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Old 08-20-2010, 06:54 PM
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4th for the highway?

My jeep:
95 YJ 4.0L v6 5 speed manual

I find myself driving on the highway around 55-65 mph (my standard cruising speed for the highway) in 4th and not using 5th gear. Am I wrong?

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Old 08-20-2010, 07:12 PM   #2
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No you are not wrong. It is your jeep, you could even drive in 3rd if you want too.

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Old 08-20-2010, 07:19 PM   #3
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I'm running 33s with stock gears and I never use 5th any more! Even before the tires I only used 5th over 65-70.

You're fine.
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:07 PM   #4
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Wow you gotta be really high geared I have to be in 5th for highway speeds 95 YJ 2.5L
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:35 PM   #5
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I have a 2.5 L with 31's, 4th gear is perfect for me. 5th seems to burn more fuel and overstress my transmission. I think majority rule says your good to go.
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:14 AM   #6
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I use 4th also and Im all stock
Red 92 YJ 2.5l, 31x10.5x15 Goodyear Authorities
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:05 AM   #7
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I usually find myself rolling in 4th for 55-60. The minute I go up to 5th, I drop below 55, and with the rolling hills on the highways between here and San Diego, that just doesn't work.
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:31 AM   #8
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Since you have the 4.0 something isn't right. You're not getting all of the power out of that engine. Since you have a 95 I'll bet that your Cat is partially clogged. There will be no other symptoms other than some power loss. You should be able to run in 5th gear all day on the highway. If your Cat is original or over 80,000 on it should be time to change it.
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Old 08-21-2010, 11:40 AM   #9
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My 4 YJ banger (with 112,000miles and 30" tires, 2" lift) goes fine on the flats in 5th...65 to 70.
ON Little rolliing Iowa hills. If I drive faster down hill I can usually get to 50-55 at the top with out down shifting. Down shifting I can maintain 55-60 with the wind.
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:18 PM   #10
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I have a 2.5 L with 35" mudders and my 5th gear is useless over 50

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