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Western Suburbante on Jeep Cherokee XJ

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Hubjeep, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Howdy all,
    after deciding a dedicated plow vehicle that sat 9 mos rusting was too much for 3-4 driveways I came up with a solution. Picked up a 1999 Cherokee which serves as my DD (daily driver), and found this 6' 8" Western Suburbanite plow used for $800, off of a Jeep Wrangler TJ.

    I had to modify the Wrangler mount to bolt up to the Cherokee, but worked out well. I included the Sway bar mounts (see tabs welded 90* to the upright pieces), 3 steering box bolts, 3 bumper bolts on each side, and 5/8" sleeved hole in the "frame".

    The plow is nice and light, Cherokee suspension compresses only half way to the bump stops.




  2. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502


    Paint drying:
  3. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Very cool. I always wanted to do that to my XJ but never got around to it
  4. rofoth6

    rofoth6 Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 67

    Isn't a 99 jeep a unibody? If it is what di you do to modify the frame?
    I have a Grand Cherokee ( 96 ) that I would like to put aplow on for Driveways.:D
  5. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    1984-2001 Cherokee's (XJ) are uni-body's. Western, Meyer, and Fisher all make plow mounts for the XJ. Here is Western's, I basically copied that and added support from the sway-bar. The flat plates I welded to the Wrangler mount distribute the weight/torque to existing threaded holes in the frame (15 bolts in total where the factory Western one only uses 8) http://www.westernplows.com/pdf/13319_010187.pdf


    No major plow maker produced mounts for the 1993-1998 Grand Cherokee (ZJ), but anything can be made.

    BTW, the Suburbanite has mounts available for the newest Grand Cherokee and Liberty, but no Cherokee, which is why I fabbed the mount instead of buying a vehicle-specific one.

    Why are these so expensive new? :eek:
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  6. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    Looks great and hope it works well for you this winter
  7. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    You got a great deal on that plow.
  8. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Thanks everyone. :nod:

    Added this today:

  9. Mister Plow

    Mister Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    How do you think those rubber springs are going to work at -20F? Never seen that before.
  10. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Good question. :redbounce First time I have seen it too. And why are there two on one side?
  11. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    They have been out for about 5 years now and I haven't heard of anyone having problems with them breaking or anything.
  12. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Good to hear, thanks. :cool:
  13. abbe

    abbe Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 718

    Isnt that the same as a fisher homesteader except that the blade is full trip?
  14. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    It is exactly the same as the Fisher Homesteader, even has the same part numbers. Fisher and Western are both owned by Douglas Dynamics, makes sense they re-badge something like this.
  15. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    Hey you did a great job on that. Don't those plows sell for around $3800?? Looks brand new for $800. Sounds like you did pretty good on the deal.
  16. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    Same thing except red and different stickers.
  17. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502


    I couldn't believe how expensive they are advertised for new. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/West...r_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item3a52f1a7e9 IIRC someone got a new one here for $2,600.

    It does look nearly brand new, previous owner said it was barely used, then he sold Jeep and kept plow, sat for couple years in his garage, I only had to replace the seal kit in one of the angle pistons for $10 and changed the fluid. :nod:

    And color! ;)
  18. advl66

    advl66 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    and western's have a full moldboard trip, fisher's have the trip edge
  19. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    Nice fab job there Hub! Welcome to PS! Have a good winter!

    Correct, with the exception of the Homesteader/Suburbanite. They are identical except for the color and stickers.
  20. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    This is what I said 3 posts north.