From the sleek front bumper hiding a 12,000-pound MileMarker winch to the tie-rod skid, it was all built in the Reeves family garage. In addition to the Dana 60 axle, the Antirock sway bar adds stability to the vehicle. Steering the 40-inch MTRs is a high-steer setup boosted by AGR hydraulic assist, and kept in place by a homemade track bar. The fender work on the Cherokee was extensive to say the least. A delicate balance of sheetmetal and tube bending resulted in the one-off flares.From the sleek front bumper hiding a 12,000-pound MileMarker winch to the tie-rod skid, it The solar yellow paint had barely dried on Randy Reeves' '86 Jeep Cherokee when we caught up with him on the Behind the Rocks trail in Moab. After four years of work Randy was finallyready to test out his recently completed rig at the Easter Jeep Safari. The idea to build the Jeep came after Randy attended the event in Moab a few years prior where he saw firsthand the importance of having a low and stable vehicle. Wanting to run 40-inch tires and still keep the unibodied Jeep low was one of the biggest challenges when tackling the build. Countless hours of fine-tuning his custom coilover suspension and reworking the fenders resulted in a clean low machine that really shines on those hair-raising off-camber situations. The stock 2.8L was a far cry from what he considered a real powerplant, so Randy tossed in a few dozen more horses with a 502ci Chevy big-block to satisfy his power needs. One of the most unique features on the Jeep are the fender flares. A combination of sheetmetal and tubing are fused into smooth flowing shapes that keep the full-width setup from peeking too far outside of the body. With plenty of help from his family, Randy was able to build a serious trail machine that is beefy enough for the trails, yet clean enough to still cruise down the highway without grabbing too much unwanted attention. That's a feature we all can enjoy. Engine: 8.2L 502ci Chevy, Edelbrock MFI Transmission: Three-speed Turbo 475, B&M shifterTransfer Case: 4.3 Atlas IIFront Axle: Dana 60, 4.10 gears, ARB Air LockerRear Axle: 14-bolt, 4.10 gears, Detroit Locker, cutting brakesSuspension: Custom three-link front, four-link rear, 17-inch Bilstein coilovers Steering: AGR Rock Ram, Hi-Steer knuckleTires & Wheels: 40-inch Goodyear MTRs on 17-inch Trail Ready bead locks Replacing the stock 2.8L is the stout 502ci Chevy big-block pumping out more than 330 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. In order to keep the Jeep as low as possible the hood had to be notched out to make room for the 17-inch Bilstein coilovers. Staying well equipped, Randy added a Kilby air compressor along with a Premier Power welder under the hood, and another nice feature to help combat those hot Moab days-air conditioning.Replacing the stock 2.8L is the stout 502ci Chevy big-block pumping out more than 330 hp a A custom subframe holds the three-link suspension in place, tying in the homebuilt crossmember support. Transferring all that big-block power is an impressive three-speed Turbo 475 transmission mated to a 4.3 Atlas II transfer case that is sure to get the job done. To help with off-road turning, a selectable ARB Air Locker was tossed in the front differential and if he needs a little more assistance, the Poly Performance cutting brakes on the rear are applied.A custom subframe holds the three-link suspension in place, tying in the homebuilt crossme Neatly tucked in the rear of the Jeep is a 40-gallon tank to help combat the 8.2L thirst. A set of shock towers and reinforcement bars in the back of the Cherokee help distribute the unsprung weight of the 14-bolt axle. To make room for the coilover mount it was necessary to cut into the inner panel and into the bed.Neatly tucked in the rear of the Jeep is a 40-gallon tank to help combat the 8.2L thirst. By Ali Mansour Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!