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Unread 05-25-2013, 09:41 PM   #16
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Cheaper to just buy a 4x4. You can turn that 5.2 into a monster. It's already lighter than normal being 2wd. Just get some thicker front and rear sway bars and some nice springs and shocks.

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Unread 05-25-2013, 10:21 PM   #17
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I have a 2wd zj also so I know what you're going through... Winter is always interesting. If you can find one that has been wrecked fire cheap and swap over the axle, drive shaft, od section of the Trans, t case, etc then scrap the rest you should come out close to even. That's just my opinion
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Unread 05-25-2013, 11:08 PM   #18
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Cheaper to just buy a 4x4. You can turn that 5.2 into a monster. It's already lighter than normal being 2wd. Just get some thicker front and rear sway bars and some nice springs and shocks.

And he lives in Florida. No need for 4x4. This thing actually has the potential to get 20 mpg on a tank a gas down there and at the same time be faster than a stock 5.9 Limited.

You should get a K&N intake and replace the filter with a bigger Amsoil one.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 10:02 AM   #19
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i have a 2wd grand cherokee as well
5.2
3.73 with a posi
makes for a fun vehicle for sure
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Unread 05-26-2013, 11:03 AM   #20
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That's what I was thinking just easier and cheaper to buy a factory 4x4 but what kind of springs and shocks would you suggest me getting then?
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Unread 05-26-2013, 11:14 AM   #21
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And exactly living in Florida I really have no need for 4wd I mean this state is one big flat sandbar :rolf: the only time I really need 4x4 is if and when I take it off road and around my area there isn't that much to do off road so I was just thinking about making it go really fast haha and still trying to get at least some mpg out of it cause it's still my dd to school and work everyday
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Unread 05-26-2013, 12:12 PM   #22
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ZJ's are so cheap these days that you could buy a 4.0 for off road if you wanted. They are disposable.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 12:28 PM   #23
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This is my personal ugrade and future upgrade list. My goal is to increase power and mpg.

I would go with some 235/65/16 GY Triple Treds .4 inches shorter than stock and a little wider. Nice looking tire as well as areodynamic. Can handle sand, snow, mud. Tirerack has an $80 rebate right now.. $520

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/BigPic...TTAS&tab=Specs

An intake gave me 1 mpg increase on the freeway and a decent power increase. $80-$300 on ebay. I found a K&N used for 80.

NGK 7252 plugs gave me another .5 mpg freeway over the Champion coppers I had. $30

The 703 injector upgrade will get you running better as well. I havent done this yet but I will soon. Ive heard this can increase mpg by 1-3 and slightly increase power with better delivery the 4 hole injector has. $200 or less for brand new ones.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/JEEP-Upgrade...#ht_3145wt_986


SCT tuners and Superchips tuners offers power and economy settings. $300

Full 3'' exhaust with headers will improve everything so Ive heard $1000+

An efan should reduce drag on the engine.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 01:09 PM   #24
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That's a good upgrade list I was looking
To get some new tires soon and I'm going to start looking for a used k&n intake system soon
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Unread 05-26-2013, 01:10 PM   #25
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ZJ's are so cheap these days that you could buy a 4.0 for off road if you wanted. They are disposable.
I would like to get Another 5.2 haha cause that would be like taking a step backwards no offense to the 4.0 guys out there lol
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Unread 05-26-2013, 01:52 PM   #26
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I dont care I like my 4.0. And I never have to worry about a leaky plenum lol.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 01:55 PM   #27
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I know and 4.0 is jeeps corner stone engine it has been behind the jeep forever lol
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Unread 05-26-2013, 02:01 PM   #28
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I like the fact that my 4.0 went 482 000 kms.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 02:53 PM   #29
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4.0 is fine for off road if it's geared right. I would take the V8 for on road every time.
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Unread 05-27-2013, 08:31 PM   #30
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I too have a 2wd 4.0L. This past winter we had several deep snows. I was really surprised how well my ZJ got around in all of it. I also use mine to pull a 12 hole dog trailer sometimes and we go right down the road never missing a beat. I also used it to pull a car hauler about 300 miles, with an S-10 Blazer on board on the way home. Had plenty of power to pull the trailer, although trying to get it stopped in a hurry was a bit tricky.

I wanted a 4x4, but when I found my ZJ it was cheap, had new brakes all the way around, and had been fairly well taken care of. I haven't had any major problems so far and hopefully that will continue.
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