I wheel a 97 tj 4cyl. I have yet to find a place more horespower would have come in handy. Oh by the way I wheel it with brand new 36x12.5 TSL Swampers. Sorry I have found one place, its called the highway 60mph with 4.88's tops!!! Pavement sucks anyway! Keep them tires dirty!
the sad part that makes me wonder bout the 4 cyl jeeps is that he couldnt even snatch me out he kept tryin but it would yank then bog then spin the tires.
sorry your Jeep is so fat it's a compromise you must deal with when your rig is the heaviest....the others can't pull you out. If he bogged even snatching, combined with your weight, you were that stuck, his 4 cylinder had nothing to do with it.
Jeep garage: 2011 Jeep Wrangler JK - 33" BFG KM2s, 2.5" RC BB, ARB bumper, IPF 900XS, Superwinch EPI 9.0, AEV Snorkel 1995 Jeep Wrangler - 4 cyl, 2.5" lift, BFG AT 30s, Ford 8.8, SYE+CV, AX15 swap, ARB snorkel, Aussie locker + loads more - sold 1978 Jeep CJ-7 - 304 V8, TH400 auto and quadratrac 2007 Jeep Liberty - Mother's Jeep, BFG ATs and....mud?
I was wheeling on Eagle Rock, here in Colorado Springs, and I saw a guy who's fan came loose and shredded his radiator. Only way to get him home was to tow him. Well my little 4 banger towed his v8 350 chevy hearted monster up and down the hills to get him to Cheyenne Mountain to get a wrecker. The 4 banger can get it done..
Originally Posted by mdm
Avoid "Hey guys! Watch this!" situations. They tend to have bad endings.
Last winter during elk season I pulled 5 different trucks out of the ditch with my 4 banger. A toyota 4runner, a Chevy s-10 blazer, a 70's style chevy, a ford f-150 and a jacked up ford f250 with a powerstroke. I just hooked a tow rope to the bumper and yanked. Nobody knows how to drive in the snow up there. I was having a blast.
My '48 four-banger, can take care of itself off-road...but just dont ask me to pull anyone else out of the muck..
or go faster than 40mph...
I enjoy seeing 4bangers on the trail in any shape or form...
If you know how to drive a 4 banger it's not that bad. It scoots around pretty good if you keep the rpms on the higher side. You just need to find your rpm g-spot. I even pull a boat around with mine every weekend. Yea I don't go 100 mph but it's a jeep,you don't need to, if you need to go that fast, get a car.
1995 Rio Grande
31 x 10.5 x 15 Tires
1.5 Body Lift - Skyjacker Hydros
2.5 - Auto - Crager "D" Slots
A Work In Progress
I bought my 4cyl 97 TJ version new in 96, mainly because of the suspension ratings. So far it has served me well. I swear a couple of years ago I got 25 mpg on the 2 lane @ 55 mph checking twice. I can cruise in 5th at 75 mph (where flat) with no problems. As the time to rebuild draws closer, I've been looking into other 4 banger replacements, like the Ecotec. I know some 4 cylinders can really run, like the old Offenhausers. Like I keep telling my wife, it's not the SIZE of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.