Originally posted by JohnnyJeep Why the 6 just curious?
Like i said iv been looking for a Wrangler for quite some time now and did alot of research..... and learned alot more about them then what i orginal new (nothing) thanks to this forum...... i test drove a 97 4 CYL and i thought that it was under powered iv also heard that the 6 CYL is more reliable but that is based on word of mouth.
I have a 94 4 cylinder, 5 speed. While it's no powerhouse, it moves along quite well. More than enough for any on road riding I would do here in hilly western PA. And while I'm not an experienced off roader, I would guess that it will be powerful enough for all but the most intense off roading.
I have the 6 and wheel with a bunch of guys with the 4 and they do just fine. I met up with some guys this weekend running 36" tires and a four banger. He was crawling up every nook and cranny he could find. They did say however they were looking forward to dropping a bigger engine in so if you can afford it up front go with the six, because you'll more than likely want to upgrade later.
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While Jason Bunch competes with a 4 cyl TJ and does well, it's also had hundreds of pounds trimmed from stock configuration. If you want to go wheeling, you're gonna want a 6 cylinder. In the years I've been wheeling, most Wranglers I've seen on the trail have been 6 cylinders. Almost without exception, the owners of 4 cylinder Wranglers I've seen on the trail have expressed disappointment with the power. If you're gonna be cruising down fire roads, you'll probably be alright, but if you get into even moderate wheeling you won't be happy. And just wait till you've got to tug your buddy out of a rut.
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I have a 93 YJ Sahara. Great jeep, I owned a 75 CJ before this and can safely say the jeep line keeps getting better. In-line 6 is the way to go. Very dependible and reliable. With a good air filter and some minor tweaks you'll be pushing 140hp no problem.
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How many HP is the 4 cylinder? I've heard 120-ish, if all you get for the added expense of the 6 cylinder is 20 hp, then it seems like you'd be further ahead buying a cheap 4 cylinder and putting a more powerful motor in, like a V8, or a more powerful 6. 140 isn't bad, but it's not exaclty a powerhouse. With the way everyone reccomends it, I'm a little shocked it isn't more powerful.
its the torque. 4.2IL6 produces its torque between 1800 and 2400 rpm. perfect for wheeling. 4.0IL6 is at somewhat higher rpm, but not much. like my buddies on the race team say (world challenge C-5R corvette) "torque is twist and twist is what turns tires"
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Yeah I think I am obsessed with Turbo or Super chargers. I know they are expensive, but they sure do add some power. I am looking to get a 1993-95 YJ with the 4.0L. The 4 cyl sounds great for mileage, but that is about it. The six gives you that extra oomph you may need to pull out Fords and Chevys, hee hee
If you get the 6-cyl and pop it (like I did twice) the newer Jeeps with the AX15 tranny can handle a Chevy 350 fairly well. Advance Adapter's can help you mate a 350ci to the AX15. The AX5 in the 4-banger doesn't really have enough jam to handle the output of power from a 350ci engine.
If you want the better gears, get a 4-banger, and plan for a V8 swap later down the road - but you will need a new tranny (and possible t-case as well).
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