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Old 03-13-2013, 09:28 PM   #61
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I'm starting to get an Icon vibe from this build. I'll bet you could be their competition and market this build as a six figure offroad restomod.

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #62
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You will really enjoy this motor swap. The drivability with this is great and as you know the LS motors run hard.

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Old 03-19-2013, 01:47 AM   #63
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WOW Awesome build please keep us informed, very much enjoy watching the birth of a Super jeep.

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Old 03-19-2013, 02:11 AM   #64
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This build is looking amazing!

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:10 PM   #65
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was some what productive with jeep past few days. Painter dropped off the hood and gill so was able to get those in place.



as you can see we chose to have the headlight bezels blackend out, which looks to look right at home with the carbon color

in these pics you can see the rad mounting and the Efan that was used. We used a Fan from a 4th gen V6 fbody. this fan matched up to the rad perfect and has good clearance to the water pump

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Old 03-30-2013, 11:06 PM   #66
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the past few days weve gotten alot done and alot of this was possible cause of our painter. he really has came thru with this phase for us, getting us the parts after paint {hes very fast about his service}
you can see we had the tailgate shaved of all its brackets and holes.

here can see the booster and new stainless brake lines along with new stainless braided clutch line

painter also painted the computer for us as it was pretty ugly before





got all the rad hoses taken care of, just gotta run the vapor line over to rad
[used a truck upper hose and just shortened it some]



and in these pics my male GSD wanted to be in the jeep, he used to enjoy riding in it



got brakes bleed, clutch bleed and front end harness ran. gotta focus on merging the donor harness with the jeeps engine harness then plug and play
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:39 AM   #67
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WOW very nice. I love those LS series motors.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:54 AM   #68
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its been several months since last worked on this project, lately ive been working on the wiring part of this build. Trying to wire both PCMs together and the two harness's together so they share the same original fuse box for the most part.
Hopefully firing it up here shortly

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Old 07-02-2013, 08:35 PM   #69
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heres the first fire up of the jeep




fuel system is the 2000 jeep wrangler fuel pump, -8 braided fuel line to 2008 returnless fuel rails with 08 injectors. Tune is setup to run at 43.5 base fuel pressure
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:03 PM   #70
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Just finished 5.3 tj build tried to use the dana 35 like u thought i would get through the summer before building a new 8.8 ford rear axle, it lasted 2 weeks before loosing the axle and spider gears just pulling out of a driveway. Had to pay premium price for dana 44 because jeep is so much fun to drive couldn't stand for it to be down very long, so bought something that would bolt in fast.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:26 PM   #71
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Love what you've done so far. Couple questions for you so i can plan my 5.3 swap. What transmission did you decide on? I'll be in the market for one since i've got a NV1500 behind my 2.4L. I'm also curious on how easy it was to integrate with the stock ecu/harness and if its possible to keep the factory gauges?
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current trans is the ax5
I have a few hours into the wiring part of the two computers and the two wiring harness's. With the two mated and using the novak emulator the tach works and all the others work as well since the jeeps sensors were used as well in the ls motor
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:13 PM   #73
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just putting this out there for ppl's knowledge. I finally hooked up a fuel pressure gauge to see where the Jeep' fuel pump stood and it is 50 psi at idle. I recently upgraded to a walboro gs340 pump aka 255lph pump in the stock bucket and using stock regulator and jeep sees 50 psi at idle. Yes you can run a LS swap at this fuel pressure you just need to make sure the tune is setup right. You don't need to use their conversion kits for the fuel system. the stock regulator works just fine
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:42 PM   #74
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Which tranny are you using?
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:20 AM   #75
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I just asked him that a couple posts ago - he's using the stock ax5 that I'm guessing was behind his 2.5l.
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:28 AM   #76
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I just asked him that a couple posts ago - he's using the stock ax5 that I'm guessing was behind his 2.5l.
He won't be for long.
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Old 08-24-2013, 04:49 PM   #77
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He won't be for long.
allowing it to live is based on the tune and the driving of the driver. No reason to drive like an idiot in a jeep on the roads where this is going to be driven
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:00 PM   #78
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allowing it to live is based on the tune and the driving of the driver. No reason to drive like an idiot in a jeep on the roads where this is going to be driven
There's a reason why Novak doesn't even make adapters for the ax 5. They aren't rated for the power of the i6. Much less a v8.

I mean, try it by all means. I just wouldn't want to spend that kind of money on something and it break.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:51 AM   #79
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There's a reason why Novak doesn't even make adapters for the ax 5. They aren't rated for the power of the i6. Much less a v8.

I mean, try it by all means. I just wouldn't want to spend that kind of money on something and it break.
thanks for your reply but think about what really kills transmissions?
use of vehicle
type of driver
power that is being used

with all being said had this scenario along time ago and the ax5 will be fine for what this jeep is going to be used for and as for all that money. 450 for adapater bellhousing isn't really considered a lot of money
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:14 AM   #80
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Very nice build love the 5.3!!!
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thanks for your reply but think about what really kills transmissions?
use of vehicle
type of driver
power that is being used

with all being said had this scenario along time ago and the ax5 will be fine for what this jeep is going to be used for and as for all that money. 450 for adapater bellhousing isn't really considered a lot of money
I understand where you're coming from completely. It's your build. I just wanted to let my opinion be heard. Trust me, I know what driving things softly gets you. My trans doesn't grind even after 350k. I was just worried about the actual torque between the gears. Of course, you may not drive it hard, but it's still going to get SOME extra power. You know?

I wasn't trying to bash on your decision to keep it by any means. Even under soft conditions, I'm not sure how it would hold up. I hope it does well for you though!
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:31 PM   #82
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I understand where you're coming from completely. It's your build. I just wanted to let my opinion be heard. Trust me, I know what driving things softly gets you. My trans doesn't grind even after 350k. I was just worried about the actual torque between the gears. Of course, you may not drive it hard, but it's still going to get SOME extra power. You know?

I wasn't trying to bash on your decision to keep it by any means. Even under soft conditions, I'm not sure how it would hold up. I hope it does well for you though!
see stating some facts that are already known and isn't needed to be repeated isn't always welcomed.

you can tune around a lot of the concerns you are talking about. A ls motor doesn't make that much torque down low, they peak torque at 4-4500 rpms stock form. This motor at crusing speeds might make 200 ftlbs to wheels. Now add in a lopey cam and better flowing intake and you move your power band around then take into account you leave torque management into the PCM and keep the tune up modest at best. Leaves for a recipe that should work then mate it with a woman who drives normal...
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I was being very sincere with my concerns. No need to be a jack ass. Have a good one.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:14 AM   #84
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So how is the Jeep looking now? That's the real question everyone is looking forward to an answer to! Love the build man. I have Buick Rainier 5.3ls and a 94 4.0 wrangler. To have them all in one rig would be so awesome.
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I was being very sincere with my concerns. No need to be a jack ass. Have a good one.
not about being a jackass or whatever you feel like referencing but think about it for one minute. You at first were the one trying to make your point. If would of thought about that for a minute or two before posting then the comment wouldn't of been made on your half. So has nothing to do with being a jackass or anything. But good day as well
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Okay. So, what's the point of dropping a v8 if you are going to baby it... Come on!
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:53 AM   #87
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Several ways to answer that
One its her jeep
Two it costed me next to nothing to do v8 swap
Three this is the slowest and weakest vehicle I own so have self control over a vehicle with power is something you pick up over the yrs
Four this jeep was built as a cruiser
Five again its her jeep and built for her

Simple to see why now and if you read entire thread you would of seen it was hers.
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latest update, I finally got jeep to point I could take it for a maiden voyage. It still needs bumpers and flares and some other little things but today I logged roughly 5 miles on it without any issues. I took a few pics of it but there was a lot of over cast so cant really tell how much this color pops in the light



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Old 09-02-2013, 11:56 PM   #89
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Nice build George.... not to many women have the option of driving 5.3 power. Congrats to MRS George. She's gonna love it !!!!!
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:43 AM   #90
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So ive lately been driving this jeep and so far everything seems to be doing good so far. The AX5 is shifting great and jeep is fun to drive. The 53 doesn't require you much throttle to go anywhere.

the front bumper showed up so I tossed that on, the rear should be here this week




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