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post #1 of 10 Old 10-08-2002, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Are they really that bad? What can you do to get some more off roading power?

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-08-2002, 11:22 AM
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With larger tires the four cyl is only gonna hurt ya on the highway. Regear it and possibly add some gear reduction to the tcase and that'll give ya a great crawl ratio that'll keep you crawling on the trail. I've got a 4.0l, but with the wheeling I do, it's not overall horsepower, but crawling that makes a diff on the trail. You can outfit a 4 banger to excel rather easily .


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post #3 of 10 Old 10-08-2002, 12:37 PM
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4 cly is fine off road, its just hilly freeway that gets it. If you regear properly though it should be fine. I've added a flowmaster exhaust, tbs and took off the intake restrictor and my 4cyl kicks *** with 31s.

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post #4 of 10 Old 10-08-2002, 07:23 PM
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Are they really that bad? What can you do to get some more off roading power?
there is a member in my Jeep club with a four cyl. 95 YJ and he never stops amazing me in some of the weeling he can do. we have been to Paragon in PA and did some rock crawling and he rock's in his 4 cyl

this is a list of his mods and he does a great job out there its kinda funny because all the other people out there kinda make smart remarks about his rig and then the get out performed

32.5x9.5x15 Super Swamper TSLs
3.5" BDS Lift
Super 35 rear axle with OX Locker
D30 front with welded gears
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Revolver Shackles all around
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Mountain Offroad Shock Towers
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Custom rocker panel protection.
Custom front and rear bumper plates with 7/8" (!!!) Shackles
Custom High Lift Jack mount
Custom High Power Stereo
Custom hand throttle
KC Daylighters
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and dont forget 70% is the driver.......

my point is nothing wrong with 4 cyl if thats what you want
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-10-2002, 09:12 PM
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4 bangin'

I have a 98 w/ a 4 banger & it sucks. I hate it. It really sucks trying to go the speed limit on highways & up hills.

HOWEVER....it doesn't prevent me from anything off road......exept maybe mud-bogging. The darn thing never ceases to amaze me & others. When there isn't enough power, there's always 4LO.

In my opinion, I made a big mistake by not spending more for a 4.0, but it doesn't stop me from 'wheeling very often. $.02
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-12-2002, 09:07 AM
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Thinking of in it terms of it sucks/doesn't suck isn't exactly fair. Depends on what your using it for. My wife and I bought a 01 SE. it works perfect for us. Around town, quick 50-60 trips around the area to do a little off roading. 2nd and probably most important its not our main traveling vehicle. We Use the old 94 XJ or the tahoe for that.

Right after we bought it we decided to take it out to Colorado and do the wheeler lake trail. Man the way out there with the winds in western Ne and eastern Co, Sucked. But I figured out how it need to be driven. averaged 65-75 with no real problem. By the way it rocked on the tail... The wrangler design itself isn't a marvel of aerodynamic thought.

So in my signiture long winded style, keep your usage needs in mind. The four banger can surprise the hell out of you or really disappoint you.

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I bought the SE because I didn't want to spend 20K for a weekend toy.

Ended up spending more than I had planned to for the mods (lift, tires, KC's, armor, etc.)

If I had to do it again, I wouldn't change a thing....but, I use mine for weekend jaunts and off-road fun.

If you are going to do alot of freeway driving, you may want to consider a 4.0L.

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-12-2002, 02:30 PM
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i had a 98 w/ 4 cyl and 33s. if you know how to run a 5sp, and dont mind running the engine hard, then it will work for you. i mean it sucks shifting alot, but if you dont mind then its okay. your best bet is to spend the 400/500 on gears, or just find a

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-12-2002, 06:50 PM
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I've owned both a 4.0l and a 2.5l and there is a noticable difference between the 2 engines while cruising down the highway. I find that I feather the clutch often offroad but it's not the end of the world. I'd recommend doing all you can to open up the intake side of the engine as a great place to start. Good luck!
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-13-2002, 10:17 PM
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I just purchased a 02 SE a couple months ago it is still stock but I am loving it...My brother in law has 35's on his SE he has recently put 4.88's in it though, but before that not a big deal. My other brother in law has a 98 sport, he can get up on the highway quicker then me however I am geared lower and can crawl just a little bit better.. I will be getting 33's and a 3 inch lift shortly we will see how it goes....But it was the right choice for me and the $...
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