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wrangler conversion 4 cyl to v6

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 04:29 PM

this is new site to me but looking at 89 wrangler with 4 cylinder and putting cherokee v6 in place both same year is this a possible or a real pain?

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 04:51 PM

:2thumbdown:

The 2.8 liter V-6 was only offered in the XJ (Cherokee) in 1984-1986.

It is a GM engine, made in Mexico and was used mainly for boats
and some Chevrolet vehicles.

Compared to the 4 cylinder, the V-6 is NO improvement in horsepower
or torque. And, it really didn't get great gas mileage. And, over
40% of the automatic tranny's would have main rear seal leaks.

If you want an engine for 4 wheeling, then go to the straight 6.

There really is nothing wrong with the 4 cylinder......unless of
course it is NOT running in the vehicle you are looking at.
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 08:13 PM

I have a 99 tj with a 4 cylinder. It is not quite so quick off the line on the highway but just as fast top end. I used to have an 89 YJ with the 6 cylinder. The 4 banger is great off road, it's not as heavy as the six and handles better in mud and also climbing rocks and such. Save your money and stick with the 4 cylinder! Just my opinion!

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:16 PM

View PostMountain Man, on 18 September 2011 - 04:51 PM, said:

:2thumbdown:

The 2.8 liter V-6 was only offered in the XJ (Cherokee) in 1984-1986.

It is a GM engine, made in Mexico and was used mainly for boats
and some Chevrolet vehicles.

Compared to the 4 cylinder, the V-6 is NO improvement in horsepower
or torque. And, it really didn't get great gas mileage. And, over
40% of the automatic tranny's would have main rear seal leaks.

If you want an engine for 4 wheeling, then go to the straight 6.

There really is nothing wrong with the 4 cylinder......unless of
course it is NOT running in the vehicle you are looking at.


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Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:23 PM

I was wrong it the wrangler had a four cylinder and her junked it and now has a straight six from a 89 cheeroke. it is a basket case , engine is not in wrangler but on the shop floor and he is not going to finish it . can the straight six bolt in the wrangler with either trans, not sure if the original trans is available or the one from the cheroke. will go to look over the jeep tuesday and see what i see. everything will be sold at auction soon hopefully cheap. any advice is appreciated and thankyou

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