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86 v6 auto

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by thumpper, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. thumpper

    thumpper Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I need advice from the Jeep professionals. I just picked up a 86 Cherokee, automatic, 4 wheel select drive with the small 2.5 V6. I have driveway contracts and wanted to add another small vehicle as back up. Will this Jeep hold up. I will be setting up a 6.5 Meyers power angle up on it but before I start welding I need to make sure there is enough power to handle it. I would rather go with a 4.0 but that's another story.
  2. Plowlikehell

    Plowlikehell Member
    Messages: 73

    That should be a 2.8 V6. The 2.5 is the 4 cyl. You shouldnt have any probs plowing snow with it. I have a 91 with a 4L, and does great plowing.

    Hope this helps
  3. ksland

    ksland Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 420

    The 2.5L is a 4 cyl.
  4. tuna

    tuna Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    I had an 86 Cherokee with the 2.8 V6 and that motor is a piece of crap.
  5. thumpper

    thumpper Junior Member
    Messages: 5


    Sorry your right its a 2.8 V6 and I agree with you I don't think it will hold up.
    Thanks for the advise
  6. payton

    payton Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    the 2.8 was junk no way around it. if the body is decent it would makea good swap canadite but other wise i wouldnt use the 2.8 for anyhting other then an anchor

    MSHAIL Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    2.8L v6

    Is this Jeep 2.8l v6 the same one Chevy and GMC used in the original S-10s and S-15s? If it is I had an 1983 S-15 with this motor and when I got rid of it it had 189,000 on it and still ran good.
  8. computeruser

    computeruser Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    It should work fine. The 2.8 would not be my choice of engine, but should be OK if not abused.

    You might wish to consider getting some subframe connectors, they will stiffen the body up substantially and are not particularly expensive - a few hundred bucks and some welding. I cannot imagine owning a cherokee without them (though I don't own a cherokee presently).
  9. addicted

    addicted Senior Member
    Messages: 128

    The V6 is a time bomb. Sell it and get a 91+ HO 4.0.