Jeep Cherokee Ground Clearance

Ground clearance (also known as Ride height) denotes the height from the bottom tip of the car’s chassis and the point of the tires’ touch with the smooth area. Yet, the maker of the model might adopt some tweaks to the common measure to advertise enticing stats hinting the precise area from the shock absorbers, the engine oil pan or the muffler to the track might be reduced than specified in the official characteristics.

It is no wonder since choosy people hunt for an increased ground clearance to eradicate trouble when parking near the bumps or getting through the non-unran area. The exact ride height of the model fluctuates from 150 to 246 mm based on the year of manufacture and equipment. Take into account that a well- stuffed car will surely give up about 1 inch of ground clearance.

Fortunately, the model ground clearance can be gained via spacers for shock absorbers to get the vehicle rest higher off the ground. While enjoying a higher model, you sacrifice a bit of the original balance and flexibility driving fast. On the contrary model ground clearance can be lowered in the interest of upgraded handling and stability.

There a number of ways to increase ground clearance. When it comes to lifting or lowering your Jeep Cherokee you can choose between bigger tires, a leveling kit, coil spring assisters, coilovers, airlift suspension, suspension lifts, etc.

07.1997 – 08.2000

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.5 MT 4X4 SE 200
2.5 MT 4X2 SE 200
2.5 AT 4X2 SE 200
4.0 MT 4X4 SE 200
4.0 MT 4X4 Sport 200
4.0 MT 4X2 SE 200
4.0 MT 4X2 Sport 200
4.0 AT 4X4 SE 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Sport 200
4.0 AT 4X2 SE 200
4.0 AT 4X2 Sport 200

How to raise Ground Clearance on your Jeep Cherokee. Tip 1 – Get Bigger Tires.

You can raise the ground clearance of your Jeep Cherokee by upgrading tires to the bigger size. This will earn you extra 0,5-1 inch of clearance.


07.1997 – 08.2001

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.5 MT 4X4 SE 200
2.5 MT 4X2 SE 200
2.5 AT 4X2 SE 200
4.0 MT 4X4 SE 200
4.0 MT 4X4 Sport 200
4.0 AT 4X4 SE 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Sport 200
4.0 MT 4X2 SE 200
4.0 MT 4X2 Sport 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Classic 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Limited 200
4.0 AT 4X2 SE 200
4.0 AT 4X2 Sport 200
4.0 AT 4X2 Classic 200
4.0 AT 4X2 Limited 200

How to raise Ground Clearance on your Jeep Cherokee. Tip 2 – Install Leveling Kit.

Leveling kits are designed to level out the uneven stance and increase the ground clearance of your Jeep Cherokee. In most cases, the slight lift will allow for bigger tires. Please refer to Plus Sizing Guides.


07.1983 – 06.1997

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.5 MT 4X4 Base 189
2.5 MT 4X4 Chief 189
2.5 MT 4X4 Pioneer 189
2.5 MT 4X2 Pioneer 189
2.5 AT 4X4 Base 189
2.5 AT 4X4 Chief 189
2.5 AT 4X4 Pioneer 189
2.5 AT 4X2 Base 189
2.5 AT 4X2 Pioneer 189
2.5 MT 4X4 Sport 189
2.5 MT 4X4 SE 189
2.5 MT 4X2 Base 189
2.5 MT 4X2 Sport 189
2.5 MT 4X2 SE 189
2.5 AT 4X4 SE 189
2.5 AT 4X4 Sport 189
2.5 AT 4X2 SE 189
2.5 AT 4X2 Sport 189
4.0 MT 4X4 Base 189
4.0 MT 4X4 Chief 189
4.0 MT 4X4 Pioneer 189
4.0 MT 4X4 Laredo 189
4.0 MT 4X4 Limited 189
4.0 MT 4X2 Base 189
4.0 MT 4X2 Pioneer 189
4.0 MT 4X2 Laredo 189
4.0 AT 4X4 Base 189
4.0 AT 4X4 Chief 189
4.0 AT 4X4 Pioneer 189
4.0 AT 4X4 Laredo 189
4.0 AT 4X4 Limited 189
4.0 AT 4X2 Base 189
4.0 AT 4X2 Pioneer 189
4.0 AT 4X2 Laredo 189
2.1 TD MT 4X4 Base 196
2.1 TD MT 4X4 Pioneer 196
2.1 TD MT 4X4 Chief 196
2.1 TD MT 4X4 Laredo 196
2.1 TD AT 4X4 Base 196
2.1 TD AT 4X4 Pioneer 196
2.5 MT 4X4 Base 196
2.5 MT 4X4 Chief 196
2.5 MT 4X4 Pioneer 196
2.5 MT 4X2 Base 196
2.5 MT 4X2 Pioneer 196
2.5 AT 4X4 Base 196
2.5 AT 4X4 Chief 196
2.5 AT 4X4 Pioneer 196
2.5 AT 4X2 Base 196
2.5 AT 4X2 Pioneer 196
2.8 MT 4X4 Base 196
2.8 MT 4X4 Chief 196
2.8 MT 4X4 Pioneer 196
2.8 AT 4X4 Base 196
2.8 AT 4X4 Chief 196
2.8 AT 4X4 Pioneer 196
4.0 MT 4X4 Base 196
4.0 MT 4X4 Chief 196
4.0 MT 4X4 Pioneer 196
4.0 MT 4X4 Laredo 196
4.0 MT 4X2 Base 196
4.0 MT 4X2 Pioneer 196
4.0 MT 4X2 Laredo 196
4.0 AT 4X4 Base 196
4.0 AT 4X4 Chief 196
4.0 AT 4X4 Pioneer 196
4.0 AT 4X4 Laredo 196
4.0 AT 4X2 Base 196
4.0 AT 4X2 Pioneer 196
4.0 AT 4X2 Laredo 196
2.5 TD MT 4X4 Country 200
4.0 MT 4X4 Limited 200
4.0 MT 4X4 Sport 200
4.0 MT 4X4 Country 200
4.0 MT 4X2 Sport 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Briarwood 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Limited 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Sport 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Country 200
4.0 AT 4X2 Sport 200

How to raise Ground Clearance on your Jeep Cherokee. Tip 3 – install Suspension Lift Kit.

Jeep Cherokee Suspension Lift Kits (only available for trucks and SUVs) provide the proper clearance between the tire and chassis when going off-road. Normally, it increases the ground clearance from 2 to 8 inches.


07.1983 – 06.1997

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.5 MT 4X4 Base 189
2.5 MT 4X4 Chief 189
2.5 MT 4X4 Pioneer 189
2.5 MT 4X2 Pioneer 189
2.5 AT 4X4 Base 189
2.5 AT 4X4 Chief 189
2.5 AT 4X4 Pioneer 189
2.5 AT 4X2 Base 189
2.5 AT 4X2 Pioneer 189
2.5 MT 4X4 Sport 189
2.5 MT 4X4 SE 189
2.5 MT 4X2 Base 189
2.5 MT 4X2 Sport 189
2.5 MT 4X2 SE 189
2.5 AT 4X4 SE 189
2.5 AT 4X4 Sport 189
2.5 AT 4X2 SE 189
2.5 AT 4X2 Sport 189
4.0 MT 4X4 Base 189
4.0 MT 4X4 Chief 189
4.0 MT 4X4 Pioneer 189
4.0 MT 4X4 Laredo 189
4.0 MT 4X4 Limited 189
4.0 MT 4X2 Base 189
4.0 MT 4X2 Pioneer 189
4.0 MT 4X2 Laredo 189
4.0 AT 4X4 Base 189
4.0 AT 4X4 Chief 189
4.0 AT 4X4 Pioneer 189
4.0 AT 4X4 Laredo 189
4.0 AT 4X4 Limited 189
4.0 AT 4X2 Base 189
4.0 AT 4X2 Pioneer 189
4.0 AT 4X2 Laredo 189
2.1 TD MT 4X4 Base 196
2.1 TD MT 4X4 Pioneer 196
2.1 TD MT 4X4 Chief 196
2.1 TD MT 4X4 Laredo 196
2.1 TD AT 4X4 Base 196
2.1 TD AT 4X4 Pioneer 196
2.5 MT 4X4 Base 196
2.5 MT 4X4 Chief 196
2.5 MT 4X4 Pioneer 196
2.5 MT 4X2 Base 196
2.5 MT 4X2 Pioneer 196
2.5 AT 4X4 Base 196
2.5 AT 4X4 Chief 196
2.5 AT 4X4 Pioneer 196
2.5 AT 4X2 Base 196
2.5 AT 4X2 Pioneer 196
2.8 MT 4X4 Base 196
2.8 MT 4X4 Chief 196
2.8 MT 4X4 Pioneer 196
2.8 AT 4X4 Base 196
2.8 AT 4X4 Chief 196
2.8 AT 4X4 Pioneer 196
4.0 MT 4X4 Base 196
4.0 MT 4X4 Chief 196
4.0 MT 4X4 Pioneer 196
4.0 MT 4X4 Laredo 196
4.0 MT 4X2 Base 196
4.0 MT 4X2 Pioneer 196
4.0 MT 4X2 Laredo 196
4.0 AT 4X4 Base 196
4.0 AT 4X4 Chief 196
4.0 AT 4X4 Pioneer 196
4.0 AT 4X4 Laredo 196
4.0 AT 4X2 Base 196
4.0 AT 4X2 Pioneer 196
4.0 AT 4X2 Laredo 196
2.5 TD MT 4X4 Country 200
4.0 MT 4X4 Limited 200
4.0 MT 4X4 Sport 200
4.0 MT 4X4 Country 200
4.0 MT 4X2 Sport 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Briarwood 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Limited 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Sport 200
4.0 AT 4X4 Country 200
4.0 AT 4X2 Sport 200

02.1976 – 06.1983

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
4.2 MT 4-speed S 196
4.2 MT 5-speed S 196
4.2 AT S 196
4.2 MT 3-speed S 196
5.9 MT 3-speed S 196
5.9 MT 4-speed S 196
5.9 AT S 196
5.9 2-barrel MT 3-speed S 196
5.9 2-barrel MT 4-speed S 196
5.9 2-barrel AT S 196
5.9 4-barrel MT 3-speed S 196
5.9 4-barrel MT 4-speed S 196
5.9 4-barrel AT S 196
6.6 4-barrel AT S 196
4.2 MT 5-speed Chief 218
4.2 MT 4-speed Chief 218
4.2 AT Chief 218
5.9 MT 3-speed Chief 218
5.9 MT 4-speed Chief 218
5.9 AT Chief 218
5.9 2-barrel MT 3-speed Chief 218
5.9 2-barrel MT 4-speed Chief 218
5.9 2-barrel AT Chief 218
5.9 4-barrel MT 3-speed Chief 218
5.9 4-barrel MT 4-speed Chief 218
5.9 4-barrel AT Chief 218
6.6 4-barrel AT Chief 218

05.1973 – 06.1983

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
4.2 MT 3-speed Base 196
4.2 MT 3-speed S 196
4.2 MT 4-speed Base 196
4.2 MT 4-speed S 196
4.2 MT 5-speed S 196
4.2 AT Base 196
4.2 AT S 196
5.9 MT 3-speed S 196
5.9 MT 4-speed S 196
5.9 AT S 196
5.9 2-barrel MT 3-speed S 196
5.9 2-barrel MT 4-speed S 196
5.9 2-barrel AT S 196
5.9 4-barrel MT 3-speed S 196
5.9 4-barrel MT 4-speed S 196
5.9 4-barrel AT S 196
6.6 4-barrel AT S 196
4.2 MT 3-speed Base 197
4.2 MT 3-speed S 197
4.2 MT 4-speed Base 197
4.2 MT 4-speed S 197
4.2 AT Base 197
4.2 AT S 197
5.9 2-barrel MT 3-speed S 197
5.9 2-barrel MT 4-speed S 197
5.9 2-barrel AT S 197
5.9 4-barrel MT 3-speed S 197
5.9 4-barrel MT 4-speed S 197
5.9 4-barrel AT S 197
4.2 MT 5-speed Chief 218
4.2 MT 4-speed Laredo 218
4.2 MT 5-speed Laredo 218
4.2 MT 4-speed Golden Eagle 218
4.2 MT 5-speed Golden Eagle 218
4.2 AT Laredo 218
4.2 AT Golden Eagle 218
4.2 MT 4-speed Chief 218
4.2 AT Chief 218
5.9 MT 3-speed Chief 218
5.9 MT 4-speed Chief 218
5.9 MT 3-speed Golden Eagle 218
5.9 AT Chief 218
5.9 2-barrel MT 3-speed Chief 218
5.9 2-barrel MT 4-speed Chief 218
5.9 MT 4-speed Laredo 218
5.9 MT 4-speed Golden Eagle 218
5.9 2-barrel AT Chief 218
5.9 AT Laredo 218
5.9 AT Limited 218
5.9 AT Golden Eagle 218
5.9 2-barrel MT 3-speed Golden Eagle 218
5.9 2-barrel MT 4-speed Golden Eagle 218
5.9 2-barrel AT Golden Eagle 218
5.9 4-barrel MT 3-speed Golden Eagle 218
5.9 4-barrel MT 4-speed Golden Eagle 218
5.9 4-barrel AT Golden Eagle 218
5.9 4-barrel MT 3-speed Chief 218
5.9 4-barrel MT 4-speed Chief 218
5.9 4-barrel AT Chief 218
6.6 4-barrel AT Chief 218
6.6 4-barrel AT Golden Eagle 218

How to lower the Ground Clearance on your Jeep Cherokee.

Option 1 – Install Lowering Springs.

Option 2 – Install Coilovers

Option 3 – Install Air Suspension Kit


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