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wenchy 07-27-2012 09:20 AM

4 v 6 cyl for on and off-roading?
 
I'm moving our to Utah and thinking about doing more off-roading. I am looking to buy a old TJ Wrangler, but was wondering if there was a significant difference between the 4 and 6 cylinder engines on or off the road.

kjeeper10 07-27-2012 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by wenchy
I'm moving our to Utah and thinking about doing more off-roading. I am looking to buy a old TJ Wrangler, but was wondering if there was a significant difference between the 4 and 6 cylinder engines on or off the road.

Well the 4 cyl is geared lower. For off road in 4 lo you should get by with whatever.

You could always get a 4 and gear the crap out of it :D

TopDwnWhlsUp 07-27-2012 12:45 PM

I traded my 4 banger yj for my new jeep. On the trails my yj would hang with the sixes all day long, I would just have to leave my house a half hour before them to make it to the trail at the same time as them :D seriously though if, you get a 4 banger and plan on putting any lift and tires on it at all, you may as well plan on doing your gear swap at the same time, and then doing lots of research on headers, cold air intakes, exhausts, realizing all that is not worth the 5 hp gain you'll get from it, then kicking yourself for not just getting a 6 cylinder when when you're getting passed by grandmas who are flipping you off as your wrapping out your engine trying to get to 25 miles per hour going uphill in second gear. Other than that, yeah a 4 cyl is ok

TopDwnWhlsUp 07-27-2012 12:50 PM

Oops, I forgot to say though, if it's all you can get your hands on a 4 banger jeep is better than no jeep at all

Irongrave 07-27-2012 12:57 PM

I love my 4 banger, dont feel like i need more power (lower gears yes) but it will spin the 33in pitbulls no problem I keep up with rigs with 6s with no real issue

CJ1048 07-27-2012 01:24 PM

Grab the 4cyl, and then save up and throw a supercharger in it.....You will be the talk of every trail ride and have some serious ponies to boot !!

1SAS 07-27-2012 04:23 PM

I have owned the four banger for about 10 years. I kept my YJ stock and it was fine for off road. Now my "off road" is mild, nature loving, smooth, quiet trails where I drove quietly to look for wildlife. If your offroading is like that, you are "good to go". But your real limitation will be highway passing power. The four banger has none.

H0WEVER, if your "off roading" is more like XTREME 4x4 on TV, then get the six cylinder because it is a great engine with lots of torque for those big tires you are going to put on after you lift the suspension. Downside, once you start doing all those changes, your jeep isn't as stable or as fun to ride on the street BUT IT IS OFF ROAD.

Those are the "pros and cons" in a nutshell. And a "four banger jeep is better than no jeep at all" IS SO TRUE!! The one thing about jeeps is they make you feel alive when driving on the same street everyday.

Take care,

Shrimp 07-27-2012 04:53 PM

I have a 4 and it does the job well. Many people diss them but they are not as bad as they say, im actually glad i got that instead of the 6. BTW this sounds like its gona turn into a two door/four door jeep type argument thread soon.

TopDwnWhlsUp 07-27-2012 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Shrimp
I have a 4 and it does the job well. Many people diss them but they are not as bad as they say, im actually glad i got that instead of the 6. BTW this sounds like its gona turn into a two door/four door jeep type argument thread soon.

I was half kidding with my post, I owned my yj for 2 years and loved it, but with even 31's on it, it had a hard time pulling the passes we go through(10k ft and above) closer to sea lvl it might have been better I don't know, I did a lot of trails in that jeep though and had a blast doing it. Like I said, on the trail I had no issues what so ever, just getting to them was kind of a pita sometimes. He might be completely happy with a 4, it got good mileage for a jeep.

US Navy YJ 07-27-2012 05:25 PM

My 4 Banger yj is fine around town and anywhere under 65mph. Don't plan on going much faster than that though. It just wont. Off-road she's unstoppable when its not overheating or the 4x4 hasn't decided to crap out as usual. I own a 4 Banger and I want to put a crate 302 in it as soon as my funds allow it.

blue6tj 07-28-2012 12:55 AM

go for a 6...


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