Off Roading My '07 Jeep Cherokee/Liberty CRD in South Africa

by Neville
(East London, South Africa)

I am writing from East London, South Africa on the southeast coast. We have a very mild climate with all round 4x4 weather. I belong to the Amatola Club

I have a 2007 CRD (Common Rail Diesel) Cherokee/Liberty. We have 3 members in the club, and 2 of them have broken their front differentials on outings on the wild coast transkie. Both happened in pretty easy terrain .

We have all fitted the collars and replaced mounting bushes, which are very soft with nylon bushes. Mine are so far, so good.

These vehicles were looked at as the baby Jeeps "soft roaders", but have proven to be very capable as our driving skills improve. Maybe too good for their own design.

My CRD Jeep has 2-inch Mopar lift spacers, and 245/75 mud terrain tyres which are a bit noisy on smooth tar. I have the original all-terrains for long overland trips like Namibia, the west coast trip we did last Easter. My Liberty also has proper rocksliders and jacking points front and back, and of course recovery points, although I have pointed out to the Land Rover and Toyota boys that they are just for show.

My front differential has the collar around it to hopefully stop the cracking problem. The rubber bushes are replaced with nylon bushes as the differential tips alarmingly with the original bushes. The diesel can only take a 8mm collar as crossmember, which is a lot closer than in the petrol model. Have any of you had this experience with differential problems?

This is a really comfortable open road vehicle and gives an average 10 km/litre on overland trips.

By the way, the picture with the rhinos is at Mpongo park about 35km inland of East London. It's nice to see them with their horns intact.

Larry's Comment: Neville...what a cool shot of your Liberty and the rhinos! Thanks.

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