post #16 of Old 07-15-2013, 09:24 AM
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She got jealous.
yup lol


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post #17 of Old 07-15-2013, 09:33 AM
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You already know your problems with the zj. Paying for the xj means paying for all the previous owner(s) mistakes and issues too. Maybe you'll get lucky though
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post #18 of Old 07-15-2013, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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You already know your problems with the zj. Paying for the xj means paying for all the previous owner(s) mistakes and issues too. Maybe you'll get lucky though
It's a crap shoot at best. I was planning on checking it out again after work today, but since I have to replace my bypass hose now, I may just take that as a sign to keep the ZJ and pay a little extra for gas in exchange for something that I like and already have a good amount of new parts into.
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post #19 of Old 07-15-2013, 11:28 AM
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Honestly I have both 98 ZJ 5.9 and XJ with the 4.0. Both are on 33x12.50 with 411 gears and a 4" lift. I had a 5.2 set up the same way and the v-8's always did better in fuel economy by at least 2 mpg. The 4.0 has to work harder during acceleration and towing 225 lbft versus 300 lbft 5.2 and 345 lbft on the 5.9. I pull a 10' Starcraft 10RT behind both the ZJ and XJ. The XJ has very little power or torque to move it and none of the creature comforts. This pop-up is 3000 lbs loaded with 300lbs tongue weight.
When hooked to the ZJ I can run highway speeds and rarely downshift to climb small hills.
I love my XJ but for daily driving I always drive they ZJ.
Keep the 5.2 and add the things you need. Just my 2 cents.
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post #20 of Old 07-15-2013, 04:39 PM
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You can swap a 242 into the ZJ if you need 2wd, won't get you any more mpg though.
that may be debatable, logic would say the 2wd would get slightly better because it would not have to power the front end as well

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post #21 of Old 07-15-2013, 05:16 PM
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that may be debatable, logic would say the 2wd would get slightly better because it would not have to power the front end as well
The front end is still turning though. So even though it's not sending power it still has to spin the gears and turn the axles. You may save .5 gallon but nothing you would notice. To save gas you would need locking hubs.
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post #22 of Old 07-15-2013, 05:45 PM
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^^this. Youre still moving all the parts there isnt a significant gain in mileage

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/riots-97-grand-1436100/

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