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View Poll Results: Best Off Road Engine
318 V8 3 6.25%
340 V8 2 4.17%
345 V8 (HEMI) 29 60.42%
360 I6 5 10.42%
360 V8 7 14.58%
383 V8 1 2.08%
440 V8 3 6.25%
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Out of curiosity i'm looking for opinions on the best off road engine, criteria being reliability/durability, power/torque, and ease of repair.

My votes would go for a 1st Gen Cummins or any 440.
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Diesel truck engines will always be too heavy. Define offroading as well. Are we talking flying through a muddy field or actually real offroading through trails and rock crawling. For that I feel the 4.0L Jeep engine is the best just because everything is fairly simple and has everything you need.
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I mean everything the trail can throw at it. Basically a woods truck. Mud truck engines are easy, high revving V8 horsepower beasts.
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my 1999 ram 4x4 has the 5.9 litre V8
it's all original still factory stock,it's my dailey driver and with 146,000 miles on her she still kicks ass off road.
diesel engines are twice as heavy as gas engines and I wouldn't even consider them in an offroad discussion.
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5.9 Magnum (based off the LA series 360 CI from the 60's)
Besides the leaking plenum gasket, they can take a shit kicking and run for years.
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Like a previous poster mentioned, what type of offroading? Mudding & Crawling take a completely different engine build than trail running, which is still different than Desert racing/pre-running.

Crawling, a 5.9 diesel or a 5.9 magnum

Mudding (depending on chassis), 5.9 Magnum or even a big block.

Desert; 5.9 Magnum, or for a carb application a 340 would be fun...
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Not a Ram engine but the 4BT Cummins is becoming very popular for off road truck builds. I would love to put one in a Jeep Comanche with 3/4 or 1 ton axles! My dream off road rig. I know it's not the best starting platform but I've always loved them and wanted one. Maybe one day I can build it? But with the available engines in the poll, the Hemi just for the modern tuning abilities. But if there is going to be a lot of mud go with an older V8 with fewer electronics, probably the 360.
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EFI hemi or EFI 360.
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4.0 in a Jeep Grand Cherokee impressed me and a ford guy who couldn't pull out a Cheby that the Cherokee did without breaking a sweat.
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