Prerunner-inspired Jeep Cherokee KL Off-road build with a 3-4” lift
The market of sport utility crossovers outgrows the majority of other vehicle classes, and today they’re attracting more and more people in all parts of the world. There are various reasons for that, but versatility, efficiency, and freedom of transportation are definitely some of the most important ones.
The modern Jeep Cherokee KL looks different from the original boxy XJ Cherokee, but in essence, it’s the same concept adapted to modern life requirements. Along with the catchy design, improved driving comfort, and efficiency, it features pretty decent off-road capabilities in the stock form, especially when we talk about the Trailhawk. This crossover can take you camping, go snowboarding up in the mountains, or tackle dirty country roads, but if you need more, no one said that you can’t do it!
This fully modified Jeep Cherokee KL, owned by Timothy Yasser, is a live example of taking the off-road capabilities of a compact crossover up to a new level. One of the first things that you notice is the wheel size and prerunner-inspired stance. This Cherokee KL is equipped with massive BFG KO 32-inch tires (255/75R17), which is actually one of the biggest possible wheel sizes that you can fit on this model to maintain adequate driving performance.
To fit these babies in the wheel wells and make them do their job, Timothy installed a lift that utilizes a MFC spacers + Dobinsons Suspension combo, heavy-duty Moog Tie rod ends, heavy-duty ball joints and Moog sway bar links. As per the owner, the combined lift height is almost 4 inches. Thanks to the information provided by the members of Cherokee KL community, we came to the conclusion that the actual lift height slightly exceeds 3″ inches.
How did you become interested in off-roading?
– I always love the freedom an off-road vehicle can give you.
Why did you choose this particular model for your project?
– The Jeep community believed that the Jeep Cherokee is not a real Jeep.
And even in the after market, there’s almost nothing you can get… so I decided to build something unique, and my projects attracted so many people and motivated them to start building theirs.
What inspired you to choose this modification style?
– I love prerunners… I always wanted one or at least something close.
What challenges did you face while putting it together?
– No one else couldn’t help me or there’s nothing on YouTube, because no one else modified it at this level so it was only me and having to figure out how to do it.
What do you love about your vehicle?
– The capability for off-road and on road, for daily use.
Is it your daily or a weekend ride?
Do you take it off road? If so, where and how often?
– Different local places and maybe 3 times a month.
2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Specs
V6 VVT 3.2L
Lift height and suspension modifications
- 4” total lift (as per the owner)
- 2″ MFC spacer lift
- Dobinsons Suspensions Combo (Trailhawk AD2 lifts 1.25″ front and 1.0″ rear. Sport AD1 models lift 2″ front, and 2″ rear)
- Heavy-duty Moog Tie rods ends
- Heavy-duty Ball joints
- Moog sway bar links
- 17” black reinforced wheels
- 255/75/17 BFGs K0s
- Prerunner front end design
- Custom made roof rack system
- Audi lightning style
- Carbon fiber parts
- Overland setup
What are your future plans for this vehicle?
– Keep it with me as a memory and get another one.
Watch the progress and find out more about this lifted Jeep Cherokee KL off-road adventure project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @_thysser!
Related Parts & Mods
– Inspired by this Jeep Cherokee build and looking to prepare your own crossover for off-road adventures? Some parts used on this vehicle were sourced from custom shops or custom made, but our team has put together a list of products and accessories available online that may help you to achieve similar results:
- Rough Country 60400 2″ Lift Kit – 2014-2022 Jeep Cherokee KL. This kit will allow you to mount oversized tires like 255/70R17, 32s will require trimming, while 33s will require other modifications and/or a bigger lift.
- Supreme Suspensions 1″ Hub Centric Wheel Spacers – For Jeep Cherokee KL. You may want to install it to widen the tracks depending on selected wheel/and tire combo.
- BougeRV Lockable Roof Rack Cross Bars – for 2014-2023 Jeep Cherokee
- Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform (Universal-fit) – Available in Various Sizes
Roof Top Tent
- Thule Tepui Explorer Ayer 2 Rooftop Tent – 2 Person
- Rhino-Rack Batwing Awning 270– For compact crossovers
*Before ordering any part or accessory, it is recommended that you verify its fitment with a qualified professional and/or seller. We are not responsible for fitment or other issues that may arise from using the products featured on our website.
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Automotive journalist and technical writer at Offroadium.com with more than 10 years of experience in the sphere of aftermarket parts and 4×4 vehicle modifications. Passionate about off-roading, outdoor adventures, and an active lifestyle.
Sad that you didn’t do a bit more research. You’d have found that there is quite an active KL community. That guy wasn’t “alone” he’s even posted in some of those KL focused off-road grouos. Also, how do you put a “body lift” on a unibody? That doesn’t work. The only ways to lift a KL are a spacer lift (of which there are many? Look up Hazard Sky and MFC Off-road for just the two better examples) and a Dobinsin’s (one b, not two) spring lift and shocks. Many, many, many people have put that size tire on their KLs also.
You should check out Cherokee KL S/M/A, Trailhawk Owners Group, and many others on Facebook. And youlll find that there is a small, comparatively, community of enthusiasts who modify their KL Cherokees in the same way as this guy, and a lot of them did it long before he did.
Hi Jeff, thank you very much for the heads-up! Of course, the “body lift” term only refers to the body-on-frame vehicles, which was incorrectly used as a substitution for “spacer lift”(it was corrected in the text). As for the lift height and components, looks like the information provided by the owner was slightly inaccurate, which caused a lot of criticism from experienced Cherokee KL owners. We did a small research on the suspension components used in this project and corrected the information in the post. Timothy used a 2” MFC spacer lift + Dobinsons lift kit combo.
I highly appreciate the feedback and hope that it will help other Cherokee KL owners to modify and enhance their vehicles in the right way.
Wanting to know as someone that has built many cherokees, how you body lifted a unibody vehicle. The biggest lift possible is 3” before you destroy cv axles. That’s a dobinsons, correct spelling, and either mfcoffroad 2” lift or a homemade. The KL called ripsaw was the only proven 4” lift and he didn’t go more then a month without destroying cv axles.
This article while not fact checked, is good in that it gives the KL platform publicity. As an ambassador for the Cherokee KLs, it is suggested that facts are checked before being published.
Owner of Midwest Jeep KLub. Cherokee KLs of the midwest
Hi Steven, thank you very much for your comment! We did additional research and fact-checked all the information provided by the owner. The suspension specs were corrected and updated in the post.
I would be glad to support your Midwest Jeep KLub on social media, feel free to share a link to your community!
Once again, I highly appreciate the feedback and hope that it will help other Cherokee KL owners to modify and enhance their vehicles in the right way.