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1994 Jeep Wrangler - 4x Forum

Posted in Features on April 1, 2002
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Four-Bang For Your BuckQ: In regard to putting bigger tires on my '94 Wrangler, I have been told by reputable sources that the stock tranny on the four-banger is as weak as my little sister. Is there any truth to that? Thank you.Nick Hardyvia e-mail

A: Nick, since we've never met your little sister, we can't really use your simile. We might say it's as weak as Taco Bell hot sauce though. Well, not that weak, actually. Anyway, the tranny behind your four-banger is an AX5. It's not the stoutest unit around, but if you plan to stick with running the four-cylinder, it's pretty much your only option because of an odd-ball bellhousing setup. The shops we spoke with, however, said you should be safe going with larger tires, providing you're not planning on 38s or anything. Shoot for some 35s max and re-gear the axles. Any further mods will merit more mods. Catch 22, gotta love it. Good luck, Nick. Happy trails.

Fire Christian LeeQ: I am writing in regard to the article "Lock and Load" in the Nov. '01 issue of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility. In the article it says Moser produced 35-spline custom alloy axleshafts to the specs you gave them. ARB says that they don't make a locker for the 44 with 35 splines. I was trying to buy this setup and everyone told me that there was no such thing, so not only did I look (and feel) like a dummy, I argued with them because your article said so, and after all it is in black and white print. I have been getting the magazine a long time now and have always read and enjoyed the technical information, and will continue to do so. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know of this error just in case there is someone else out there like me who wants this mac-daddy setup, and that there is no such thing, so they can look and look and never find it, except for the Dana 60.Dave B.via e-mail

A: Dave B., Moser contacted us shortly after that story appeared and said the company had received a number of calls about it, so rest assured you weren't the only faithful reader to risk embarrassment on our behalf. Basically, it was a typo. I'd just finished building the Tera60R axle for the Dec. issue and had 35 splines on the mind (hey, I can dream, too). The Moser 30-spline 'shafts are pretty macho though, so don't be entirely discouraged. Make that Dana 44 work for you, brother. For the time being, however, you'll have to go bigger if you want those extra splines. 'Wheel on.

Autos For FJ40s?Q: My question is did Toyota ever make an FJ40 with an automatic transmission? I have some paralysis on my left side which hinders shifting and doing major modifications myself, but I'm not about to give up getting out to where my other truck won't take me. I'd also like to keep the Toyota as stock as possible. Is there much hope in this quest or should I forget Toyota and look for a Jeep?David LawrenceAlamogordo, New Mexico

A: David, you're out of luck on the automatic in your FJ40. Toyota never offered one and to mate one up to the stock six-cylinder engine would take scads of R&D and exorbitant amounts of money. If anyone were to produce such an adapter though, it would be Advance Adapters, (800) 350-2223, or Novak Conversions, (877) 602-1500. Neither companies do, however, as drivetrain length issues weigh too heavily. Both companies do offer everything you'll need to swap a Chevy drivetrain into your 'Cruiser, so you could explore that angle. After that, a Jeep might be your next option.

Coils For YjsI have a '92 Wrangler and am interested in a coil spring conversion. With Warn out of the suspension business, is the Pro Comp system the only commercially available option?It's certainly the most advertised. I've heard of a bolt-on conversion kit from 4Play Offroad in Arkansas, but have never read anything about it. Also, does Tomken have any plans of offering a coil conversion, similar to the CJ kit that was reviewed in the Oct. issue of your magazine for the YJs? Any information would be great.Kris ClarksonBirmingham, Alabama

A: Kris, we haven't heard of anything about 4Play Offroad or Tomken making YJ coil kits, but we can tell you that the previously Warn-owned Black Diamond suspension lineup is now being offered by Woods Ready Distributors in West Monroe, Louisiana, (318) 807-6666, www.blackdiamondoffroad.com. They're pitching the Black Diamond XCL (Xtreme Coil Link) kits for Jeep YJs, wide-track CJs, and Scramblers. The kit is said to provide 6 inches of lift and accommodate 35-inch tires. Pro Comp offers its 5-inch kit available through 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers, (800) 421-1050, www.4wheelparts.com.

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