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Unread 10-18-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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How good is the I4? How long r they good for? And can they take abuse?

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Unread 10-19-2012, 10:20 PM   #2
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the 2.5 is probably the most gutless motor to be put in out trucks, however i have heard legendary stories about their reliability and longevity. 300k, 350k and still going 'strong'. Durability i would assume would also be extremely high. If your looking for power look elsewhere. If your looking for a good reliable engine that will probably outlast you then the 2.5 is golden.
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Unread 10-20-2012, 08:03 AM   #3
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The 2.5 in the wifes TJ has 180K. Still running great.

Gutless to be sure.

I figure it doesn't have enough power to hurt itself.
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Unread 10-20-2012, 08:34 AM   #4
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Well im sorry to say but thats what its in, a 97 tj, im looking to get a new vehicle, the comanche just needs to much work, and this tj already has a certified lift, 5 spd, 2.5 :/, soft top, a winch, 4wd , and a lil more passenger space, and the motor only has 199,000 miles so i think that the way im gonna try goin
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Unread 10-20-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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If you want a little more umph you can always rear it. Regearing can work wonders for underpowered jeeps. How much are they askin? Got pics??? Even without seeing it i dont think I would pay any more than $1500 and thats pushin it. If its imaculate with good a/c, good 4x4, good everything and the soft top doesnt leak i might consider a little more than $1500 maybe $1700.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 06:44 AM   #6
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Well, if it's in good shape, and seems to run good, go for it. I would check it over real good with almost 200K on it.

Cracker, The only TJ's I've seen for that price are totaled...
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90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 2 XJs, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...IMG_0101-2.jpg
Check out comancheclub.com...
My build thread: http://comancheclub.com/forums/viewt...hp?f=7&t=27756
Wifes: 97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but; reliable.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 10:36 PM   #7
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What can i say, I like a lot of sugar for my nickle.

Also i failed to see it was a 97.
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Unread 10-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #8
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Haha I was wondering about that, the guy is askin for 3500 for it, its lifted(idk how much) 31s or 33s on it, 4x4 is good, guy has had the tranny rebuilt, new clutch, top is good and only one bad one, I was to busy drooling to take pics lol
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Unread 10-24-2012, 06:50 AM   #9
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3.5K?
Unless it is a rusted heap, I'd say that is a good price. I never see them for under 4K around here unless they are the said rusted heap.

Good Luck. If the 2.5 goes bad, they are a dime a dozen to replace.
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90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 2 XJs, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...IMG_0101-2.jpg
Check out comancheclub.com...
My build thread: http://comancheclub.com/forums/viewt...hp?f=7&t=27756
Wifes: 97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but; reliable.
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Unread 10-24-2012, 03:51 PM   #10
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Definately. would like to see more pictures, but from what i did see she looks like a weiner.
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Unread 10-24-2012, 09:38 PM   #11
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my 2.5 in my 9 comanche has 279k and it runs like it is at 50k, my only complaint is the 4-speed man, 5-speed would give that thing a better pair of balls.
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Unread 10-25-2012, 06:08 AM   #12
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So, swap in a 5 sp, Huck.

I converted mine to a 5 sp from an auto.
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90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 2 XJs, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...IMG_0101-2.jpg
Check out comancheclub.com...
My build thread: http://comancheclub.com/forums/viewt...hp?f=7&t=27756
Wifes: 97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but; reliable.
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Unread 10-25-2012, 03:13 PM   #13
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I need to find one locally first, but that is on my to do list for the truck.
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Unread 10-28-2012, 06:33 AM   #14
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Here's some better ones, and how do I tell the dif between the 2.5 and 2.4 I know the 97 tj came stock with the 2.5, but just incase it was swapped out
forumrunner_20121028_083105.jpg   forumrunner_20121028_083120.jpg   forumrunner_20121028_083153.jpg   forumrunner_20121028_083208.jpg   forumrunner_20121028_083224.jpg  

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Unread 10-28-2012, 06:39 AM   #15
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Only mechanical rust is on the tank, but unlike my comanche this thing will be easy to get to
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