The Dust Runners crew decided to head up to Payson, Arizona for one day to escape the the Phoenix heat and do some off-roading. Earlier in the day it had hailed and rained pretty hard so it was a nice muddy adventure through the woods!
Dust Runners Automotive Journal is proud to present our first vehicle feature. Cole Bruns and his XJ Jeep Cherokee! Cole comes from a family of Jeepers, when Cole was a child, his father bought old Jeep’s and restored them. The Jeep “Bug” caught onto Cole when he bought his XJ Cherokee. He fell in love with it, and made it his baby. Modifying it to his style and needs, also with some flare on his interior.
His XJ has a full spring 4″ Rubicon Express lift with upgrading shackles and spacers giving it a total of about 5″ inches of lift. It also has 32″ tires on 16″ rims, custom bumpers, a rear swing-away tire carrier, custom rock sliders to protect his Jeep’s body. He also has a Super Winch “Tiger Shark” 9500 lb. winch tucked away inside the bumper, to get him out of sticky situations. All of his fender flares have been coated with heavy duty bed-liner, as well as the rocker panels on all four doors.
The sound system is three Rockford Fosgate P1’s, 1500 watts total, the sub box is sealed and custom built by Cole himself, all the door speakers are 5.5″ inch Pioneer speakers, he also has green LED light strips throughout his interior the give it a fresh and cool new look. “I rarely use my side mirrors, because they’re vibrating to much.” Cole said.
He likes to take his XJ Cherokee to the local car shows and hang out with the local off-road groups, and show off his XJ.
Cole’s future plans for his XJ Cherokee are to add a roof rack, LED lights, a bigger lift, and a bigger tires. Eventually upgraded the weak factory axles, to something much beefer to handle larger tire sizes.