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Old 05-08-2015, 01:31 PM
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Jeep nube looking for advice

Thinking of picking up a YJ mostly for wheeling, or pulling the boat to the lake(1200lbs). I've seen several for sale in my area, but I'd like to know if I should be looking for a 4 or 6 cylinder. What are the benefits of each? I would assume the 6cyl would have more power and be all round better.

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I've had a 4 cylinder TJ and now have a 6 cylinder YJ, and I definitely prefer the 6. You have more power, use less gas believe it or not, and the inline 6 is known to outlast pretty much everything else on the vehicle.

I'm sure there are lots of 4 cylinder fans, but given the choice, I can't think of one single advantage to the 4 cylinder. The six uses less gas than the four, probably because you're not flooring the gas pedal constantly.

My two cents: good luck!

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I have the 4 angry squirrels and there is absolutely no advantages to it that I can think of. Do I hate my 4 banger...no but do I wish I had the straight 6? Hell yea
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Given a choice, get the 6. Ive had two four cylinder YJs and got rid both because the four just doesn't cut it.

The first one I got was all i could afford. The second one was a triumph of hope over experience. Now i have a 6 cylinder and can testify that there is a reason all the yjs on Craigslist are 4 cylinder.

Sorry , four cylinder guys. It is better than no jeep, but its not better than a six cylinder.
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Old 05-08-2015, 07:35 PM
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I have the 4 angry squirrels and there is absolutely no advantages to it that I can think of. Do I hate my 4 banger...no but do I wish I had the straight 6? Hell yea
I Loled- 4 angry squirrels!

Thanks guys, that kinda what I figured, but now I'll be sure to get a 6 cyl.
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Glad to hear I'm not alone in the 6 cylinder opinion: I mean no offense to any four banger aficionado, but the six is just .... it's just what you want.
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Im on my 3rd wrangler. And 6th Jeep.

My other wranglers were 2.5's with 4.88 gears and 33-35" tires. They were great rigs but I really perfer the I6 on road and highways offroad it's a wash
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:02 AM   #8
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I much prefer the 6 but the 4 has one big advantage........

There's lots if em out there and they are cheaper. For the same coin you can usually find a YJ in better condition. When I was looking last summer I passed on many clean/decent 4's in my price range, they were everywhere.
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I much prefer the 6 but the 4 has one big advantage........ There's lots if em out there and they are cheaper. For the same coin you can usually find a YJ in better condition. When I was looking last summer I passed on many clean/decent 4's in my price range, they were everywhere.
not sure if I would consider that much of an advantage, I suppose if you want one cheaper to swap engines. They are cheaper because the 4 banger is less desirable.
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I got the 4 banger with the slush box because I really don't need a stick (several reasons, some of which are even practical. LOL)
I would prefer the I-6, but at the $ I wanted to spend, it was the best around (body/frame= clean as a whistle and straight as an arrow). One of these days it will need a new engine, and I will have to decide to convert it, with all the fun that entails (I do think it's fun. It's not my daily work beast), or build the stock engine up.
Anyone know how much of a pain it is to stroke it? How far over can we bore it?
Living in Colorado, I don't think it will create any detonation issues milling the head.

That being said, if I win the Lottery tonight, I'm putting a round I kit in it next week. LOL
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Definitely go with the 6....glad mine has one despite the other issues, i.e. rust.
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:18 PM   #12
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I agree go with the six. I have no problem with the four bangers I have owned, but I wasn't pulling trailers. Since you are towing, I would avoid the 5 speed Peugot BA 10 transmission. It has a reputation for being weak. Although I am going to purchase an '88 with the BA 10, I would not tow with it. That was the advice I got at a local 4x4 shop. Go with an automatic, or the AX 15 manual. I think the ax 5 manual behind the 4 banger is weaker than the ax 15.
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I have a I6\Auto and wouldn't want anything else. I spent weeks looking for the combo and bought one that was rougher than I would have liked and even more rough than I knew it was (rebuild 99% complete). I've had a 2.5\manual and the biggest issue I had was driving at highway speeds, passing another car was definitely premeditated and sometimes impossible.
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I have 150c.i. of 4 cyl. AMC power! I drive it mostly on back roads and a within few miles from home. In the winter I plow snow, a lot of snow, with it. Plenty of power for me. I don't take it on highways (Why would you? This thing is scary above 50mph...bounces my teeth almost out) but where I drive, 30-50 mph, it is just fine. Get what you can afford & look for one that is not rusted too badly. For me, rust is the #1 concern over engine/trans/mods etc.... Everything can be fixed, but rust is a real pain in the ass, and is like a dog chasing his tail. Never going to catch it. Good luck.
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I'm on my first jeep, and I bought a 4cyl because the body was in amazing shape and it only has 128000 kms. And after a month I wanted to do an engine swap. I have 31" tires on my jeep and stock gearing... Getting up to speed is a PAIN IN THE ASS, and I can barely go highway speed. If your even looking at 4cyl because they are cheaper and in better shape, think again, wait for that great deal on an I6 because the fours just don't cut it.
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I have 150c.i. of 4 cyl. AMC power! I drive it mostly on back roads and a within few miles from home. In the winter I plow snow, a lot of snow, with it. Plenty of power for me. I don't take it on highways (Why would you? This thing is scary above 50mph...bounces my teeth almost out) but where I drive, 30-50 mph, it is just fine. Get what you can afford & look for one that is not rusted too badly. For me, rust is the #1 concern over engine/trans/mods etc.... Everything can be fixed, but rust is a real pain in the ass, and is like a dog chasing his tail. Never going to catch it. Good luck.
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I have the l4, and I can tell you, its going to be a dog with that boat behind it. I have no troubles going fast when I need to (and I can't really complain about 18mpg!), but to add more weight, it's not going to be the best vehicle on the road. Go for the l6 for towing.
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I have four jeeps yes the 6 is better all around , the only place that you will realy notice a difference is on freeway ,that and the 6 cylinders are harder to find . people will say that the 2.5s get better mpg's but i don't see it .
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I have four jeeps yes the 6 is better all around , the only place that you will realy notice a difference is on freeway ,that and the 6 cylinders are harder to find . people will say that the 2.5s get better mpg's but i don't see it .
The bottom line is...a Jeep is a Jeep is a Jeep. You won't really notice a difference in power with a 6 unless crushing at 70. And you'll absolutely never notice a better mpg with the 4. Get what you can afford and join the family.
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The bottom line is...a Jeep is a Jeep is a Jeep. You won't really notice a difference in power with a 6 unless crushing at 70. And you'll absolutely never notice a better mpg with the 4. Get what you can afford and join the family.
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