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Unread 11-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #1
FRNKN_JP
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Buying option opinions needed!

So after doing tons of research, I still can't determine if I should get a WJ with or without Vari-Lok axles. I want the 4.7HO and was looking at the limiteds and the overlands from 2002-2004. Some background about me. I had a 2003 KJ that was lifted, locked, and wheeled hard. I go to the sand dunes a lot and do some moderate rock crawling. It was sadly totaled last week and I am looking at the WJ because of the power and size increase, and I am sick of IFS. I can't find an HO V8 WJ without Quadra-Drive, and ultimately I would like to have a 4.7HO with selec-trac and selectable locked axles (which is what my KJ had). So...

1) Is the NP247 T-case reliable, strong, and is the front axle engagement jerky?

2) how long does the front axle take to engage after the rear begins to spin?

3)Are the vari-lok Axles durable, strong, consistent, and long-lasting? Clutches wear out often?

4) Can the FRONT D30 vari-lok axle have a different locker installed, or do you have to change the carrier and shafts like the rear?

5) Overland vs. Limited?

6) Was the HO V8 offered with quadra-trac II?

I plan on doing the IRO 4" lift, and running 265/75/16's.

Thanks in advance.

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Unread 12-01-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
MattG60
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I believe that overlands only came 4.7H.O. and Quadra-drive. I am confident when I was looking for mine I found an 01 with a regular 4.7 and a selec-trac(where you have the full 2WD option). Don't quote me on it. Also, Refer to the WJ buying guide in this forum--a lot of info.

I have the quatra-trac II and its a good system, fairly seemless engagement of the front axle. Mine has 200k and still works fine so pretty rugged. I believe you could get the h.o. with quadra trac II. there many variations that came from the factory. Good luck with your search and welcome
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Unread 12-01-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
Bandit84
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I have a 2004 Overland, I love the High Output engine. If you can find a Limited with the HO I'd say don't rule it out. I haven't had much experience with the Quadradrive yet but I've been told it's a great set up.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 03:42 PM   #4
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I have a 2004 Freedom edition with the HO and Quadratrac II (now I'm on the hunt for a rear vari-lok axle...apparently $700+ from recyclers ).

Look for Rocky Mtn or Freedom with the HO option.
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