The 4.7 is a great motor, it was perfect for the WJ. Mine went 150k without a single mechanical issue (and that was in the hands of a teenager with a heavy foot and a constant need to be wheeling) before I cut the Jeep up. I saved my 4.7 and my 45RFE for a new home in my CJ because I think it has a great balance of size, power and weight. In the end my mother's 5.7L has had more issues in 7 years than my 4.7L had in 13...
If they still made the Dakota/the GC was still in the 4000-4500lbs range I think it would still be around. I am kind of disappointed it never ended up in the Wrangler.
2013 JKU Rubicon 6spd: ARB Dana 44 covers F&R, Expedition One front bumper & swaybar skid, Hella driving lamps, JKS adjustable track bars F&R, MBRP SS off-road exhaust, OME HD springs and shocks, OME relocated SS, Rock Hard 4x4 gas tank skid, Rock Hard 4x4 oil pan skid, Rock Hard 4x4 rock sliders, Rock Hard 4x4 transfer case skid, Spidertrax wheel spacers, Superwinch LP8500 Gen 1
2002 Subaru WRX: Cobb intake, Mishimoto aluminum radiator, Kartboy short throw shifter and bushings
1960 CJ-6: Never ending project rig
JKUR - [url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/jopolly3s-jkur-build-thread-1522982/[/url]
CJ6 - [url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/jopolly3s-cj6-build-thread-1347975/[/url]
WJ - [url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/jopolly3s-wj-build-thread-lauren-1033184/[/url]
"BFG makes some good rubbers, if they sold condoms I'd buy them" -Owen Horner