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Unread 04-23-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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Hey guys, so I might be in the works of trading my '99 wj w/4.7 and 200k for a '92 yj w/2.5, 5spd and 126k. You might call me crazy, but I've always wanted a yj (crazy about them for some reason) but never really gave a lot of thought about the 4 cylinders. It's not a bad jeep, only has rust below doors which is covered by diamond plate kick panels, paint is currently primer, and has a goofy hood scoop that would come off before I would even drive it home, lol. A few tears on drivers seat, otherwise interior is nice.

My questions are, how reliable are the little 4cylinders and are they so powerless I'm going to regret it hugely? I know it'll be hard going from my v8 to the 4, but I want a little gas savings and really don't need the hp anyways. I don't tow, race or anything, I drive like grandma, so maybe the 4cyl is right for me? Lol. However, it does currently have 33's on it the owner says, is that gonna be way to much for this little motor? If so maybe I can trade the mt tires for something a bit smaller, maybe a 31"? He says it's not lifted either.

Also, how reliable are the ax-5's? Are they strong enough for the little 4 and just daily driving?

This jeep will be taking over as a daily driver. Not a lot of miles weekly, it's a short commute. I would want to use it to for going to the beach, up to NH, so should be capable of 1-3hr drives, but otherwise nothing crazy.

Any known or common problems I should be on the watch for? Probably going to try to meet up this weekend to check it out. He said it needs a trans mount but that's getting replaced tomorrow by mechanic, but otherwise has no issues on original drivetrain.

Let me know what you Guys think, thanks for the input!





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Unread 04-23-2013, 11:01 PM   #2
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I have a 4.7l wj and 90yj. Get the 4.0 with ax-15.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 11:05 PM   #3
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Any specific reason why? Of course that would be my first preference, but unfortunately, I'm not car shopping, just have my jeep on Craigslist open to even trades only- no cash involved. I'm sure most guys with a 4.0/ax15 probably aren't too interested in my jeep, since they already got a sweet ride, unless they're trying to pawn off their junk on me. That's why I'm asking about the 4cyl and ax5, it's what's available right now.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 11:14 PM   #4
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Any specific reason why? Of course that would be my first preference, but unfortunately, I'm not car shopping, just have my jeep on Craigslist open to even trades only- no cash involved. I'm sure most guys with a 4.0/ax15 probably aren't too interested in my jeep, since they already got a sweet ride, unless they're trying to pawn off their junk on me. That's why I'm asking about the 4cyl and ax5, it's what's available right now.
Reliability and power of the 4.0. If you pick up a copy of jp magazine for may, they spell out the different years of yjs and what to look for. If you are trading it, I think you are getting the better deal. Those 4.7 engines and wjs are not too reliable, especially with 200k, no matter how well you took care of it. I see a lot of people wheel the yj with the 4cylinder, but I feel they all say they wished they had more power. Maybe they can confirm.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 11:33 PM   #5
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That one will be gutless even with smaller tires. Its better than the carbureted models though. Perhaps you could find a wrecked wj and do an engine swap?
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Unread 04-23-2013, 11:48 PM   #6
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Gtg- thanks for the clarification, that's about what i figured anyways. I'm really not concerned about wheeling it, my DD doesn't see me much of that because I can't afford to beat that hard on it.

Is the 4cyl as equally as reliable as the 4.0, or not so much?

And how hard would it be down the road to swap in a yj 4.0 and ax15 into a '92? I know they had them by then so I assume I should be able to find a jy one to use. Is it a tough swap?

I know about the reliability issues with the 4.7 also, really kind of my reasoning for trying to get rid of it. It runs and great and hasn't failed me, but I'm worried its just a matter of time and I can't afford a new vehicle right now, which is why I'd rather just trade it now while it's still got good value.

I'm not quite as worried about power as I am about reliability, however, I know those tires are gonna just wear it out, which is why I'd downgrade back to smaller tires until I changed the power train. Idk, tough disposition.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 09:47 AM   #7
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If you're not worried about power I feel the little 4 banger would be fine, they are tough motors. If you'r not going off-road replace the tires with 29's or 30's and you'll see better performance amd gas milage. That said I love the 4.0 and if you're like most once you have the YJ you will want to take it off-road. Being able to turn bigger tires while keeping highway gears is nice, and the 4.0 is one tough motor.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 10:03 AM   #8
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Thanks, I know the 4cyl would probably make due for my ultimate needs, but I know you're right. It's a wrangler, I'm going to want to play with it, and still be able to cruise the highway heading home. I'd also want to be able to have bigger tires in the future too and maybe lift, and I know the 4 cyl can't handle that either. And while I know I could, I don't want to get this jeep and then spend a couple grand having to replace the whole drivetrain and then some to make it what I want.

I think I'm better off passing on this deal and holding out for what I'm actually looking for.

Thanks for all the help guys, glad I didn't pull the trigger too quickly.
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