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Old May 29th, 2008, 08:55 AM   #1
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i just got done building a 1991 ford explorer, 5" lift, 32" mt's, 3.73 with LSD in rear, 5 speed, etc. How do you think it would compare with a cherokee of equal size?
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Old May 29th, 2008, 08:58 AM   #2
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Be at Silver Lake Fathers day weekend, I have a cherokee with similar stats.
Lets fined out.
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whens fathers day weekend? if i can find the gas money ill make sure to be out there
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i just got done building a 1991 ford explorer, 5" lift, 32" mt's, 3.73 with LSD in rear, 5 speed, etc. How do you think it would compare with a cherokee of equal size?
It would probably depend, do you still have the TTB or did you do a SAS? and what exactly you mean by compare. whether it was a 2 or four door. etc...
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An explorer has a pluses over a cherokee, a nice 8.8 rear,
a full frame, and the potential for a smallblock depending on year. Cherokee however is much lighter, smaller overall, and has solid front axle and probably better front suspension. If both are running the same size tires and have lockers in the same axles I would probably say the cherokee is better on paper but in reality it would probably come down to the driver.
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I have a four door with the stock TTB front Dana 35 with 3.73 gears. I still have the stock front control arms right now, i might be getting longer ones eventually, and the rear sway bar is taken out. I mean how do they compare in horsepower, reliability off road, articulation, axles, strength, etc.
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An explorer has a pluses over a cherokee, a nice 8.8 rear,
a full frame, and the potential for a smallblock depending on year. Cherokee however is much lighter, smaller overall, and has solid front axle and probably better front suspension. If both are running the same size tires and have lockers in the same axles I would probably say the cherokee is better on paper but in reality it would probably come down to the driver.
thats what i was thinking but i dont know anyone around grayling that has a cherokee that will put it up against my explorer
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Ford 4.0 (i assume you have?) 160hp 225 ftlb
Jeep 4.0 HO (as of 2004) 190hp 230ftlb
not that much of a difference
articulation the XJ will have the upper hand w/ the solid axle but also depends on what coils you have.
you can compare your Dana 35 TTB with the dana 30 with this thread, bunch of axle info.
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what does the older 90's cherokee's have for horsepower? im running a little more than 160 i think, i have a 2.5" exhaust, KKM cold air intake, i took out all the air conditioning, and i might be porting the heads.
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whens fathers day weekend? if i can find the gas money ill make sure to be out there
June 14th and 15th
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what does the older 90's cherokee's have for horsepower? im running a little more than 160 i think, i have a 2.5" exhaust, KKM cold air intake, i took out all the air conditioning, and i might be porting the heads.


190 hp 225 ft/lb, not much difference again
but there is a weight diff between the 2, the xj is lighter i believe
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FORD FLARESIDE, ill try to be out there
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190 hp 225 ft/lb, not much difference again
but there is a weight diff between the 2, the xj is lighter i believe
i think your right because explorers have a full frame and i think a little bit bigger and the XJ's are unibody
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i think your right because explorers have a full frame and i think a little bit bigger and the XJ's are unibody
yeah, a 4 door explorer has a 110" wheelbase and an xj's wheelbase is 101"
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i read that cherokee's are about 3000 Lbs. and explorers are about 3900 Lbs.
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sounds about right
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FORD FLARESIDE, ill try to be out there
My XJ is just a $500 dollar beater, not anything too impressive.
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yeah i built mine from stock and have around $1,500 in aftermarket parts invested in mine, not including the $550 explorer i had to buy off ebay for the motor because i hydrolocked the original.
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i will have mine there too i think, full size D44's w/ 35's


















cherokees rule!
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i cant make it to silver lake fathers day weekend, its the same weekend as my sisters graduation party.

grassman, are you running the stock motor with them 35's? what gears? my explorer wouldnt be able to touch your cherokee lol
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