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Unread 06-13-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Does anyone own a 4cyl 4x4 cherokee?

Are these things rare? I can't seem to find much on them online or any threads here about these. Just figured these are either rare or outdated as **** since yesterday my brother and I went out to try and find some freeze plugs for a leak it had. Most of the autozone/oreiley/advance people were like WTF 4cyl 4x4 automatic? So if anyone has one can you please post a photo of it modded or whatever...

Oh... Not too sure about the year on my brother's. The date in the door says 09/89. So perhaps a 90 model.

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Unread 06-13-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
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They aren't too rare. I have seen a few dozen of them from the late 80's through 01.
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Unread 06-13-2011, 08:26 PM   #3
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I wouldn't refer to them as rare....but certainly not extremely common. 4cyl Cherokees are generally looked down upon by the 4.0 crowd. NAXJA.org has some info on them and for the 4cyl Jeep in general 4bangerjp.com has alot of good info.

Link to my build thread is in my sig. I really just got started. Plan on gearing them if you go over 31's. I'm at 31's but live in the mtns so I was shifting more than I wanted to, I'm to old to worry with keeping my speed up to make it up the next hill without downshifting. She's in the shop right now getting 4.88's dropped in, with 32's that should put it back to close to stock gearing.

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Unread 06-13-2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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They aren't too rare. I have seen a few dozen of them from the late 80's through 01.
Ok. I Drove it yesterday and to my surprise it was torquey as hell. Light and very maneuverable. I wish I could get me one of those older ones to keep as trophy jeep
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Are these things rare? I can't seem to find much on them online or any threads here about these. Just figured these are either rare or outdated as **** since yesterday my brother and I went out to try and find some freeze plugs for a leak it had. Most of the autozone/oreiley/advance people were like WTF 4cyl 4x4 automatic? So if anyone has one can you please post a photo of it modded or whatever...

Oh... Not too sure about the year on my brother's. The date in the door says 09/89. So perhaps a 90 model.
Seen tons of them. And, that's what happens when parts monkeys with a keyboard look up parts for ya. What difference would there be in freeze plugs whether you had an auto trans or 4wd?
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Unread 06-13-2011, 08:30 PM   #6
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I wouldn't refer to them as rare....but certainly not extremely common. 4cyl Cherokees are generally looked down upon by the 4.0 crowd. NAXJA.org has some info on them and for the 4cyl Jeep in general 4bangerjp.com has alot of good info.

Link to my build thread is in my sig. I really just got started. Plan on gearing them if you go over 31's. I'm at 31's but live in the mtns so I was shifting more than I wanted to, I'm to old to worry with keeping my speed up to make it up the next hill without downshifting. She's in the shop right now getting 4.88's dropped in, with 32's that should put it back to close to stock gearing.

That's a beautiful Jeep sir
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Unread 06-13-2011, 08:38 PM   #7
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That's a beautiful Jeep sir
Thanks man. I really can't take to much credit for it. Aside from the tires and a lot of elbow grease it more or less looked like that when I got it. Honestly the fact that it looked so clean is what persuaded me to bite the bullet and take a chance on the 4cyl, I wasn't really looking for one, I was hunting a 4.0.
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Unread 06-13-2011, 08:49 PM   #8
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i have a 1985 4 banger 4X4
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Unread 06-13-2011, 08:57 PM   #9
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doogie you will love the 4:88's with 32" tires. I ran that set-up on my 2.5L TJ for a while and here in the north Ga. mountains it was awesome. I never took it on the interstate though and think it may have been a bit overgeared to hold at 70 for any amount of time.
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Also an I4 4x4'r. Cept my I4 puts out about the same power as the older Renix I6. :-p
Essentially, its a bored and stroked I4. Stroked as far as I could go without the counterweights being to much for the bearings to handle reliably.

About 170hp/195-200ft-lb torque at the crank. (In specs = at wheels power, parasitic drivetrain loss = ick)

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i used to have a 96 teal 2 door 4cyl 5sp cherokee

now that i believe you can call rare cause to this day i have NEVER seen another one
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My first Jeep was a 86 4door 2.5L 4x4 with a manual trans, dark gray. Used it around the farm all the time when I wasn't road legal yet. My brother borrowed it for a quick spin just before I got my license and rear-ended somebody...then he ran it really really hard and blew the motor within the next month . Totally ruined my first Jeep before I got to road drive it so I took his Honda Accord from him and his *** was on foot.
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A friend of mine had a 4cyl, manual. He built it up to ~3" lift and 33x12.5x15 tires, regeared, locked, ect. After he got it built, he took it wheeling, after the first long hill climb where he ran out of power about 15' from the top, he said that it's and we ended up swapping in a 4.0.
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doogie you will love the 4:88's with 32" tires. I ran that set-up on my 2.5L TJ for a while and here in the north Ga. mountains it was awesome. I never took it on the interstate though and think it may have been a bit overgeared to hold at 70 for any amount of time.
Hmmm, not what I wanted to hear....I drive mine all over the southeast with my job. I'm on the interstate 80% of the time. If it's flat I could cruise at 75ish at 2,900 ish rpms but as soon as the slightest hill came I'd either have to anticipate it and increase my speed or it would be a guaranteed downshift and most of the time it was anyway. Might be time to think about 33's, 33x10.50's were actually my preferred size but I just didn't think the 4 cyl even with 4.88's would handle 33's. As long as I can cruise at 65 that's fine with me. I read a ton and everyone said the jump from 4.10's to 4.56's just wasn't worth the cost. Especially if I ever wanted to go larger than 31's which I do. But I really wanted to wear out the 31's before I upgraded. Sounds like I may have to rethink that.
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Try it yourself first. Then make your mind up.
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