power wise, the 4 banger is a dog when stock...
handling wise, that is all suspension/steering, not the motor...
i had a 4 banger, with 33's and 4.88's. it was bearable. then i went to 35's, and wasn't happy at all!
regear and it will work, but with 4.10's, good luck using 5th gear....
1998 XJ on 37's.JK Rubi axles with chromo shafts and ctm's, 4:1 transfer case, etc etc etc.
2003 Range Rover HSE, 4.4 Quad Cam.
1998 Range Rover with a 6.0 LSx
1994 YJ, 4.3/700R4/OME SOA, etc
Western Star 4900EX 4 axle.
4.3/700r4/new frame buildup (YJ).... http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/swap-offically-underway-324622/
I have the exact setup that you want. I added a few bolt ons for some extra HP. I know people say not to waste the money but I am personally happy with the power of my jeep. People buy jeeps for what they can do offroad not what they can do onroad. The jeep is shaped like a brick. The 4 angry squirrels have more the enough power for offroading and is not as heavy as a 6 or 8 cylinder. I can go 65MPH in 5th gear on the highway. I know that is not fast but when riding the jeep I'm not in a rush to go anywhere. Just my opinion.
1991 2.5L YJ, 4" R.E. lift kit, 1-1/4" Lift shackles, K&N CAI, 4.0 TB w/ bored out intake, 5.0L Ford Mustang fuel injectors, 117A alternator, Ford Taurus electric fan, Rancho steering stabilizer, 8.8 Ford axle, 35x12.5x15 Dunlop Mud Rovers, Smittybuilt Titanium side steps, Smittybilt SRC Front Grille Guard Bumper, Smittybilt Stereo Center console, PIAA 520 Series fog lights, Sylvania Silverstar headlights, 20 gallon fuel tank upgrade & Herculined tub.
I have the 2.5 l with 4.10 gears. I have 33 and a 4 inch lift. I can make it to 50 mph with three gears shifting at about 3000 rpm. Once i hit 55 or so in 4th gear i can usually keep it there on small slopes or flat ground. If i take it up to 5th i usually drop to 50mph. On the interstate i keep it in 4th and often have to drop into 3rd, and usually can keep up with most of the traffic. You pretty much lose 5th gear.
Currently I run 285 trxus (32.75" x 11.25" actual) and she gets around alright on stock gears. A bit slow from a dead stop. And on the highway 5th gear is simply a flat ground coasting gear pretty much. But she hits 65mph @ 3000 rpm's.
Only mods done performance wise are a K&N intake and cat-back system. Nothing major. Headers on back would be a good idea if your budget allows.
Offroad I don't care for the rpm's I hit on some obstacles. If you plan on staying with 33's I'd suggest making 4.88's your next purchase. But you can do what you really need to on the stock ratio.
5.13's are your next best bet if you have prospects of going bigger. Get there and then look into 1 of 3 things... Tera Low 4:1, Klune-V, or Engine swap.
Your 4 angry squirrels might suprise you with the aid of mechanical advantage
Ya I have a 3.5 with 33's and I like the set up. I cutt off the muffler and ran a 2 1/2 in pipe out of the cat and y'd it to make dual sounds mean and better throttle response. I'm going to regear just b/c I have to pull a mower every now and then.
The lightest tire is a 33x12.5 Kumho MT KL71, they are new and bad, order now lead times are long. they are 6 lbs lighter than my BFG M/T which I like also but the Kumhos are cheaper and better reviews.
Sounds alright to me. I've ball parked them around $150-190 most places i've looked. where'd you check out if I may ask
- Hit both axles at the same time and if you're thinking of a locker or limited slip now is a good time. If you can afford to get it all at once. I know my local shop doesn't charge anymore for the locker install when they do the regear. Something to think about/look into.