It all depends on the wheeling. I like my AMC in the jeep because it works for what I do. I liked the v8 in the dodge I had before because it worked. For mud I would go with either a SB chevy or a big block probably the big block because I can build them bigger.
quick question? what engine do most of you prefere for wheelin?
1) AMC V-8
2) AMC inline Six
3) small block chevy.
let me know.
What are you going to do with the Jeep? I love my 258 more than enough power for the wheelin I do (local parks and trails, no rocks) and also gets me 22 to 24 MPG running 70 down the highway YOU need to decide what you want to use your Jeep for
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Yep , Love to watch you guys with all them headers , holley 4,s . bored and stroked , nothing like listening to axles snap and u-joint,s fly!! . glad it,s not me. I,ll just ease along with my little 258 . sippin on a cold one. see you at the campground. Horse Power will ruin your running gear. Yep . don,t listen to me, Dump that clutch
It,s better to be stuck , Than to have chickened out and went home
i have to agree with FLBOY and say that i like my 258. if i had the money i'd probably go ford 302, but its nice to know i can put my foot in it and won't break an axle. i have plenty of torque to pull out my buddies in their TJ's and i can keep my 31's spinning in the wet stuff.
'06 Wrangler SE, soft top, hard doors, 2.4L, rolling completely stock and unmodified for the short term...
'10 Wrangler Sport, soft top, hard doors, 23S package, Teraflex 2.5" spring lift, Spidertrax 1.5" wheel spacers. Sold.
'79 CJ-7 Renegade, 258 I6, T150, D20, D30/AMC20, 2.5in Rancho lift, 31x10.5 AT's, TeamRush upgrade, flush tail lights - Sold :'(
I like a 6 cylinder. I liked my 4.0 I had in my old TJ and I liked the 232 that was in my CJ 5 and the 258 now in my CJ 7. My buddy has the old flat head in his CJ 5. He takes that thing everywhere. He always says it's harder to break stuff with only 68 HP. Wheeling with him I can understand his logic. I looked at quite a few CJ 7s before I bought the one I have. I passed up V8 equipped jeeps in order to try and save my driveline. The wheeling I do I don't need anything bigger. We rely on gears.
1980 CJ 7--3" Black Diamond, 1" body, locked both ends, 4.56, 35x12.50x15 SS LTB, "family" cage
From my experience it's 258 all the way. The things do not die. I've seen multiple AMC v8's have issues (not always their fault) but the sixes just keep going. My 5 will almost do wheelies on flat ground with it too, and it's stock. Power is never an issue, torque basically idles over everything. I love the 6.
1977 Cj5, 258, T-18, 2.46:1 Dana 20, 2.5" BDS lift, OBA, 38.5's. Chevy 60 frt, 14b Rear, Full hydro, 102"wb, full DOM cage.
I went from a 258 to a 360. The 258 was great; it could turn all 4 tires in deep sand easily. comparing it to a 360 is apples and oranges. It(360) changed the whole feel of the jeep; from a nice relaxed golf cart to a more frantic muscle car feel,like its ready to throw down at the drop of a hat. There both great engines.The 360 is fun, but realisticly, its overkill.