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Unread 08-17-2011, 10:11 AM   #16
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I'm running 33's on mine and it does just fine. I also rarely take it on the interstate. I think it will be ideal for a weekent toy. I have taken it to Gulches orvpark and it did fine in 4lo. I was quite impressed. I also have the 4.0 TB (cheap easy mod) and the Taurus fan (cheap mod)..

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Unread 08-17-2011, 10:14 AM   #17
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Trails are not about speed. If you mud bog it you are going to run into problems. I use to run trail and the desert arount the valley and baha in my VW with a 2000cc motor. You'll have no problem kicking around with the 4 angry squirrels. Welcome to the forum!
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Unread 08-17-2011, 10:34 AM   #18
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Offroad and around town and no worries. Interstate is what will get you. Flat ground is fine, cruise 70-75mph with the best of them. Hit a grade with 31's and you will need to drop to 4th pretty quickly to maintain speed. A long steep grade in a high mountain pass will put you in 3rd even with as small as 31's. Best upgrade I ever made was my 4.88's. BUT....I drive mine 600 to 800 miles a week all over the south east for work, so it sees tons of interstate. If I didn't need to do that or didn't care about maintaining 65 crossing a mountain pass in 5th then I'd have just left in the 4:10's. They really aren't that bad, if you've ever had an older 4cyl pickup like a 4x4 Toyota or Nissan and had some 31's on it, then they run about the same as a 4cyl Jeep. I had a few 6 cyl before I got my current 4cyl and does it have less power yes, will it tow anything 3,000 lbs, no, but does it make a great wheeler and daily driver as long as I don't try 33's with stock gearing.....absolutely.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 10:37 AM   #19
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Unread 08-17-2011, 10:42 AM   #20
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which year taurus fan is used? ......thanks for the welcome!......
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Unread 08-17-2011, 11:06 AM   #21
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which year taurus fan is used? ......thanks for the welcome!......
Do a quick search for it. You will find all kinds of info with wiring diagrams (on just about any jeep site,). There are several ways of doing it. I only use the low fan speed, and I use junkyard relays. Pretty cheap deal. Haven't had a problem yet and I have been running this fan for over a year.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 11:08 AM   #22
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which year taurus fan is used? ......thanks for the welcome!......
I haven't done that myself. But I think it was a mid-1990's from a Taurus with the Ford 3.8 V-6. There's some other fans that will work too, I've heard. Mostly off of Ford, Lincoln, Mercury. Lots of guys have write-ups here with pics on how to do it.

Far as putting a throttle body off a 4.0, its real easy to pick one off a Cherokee Sport (the small cherokee) at a junkyard. Goes right on identical to the 4-banger unit. I haven't done that either. Just no need to.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 11:24 AM   #23
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Ben,

You've heard about all there is to know that's positive about a 4cyl Jeep.

Here's the negative: You will begin to like driving your Jeep...everywhere.
There will be a day in your future when you are trying to get moving with traffic and you will think "I shoulda got that 6cyl Jeep - this 4 banger just aint cuttin it."

I have owned many 4cyl vehicles and driven 4cyl YJ's.
The 4 angry squirrels just aren't enough to push that brick through the wind.
Save your time and money - get a 4.0l 6cyl Jeep.
Move from squirrels to woodchucks!

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Unread 08-17-2011, 05:21 PM   #24
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Here is a pics of our 95 4 banger .
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Unread 08-18-2011, 05:40 AM   #25
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That is a great lookin' Jeep.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 05:44 AM   #26
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2.5's suck, get a 4.0.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 05:57 AM   #27
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That Jeep has no Mud on it, and for that I must make a sad face.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 06:00 AM   #28
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2.5's suck, get a 4.0.
It should be OK for what he wants to do, if you read the OP. Mine just went 14 days in between fill-ups and that *includes* highway driving. So really I don't see why 2.5's are bad, unless you have some need for horsepower. I don't have that need. Back in the day when I wanted horsepower, I build Chevy 454's. and I got 8 MPG's.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 06:11 AM   #29
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the 2.5 isnt really all that bad but if i had the chance to do it over again, i would have held out for a 4.0
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Unread 08-18-2011, 06:18 AM   #30
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I drove my angry squirrels for 6 hours on the interstate just to do this! No problems on 31's, but no big hills either. That is the only thing that bugs me about mine; any long steep hills at highway speed will have you watching the speedometer slowly creep down. Not a problem at lower speeds; just not quite enough power to fight both wind resistance and gravity at the same time; but they are ganging up on you!
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