've never seen anyone in the YJ Forum claim they can pull that
it was called humor and sarcasm for all the 4 banger lovers.....read on my friend, some will defend it with their dyeing breath.
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'm runniing 33's with the 2.5 and 4.10's. I've never been disappointed on the trails however over the road unless I'm going down hill I don't see 5th gear much. Going up any sizable hills I use third gear. Its not my dd so it doesn't bother me much. I am thinking of regearing though.
I was going to run 35 but just like you i did some research and found that not only would 5th be useless but the D35 would fail sooner or later. I regeared the D35 with 4 88s and went with 33s and has worked great.
WOW some of you guys must get a lot more power out of your 4 cyl than I do. Mine SUCKED when I went up to 33's from 31's. Now once I re-geared to 4:88's to does very well, not sure if it well enough for 35's.
But 33's on stock 4:10's is ok 35's no way.
I can quit drinking anytime I want, but hey I'm no quitter :)
A DD shouldn't have 35's on it... That's defeating the purpose of a DD. A DD is a fuel efficient vehicle that you use to get from point A to point B, not something you can crawl over traffic
You might manage a whopping 12mph going downhill. That being said, my YJ has a 3.55 rear axle right now and even so with 29" tires I can do highway speeds. Takes a bit of time to get there but once i do I can get to 65 no problem. As long as I stay out of 5th gear I can even hit 75-80mph going down some slopes. But I don't ever do that because it sucks enough gas already.
The 4 banger is a very tough engine. It's amazing at what can be wrong with it and they will still purr like a kitten.
For what it's worth, I have 4:88's with 33's in the 2.5. I drive over the Blue Ridge Mtns every day to work. I have to use 3td on the steep parts of rt 250. I can't keep enough speed to use the interstate going west (steeper incline). On flat ground, I can use 5th and go 70-75 no problem.
For those who say they have no problems on inclines, define incline.