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Jeep Wrangler for Plowing 4 or 6 cyl.

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by tjmahl, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. tjmahl

    tjmahl Member
    Messages: 35

    I currently have a '88 Jeep Wrangler with automatic and 6 cyl. but looking to get a newer Jeep. My requirments were auto and 6 cyl. for plowing but they seem to be hard to find used. Any experinces plowing with a 4 cyl. I saw one for sale resonablly priced but I am not sold on the 4 cyl.

    Thanks
     
  2. KenG

    KenG Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 100

    The 2.5 four cylinder is definitely no powerhouse. You could plow with it, but I think you'd be much happier if you ended up with a 4.0.

    If you are still using the factory BBD carbeurator on your '88, you'll love the fuel-injected 4.0.
     
  3. polplow

    polplow Member
    Messages: 45

    I think the 6 would be the best choice. the 4 would be underpowered.
     
  4. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Definately try to find a 4.0, if not make sure it shifts in and out of 4-LO really easy.
     
  5. TJ_with_Tusks

    TJ_with_Tusks Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 25

    got any info on the 4 banger w/ plow? I live in NJ, and might be interested. That is if you arent getting it. thanks
     
  6. payton

    payton Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    4 banger with auto will be weak .3;73s
    4 banger with manual will have 4;10 gears

    the 6 auto will also have 3;73 i do belive unless ordered other wise
    the 6 manny will also have 373s i belive
    or is it the 6 auto have 35xsummin

    i honestly cant rember off the top of my head.

    your gonna be pushing a 4 hard to handle snow. but it can be done.
    the 6 will be a better choice
     
  7. Luppy

    Luppy Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Jeep does not recommend plowing at all with a 4 Cyl/auto trans combo. Minimum recommendation is a 4 banger with manual trans.
    For the older CJ models I prefer plowing with a 6 cyl that has the TH400 transmission. If we're talking TJ's I prefer a 6 with a manual transmission.
    My 78 CJ7 with quadratrac and TH400 auto trans could plow circles around my 97 TJ.
     
  8. 892.5

    892.5 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    4 or 6 cyl.

    4 cyl. with an ax 4/5 trans (5spd) if your doing driveways and small lots is more than enough the ba 10/15 is junk from what i am told.made by the french it is bolted together top and bottom like clam shell .
    ax 4/5 guts all go in from front get down take a look




    89yj 2.5 6ft meyer touch pad works great
     
  9. sjwrangler

    sjwrangler Member
    Messages: 77

    I plow with the 2.5 and it is just fine. The Jeep itself has limitations due to its weight, I have encountered snow so heavy on the first path that it pushes the Jeep sideways when angled, (and had to take passes with different depths until that first pass was done.) I have not run out of motor. I imagine that plowing roads with deep heavy snow would tax the Jeep in Hi range, but for most driveways etc, it works just great. And, you can always put her into Lo, and she won't be stopped then.
     
  10. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    You have an auto now. If you drive an automatic, you will hate a standard for plowing.

    I had to search for a wile but I found a 6 cyl auto.






    That is why I have Blizzak tires and #400 rear bumper. its all about traction:nod:
     
  11. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Was just going to ask about the standard thing....I am looking at a couple of Jeeps to replace my old s10 Blazer......Both are 4.0 standards......I have always plowed with autos......
     
  12. sjwrangler

    sjwrangler Member
    Messages: 77

    That is why I have Blizzak tires and #400 rear bumper. its all about traction

    No doubts it is about traction. I have only 200# now and BFG All Terrains. My main issue is the 2.5 is adequate for plowing. The 6 cylinder I am sure is better, but my four angry squirrels pushes my Jeep just fine.
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2009
  13. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    Your 2.5 is inadequate... so you stall or bog down before you loose traction? what size tires, gears do you have?

    I've never had a 4 cyl jeep but I've gone 4wheeling with them and they can climb with the best. And I've seen them plow and they can push pretty good.

    The 4 cyl has 4.10 gears while the 6 cyl has 3.07 (standard tranny on both)

    So my question is, do actually have a lack of power.
     
  14. sjwrangler

    sjwrangler Member
    Messages: 77

    I'm not sure to whom you are speaking to. My 2.5 manual, 4:10s, on 235/75/15s has never run out of motor. I have run out of traction, but not motor.
     
  15. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    I was talking to you. Did I misunderstand your last post.... I did :blush2:

    "No doubts it is about traction. I have only 200# now and BFG All Terrains. My main issue is the 2.5 is adequate for plowing. The 6 cylinder I am sure is better, but my four angry squirrels pushes my Jeep just fine. "

    for some reason I thought you said INadequate.:eek:
     
  16. mrmagnum

    mrmagnum Senior Member
    Messages: 162

    Both of my Jeeps are standards and I haven't had any issues but make sure you check the frames if you decide to go with a YJ (87-95). Esp. around the steering box area and around where the leaf spring shackles meet the frame. They are VERY prone to rust out there. Fuel injected ones are better runners than carb versions and I believe 90 and up have better standard transmissions.