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Unread 01-04-2007, 11:27 PM   #1
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I have new found respect for the 4 angry squirrels....

As the title says, I have respect for my trusty little 4 banger...I strapped it up to a Lifted F-250, and towed him 10 miles (in town) to the shop. It was a PITA, but it was fun, having the big bumper (custom lift of about 18") of the 250 staring back at me in the rearview. I know you all say the 2.5 is crap or whatever, but I am going to stand behind my engine- it is trusty, and has done everything that I have wanted it to do...and it is my DD!!!

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Unread 01-04-2007, 11:45 PM   #2
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x2 on that ... the 2.5's came with 4:10's front and rear so it helps give it a little bigger kick in the ***. I never had any problems with my 4 banger other then a slowly leaking head gasket its great. Doesn't use a drop of oil and preforms great. The only time i've really gotten stuck is when my diffs bottemed out!
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Unread 01-05-2007, 12:27 AM   #3
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Yeah, I like my trusty little 2.5, but the gear space between 2nd and 3rd is just way to much. If they shortened third and fourth and extended 5th a bit, it would have been much better. I've had to pull my dads full sized Chev G20 panel van out of a rut going up hill a bit last winter. Pulled it out with no struggle.

I'm in the process of putting an electric fan from a third gen camaro into there. I've got most of the wiring done, just gotta mount it.
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Unread 01-05-2007, 02:07 PM   #4
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As the title says, I have respect for my trusty little 4 banger...I strapped it up to a Lifted F-250, and towed him 10 miles (in town) to the shop. It was a PITA, but it was fun, having the big bumper (custom lift of about 18") of the 250 staring back at me in the rearview. I know you all say the 2.5 is crap or whatever, but I am going to stand behind my engine- it is trusty, and has done everything that I have wanted it to do...and it is my DD!!!
here's a trick for when you want to pull some heavy stuff on the road, especially up hill. assuming you don't have a locker up front, simply remove the vacuum harness from the front axle disconnect and then put the t-case in 4 low. the shift fork won't engage up front and you'll have low range gearing to help with the pull without worrying about driving in 4wd on pavement. you'll only be able to do about 15-20 mph but sometimes it's worth it.
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Unread 01-05-2007, 03:34 PM   #5
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I'm ashamed to say but in this months, or last?, 4 wheel & offroad they stated that around the year of our Jeeps the 4cyl. actually had more HP than the 6cyl. Not as much torque but a touch more HP. Still like my 4.2 though.
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Unread 01-05-2007, 09:28 PM   #6
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2 short stories

First story: My son was helping a friend move late at night, raining. They rented a 24 ft. U-Haul, filled it with furnature and got to the new house and proceeded to get stuck in axle deep mud, then blew the auto tranny. Well they called me and I couldn't believe it myself but I pulled it out with my 4 banger.
Second story: My son wrecked his pichup and had it towed to my house with a full size tow truck, the tow truck got stuck, I pulled it out with my 4 banger.
I bought a winch shortly after to save my drivetrain, But I am greatly impressed with the torque of the 2.5L. So are the people I helped.
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Unread 01-05-2007, 09:31 PM   #7
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Torque......(laughs uncontrolably)!

I have it bad with the auto tranny and 3.73's.

It moves the Jeep, but there is much to be desired.
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Unread 01-05-2007, 10:04 PM   #8
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sentinal02 hit the nail on the head, it takes a few moments to go to the wheel well and pull the front dana 30 plug and then you can hop right into 4L you can start off in 3rd and work your way up to 5th around 2500rpms doing just short of 13mph "cant be sure my spedo is off...."
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Unread 01-06-2007, 02:16 AM   #9
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I'm ashamed to say but in this months, or last?, 4 wheel & offroad they stated that around the year of our Jeeps the 4cyl. actually had more HP than the 6cyl. Not as much torque but a touch more HP. Still like my 4.2 though.

I am fairly sure that they are comparing the 4 cylinder to the 4.2 I-6. The 4.0 was rated at 190 HP.
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Unread 01-06-2007, 06:38 AM   #10
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Wouldn't Part with mine. I put a reman in mine when the old one died. I have a WJ for the highway driving, but the four is my old friend.
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Unread 01-06-2007, 01:57 PM   #11
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My four is great for small trips and playing around on the trails but it needs a little more for the longer trips and deeper mud. I have pulled a bunch of people out also, I have the Posi-Lok so 2-Lo takes seconds to lock in.Biggest thing I ever pulled out was a 9000 Ford tractor cab over from a ditch with four fat buddies in the back of the Jeep jumping up and down.
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Unread 11-01-2009, 04:49 PM   #12
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Yeah, I like my trusty little 2.5, but the gear space between 2nd and 3rd is just way to much. If they shortened third and fourth and extended 5th a bit, it would have been much better. .
Thank you! That drives me nuts! I'm swapping in an NV3550, which isnt much better, oddly enough.
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Unread 11-01-2009, 05:13 PM   #13
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A few months back I went on the Jeepers Jamboree on the Rubicon Trail and saw a lot of different jeeps and a lot of different set ups. At one point after a difficult portion of the trail a lot of people would pull off the trail for a break. After having a beer and a snack got to talking to some fellow jeepers, one of them had swapped in a
V-8, and a few others with 6 cyls. I told them I was running my trusty 4 cyl, the guy with the V-8 looked at my YJ, back at the trail, and again at my little YJ and said " Well done, very well done getting through that spot". I took that as a compliment, my little 4 banger and 4:88's went right through the same as the BIG V-8's.

When you have less power you make better choices of lines on the trail, and break less by not having as much behind the skinny peddle.
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Unread 11-01-2009, 08:19 PM   #14
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I popped the hood on mine to connect the compressor leads after running some 4 rated trails and got the surprised comment "Why, that's only half an engine!" I immediately fired back "It's the better half!" I love it! I've made many "built" Jeeps look bad; it just will go places and do things that other Jeeps don't seem to be able to do. I wish I could take credit for being a good driver, but I'm still learning (I've only been doing it off and on for 45 years).
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Unread 11-01-2009, 09:30 PM   #15
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I love mine! Geared right they can keep up with anything out there.
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