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Unread 07-15-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Question WJ or WK

Hello board, I'm looking to purchase a Jeep in the near future. I plan to lift it and put bigger tire on it. I used to own a stock 2000 WJ V6, and I traded it in years ago. The only thing I hated about the WJ was the brakes. I haven't had a chance to drive the WK, I was wondering if it performed better than the WJ.

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Unread 07-15-2013, 10:36 AM   #2
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OMG! So much better! I am in the process in finding a WK, but it is a little hard, when you are picky like me...! You need to drive one before you can really choose between the WJ or WK.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 11:10 AM   #3
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The question is, what kind of offroading are you planning on doing?
The WJ was the last Grand Cherokee to come with a solid front axle, the WK will have IFS and IRS i believe.
I personally am very happy i no longer have IFS ( no going to mention the last vehicle i had.. cough.. yo.. cough.. ta.. ). I am so happy that my WJ has a solid front axle, i think it is the optimal option for offroading.. Huge improvement after suffering with IFS.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 11:17 AM   #4
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Lifts for the WJ are much cheaper. The WK switched to IFS, and superlift is the only company to my knowledge that makes an actual lift kit for it. They make a 4" that'll let you fit 33s, and cost about $1400 for just the parts.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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WJ, good looking....WK, pig ugly....decision made!
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Unread 07-15-2013, 11:45 AM   #6
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Unread 07-15-2013, 12:12 PM   #7
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Lifts for the WJ are much cheaper. The WK switched to IFS, and superlift is the only company to my knowledge that makes an actual lift kit for it. They make a 4" that'll let you fit 33s, and cost about $1400 for just the parts.
Totally agreed. I think you can get a BB 2" kit for the WK and that is about it without going into big money.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 12:17 PM   #8
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I have seen several lifted wk's come through the shop. They have all had suspension problems. Especially with axle shafts. Me I would get a WJ. I love mine and it was easy to lift.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #9
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I am new to offroading. I won't be doing extreme climbs or anything. I plan to get a the 2.5 lift with bigger tires and rubicon wheels.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 12:38 PM   #10
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Is the 4.7 HO worth the extra cash?
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Unread 07-15-2013, 01:07 PM   #11
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They both have their fair share of critics. I would say the 4.0 but others will disagree. The V8 doesn't like to be hot (ever) and the I6 4.0 has piston skirt issues. Either are very reliable. Plenty of documented 200k motors on both sides of the fence.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 01:11 PM   #12
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You had a Wj V6...... nuff said go get a WK
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Unread 07-15-2013, 01:22 PM   #13
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I loved the v6. I was just wondering if the v8 was the extra cash and lower mpg. Thanks for the info guys
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Unread 07-15-2013, 01:32 PM   #14
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Unread 07-15-2013, 01:32 PM   #15
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I loved the v6. I was just wondering if the v8 was the extra cash and lower mpg. Thanks for the info guys
If you are planning on towing a lot then V8. If not, they are actually pretty similar with MPG (at least on the WJ) I think there might be a bigger difference in the WK but someone will probably show different.
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