Ford Goes all Aluminum, Will Chevy Follow?

2017 superduty

You may have heard recently that new F150’s have an all aluminum body, but retain the steal frame. Ford is pushing the American car market forwards, and making them better than ever. F-150 Pick-up trucks have been made entirely of steel since their beginnings, but with the EPA pushing stricter emissions regulations, auto manufacturers need … Read more

Will Fiat Ruin the Jeep Brand?

In case you’ve been living under a Jeep, you probably know that Chrysler is now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Thats right, Fiat now owns everything Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and Mopar. If you don’t believe me, look at the new Jeep Renegade, then look at a Fiat 500X, and try to tell me they’re not … Read more

When Will Someone Kill the Ford Raptor?

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

2014 Arizona International Auto Show

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

800 Horsepower Baja Truck Rips Through Ensenada, Mexico

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

Cole’s Mean Green XJ Cherokee

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.