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Members' Rigs: Mike Fissel's Arctic ZJ






One of my favorite Overland Jeeps that finished the 30 day 11,800 mile Arctic Expedition in 2011.

Capable and comfortable is the best way to describe this Jeep. The Grand Cherokee, especially the ZJ (1993 to 1998) and WJ (1999 to 2004) can make a very capable, roomy and comfortable off road rig because they are the last of the solid axle Grand Cherokees.

This Jeep started out as a bone stock ZJ. After adding a 8" Clayton long arm lift kit with Fox remote reservoir racing shocks and Bushwacker cut out fender flares, it sat tall enough to add 35" tires.

To that I added a new rear locker, custom front and rear bumpers, a 12,000 lb winch, aux LED lights, dual Optima Yellow Top batteries, Rhino Rack roof rack with dual Scepter fuel cans, roof mounted spare, Kenwood D710 Ham Radio w/ Comet antenna, Cobra 29LTD CB w/ Wilson 5000 antenna, Wilson Trucker Cell phone external high gain antenna, an Engel 60qt dual zone fridge/freezer with a Tembo Tusk fridge slide, Klein Train Horns, ViAir 450c compressor, Garmin 460 Chartplotter, SPOT Sat device and a fully equipped Trauma kit for emergencies, this was built for multiple day vehicle dependant expedition travel.

One of the best examples of how capable this rig was, it got into 3 feet of water in a glacial river in Alaska and held it's own. While we tried to make it to the foot of a glacier on the Denali Highway, the rushing waters of the snaking rivers we had to cross were too deep and too fast for all of our Jeeps.

This rig was retired in 2015 to build my next project, a 2007 Jeep JKU Wrangler Sahara.






 

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The state recognizes us as a fraternal organization,  we prefer to say we are a club.  Our members and volunteers are dedicated to the exploration  this great land  for the educational value, historical value,  scenic beauty, the geology, paleontology, the camaraderie of people who share the same interests and to escape the confines of civilization if only for a few days. Our organization and members adhere to the standards of "Tread Lightly" and "Leave No Trace".

Jeep Expedition Members enjoy adventures that vary in length from one day, a weekend, long weekend, week long, two weeks and like our Arctic Expedition in 2011, a full month. Don't worry, most of our trips are one day and two day trips. We are Family Friendly and we have a number of members who bring their friendly "Jeep Dogs".

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