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Unread 04-18-2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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Is a 4 Cyl Enough?

Looking at some YJs for a toy to tool around town and trail ride. Can you get away with 33s and trail ride with a 4 banger and still have enough power?

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BTW this will be my first foray into the jeep world.

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Unread 04-18-2010, 03:00 PM   #2
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You'd have to re-gear more likely then anything. But it'd have enough as long as you don't have to drive down the highway really.
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Unread 04-18-2010, 03:05 PM   #3
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I have a 6cyl. and a 4cyl. The 4cyl. is plenty for the trail and around town. Don't need to go to fast in a Jeep anyway. The 4cyl. has 4:11 gears by the way.
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Unread 04-18-2010, 04:28 PM   #4
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i have a 95 yj with a 4cyl and 33's and its worked fine for me..you dont neeed to go fast on the trail ao its suited fine for my needs!
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I have a 6cyl. and a 4cyl. The 4cyl. is plenty for the trail and around town. Don't need to go to fast in a Jeep anyway. The 4cyl. has 4:11 gears by the way.
4.10 to make up for its lack of power..... i have had 2 2.5l's and 3 4.0l's, i swapped one of the 2.5's for a 4.0. id take a 4.0 any day over a 2.5. yes a 2.5 is doable but if i were you id hold out for the 4.0l.
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i have a 4 cyl and 33's and stock gearing and it is great for the trail. it gets goin fast enough on the highway as long as you don't feel like passing anyone.
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Looking at some YJs for a toy to tool around town and trail ride. Can you get away with 33s and trail ride with a 4 banger and still have enough power?

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BTW this will be my first foray into the jeep world.
By trail riding do you mean in 4lo? If so then yes. It's fine to have 33's and a 2.5L when you're in 4lo. It's when you're driving to the trail on the highway and up hills that it really really sucks. Hold out for a 4.0L but the 2.5L isn't horrible.
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Unread 04-18-2010, 09:41 PM   #9
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i have a 2.5l and i love it. they come stock 410s and im running 33x1350s no problem. the 4.0 does have more hp and low end trq. but a 2.5l will take you throug mostly anywhere you need to. plus theyre reliable
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i have a 2.5l and i love it. they come stock 410s and im running 33x1350s no problem. the 4.0 does have more hp and low end trq. but a 2.5l will take you throug mostly anywhere you need to. plus theyre reliable
When you're in 4lo, you can putt around with 60 HP and do fine. It's all about gearing at that point.
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Unread 04-18-2010, 09:47 PM   #11
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well most people who run bigger tires run deeper gears. hopefully my np435 im rebuilding will be done soon
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Unread 04-18-2010, 09:49 PM   #12
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well most people who run bigger tires run deeper gears. hopefully my np435 im rebuilding will be done soon
For highway speeds and such yes. But in 4Lo it takes all your HP and such and puts it purely into torque. That's why even in my 4.0 I can get to maybe 30 MPH in 4Lo if I feel like hittin' 4k.
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Unread 04-18-2010, 09:50 PM   #13
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i just stay in 2nd the entire time. i dont like using the pedal
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Unread 04-18-2010, 09:53 PM   #14
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i would get a 6cyl, but if your just looking for a cheap toy, 4 bangers do just fine. My dad has a 2000 4cyl and I lifted it 2.5 inches and run 33's. everything else is stock. Its still perfect for around town....but can barley get 60 mph on the highway.

oh and it gets about 12MPG.
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Unread 04-18-2010, 09:54 PM   #15
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oh and dont you dare get an auto 4 banger, on 33's that would be a KILLER!
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