Originally Posted by jtalar
4 Banger= squirrel power= gutless
On the highway, I agree.
I have 4.88's in my 2.5L turning 33x12.5's. I also have corner armor, aftermarket bumpers, winch, skids, etc... so it isn't exactly light either.
I found myself driving on the highway yesterday at 80mph. Surprised me!
Long grades can wear it down to the point of downshifting to 4th or 3rd (if long enough. Short steep hills on the highway can really get ya too, but not so bad if you speed up beforehand.
City driving is just fine.
Offroad, I'll keep up with any of them and have a good downhill crawl with gearing and engine compression. I RARELY use my brakes offroad - no need.
Would I like an inline 6 4.0? Yeah, but for what I do offroad and the limited highway use it sees, my 2.5L does just fine.
I DO have upgraded shafts in the D35, along with lockers front and rear.