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Allen Olsen's 1991 Jeep Cherokee XJ Short Cuts
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Allen Olsen flexing out his XJ


Owner : Allen Olsen Equipment and Modifications:

Vehicle: 1991 Jeep Cherokee XJ
Vehicle name: HDCORXJ
Location: Provo, Utah
Favorite Trails: In Utah - Onion Creek, Pritchett Canyon, Poison Spider Mesa, Canyonlands, Salt Creek, Horse Canyon, Confluence Overlook via Elephant Hill, Hole in the Rock, Cedar City

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Playing in the hills above Provo, Utah
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Showing off the extremely clean engine bay
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More flex from the rear
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Playing in the foot hills
  • Motor--4.0L H.O
  • Exhaust--Doug Thorley headers, Flowmaster muffler
  • Tranny--AW-4 Automatic
  • T-case--NP231 with JB 241 short shaft kit
  • Front Axle--Dana 30, 4.56 gears, alloy shafts, ARB locker, Warn hubs, 297X u-joints, custom lower control arm mounts
  • Rear Axle--Currie 44, 4.56 gears, ARB locker, disc brakes
  • Drivelines--GRS CV drivelines front & rear
  • Tires--33x12.50x15 Goodyear MTRs
  • Wheels--Centerline wheels
  • Suspension--About 6"
  • ---Front--TeraFlex coils (no spacers), Custom Tera control arms
  • ---Rear--Tomken spring packs with Rancho add-a-leaf, Tera greasable shackles
  • Shocks--Rancho 9000s, JKS bar pin eliminators
  • Front Bumper--Home built with receiver, and receiver winch mount
  • Rear Bumper--Home built with receiver, spare tire carrier, and Highlift jack mount
  • Rocker Protection--Tomken sliders with home built side protection
    Other Accessories

    Safari snorkel
    K&N air filter
    Turbo City throttle body
    MORE bomb proof motor mounts
    Confer roof rack w/ wire mesh floor
    Modified JKS Quicker Disconnects
    JKS Heavy Duty Tie Rod
    Modified Rubicon Express HD trackbar
    Custom tie rod 1 1/4" w/ 3/4" rod ends
    Full skid plating
    Extended brake lines
    Flow Kooler water pump
    Optima battery
    ARB compressor with air up kit
    Bushwhacker fender flairs
    Smitty Built tail light guards
    Ramsey Pro Plus 9000 on multi mount
    Dick Cepek driving lights
    IPF headlights 80-120w bulbs Centerforce II Clutch
    Pioneer CD with amp
    Midland CB
    Future plans Reverse cut 44 front axle
    More undercarrage skid plating
    Maybe 35" tires
    Trailer to haul camping gear
Allen

    Allen is a member of the Red Rock Four Wheelers and can show up almost anywhere in Utah with the XJ packed with gear, his wife Janene and their 4 kids. Actually his oldest son, Nate, is usually following them these days in his own 1987 Jeep Comanche. Allen purchased the XJ after tiring of his trusty old Ramcharger being not so trustworthy. He wanted a rig that could haul his family and camping gear, and still tackle extreme trails. Even built like it is, Janene uses the XJ for her daily driver.

Editor's notes

   I first met Allen in 1997, just after installing the first lift (3") on my Cherokee. It was back in the days when aftermarket parts were scarce for XJs with 3" lifts and 31" tires were on the cutting edge of available XJ mods. Slip yoke eliminator kits weren't even on the market yet. Allen was already sporting over 5 inches of lift and 33" tires and driving the most hard core XJ I imagined would ever be made. I learned a lot back in those days, both about building XJs and driving trails.

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