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Old 12-29-2018, 03:09 PM
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hi guys I have 2 wjs ...a 1999 laredo with the inline six and selectrac and a 2004 limited with the quadradrive and v8.
my question is this....I want to lift one about 2 to 3 inches and put a little larger tire on it for the purpose of towing behind my motorhome and exploring the back country in my travels. This is going to replace my RZR that we use now. I realize that the RZR is more offroad capable but we need something that can be used in national parks and on the hiway for road trips. So my thinking is the lift and tires and maybe removable sway bar links and diff locks....which vehicle would be more suitable? Thanks
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The select track with the I6 would be my vote.
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Id go with the laredo, in 99 it has more torque and they changed from the 242J selectrac (1998) to the New Venture 242 transfer case(1999) which are very desirable transfer cases as to get rid of the full time 4 wheel.
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they changed from the 242J selectrac (1998) to the New Venture 242 transfer case(1999) which are very desirable transfer cases as to get rid of the full time 4 wheel.
Those are the same transfer case.
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NP and NV are the same company after a name change. The 242 remained thesar between the changes other than the name change. Its certainly not a bad transfercase.
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Id go with the laredo, in 99 it has more torque and they changed from the 242J selectrac (1998) to the New Venture 242 transfer case(1999) which are very desirable transfer cases as to get rid of the full time 4 wheel.
Exactly what I had. Ran it up to over 200K miles before someone totalled it out for me, and never a problem with the engine, T-case or tranny. I could not find another rust free here Had to go to a WK.

QDII is really good on the WK, but I turn my nose up at QT and QDI. Got the WK with newish crap street tires just before the winter storms came. It was amazing on snow (deep, packed, wet, frozen snow plough berms, ice, slushy didn't matter). The eLSD's act like full lockers in 4Lo. More like an LSD in high range. Can't turn the dambid thing off... full time. Is that QDII?

Wait, towing it, forget the V8 model/QD, IIRC. If you are tempted to go this way, read up on towing it, unless on a trailer where it wouldn't matter.

WK has a 4.7 with under 150K miles. It feels like a lot of low end, but not towed or off-roaded it yet. I don't drive fast or get on them hard, but gut feeling is it will have more get up and go when needed. The WJ I6 always had enough power for me. I towed a 4500 Lb milling machine on a heavy trailer with the WJ... long and hilly from S. IN near Cinci up to an hour N. of Indy. Did just fine. I expect the 4.7 to be similar, but I doubt I ever tow anything heavy again. Not bullet proof like the I6. Must not over heat one. Otherwise, if maintained well, it's a good mill.

Why am I rambling on like a school girl? 1., I have a terrible tooth ache and took a strong pain reliever. 2., just in case your WJ has QTII. Sorry, I don't know when QTII came out, but if the V8 WJ is QTII, I'd have a tough decision to make.

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Selectrac is better if you want better fuel economy as it allows you to leave it in 2WD until you need 4WD. It's fully mechanical. Quadra-Trac and Quadra-Drive are both electronic, which means the system chooses when to shift between 2WD and 4WD (Quada-Drive is permanently engaged into AWD as well, I believe), so there's no option to shift between 2WD and 4WD on-demand.
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