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Old 07-20-2011, 10:45 PM   #31
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I had a 4 cylinder YJ. Loved it but hated that it had no power. I had a short entrance ramp with a decline to get onto a highway. I had to time it right and use the decline to increase my speed to merge. When I was looking to buy my TJ I specifically looked for a 6 cylinder. Very happy that I waited and hunted more. I know Jeeps aren't made for speed but sometimes you need it.

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Old 07-21-2011, 09:21 AM   #32
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Now I need a good web site to buy parts, My first is a safari top!! everything jeeps is out of stock so what are some good places to buy stuff? fast shipping reliable and cheap?

I personally like Amazon ... I got a prime account, which means most parts are shipped 2day for free.....

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Old 07-21-2011, 11:14 AM   #33
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Let me tell you about that Jeep my friend... sure the 2.5 is "anemic" but Jeeps aren't made for speed... that engine is a rock solid, reliable piece of mesopormorphic machinery. That engine will never fail you, and always deliver in a pinch. Plus a timing chain beats a timing belt any day. I don't have a/c in my rig either but once you pop those doors off you won't be missing it all that much. Ditch the riceburner and get yourself a real, authentic American icon.

Tl;dr - doo eet.
I have a 99 4 banger 2.5L, am at 70-75 on the freeways here all the time without a problem. Have never had a problem getting on the freeway, or being too slow, never. Only time I wish for a little more power is pulling a big hill where I'm doing 60 max. I'd go for it!
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #34
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Ok, I have a 97' 2.5L, 5 speed with 33" BFG's and the factory 4:10 gears. when I put the 33's on I basically lost 5th gear. I could have re-geared to 4:88's to get it back but instead I put a turbo on it. It now cruises nicely at 75-80 on highway while getting 18MPG. 20 if I'm driving 60-65. It now has 276,000 plus and is still running strong. It is a ROCK SOLID engine that just needs a little help to show its potential(aka 7lbs of boost)
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:43 PM   #35
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I have a 97 2.5, I have a/c and live in Houston. Really only use a/c when in town with stop and go, it does lug the engine down. I also have a besttop cover and wind jammer to help keep the a/c in the cabin. There's another windjammer that's a wrap around, wish I'd bought it.
I took the jeep to CO last summer and ran Imogene, Ophir, California passes with absolutely no problems. It isn't a speed deamon but will get you there. Plus on most trip an extra 10mph adds about 0 extra time to your destination. MOst of us only average 55=60 mph on a regular trip of any distance due to fuel, food and duty calls. jj
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:52 PM   #36
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A 4 banger isn't even a Jeep, IMO!!

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Old 07-21-2011, 06:54 PM   #37
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If the key was partially turned the engine temp wouldn't be at 190 degrees.
He shut it off after running, then turned it back to the run positionn to take the pic.. no RPM's = no oil pressure... note the gas gauge is reading 7/8 full...
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:56 PM   #38
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thanks all
Congrats on your new Jeep! Nice trade!
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:35 PM   #39
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ok I went and test drove it. Total POS oil gauge went to zero on idle, grinding when shifting, exaust leak from hell, tons of rust on frame and fenders blinkers not working right toggle switch for headlights. All this and him telling me it was in awesome condition lol Ill keep looking thanks guys for the input.
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ok I went and test drove it. Total POS oil gauge went to zero on idle, grinding when shifting, exaust leak from hell, tons of rust on frame and fenders blinkers not working right toggle switch for headlights. All this and him telling me it was in awesome condition lol Ill keep looking thanks guys for the input.
Dang, it sounded like a good deal at first...
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:59 PM   #41
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ya i know Im sad now
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:08 PM   #42
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ya i know Im sad now
This time around you would look for a 4.0L TJ. I think you'll be much happier.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:15 PM   #43
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i have no AC and most days it's not a big deal. Yesterday I drove about an hour at 4:00pm, when it was 100F. I had to change my shirt when I got home, but other than that I get by just fine.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:20 PM   #44
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ya I think the 4.0 is the way to go. I will wait and try and sell my car or trade with someone some time. Im kinda picky,my car is in awesome shape in all ways so its not a big deal

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