Over the past few months here at Power Products Unlimited, its been a whirlwind of events, vehicle builds, and everything in between, but we haven’t forgotten about the progress on the Cherokee Chief. At the time of the last newsletter, we had the basic powertrain installed along with gobs of custom built mounting solutions for everything. But even with the most powerful and indestructible powertrain, without a killer suspension, the Cherokee Chief would be nothing for its intended purpose.
To start things off, we designed a triangulated 4-link suspension, and as the pictures indicate, it allows for a MASSIVE amount of wheel travel. With a little work in SolidWorks and a ton of machining, a custom 4-link mount was built to straddle the upper portion of the Pro Rock 80 rear end to prevent against welding on the axle and also provide for further articulation without binding. In order to provide ample dampening and rebound for this, we looked to Fox Shocks. In the rear, we’re running a set of Fox 2.5 coilovers coupled with 3.0 four-tube bypasses that are mounted to a custom cantilever to further our efforts in maximizing wheel travel. Up front, we’ll have the same blend of 2.5 coilovers with 3.0 four-tube bypasses, but without the need for the cantilevers. For the finishing touch, Fox 2.5 bumpstops will prevent us from any harsh bottom outs.
The latest hurdle we are confronting is something we haven’t had to deal with on all of our previous builds…..rust. Because previously modified rigs have all been relatively newer vehicles, we’ve only had to deal with very minor rust issues, but the Cherokee Chief is a beast from the era of disco, meaning its had over 35 years to allow the red plague to seep into its veins. But as with everything else, its being remedied and made more robust than the factory ever built it. Its amazing what you can accomplish with a cut off wheel, sheet metal, a bead roller, and a welder!
While there have been many long nights and weekends dedicated to progress on the Cherokee Chief, we were forced to recently make a decision none of us wanted to make, and that was to suspend its completion until after the Ultimate Adventure, where it was set to debut. We will still be participating in the UA, but will be flogging one of our other recent builds, Mjolnir, which has already proven itself in Moab and several other recent venues. As further progress is made on the Cherokee Chief, we will continue with updates as well as results from other upcoming events it will attend.