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I have been in the market for a YJ for the Wife to drive (good excuse anyway) I have been limiting my search to 4.0's/4.2's but recently found what looks to be a good deal on a 95 2.5L It has a 2 1/2 in. suspension lift a 3 in. body lift and extended shackles It is runnung 33x12.5 CONTI TRAC Mud Terrains
I am wondering if the 2.5L really has the power to push these tires I probably won't go larger than 33's I will drop the shackle lift but leave everything else. I am willing to make mods for power but I don't want to have to regear as this is for my Wife to drive every day.
I am used to the F-Head engine that pumps out a massive 72 HP so I don't know if I can handle the 2.5L
Any comments are appreciated.
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5th probably won't work for you on anything with any amount of slope on it. You'll have your foot all the way on the floor if you take it on the highway, other than that it should be fine.

I'd ditch all that lift and SOA it if I were you.
 

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Ditch the lift and go spring over or a good spring under. the 4 banger will be OK but 5th gear will be useless except on straight level ground with a good tail wind. I have 32's on mine can manage to get it up to 75 - 80 mph but that is in 4th gear and 3500 rpm. This is with the stock 4.10 gears. You could regear and not put in a locker and she wouldn't notice a diference. The only problem with regearing is that there are only 2 available ratios you could use with the stock axles 4.56 which be a marginal increase in performance and 4.88 which put it close to stock but only available from supior as far as i know. With the 4.88 you would risk breaking the ring and pinion easier do to the samll ring gear of the Dana 35 rear end.

[ 08-23-2001: Message edited by: MD91Yj ]
 

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If your wife doesn't drive much on the highway then she won't have any problems with the 4.10's. I'm running 4.56's in mine with 33" tires and like the other guy said it was a marginal increase over stock. I have pretty much forgot that I have a 5 speed. It never goes past 4th. The 4 cyl. is a good motor and I have had very few problems with it other than a stock exhaust manifold stud breaking which seems to be a common problem. You will get better gas mileage with the six when compared with the four cyl. with 33" tires. I wish I had got a six cyl. but I am pretty happy with the four it just takes me longer to get to the trailhead. More time to take in the smell of the forest fires! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 
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I had the same combo on my old 95. It's was decent for the trail, but highway use sucked. Like said above, you now have a 4 speed with a bonus gear on steep downhill runs <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">...I finally caved and bought a TJ with the 4.0. I couldn't see throwing much mre money into and it would still only be a 4 cyl.....It's up to you. some days I thought it wasn't that bad, others I cursed it constantly.
 

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i run a four banger and live in the hills. it's a dog on the road, but wheelin you can't beat it. i've got a 60 w/detroit in the rear and a 44 w/arb up front on 35" swampers and 5:89's. i don't brake sh!t, i can just sit there and hop all day!!!!
 

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2.5, 4.56's 35"s , plenty torquey, not much high end, and still a little bit too high wheelin
 

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2.5, 33's, 4.10, 5 speed.

i just made a 200 mile trip through the hills of PA and the 4 banger worked fine for me. 5 gear was even quite usable. ya have to burn the clutch a little to get it rolling, but once you're going it goes fine.

lower gears would be alot nicer, but i'm not sinking any money into these axles. i have a 327 sitting in my garage waiting for me to figure out how to get it to pass PA emissions testing. and that bad boy will require something beefy.

[ 08-25-2001: Message edited by: FLiPx98 ]
 

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Its easy to pass PA emmision,
just drive it less than 5000 miles a year and its exempt.

No problem. <IMG SRC="smilies/jeep1.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by FLiPx98:
<STRONG> I have a 327 sitting in my garage waiting for me to figure out how to get it to pass PA emissions testing.</STRONG>
<IMG SRC="smilies/question.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/question.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/question.gif" border="0"> What PA emmision testing ? I must be missing something we don't have emmision testing in the northeast. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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yep this f'd up state only has emmission testing in parts of it. Allegheny county has it WEstmoreland county has it but their neighnbor county, Armstrong dont? Figure that one out and you win a qupie dall. <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0">

Be glad you dont have emmision testing it cost me 18 dollars just to be exempt.. <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0">
 

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i enjoy driving my jeep way too much to put under 5k miles on it a year. i live in westmoreland county. i don't know why we have emissions testing. the air is pretty darn clean. it's mostly farms. i know i can get it to pass the sniffer test, but if they see a carbed motor in a 95, it won't pass visual. <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">

chip, where do you wheel at? i'm in lewisburg for the school year. last year at bucknell. i could use a few trips to get my mind off of my education. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by FLiPx98:
<STRONG>i enjoy driving my jeep way too much to put under 5k miles on it a year. i live in westmoreland county. i don't know why we have emissions testing. the air is pretty darn clean. it's mostly farms. i know i can get it to pass the sniffer test, but if they see a carbed motor in a 95, it won't pass visual. <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">
Hey Flip give me a buzz I live by ligonier.
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chip, where do you wheel at? i'm in lewisburg for the school year. last year at bucknell. i could use a few trips to get my mind off of my education. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
 

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Rick, I'm in Lewisburg now starting my last year of school. Unfortunately, I won't be home too many weekends.

We had met this past summer. I'm the one with the light tan YJ w/ boggers. We went wheeling up past ligonier. I had my cousin riding with me, "big" Josh. My friend had the white 5.9. He now has a bull bar and a winch on it.

When I do get a chance to come home, I'm hoping to get together w/ some guys from the Pittsburgh Off-road yahoo mailing list and hit up Connellsville or someplace else close. After logging 200 miles in my YJ on a friday evening, I probably won't want to drive to Wellsville saturday morning.

Jonathan

[ 08-27-2001: Message edited by: FLiPx98 ]
 
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