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View Poll Results: What engine?
4.0L 18 22.22%
5.2L 63 77.78%
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Unread 06-12-2013, 03:20 PM   #61
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No replacement for displacement!
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oh and mike, shoot me a PM when the envelope comes so i know it got there ok.

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Unread 06-12-2013, 03:28 PM   #62
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Its personal choice.

I bought my wife a 95 5.2 and swapped in a 5.9 because the original motor was sludged up beyond repair. This is her DD. She gets about 9.5 mpg all city. I should have just got her a 4.0.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 03:41 PM   #63
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Unread 06-24-2013, 07:53 AM   #64
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I am new to the forum, but not new to Jeeps or 4x4s....and I felt I had to chime in. I have the 4.0, and I can already say I am glad it is the six, not the eight. I have been reading some history, and AMC designed these things to take the 4.0 six, Chrysler stuffed the V-8 into them to keep up with the Explorers and 'Burbans. There was a story on the web a while back about some guys who took a pair of ZJ's all the way to Central America, and they had 4.0s. Everyone I know says the 4.0 is the engine to have, and there are a ton of them out there for parts.

My vote is 4.0, and I shopped for one that way. I wouldn't get a ZJ with a V-8, it seems like overkill. Mine is quick and powerful, and comes off the line with plenty of power. Does 70 on the highway without breaking a sweat, and has oomph for passing.

On a side note, I am doing the valve cover gasket soon...and I only have to do one!
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Unread 06-24-2013, 08:07 AM   #65
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I wouldn't get a ZJ with a V-8, it seems like overkill. Mine is quick and powerful, and comes off the line with plenty of power. Does 70 on the highway without breaking a sweat, and has oomph for passing.
youve never driven a v8 ZJ have you.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 08:55 AM   #66
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On a side note, I am doing the valve cover gasket soon...and I only have to do one!
Yeah, they take so long it's good you only have the one.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 10:29 AM   #67
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Yeah, they take so long it's good you only have the one.
Ya super hard to get to too.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 12:14 PM   #68
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Good point...I haven't actually driven a V-8 ZJ. Still dig the six.

I guess it is all what you want. Haters gonna hate.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 12:31 PM   #69
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Good point...I haven't actually driven a V-8 ZJ. Still dig the six.

I guess it is all what you want. Haters gonna hate.
Agreed. Not trying to hate. But seriously, once you drive the v8 you will wonder why you didn't get one sooner. And if you lift and do bigger tires then you will save big money in not needing to re gear right away. So a lot depends on the plans you have for your jeep too IMHO
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Unread 06-24-2013, 12:40 PM   #70
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Good point...I haven't actually driven a V-8 ZJ. Still dig the six.

I guess it is all what you want. Haters gonna hate.
no, you 'dig' the only thing you know. which is a 6.

its like going on a date with a chick, and when she leans in to kiss, you go to shake her hand.

maybe a good ole' handshake is sufficient for your first date, proper, etc. but you coulda had a lot more fun going a bit faster. and you chose not too
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Unread 06-24-2013, 12:49 PM   #71
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I'm just doing some light trails, maybe some old GA dirt paths...nothing major. So a six works fine for me...no lift, either. Just putting some BFG's on it, and some good shocks.

I suppose if I were going Full Tilt with a lift and lockers, I could see a V-8.

But if that first date was headed for a kiss, and I went for total deep throat...that would be like a V-8? lol
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Unread 06-24-2013, 02:39 PM   #72
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Since when was any Jeep in the same market as a Suburban?
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Unread 06-24-2013, 07:30 PM   #73
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Since when was any Jeep in the same market as a Suburban?
since never lol
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Unread 06-24-2013, 07:42 PM   #74
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The old wagoneer was close :P That was my first jeep, with a 360
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Unread 06-24-2013, 07:53 PM   #75
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The old wagoneer was close :P That was my first jeep, with a 360
i found one laying in a driveway near my house. wanted it so bad, noone ever answered the door.
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