June 2010, Orange County, CA

1989 XJ – The Red Jeep


January 2007, John Bull Trail, Big Bear, California

This is my first Jeep and my primary off road toy, also the reason for the name of this little blog.  I bought this Jeep back in August 1998 from a kid in North Torrance.  It had 123,000 miles on it and a salvage title from being caught in a flood up North.  End result was I got the Jeep for a good price ($4,600) and it was in great shape.  The shop who repaired the flood damage actually did a damn good job and the only evidence I’ve seen is the lack of the crappy hooks in the cargo area and a water mark on the inside of the kick panels.  They completely took it apart and properly cleaned it, which meant I got myself a damn clean Jeep that worked perfectly (electrical gremlins never happened).


September 1998, Palos Verdes, California

Since then the Jeep has gone through a few different transformations to end up where you see it now.  The current specifications are:

1989 Jeep Cherokee Laredo

  • 4.0 Liter I-6 with stock 1996 Block (with NVH upgrades) and RENIX intake, head, and fuel injection.
  • Intake is an open air tube with a stock HO Jeep throttle body adapted to RENIX injection, exhaust goes through a Borla header to a 2.5″ exhaust with a universal catalytic converter and a Magnaflow muffler.
  • Stock 21 spline Asin Warner AW4 Transmission with upgraded cooling.
  • NP231 transfer case with Tom Woods slip yoke eliminator.
  • High pinion 27 spline Dana 30 front axle with 4.88:1 gears, alloy shafts, and an ARB air locker.
  • Low pinion 30 spline Dana 44 rear axle with 4.88:1 gears and an ARB air locker.
  • 5.5″ – 6″ of lift using Tomken coils in front with spacers and a custom hybrid leaf pack with a mix of Tomken and Mopar leafs.  The front suspension is linked with a TNT Customs Y-Link radius style long arm kit.
  • Rugged Ridge beefy steering and Hayden power steering cooler.
  • Stock disc/drum braking with upgraded 1995 XJ dual diaphragm master cylinder / power booster.
  • 35″ Maxxis Bighorn Radials on 15″ x 8″ standard black Rockcrawlers (D windows) with 4.5″ backspacing.
  • TNT Customs bellypan / crossmember (part of Y-Link kit), Mopar gas tank skid, JKS Manufacturing SuperNerfs, Loose Nuts front winch bumper, and Custom 4×4 rear bumper with tire carrier.
  • Warn M8000 electric winch, FormatFab budget CO2 tank, regulator, and bracket for air needs and Mobi-Arc 200X mobil welder for when the fit really hits the shan.

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