There are two vehicles that are so are deeply rooted into the off-road community, that other companies don’t even seem to bother competing with them. Those vehicles are the Jeep Wrangler, and the Ford Raptor. The Wrangler is know for exploration, and rock crawling, and as such, most people who enjoy that kind of off-roading … Read more
There are a few vehicles on the market today, that really touch home with automotive enthusiasts, Ford Mustang, Porsche 911, etc. One of those vehicles is the Jeep Cherokee. The all new KL Cherokee is a capable crossover/suv from Jeep, and it was designed to replace the Jeep Liberty. But it brings up an interesting … Read more
So, you’re a young guy, looking to purchase his first car, congratulations! You are probably considering things like fuel economy, horsepower, number of doors, or a variety of other things. I’m here today, to tell you to throw that all out the window, because I have already gone through this struggle, and I believe that … Read more
What is a Jeep JK? JK is the internal designation of the 2007 – present Wrangler. So, when someone says JK they mean 2007+ Wrangler. Jeep is known for their off road prowess, and they produce vehicles that can out perform most SUV’s in the dirt. But, they are far over priced compared to similar … Read more
Upon arrival to the AZ International Auto Show, you’re immediately greeted by a few high end cars. Rolls Royce Aston Martin, Ferrari F12, and a Maserati Bently Lamborghini Huracan Alfa Romeo 4C Then, we went inside of the Auto Show, and headed straight for the offroad section Ford Raptor’s Jeep JK Wrangler’s Ballistic Bronco Jeep … Read more
Similar to Ken Block’s “Gymkhana” viral YouTube videos, BJ Baldwin and Monster Energy saw an opportunity to make a viral video “#Recoil”, “Recoil” was such a viral video they decided to make a sequel, “#Recoil 2”. But instead of a tarmac rally car like Gymkhana, its an 800 HP baja race truck! Ensenada is home … Read more
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.