Born in Coventry, the heart of Britain's motor industry, Brian comes from a family with a proud heritage in engineering, both in the automotive and aviation fields. He trained as a mechanical engineer, and worked at his father's garage before moving into power transmissions.
Brian became heavily involved in the classic car scene at 19, and turned to writing by accident. Shortly after, he took up writing full-time. Since 1990, when his first book was released, he has had more than 20 books published.
A am a member of the RJC (Researchers & Journalists Conference of Japan), the Guild of Motoring Writers and a former Porsche owner, Brian has a wife, Miho, a son, Louis and a daughter, Sophie Mercedes.
In Jeep Cherokee XJ Advanced Performance Modifications: 1984–2001, author Eric Zappe explains how to transform a stock Cherokee into the toughest and most capable off-road 4x4 SUV. The author details the buildup, right combination of parts and products, and modifications necessary to build an aggressive off-road rig. He also shows how to weld and gusset the frame in critical areas.
Installing a three- and four-link suspension system is also profiled so the Cherokee delivers greater travel and better off-road handling. Suspension and frame modifications are necessary to run large wheels and tires. And these wheels and tires are essential for traction, performance, and ground clearance in extreme off-road situations.
Swapping in Dana 44, Dana 60, and Ford 9-inch axles delivers superior performance and durability, which is covered as well. In addition, how to modify the Jeep inline 6-cylinder engine for increased displacement and performance is revealed.
All of the most popular and effective mods, parts, and upgrades for a dedicated off-road Cherokee are covered. If you’ve been looking for the one guide to build the most capable off-road Cherokee, you’ve found it.