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Unread 04-03-2013, 02:58 AM   #16
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What are the best gears if you're running 31s w/ 4.2L?
Good question, I would like to know as well but my 4.2 is auto..

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Unread 04-03-2013, 04:09 AM   #17
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heres a gear-tire chart where you can look up RPM's, I'm going with 3.73 gears with 31" tires. the 4.2 likes low RPM's so you don't want to gear it to low.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 07:49 AM   #18
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What are the best gears if you're running 31s w/ 4.2L?
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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:05 AM   #19
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Nice chart post! this will help me with my gears when the time comes
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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:08 AM   #20
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Is that for manual or auto? Or does it not really matter?
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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:27 AM   #21
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It's based solely off tire size
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Unread 04-03-2013, 09:00 AM   #22
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I sold my truck so I could have the jeep. I got out of construction and didn't need my truck anymore, but like you still hall stuff to the dump. I had 3.07 gears 33's and 5 speed manual it sucked, but I was only doing it once and a while so I didn't care. Now I have 4.56 gears 35's and I use my jeep for small little construction jobs I pick up from a realtor friend. Just last week I loaded up all my tools and some material and headed 20 miles out of town to go do some repairs on a house. It pulled great at 65. Just like everyone has said just allow,yourself more time to stop. I also built me a nice bumper with a hitch and it ties into the frame in 6 places, if you bolt directly to the flimsy back channel it will eventually rip it off. Then you will have a projectile, so make sure you can tow properly too.

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and at least every other weekend in the summer its towing my dirt bike to the hills.

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Unread 04-03-2013, 09:08 AM   #23
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I sold my truck so I could have the jeep. I got out of construction and didn't need my truck anymore, but like you still hall stuff to the dump. I had 3.07 gears 33's and 5 speed manual it sucked, but I was only doing it once and a while so I didn't care. Now I have 4.56 gears 35's and I use my jeep for small little construction jobs I pick up from a realtor friend. Just last week I loaded up all my tools and some material and headed 20 miles out of town to go do some repairs on a house. It pulled great at 65. Just like everyone has said just allow,yourself more time to stop. I also built me a nice bumper with a hitch and it ties into the frame in 6 places, if you bolt directly to the flimsy back channel it will eventually rip it off. Then you will have a projectile, so make sure you can tow properly too.

and at least every other weekend in the summer its towing my dirt bike to the hills.
How does the bumper tie in, did you weld the bumper to the frame? Thanks for chiming in.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 09:42 AM   #24
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If you're only occasionally pulling a small trailer, I wouldn't mess with a regear. I have a 2.5 on 33s and while it's not a lot of fun, I can pull a small trailer but I avoid it like the plague. Like everybody else has said, leave plenty of room for braking and wait for a nice big hole before pulling into traffic.

The main reason that I avoid it is due to the short wheelbase rather than the lack of power and brakes. Pay attention to how you load your trailer or the trailer will decide where the back of your Jeep goes.
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Is that for manual or auto? Or does it not really matter?
My experience with a manual
Not for sure on the auto
More experience will chime in im sure
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Unread 04-03-2013, 10:28 AM   #26
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How does the bumper tie in, did you weld the bumper to the frame? Thanks for chiming in.
My bumper is made ot of 2x4x3/16". I used the existing bumper mounts through the rear crossmember but made my own frame tie-in brackets and welded them to the frame. Then on top of the rear frame, I welded brackets that extend out and over the top of the bumper, it bolts to the bumper there. Then on the bottom of the bumper, I welded brackets that extend to under the frame and bolt to the bottom of frame. I can easily unbolt my bumper and run without it if I want to only takes a few minutes to unbolt it all. I can get pics here in a few minutes if you want?
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Unread 04-03-2013, 10:51 AM   #27
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Her is a shot of the whole bumper. I built the swing away portion pretty much following besrk bumper build in fab shop, but got a little creative with my latch handle.


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Here is the tie-in on the top of the bumper.


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Here is the bottom frame tie-in.

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Unread 04-03-2013, 11:16 AM   #28
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As far as towing, I'd concur w/ the majority here. Braking is where you need to be VERY careful...especially in the rain/curves/etc.

Having said that, I've towed a boat & a small utility trailer loaded w/ motorcycles (separately, of course) on 500+ mile highway trips w/ zero problems.

Then again, Grannies were passing me with the middle finger salute.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #29
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As far as towing, I'd concur w/ the majority here. Braking is where you need to be VERY careful...especially in the rain/curves/etc.

Having said that, I've towed a boat & a small utility trailer loaded w/ motorcycles (separately, of course) on 500+ mile highway trips w/ zero problems.

Then again, Grannies were passing me with the middle finger salute.
Get this by driving a 2.5L towing nothing as well
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Unread 04-03-2013, 02:10 PM   #30
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Skyj thanks for the pics. That's really helpful. Now all I have to do is buy a welder and learn how to use it. Let the emptying of my pockets begin [again]!
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