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post #1 of 24 Old 05-13-2009, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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95 yj questions

i have a 95 yj with a 2.5 ax5 combo no lift stock axles 30 and 35 with 4.10 gears, the motor has a tick don't know what it is, and the clutch sometimes feels like it is not engaging like i push it in and have to pump it to get it to go in to 1 rst, any way my question is i don't have a lot of money to put in it right now and i have some wrenching skills what are some cheap mods to start my build with
Thanks in advance for your opinions

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post #2 of 24 Old 05-13-2009, 10:04 PM
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check ur slave cylinder for the clutch prob. if its leaking or is shot then replace tht as well as going ahead and replacing the master cylinder too. and not to be nosey but how much are you looking to spend right away and what are you looking to do first
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looking to spend around 1500 and not sure what to do first, if i swap the motor the axles will **** out if i swap axles first the motor might **** out because i don't know what the tick is
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where is the slave cylinder on the 95 i know nothing about trannys are you from wilmington il
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no wilm., NC. the slave is on the left and side of the tranny (external) just look under you jeep at the transmission and it clloks like a little tube with a hose coming off the bellhousing. there are 2 bolts holding it in place. take them off and you be able to take the slave off. put a little fluid in the master and pump the clutch lightly see where it is leaking from. your pushrod could be messed up but i doubt it. for the fluid use DOT 3 brake fluid.

1500? i wish i had tht to spend haha. if it were me id swap the tranny first. either go with the ax-15 swap which is easy and very common, i for 1 have not done it but many on the forum have. there are many aftermarket parts to support it. other options are th350, chevy 700r4(more heavy duty), 4l60e(heavy duty), th400 (nuke proof), ive heard of using a h1 4l80e but thts for a big@ss motor and loads of torque.
IMHO i would drive the 2.5 till it dies, theyre better gas wise and are pretty reliable engines. i was on the beach 1 day with my 2.5 and pulled a 2500HD out haha i felt accomplished.

i would tell you wht else you can get, lifts, motors, axles which youll at least want to swap the d35 out (its weak)
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First, the 2.5 isn't a bad engine at all. I've drove jeeps with the 4.0 and 4.2, they are nice and have a ton more power, but the 2.5 is just fine. I actually like the 2.5 because the lower power matched with the 4.10's make for some nice low slippage off roading!

Personally, if I had $1500, here's what I'd do.

4" RC lift kit $450
BFG ATKO 33's $600
Ford 8.8 Swap $100-$300 (depending on where you find one, explorers I hear are the best)
AX-15 conversion $100-$300 (Same story here, you need to convert the shafts tho..)

I'd also do a NICE tuneup on the engine. Day one of my YJ ownership, I did a full tuneup. A good place to start? Check out my signature, it's a basic tuneup that will help you get started in the tuneup process!

I'd also end up putting a cold air intake or high flow air filter and a nice free flowing exhaust to gain some more horsepower!

I know engines, this drivetrain crap really gets my head spinning!


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post #7 of 24 Old 05-14-2009, 06:44 AM
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Most of the 2.5L's seem to tick from the day they are built. You can check for an exhaust manifold leak, but otherwise I wouldn't worry about it.

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you say the ford 8.8 and the ax15 are under 300 dollars where can i find them for that the cheapeast i have seen a ax 15 is 900 on ebay and will the 15 bolt up to the 2.5
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The best place in my opinion, the local pick and pull (junk yard). One junk yard near me had an 8.8 that I was saving for until I got laid off. They were selling it out of an explorer that the numbers matched for my 4.10's . The explorer only had 60,000 miles on it and the rear end was mint. They were selling it for $100 complete I may still try to get it if I can find enough odd jobs around here to make enough to buy it.

The AX-15, look around for one. Davey's Jeep near me in Salem told me they had one out of a Cherokee for $200. That was going to be all of $350, then the parts to do the swaps I figured were ranging about $100 to $150 total.

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any certain year explorer and does the ax15 bolt right in again thank you very much for helping a new guy that probably seems really stupid
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I've had a 95 4 cyl and it ticked also. They all do. It's the lifters and rockers. Do not worry about it. I replaced the lifters on my old yj and it got a little quieter, but it did not go completely away. As a matter of fact I can hear my 6 cyl making a little noise also.

If I have to drill out another bolt, I'm just going to start welding parts on.
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The ax-15 will bolt to your 2.5L but the input shaft in your TC has a diffrent spline count.I Agree with whoever said,Do a full tune up First!then worry about the rest the D-35 i've heard is the weakest link.If you really want to swap something thats where i would start.Find one out of a 95 Exploder with D2 stamped on the door for the 4-10 gears(to Match your front),and if your not swapping motors then the tranny will hold up just fine to the power your 2.5 is putting out.The tick other than a exhaust leak is built in to the 2.5s i think and is comming froma combo of lifters/rockers,keep the oil changed and you are good to go it will last a long time.


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Mine doesn't tick at all, however, it's a nature of the beast in all parts. There's two main play items both causing the pushrods to tick. The lifters and the rocker arms. You can tighten down the rockers to help eliminate very mild ticks, but the lifters may be causing the most problem therein.

And yes, make a tuneup first priority if you're going to keep the 2.5.

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mine doesnt tick but it puts out a nice little whistling tune haha
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My 1995 2.5 "ticks" too. I replaced the rocker arms, push rods, and lifters. It helped a little. But, there is a tick that makes noise at a low idle only I have dealt with, and it was my timing chain tapping from the worn tensioner. It is a relatively easy fix, you primarily need a harmonic balancer remover tool. The gears/sprockets, of the timing chain usually don't give you too much trouble to remove. That got rid of my low idle tick. It sounded like just like a valve tick, the timing chain noise.

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