The price of the factory fiberglass GT2 decklid can definitely turn some people off of going that route on their turbo – it is around $13k in parts to get everything OEM Porsche. Now, I am not one for replica anything for that matter, sometimes price does not justify difference in quality of materials.
Let’s talk about a company called NR Auto. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, they specialize in making high quality FRP (fiberglass-reinforced plastic) body parts for Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, etc. Their GT2 decklid, https://nrauto.com/product/porsche-997-gt2-wing-for-997t997997-2-turbo/ is made out of fiberglass, similar to the OEM one, and is about $11k cheaper.
Now, you’ll obviously need more than just the decklid if you want it to be perfectly right. You’ll need 2x bumper buffers, 4x spoiler end caps, a GT2 rear fan harness (otherwise your OEM turbo one will work, but you will either have to cut the wiring for the spoiler hydraulics, or tape it up), and you’ll need the lower weatherstripping where it meets the rear bumper. Your latch and fan will swap over from your turbo decklid.
Due to the age of these Jeeps and the fact that the factory power wiring from battery, to alternator, and the grounding to frame is just not up to par. Enter the guys at KSuspensionFab with this awesome kit: Cable upgrade kit
All of the cables come pre-labeled, you’d have to really not be paying attention to mess up. Watch the video on their website if you need step-by-step instructions, but if you’re like me, you dive right in until you get stuck, and then refer to the video, right?
Here are a few photos of the cable upgrade, and what the crappy factory power cables look like compared to the 2AWG ones from KSuspensionFab.
An extremely rare item, the AMC / Chrysler OEM spare tire carrier was an option on early 90s era Cherokee XJ models. There were 2 main types of tire carriers, and for the purpose of this post we will focus on the bumper-mounted tire carrier. These tire carriers were only offered on earlier model Cherokees, pre-97. So, if you have a 97-01 model, this requires you to drill into your bumper, mount the catch on your hatch and use a license plate relocation kit, like this one from Quadratec.
Here are some pictures of how it looked like from the factory, as well as some parts diagrams and some example installations. Thanks to user DarrellXJ for the pictures on CherokeeForum.com.
This is a very straightforward install on the 97-01 XJ. Be sure to swap the “brain” or the central locking motherboard over to the overhead console so that it works with your power locks. After removing the dome light, you can see where the center bracket should mount, it only makes sense one way. Use a very short self tapping screw to mount it into position.
The 97-01 Cherokee is a great truck, with the Powertech 4.0L I6 and 5 speed manual transmission. Finding the right manual Cherokee is difficult given the majority of them are automatics. My specific search is for a 4WD, 4 door, 5 speed manual Sport trim model. Here are my queries: