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Unread 01-16-2008, 07:09 AM   #1
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which GC do i need

Hello, I'm a YJ owner, and from the YJ forums.... An addition to the family has dictated that the YJ goes. I'm interested in buying an affordable GC...

I have a few questions about them. First I like the 99 and newer body styles.

Which drive train do you guys recommend.... Ive seen AWD versions wtih a v8

Is the AWD a bad choice, or do you guys receommend the verion where I can select 2 or 4 wheel drive.... I dont plan on doing any heavy off road use in this vehicle, but I like the idea of having all wheels turning if i get stck in the snow as my YJ does often.

Is the v6 that under powered? Can i get a awd in a v6???

IM SO CONFUSED..... but like i said the YJ must go..

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Unread 01-16-2008, 07:27 AM   #2
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For snow, the AWD (Quadra-Trac II) with a 247 transfer case is great, but the Progressive couplers will go. ( I have 140K on mine and no issues)
The 247 transfer cases have a transfer case selector with 4 Full time, N, and 4 Lo.
The 242 is a Select-Trac transfer case and is ideal ( especially the HD version) Its tough, rugged and no progressive coupler. The shift bezel will show2wd, 4 part time, 4 full time, N, and 4 lo.

IF you get a Quadra-Trac, when test driving do some tight, slow figure 8's. If the wheels hop, shimmy or chirp your progressive coupler is bad or going bad. Or, if you need to give it much gas to keep it moving. The Quadra-Trac is expensive to rebuild, most replace it with a Select-Trac (242)

I have driven a 6 and own the V8. Unless you tow, you may not notice a difference. Expect 3-4 MPG better in the 6. IMO, the Select-Trac (2wd mode) MPG gains are minimal.

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Unread 01-16-2008, 08:57 AM   #3
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I have the V8 and I have driven a friends (edit) I6. I like the V8 in mine better but I have been driving it for a while. The best thing I could think of to do is if you can find a 6 and 8 to test, then drive them both. That way you get to try both out to see which one best suits your needs. Also, some newer ones have a 4.7 V8 H.O. will has more power than the regular V8.

Also, blend doors can be a big issue on the limited with dual climate control so look into that very closely. It is anywhere from 900 to 1500 to fix at the dealer and is a very common topic and problem on the site. If you search blend doors in the forum, you will find tons of examples.

Anything else just check on wjjeeps.com for info. It is basically the bible for WJ owners.
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Unread 01-16-2008, 09:50 AM   #4
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I have the V8 and I have driven a friends V6. .
there is no such thing as a V6 GC, so what did you realy drive?
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It's threads like this that make me wonder why people lift there jeeps
its comments like this that make me wonder why some people are jerks.

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Unread 01-16-2008, 10:06 AM   #5
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you got to know that its a I6 not a V6 someone fought me on that there 00 GC had a V6 I just wanted to laugh
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Unread 01-16-2008, 10:10 AM   #6
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on of my bros friends was once saying "yea, i used to have a cherokee with a V6" i told him he was wrong, and bla bla bla, he ended up admitting that he had an I6
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It's threads like this that make me wonder why people lift there jeeps
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Unread 01-16-2008, 10:26 AM   #7
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My bad, I was typing quick, you know what I meant anyways.
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Unread 01-16-2008, 10:30 AM   #8
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My bad, I was typing quick, you know what I meant anyways.
yea i knew.
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It's threads like this that make me wonder why people lift there jeeps
its comments like this that make me wonder why some people are jerks.

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Unread 01-16-2008, 10:39 AM   #9
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Alright I guess we are even for the slider comments. Truths?
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Unread 01-16-2008, 10:44 AM   #10
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Alright I guess we are even for the slider comments. Truths?

I think you mean Truce?

this thread is officially HIJACKED!

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Unread 01-16-2008, 10:46 AM   #11
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I think you need the '04 WJ posted in the For Sale section here.
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Unread 01-16-2008, 11:02 AM   #12
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on of my bros friends was once saying "yea, i used to have a cherokee with a V6" i told him he was wrong, and bla bla bla, he ended up admitting that he had an I6
actually you sir are in the wrong, the older cherokee's did have a v6. I know b/c i have worked on one.
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i would do the rear.
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Unread 01-16-2008, 11:30 AM   #13
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New GCs have V6s. And their a Pain to work on compared to the I6. But thats not the WJ or ZJ so whats it matter. lol

I dont find the I6 underpowered. Granted i havent drivin the V8, but the I6 is quick enough for me and gets decent gas mileage.

I have a 249 Transfer case with 170,000 on it. I guess its AWD. Never had anyproblems with it. It would be fun to have 2wd though for burnouts ect.
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Unread 01-16-2008, 11:33 AM   #14
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actually you sir are in the wrong, the older cherokee's did have a v6. I know b/c i have worked on one.
it was actualy not that old, like a 93XJ. IDK what it was..i never saw it.




o BTW, as far as the GC goes, i would get one with a 4.7HO.
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It's threads like this that make me wonder why people lift there jeeps
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Unread 01-16-2008, 01:39 PM   #15
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You can't go wrong with a laredo basic ac and a V8. I would say get a newer one so you can find the option of the 242 instead of the 247. The 247s dont burn out like the 249s do, however the 247 requires some expensive fluid from the dealer.

if you eventually plan to wheel it, know that the v8s have a d44a which dosen't have any traction options still in production. you might be able to find an aussie lockers second hand down the road. the d35 is pretty fragile as i understand it. the WJ's have wider axle's than any other previous jeep so axle swaps and using diffrent parts is out of the question.

Just think about what you want, how long you want to keep and what your willing to spend to make it trail ready if you choose to do that.

congrats on the rugrat btw!
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i would do the rear.
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