
G2 4.56 gears/install kit
Front Aussie Locker
HD No Lift Shackle Relocation Brackets
8.25 diff cover
Flatter belly

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Old 05-14-2018, 08:49 PM
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Location: IL
Posts: 87
Model: Cherokee

Bought the Jeep bone stock in 2014 with the intentions of building a mild wheeler/ daily driver. Never planned on going bigger than 3'' and 31s. Drove it 1300 miles to Moab in fall of 2015 and its all been downhill since then. Bought a welder and started building stuff, I do all the wrenching, fabrication/welding myself in my garage, no shop has ever laid hands on this thing. Its more of a trail rig now but I still daily it 90% of the time.

Little bit about the Jeep

Dana 30/Chrysler 8.25 both trussed and locked

Rear disk conversion

RE 5.5 coils and leafs

Boostwerks comp shackles

HD no lift brackets

IRO 3 link

IRO track bar

Bilstein 5100s in the rear with custom shock hoops

Cavfab steering

TMI diy beadlocks

35" Mickey Thompson mtz

Homemade cut n fold rear bumper

Homemade hidden winch front bumper

Full belly pan with trans and oil skids

Homemade Hybrid cage

Tube doors

2x6 rockers

HD offroad stiffeners front to back

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Old 05-15-2018, 06:51 AM
Join Date: Jun 2017
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Year: 2001
Model: Cherokee(XJ)
Engine: 4.0

Here is my 01 Sport. Picked this up a little over a year ago for use as a daily while building it up into an overland/mild-moderate trail rig. It is mostly straight because it hasn't seen nearly enough trails, I'll be working on that this summer leading up to my honeymoon trip down the the KAT this fall. Otherwise, Indiana winters have taken their toll on the sheet metal.

Current build items include

2.5" lift
JK Rubi shocks
30x9.5x15 KOs
No lift shackle boxes
Front and rear rail stiffeners
Adj. short arms and track bar
Double shear track bar mount
ZJ steering
Trussed, skid'd, locked D30
Front under mount winch bumper
Rear tire carrier bumper

Short term build plans, most of the parts for which are already sitting in the garage.

Mid-section rail stiffeners
Floor pan replacement
2x6 rockers
Trans cooler
Dual battery
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:11 PM
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Location: Rowlett, Texas
Posts: 1,135
Year: 1988
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 Inline 6

hi yall,

well thanks to 88whitecomanche, i have gotten as far as i am today. Even though i moved from Miami, FL over 3 years ago.

This is my 1988 Jeep ( what you can tell by looking around)

- Manual tans. which i believe is an AX-15
- Dana 30 for the front
- Dana 35 for the rear
- (5) Mickey Thompson 33" on some kind of brand 15" rims
- Smittybilt Roof rack
- SYE kit
- Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier ( do not remember what brand)
- Front bumper with 2 boat D-rings ( do not remember the brand either)
- Window visors
- Lund Sunvisor
- 6.5 inch lift
- bushwacker fender flares
- and more....
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:04 AM
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Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 2,054
Year: 1997
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0

Might as well! My XJ is currently stock, but I'm stockpiling/bolting on parts to make it a long-lasting daily driver/exploration/road trip machine capable of "surviving" year round use in upstate New York. It's currently rust free with the exception of the suspension, which will soon be replaced to create a sort of factory skunk works Cherokee - think of it as a soon to be Up Country 2.0.

That means less than 3 inches of lift total, 30 inch tires, 3.73 gears, and lockers. Being so low, I'll want to ensure it's protected as I will take it off road. Ruff Stuff diff covers would be ideal (cough cough, hint hint).

As of this writing, I've undercoated the truck with Cosmoline (if it's good enough for the U.S. military, it's good enough for me), added in a class III hitch properly with JCR nut strips, and given it a slight tune up with Accel ignition parts. I have a bunch of other parts waiting to go on before I try to hit some dirt roads in Vermont on Memorial Day weekend.

I learned a lot from my last build which was a never-ending four year project that spiraled out of control. This time around, I know exactly what the finished product should be, so I'm going to work until it's done and then enjoy it every day.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:14 AM
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Location: Indiana
Posts: 44
Year: 2000
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L I6

Info: This is my 2000 XJ sport. 4.0/NP231/8.25 rear and D30 front.

Mods/Custom Stuff:
  • 4.5" lift, IRO SYE, custom fabbed 1 ton steering with Ruffstuff's "cure" spacer
  • 2.5" exhaust w/ super 44 and high flow cat. 62mm TB, 4-hole injectors, B&M tranny cooler.
  • Lund MoonVisor with LEDs (my pride and joy)
  • Local fab front bumper and JCR DIY rear bumper
  • Truck lites, bedliner on lower rocker area.
  • Rusty's lower quarter panel armor
  • 33x12.5x15 Nitto Trail Grapplers with Fuel Anza wheels.
  • Hornblasters Shocker 228V Train Horn
  • Viair 2.5 gallon compressor to power the train horns, and other accessories.
  • Original paint. Restored with a 2-step correction and sealed with Collinite 845.
  • Interior LED conversion, rugged ridge floormats, reupholstered headliner.
  • Alpine 52BT head unit, sony 1200W amp, dual kicker 12" subs in a ported box.
  • 15% tint all around, 20% windshield tint (yes, I can see. no, I haven't got ticketed

Other Info:
194k miles, original powertrain. Head is not cracked, she cheeches like a dream! No leaks, no check engine lights.

This is daily driven, wanted to keep the mods tasteful, functional, and simple. I've had this jeep for about three years and bought it completely stock. Fell in love with it from the beginning!


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Old 05-20-2018, 11:36 AM
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Year: 1996
Model: Grand Cherokee
Engine: 4.0

I know its not an xj...but goes anywhere.

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Old 05-20-2018, 11:35 PM
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Location: Ft. Myers, Florida
Posts: 58
Year: 1998
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 I6

So this is my 1998 cherokee I bought from my stepdad for 700$ when my last vehicle was stolen. He bought it new off the showroom. It was originally 2wd and I converted it to 4x4 with a donor vehicle and a lot of work. I've owned it for about 4 years now and its taken me from south florida to austin, tx a few times and has been a pretty great vehicle. Back in feb. it dropped a trans and recently got it back on the road. I haven't really been able to take it wheeling or anything because It's had some issues that I've been trying to work out to make it reliable. Such as the trans going out on it.

She's basically a stock 4x4 now but my future plans for it are:
4.5'' lift
4.10 gears
upgraded steering
fender flares
new headliner
new seats

My previous xj had a 6.5'' lift and 35's and that was a bit much for what I want or need. We've owned this jeep since it was new so I don't plan on getting rid of it anytime soon. I hope to take it to jeep beach one day, and go on a good few road trips with it. See ya'll out there!
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:14 AM
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Location: Burlington, NC
Posts: 2,333
Year: 1994...mostly...
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6 HO, Lot's of Bolt Ons

Purchased stock in 2007 when I turned 18 and has been on the trails ever since; yet can still be Daily Driven.

1994 Jeep Cherokee SE... Mostly

Front Suspension:
6" Total Lift
XJ Coils
Custom 3-link w/ RUFFSTUFF 1.25" HEIMS
Doetsch 13" Shocks

Front Axle:
HP D44
Eaton E-Locker
760x Ujoints, Full Circle Clips
RE Track Bar w/ Brace
Ruffstuff 1-Ton OTK Steering
Ruffstuff "The Cure" Spacer
Solid Diff Cover
Warn Premium Hubs
Passenger Side Alloy Shafts

Rear Suspension:
S-10 Bastard Pack
Lift Shackles
RC Shackle Relocation Brackets
M.O.R.E Stretch Plates
Doetsch 13" Shocks

Rear Axle:
XJ D44
8.8 Disc Brakes
Detroit Locker
Solid Diff Cover
Alloy Shafts

Drive line:
4.0L HO - Rebuilt Head
Cold Air Intake
62mm Bored TB & 1" Spacer
99+ Intake Manifold
703 Injectors
MSD Coil, Taylor 8.2mm Wires, D.U.I Cap & Rotor
APN Style Header
HiFlo Cat w/ 2.5" Flowmaster Catback
Brown Dog Motor Mounts
Daystar Poly Trans Mount
AW4 w/ 6 Row Cooler & 1st Gear Lockout
NP231 w/ H&T SYE

Recovery and Armor:
Factory Gas Skid & Hitch
Custom T-Case Skid
Hidden Winch Front Bumper w/ Integrated Steering Box Brace
IRO Center Drop Long Arm Crossmember
Front & Mid Section Frame Stiffeners
Rusty's Roll Bar

Tires and wheels:
35x12.50 MTRs w/ Kevlar
15x8 Cragar Soft 8's

4 Wheel Disc's
96XJ Double Diaphragm Booster
96XJ Master Cylinder
ZJ Proportioning Valve - For Disc's
RC SS 24" Front Lines, 26" Rear Line
YJ Parking Brake Cables

Other Stuff:
ZJ Fan Clutch
102" Wheelbase
Removable Front Doors
97+ XJ Mirrors
Durango Steering Box & Inside Frame Brace
Marine Speakers Mounted in Kick Panels
72" Wilderness Rack w/ 240W Light Bar
AUX Fan Override
Headlight Harness Upgrade
01 XJ Seats
Custom Rock Body Work and Body Trimming
Cup Holders!!!

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Old 05-24-2018, 02:07 PM
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I like it!
I love it!
I want more of it!

Still plenty of time for more competitors!
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:24 PM
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