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
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
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
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
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.