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Old 03-27-2010, 05:30 PM   #1
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I'd like to introduce myself...

Good afternoon Wrangler Forum!

Im just stopping by to say hi and introduce myself.

I currently own a 1992 Wrangler YJ with the 2.5l 4 cylinder. It's been in my family since it was bought brand new, and still only has 33,000 original miles!

I live in the High Desert in So Cal, and have been driving it for the last 10 years, so I'm no stranger to trails, but I come here asking for some advice upgrade wise.

During the time I have had this vehicle, I have always had a wish list of upgrades I wanted to install, but unfortunately, money has always been an issue.

For the last 5 years, the Jeep has unfortunately sat parked in my backyard, due to financial constraints. But last year I was able to bring it back to life for daily driving. Now mind you, this Jeep has no upgrades besides after market tires and rims(no lift), but it's a trooper (could use a little...no, not a little, a lot more horsepower, and air conditioning would be awesome, but that's another story, LOL).

During the time my Jeep was out of commission (4-5 years), all my dreams and wish lists of customizing it were slowly forgotten. To be honest, I am really out of the loop on what kind of upgrades and what not are available now.

Some how, this year the universe finally gave me a break, and it looks like I will have some money to get some of the upgrades I've been wanting for year's.

What I would like to ask is, can any of the more seasoned members, and perhaps other 4 cylinder Wrangler owners chime in to point me to some good threads regarding upgrades for my Wrangler?

I am most interested in lift kit reviews and engine performance upgrades (I would like to get my 4 cylinder on par with the 6 cylinder horsepower wise), and honestly, anything else that has to do with 92' 4 cylinder Wranglers

I ask this as opposed to starting several threads that more than likely have already been covered. Also, I did check the search function, but did not find quite what I'm looking for.

Any input will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,


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Old 03-27-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Great story on the YJ. I'm the third owner of my 94 with 70,000 original miles. Heck they're just barely broken in.

There is a thread started in the YJ section on various lift kit reviews. I am peronally running a Rubicon Express 2-1/2" kit with 31x10.50x15's. Buit now some three years later looking at 4" kits.

Can't help you on the 4 cyl mods as I'm running the 4.0. Best of luck with the project. There are plenty of 2.5 YJ owner's hanging out here.


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Old 03-27-2010, 05:55 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, and also thanks for the link, look's like some good info for my research

The Yj model is so far my favorite Jeep. My mom owns an 06' Xj Unlimited, with a 3-1/2 or 4" lift and 33's, and I drove it for about a year, and let me tell you, the newer Jeeps are crap, there has been more problems with that vehicle than any other car I've driven.

So far, no problems with my Yj (knock on wood) yet. That's awesome you're pushing 70,000 miles with no problems, gives me hope for my little put-put, lol.

Anyways, nice to meet you whiteyj, and thanks for the help, I look forward to seeing ya on the boards!
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:24 PM   #4
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welcome to the forum... when is comes to lifts i have heard good things about rubicon express and rough country so those are two that you can look into... i got a 4in suspension on my yj... any idea on how big you want to go
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:16 PM   #5
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Welcome! I would start with a lift and tires, and maybe the AC
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:23 PM   #6
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Thank you for the response and welcome.

I have heard good things about Rough Country, but I haven't heard about Rubicon Express until looking through this site, thanks for the recommendation, I'm definitely going to check it out.

How does the 4 inch lift on the Yj work for you? Just curious because that's the height I'm aiming for right now, and what size tires are you running?

As for how big I want to go with it, don't get me started, LOL

For now, I want to keep things pretty basic, as this will be somewhat of a daily commuter and weekend warrior in one.

Eventually, I would like to retire it from the road, and go full out rock crawler, but that's gonna be later on down the line, when I can afford a slightly newer Wrangler with more creature comforts for daily driving
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:25 PM   #7
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My thought's exactly, especially the AC, considering I live in the desert

Thanks for the response and kind welcome!
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:49 PM   #8
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Hell.....I'm thinking A/C as soon as we move home in June and we live in the SF Bay Area!
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Old 03-27-2010, 09:07 PM   #9
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Hell yeah man!

Ive been in the Bay area during summer, and it aint no picnic, plus you guys got that lovely humidity

At least here in the desert, we got the "dry heat"

I'd go with it man, you got the motor to handle it, shouldn't drain to much power, at least I don't think.

I'm curious if anyone with the 2.5 had good luck with AC, and how it affects the performance.
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Old 03-27-2010, 10:19 PM   #10

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Not sure what to tell you about the 4cyl. A/C will be a challenge in a 2.5L if what I hear about power is true. If it was me I would go with a 2 or 3 inch lift with some 31's and leave it at that. Down the road if you ever wear out the 2.5L and go 4.0L I would do the A/C and bigger lift and tires. Good luck and Welcome.
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