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. They’re just enough to take you camping at the beach, go snowboarding up in the mountains, or tackle dirty country roads, but if you need more, no one said that you can’t!
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 the biggest possible wheel size 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 4″ lift that utilizes a 2″ body lift, 2″ Dobbinsons Suspensions combo, heavy-duty Moog Tie rod ends, heavy-duty ball joints, and Moog sway bar links.
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?
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” lift kit
- 2” body lift
- 2” Dobinsons Suspensions Combo
- 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: @thysseroutdoors!
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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.