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post #1 of 7 Old 03-28-2020, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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Xj 2000 XJ stroker kit

greetings...have a 2000 XJ and am wanting to drag a toy hauler to do my national park tour when I retire...not looking to hotrod my XJ, just want to make it up hills and such...have read some of the threads that state stroking out an engine shortens the life of the engine...so, is stroking the motor worth it? thank you

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-28-2020, 06:59 AM
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A properly built engine using quality parts and well maintained throughout its lifetime should last a long time. Maybe not the +300,000 miles a stock Jeep 4.0L should last, but I would expect good results.

There are a number of ways to build a stroker, that will result in more or less displacement. Modifying an existing used engine versus a total rebuild with all new parts would also be part of the equation for the engine lifespan. I would expect that any high performance engine may have a shorter lifespan, but that a mild to moderate build would be long lived and reliable.

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Why do feel the power of a properly set and running cherokee would not be enough? How much weight is that trailer expected to be?

I am not sure you would need a 'stroker' yes the saying is no replacement for displacement.

When I see the price of OEM I think aftermarket.
When I see the quality of aftermarket I think OEM.
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stroke or not to stroke

people I have spoken with say the current configuration of the XJ would not be enough to pull 3500lbs of toyhauler up mountains...that's the only reason for stroking my jeep...not looking to hotrod the thing, just want to travel w/out stress....
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considering the hauler will weigh dry/stock( no Ac or added extras) 3500+?, then add what ever a toy? is plus gear. looking at i would bet more like 6k. or near the 5,500 tow they claim. Going up say a 6%-12% grade would be horrid if it dont just stall. will be real hard on the auto they put in them as well. GEARS will do as much and wont be issues getting it tuned correctly. But will cost you on the top speed/mpg. I tow up grades like that every year 12% and am glad i have trucks to choose from both are diesels that can do 10k loads easy and not be hand full to drive. Both are older too one is 24 years old the other is 17, 190+k and one has 260k both run like new still. can do the speed limit on most any trip we do. from 75mph to hair pin mountain roads that can be 12%. Plus they dont have say a d35 rear. Full floating 1 ton axles and large brakes.

I tow the JKR as it sits is like 5500 easy then the trailer its alloy but still has weight. Then the camper on one truck is about 2,200 its a very light 80rb 8' slide in 1800 dry. heck the 96f250 can break the tires lose still. slight tune on the 7.3 and its gets with a camper and the jeep on trails 8/9mpg just the jeep on it 13 mpg and near 19 mpg just as a DD.

we take one or the other depending on the trip and those are 1500 miles runs. few times each year.

The 7.3s are well known to get 500k-1000k miles. still can found rather low cost with under 200k. for a 2x4 one.

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The above makes sense - maybe the cherokee is not the tow vehicle you should be considering.

When I see the price of OEM I think aftermarket.
When I see the quality of aftermarket I think OEM.
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people I have spoken with say the current configuration of the XJ would not be enough to pull 3500lbs of toyhauler up mountains.......
They are correct. Your money would be better spent on a more capable tow rig.

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