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Old 05-11-2018, 12:42 PM
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4 cylinder 2.5 highway/Long distance

Want to get a yj or jk to drive for the summer then bring back to school. I was looking at the four cylinder because the availability and price around my area is a lot better then the 4.0 6 cylinders. From reading the forum it seems like the 2.5l around town is fine but if there are 31” tires on and the commute to school is a 11 hour drive, would it be feasible to get the 4 cylinder and would it make an 11 hour almost all highway drive. Thanks

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Old 05-11-2018, 01:51 PM   #2
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It'll make an 11 hour drive just fine though it may take 13 hrs to do it....

I drove a 4 cyl soft top half door tj w/o cruise or a/c 16 hrs cross country once.... it was hard in me but the jeep didn't care in the slightest

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Old 05-11-2018, 03:57 PM
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Ok thanks for the info I appreciate it
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Old 05-11-2018, 04:19 PM   #4
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The Jeep should be fine. I have a 2.5, manual, 31s and it did fine. My wife and I did a 500 mile trip to N GA and other than some long uphills we were able to stay in 5th gear.

Having said that, YJs are 23+ years old and at that age things can happen. I don't know your mechanic skills. If yours aren't good, find someone whose are and TOGETHER go over the Jeep. Belts, oil and filter, spark plugs and wires, radiator fluid, transmission oil, transfer case oil, differential oil, air filter, fuel filter, etc are not overly expensive. Having a mechanic friend do this with you will teach how to and, if something internal is wrong, may reveal clues that are better taken care of at home or a garage, rather than on the side of a highway. Even if it cost you $500 to make sure everything is right, it's worth the piece of mind, especially for your parents.

There are several ACE Jeep guys here that can guide you through this.
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Old 05-14-2018, 03:20 PM   #5
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While not ideal the 2.5 will do it. Even my stock 89 with 33" tires and stock gearing would pull 70-75mph on interstate 95 if I stayed in the draft of other vehicles. Without any other vehicles to break the wind I could maintain 60-65mph in 4th gear.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:28 AM   #6
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I have a 94 YJ with the 4 cyl. 2.5. I drive it around town mostly and alternate driving it 16 miles to work with my Mustang. I live in NJ and recently had to pick my son up from college in Massachusetts. In my Mustang the 5 hr, 270 mile trip took me 3 hrs and 50 minutes. My son begged me to pick him up this time in the YJ. It maintained a speed of 70-75 mph on the highway, even got up to 85 on some of the many downhill portions of the hightway and managed to climb the uphill portions of the trip without a problem. It took me exactly 5 hrs both ways. We had the time of our life! With that being said, we are moving to Charleston S.C. soon, 700 miles, estimated 11 trip. I've been debating if I'm going to drive, tow or ship the YJ to S.C. After that trip, I've decided to drive the YJ. I think you will be fine. We are looking for a YJ for my son now. If we stumble onto a cheap 6 cyl. fine. If not we will go with the 4 cyl. He sees the 11 hr trip from Charleston, S.C. to the college in Pa. Which he is transferring to as an adventure. If it's in good mechanical shape, and you maintain it properly you will be just fine. It's not a difficult or expensive vehicle to maintain. Enjoy and good luck!

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