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Old 11-30-2006, 03:36 PM   #1
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Oie all

Been lurking for a while, thought I'd say hello. Great site, with some excellent food for thought.
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Old 11-30-2006, 04:52 PM   #2
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Welcome Red. I'm sure you're glad you have a 4x4 vehicle now that winter is here (unless of course you never get snow).

I was VERY close to buying a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.0L engine mated to a Quadra Trac system (full time 4x4 only) this past summer. It had its own instantanious MPG readout device and I was impressed that it was showing 28-30mpg (22-25 miles per US gallon) when I drove it at 55mph on the highway.

However, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a Cd of 0.44 which is very good for a 4x4 vehicle.

What kinds of aerodynamic modifications do you have in mind?
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Old 11-30-2006, 06:02 PM   #3
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Snow is more recreational here in the Bay Area. Rain is more common, but with the way weather trends have been going, snow could be possible.

ZJ (Grand Cherokees) are pretty good 4x4s, aerodynamically much better than the Wrangler, hence is higher gas milage. 4.0l is capable of 30 mpg (when drafting a semi linky, and so long as the clutch in the transfer case doesn't wear out the 242 transfer case is a good system.

Mod wise, I need to do some airflow tests to see how exactly air is flowing over the jeep, but off the bat I'm thinking some kind of hood mounted deflector, and perhaps AirTab like devices on the end of the hard top, ending with smoothing out the belly.

Closest thing I have to a "Wind Tunnel" test is this. Gets the basic idea across though.
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Old 11-30-2006, 06:53 PM   #4
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Hey Red. Welcome.

Aiming for 30 sounds like a good challenge.
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Old 12-06-2006, 03:05 PM   #5
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Red -

Hi there. It will be neat to see what you do to improve FE. I finally found the post by ZugyNA that I wanted you to read :

http://www.gassavers.org/showpost.ph...53&postcount=3

Maybe this can be applied to your Jeep :



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Old 12-06-2006, 03:16 PM   #6
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thanks cfg83, just been waiting for this semester to end before working on anything. I'm thinking that something along those lines should work out fairly well, logically speaking. The Jeep has next to no curves on any portion of the body or the hard top, from the doors back its pretty much shaped like a semi -trailer. I think 7-10% gains would be lovely, though I don't know how realistic that is
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:20 PM   #7
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It is very possible that this could be an excresie in futility, but no harm in the attempt.

I would love to do a diesel swap, but lack of appropriate know how and having to pass smog could cause some snags....
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:51 PM   #8
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Welcome to the site. I am always happy to see new people (and new car types) here.
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so what do you use your vehicle for?
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Old 12-06-2006, 09:35 PM   #10
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DD, along with a off road trip atleast once a month
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