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Unread 12-19-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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XJ vs ZJ offroad capability ???

Hi all, I'm new here, but not new to off roading.

I'm wondering if there is any big difference between the XJ and ZJ when it comes to off road trail abilities, mods for bigger tires...

I have a 93 XJ with the 4.0, 5 spd, the heavier Chrysler(8.25") rear diff and the front Dana 30 has the one piece axle shafts that take the 297(?) U-joints. (the brain is a little fuzzy tonight so sorry if I mess up on things)
I bought it with a 2.5-3" lift and 31x10.50 15's. It has about 190k miles and the enjine is a little tired.

I'm pretty good with fabbing parts, weld, cut, swap... but need to do less of it because of a bad back.

I'd like to step up to larger tires, 33's at a minimum or 35's if it's reasonable.
The straight 6 and 5 spd and dependable, but with bigger tires, I think I'd rather have a v8 and auto tranny. So it's either swap into the XJ or go to a ZJ. So I guess the question is, how do the ZJs do off road compared to the XJ?

Any comments, suggestions... are apreciated.
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Unread 12-19-2008, 04:53 PM   #2
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this has been discussed over and over again, the search button will find you everything you need to know

the 4.0 IMO is better option than the v8. zj's have to many comforts for a jeep.
research it and determine for yourself though
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Unread 12-19-2008, 04:57 PM   #3
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I love the power of the v8 for on and offroad use. There are positives and negatives to both. Use the search button.
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Unread 12-19-2008, 05:56 PM   #4
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The 4.0 is a very capable engine, with plenty of torque. The bigger tires will require more gearing, instead of more horsepower. With 33's and 4:56 gears, you will think you have a v8 along with the 5 speed. You will find that a V8 ZJ, with stock gears and 33's will be less than pleasing.
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Unread 12-19-2008, 06:07 PM   #5
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I'm actually running 33's with 3.55 gears in my XJ and I don't mind it. I thought for sure It would drive me crazy. I kinda drive like a old man though.
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Unread 12-19-2008, 10:15 PM   #6
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Thanks, I'll use the search button.

Here are some pics of my last creation in Moab 2002
71' Early Bronco with 5.0 SEFI V8, NP-435 tranny, twin stick Dana 20, 9" rear Dana 44 front with 4.56 gears, Detroight in the rear with EZ locker in the front. 3.5" lift 35" Ground Hawgs, hinged radius arm, onboard air w front square tube bumper/air tank, Warn 8000 in reciever hitch mount(on front)
Oh and Nissan Pathfinder power steering. I'm sure I probably forgot something in the list. It got 16 mpg on the highway too







Is there a trick to getting the pics to show up in the post? In the preview they were there, now I only see links???
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Unread 12-19-2008, 10:25 PM   #7
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you got to have at least 50 post... and they have to be hosted from a site such as photobucket, imageshack, etc...
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Unread 12-20-2008, 12:29 AM   #8
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you got to have at least 50 post... and they have to be hosted from a site such as photobucket, imageshack, etc...
They don't have to be hosted from an image host. If they're on any other site, you can just copy the image link and past it here in the image tags. As long as the picture is on the "web" it can be posted here.

But yeah, you have to have 50 posts in order to post images.
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Unread 12-20-2008, 01:22 AM   #9
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They don't have to be hosted from an image host. If their on any other site, you can just copy the image link and past it here in the image tags. As long as the picture is on the "web" it can be posted here.

But yeah, you have to have 50 posts in order to post images.
what he said ^
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Unread 08-04-2014, 08:44 AM   #10
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I got a 97zj with a 3 in lift and 33s and it runs fine on road but shines off road it needs a stronger ssteering set up tho...
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Unread 08-04-2014, 09:35 AM   #11
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My XJ is on 33's, just regeared to 4.56 and it is so much better than the stock gearing & 33's. Personally, don't need more motor just regear to match your tire size. Your manual will help too. I've ordered 35's now that I got power back.

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