It was the may edition of jp mag in the "your jeep" section where you can write in questions in the back. The question was intitled, "stroker poker". Personaly, I don't want a V-8, or a stroker in my jeep. I did a performance build on my 258 that gives me all the power and lowend that I need in my jeep, it's not a race car, or meant to be. The real secert to off road power is gears. Gears are the torque multiplier that gets the power to the wheels. With the right gears a 4 cylinder can climb tree's. With the combo of the right gears and lowend torque like the jeep 258, or 4.0 has and they make an awesome off road machine. Just a blurp of the throttle and it snaps your neck back and they run forever. On my 258 I installed a holley 470 TA 4 barrel, offy intake, comp cam, rollor rockers, 4.0 head, header, holley fuel regulator, hei, MSD, 4:10 gears and 32X11.50 tires. This gives me all the power I need off road and is fun on the street, but isn't over powered for it's size and weight to the point where it's dangerous. I would of went with 4:56 or 4:88 gears , but since 90% of my driving is on the street, I didn't want to totally kill my topend or mpg. What I have works really well for what I use my jeep for.
1987 wrangler, 258 I-6, 5-speed.
2007 liberty sport 4X4, automatic
2009 ford ranger 4x4 FX4 OFF/ROAD, 5-speed