Reader's Jeeps : Richard Gauthier's 1988 Cherokee
Richard Gauthier's 1988 Cherokee Short Cuts

Richard on Pritchett Canyon in Moab, Utah

Owner : Richard Gauthier Equipment and Modifications:

Vehicle:1988 Jeep Cherokee
Vehicle name: Not yet
Location: Bakersfield, California
Most recent outing: NAXJA Moab run, then Arizona Jamboree

Panamint, Surprise Canyon
Looking good
Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
  • Motor--Stock 4.0 with K&N filter
  • Tranny--Stock automatic
  • T-case--NP231, Tera Low, JB 2wd low kit, Currie SYE
  • Gears--4.56
  • Front Axle--Dana 30, EZ locker, Warn 5 on 5.5" Premium hub conversion with Rocky Road Outfitters diff guard
  • Rear Axle--Dana 44, Detroit Softlocker, Rocky Road Outfitters diff guard
  • Axle Shafts--Warn alloy front, Dutchman alloy rear
  • Drive Shafts--Custom rear with CV
  • Tires--33x12.5x15 Super Swamper SSRs
  • Wheels--15"x8" chrome steel wheels
  • Suspension--7.5" of lift
  • Front--RE 4.5" ZJ coils, 2" spacer, RE upper arms, Currie lower arms, relocated custom control arm mounts (both upper and lower)
  • Rear--Homebrew 9 leaf spring packs, Tomken blocks, Rocky Road Outfitters 6" shackles
  • Shocks--29" ES 3000 front, Rancho 9000s rear, plus Rancho kicker shocks (in front of rear axle
  • Winch--Warn XD9000i
  • Bumpers--Custom front winch bumper with integral air tanks, Tomken rear bumper with tire/gas can carrier and hi lift jack mounts
  • Rocker Skids--Custom rock rails

  • Other Accessories

    Custom steering raised 3", RE tie rod, custom drag link, both on custom mounts 1" over knuckle with heim joints
    Hella 550 driving lights
    Custom track bar and mounts
    Custom sway bar links and mounts
    Rusty's Offroad steering box brace w/ bolt through bumper mount
    Diamond plate on lower body panels and rear quarter panels
    Surco Safari rack w/ steel rock skids on the sides
    Quick AIR2 compressor
    Custom equipment storage drawer in rear cargo area
    Uniden CB with Wilson 1000 roof mount antenna
    Alpine stereo with CD changer

    Future plans

    rear traction bar
    Hi Lift jack mount on front bumper

Notes from Richard

I live in Bakersfield, CA, and am currently president of the Bakersfield Trailblazers and vice-president of the North American XJ Association

Moab, Utah

My goal for this buildup is a true multi-purpose rig, which is one reason I've chosen to stick with the XJ. I want to drive it to the trail, and on the trail with comfort and reliability. I want it capable enough to regularly run hard-core trails like the Hammers, Axle Alley and Surprise Canyon. I also want to take it on the overnight camping trails that I like in the Sierras, and I still want it to look good. This project has been going on for nearly six years, and I think I have reached my goal.

My favorite places are the Rubicon, Swamp Lake, Dusy-Ershim, Surprise Canyon, Johnson Valley, and Moab, but my favorite trails to run are the Johnson Valley trails.......Sledgehammer, Outer Limits, and Wreaking Ball.



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