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Unread 02-27-2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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4cyl with 35's????

i am looking to sell my GC and buy a yj. there is a really nice looking one for sale with some new 35" baja claws anda 5" lift. but it has the 4 cyl in it! are these engines any good and are they powerful enough if i want to go wheelin to turn 35's
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Unread 02-27-2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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for wheeling, they are fine with gearing. on road they suck, period.
there will be lots that chime in that they have a 4 banger on 35's that has 4.11 gearing and pulls a mountain at 80mph in 5th gear....
i had a healthy 4 banger, on 35's and 4.88's. it sucked. 5th was all but useless on any kind of incline. i went with a chevy 4.3 motor and never looked back.
if you could gear it lower it would be ok, but 4.88 is a low as you can go with the stock axles.
it is geared isnt it? i cant imagine a 4 banger on 35's with stock gearing...

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Unread 02-27-2009, 08:07 PM   #3
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it is geared isnt it? i cant imagine a 4 banger on 35's with stock gearing...

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my friend had 35s on his 4cyl that his dad switched over from his own jeep.
that lasted about a week until he went back to 31s.
he said it really did suck.
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Unread 02-27-2009, 08:07 PM   #4
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for wheeling, they are fine with gearing. on road they suck, period.
there will be lots that chime in that they have a 4 banger on 35's that has 4.11 gearing and pulls a mountain at 80mph in 5th gear....
i had a healthy 4 banger, on 35's and 4.88's. it sucked. 5th was all but useless on any kind of incline. i went with a chevy 4.3 motor and never looked back.
if you could gear it lower it would be ok, but 4.88 is a low as you can go with the stock axles.
it is geared isnt it? i cant imagine a 4 banger on 35's with stock gearing...

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4 banger on 35's with 4:10's but I'm in 2nd gear on the AW4 going up any sizable hills at 60.
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Unread 02-27-2009, 08:09 PM   #5
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4 banger on 35's with 4:10's but I'm in 2nd gear on the AW4 going up any sizable hills at 60.
nice fuel mileage i bet huh?
i actually gained a lot of mpg when i dropped the bored 4.3/700r4 in my old junk. kinda surprised me but made sense too i guess.

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My main concern would be the rear end with the 35`s. A stock D35 and 35`s is just dumb for wheeling and even driving. There will be those that will post up that its not dumb and the Dana 35 with 35s is fine, its up to you.
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I run 33's with them little squirrel's screaming at me...... 5th gear what's that? I am regearing very soon. But 35's, why would someone do that?
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barrio is correct.
within 2 months of having the yj, i had it to a bare frame, and in went the chromo's in the 30, and a 8.8 rear end. both geared to 4.88 and arb'd. tried 33's then got a killer deal on 35's. both sucked with the 4 p'd off squirrel's.
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Unread 02-27-2009, 10:28 PM   #9
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Just a thought...

If you go look at this jeep and it is a real gem. You could always buy it and sell or trade the 35" Baja's for some 32" - 33" tires.

I'd wager that you'd have several offers within a day or so if you post on JF and Craigslist. Have 35" Baja Claws looking to trade for 33" M/T tires of equal tread / quality. Plenty of Jeep owners on 33" tires out there looking to go bigger.
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I currently have a 95 YJ, 4 Cylinder, Automatic, 35" swamper SSR's , and 4.88's. On the Highway i get about 10 MPG. Runs about 70 -75 pedal to the floor at 3500 RPM. Head winds suck, you'll do about 60-65. Originally had 3.73's with the 35's and was horrible. It only spun the tires in the mud in 1st gear. With 4.88's second gears revs up good in the mud. Plus I eat up wheel bearings every 15,000 miles. Got 40,000 miles on it with 35's. Looks badass driving down the road that high though, especially on Michigan Ave. and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago covered in mud.
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Unread 02-28-2009, 05:37 AM   #11
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okay then thanks guys. maybe ill pass this one up and wait for a 4.0L
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Unread 02-28-2009, 10:19 AM   #12
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for wheeling, they are fine with gearing. on road they suck, period.
there will be lots that chime in that they have a 4 banger on 35's that has 4.11 gearing and pulls a mountain at 80mph in 5th gear....
i had a healthy 4 banger, on 35's and 4.88's. it sucked. 5th was all but useless on any kind of incline. i went with a chevy 4.3 motor and never looked back.
if you could gear it lower it would be ok, but 4.88 is a low as you can go with the stock axles.
it is geared isnt it? i cant imagine a 4 banger on 35's with stock gearing...

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've never seen anyone in the YJ Forum claim they can pull that

however, I'm running 4:88's with 35's on my 4 banger, and I do fine. Do I pull 80 up grades? Hell no. Do I downshift to 4th? You bet I do! But I don't lose much speed, I can still hold 70 most the time. On relatively flat highway I have no problem holding 5th at 80 MPH. It's pretty damn smooth really

It all comes down to gearing and extra weight. I've got minor armor (diff skids, gas skid, bumpers), alloy wheels which saved a LOT of weight over my steelies, and I dunno, maybe I'm just lucky?

No reason to pass on it because it's a 4 cyl on 35's. If it has stock gears you'll hate yourself. If it's re-geared it'll hopefully do OK. It seems like it just varies with every Jeep.
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So would a six do the job or would v8 be more reasonable?
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So would a six do the job or would v8 be more reasonable?
Its all about gearing, too.

A 4.0 with 4:10`s is a monster, my buddy has that set up with 34" TSLs.
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Unread 02-28-2009, 02:34 PM   #15
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running 35's with a 4 banger wont be as bad as you think. i have 33x1350s with stock 410s and im having no problems at all. the only way u may lose speed is with a 5 speed going up an inlcline. thts the only downside ive seen and that doesnt even bother me. if someone has a problem with it they can go around ya know . and if youve got a 5 inches arent those 35's filling up the wheel wells pretty decently? thats the only reason why i havent gone bigger, ive got 5.5 inches and the 33s fit perfectly with enough room for travel/flex. the only prob there is the turning radius with the 1350s. but good luck to you
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