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Old 02-15-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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$1200 wrangler

So tomorrow I am buying a 2000 tj for 1200 bucks. originally it had a blown head gasket for $2k. They tryed to move it and locked the engine up. To me this is a great news! Buyin for less since I was gonna replace the motor anyway. So now I am debating what to to next with the engine, replace with a used or get rebuilt and buy a new head.

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Old 02-15-2014, 01:37 PM   #2
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Either put a v8 in it or part it out. I havent personally done but read on here a lot that the work to put a new 4.0 is just a tiny bit less work then the v8 so almost not worth it.

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Old 02-15-2014, 01:44 PM   #3
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What about the rest if the drivetrain trans, transfer case and down the line
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:45 PM   #4
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What about the rest if the drivetrain trans, transfer case and down the line
same question
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:46 PM   #5
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Like i said im not real experienced on what all it takes but there are plenty of threads if you search for em that will have all your answers and more. Sorry i cant be of any specific help i just am relaying what ive read many a times.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:59 PM   #6
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Right I hear ya, parting out isn't really an option it's got a 4 inch lift and on 35s, regeared rock sliders, there's been some time and money put I to it
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Put a VW diesel in it!
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:38 PM   #8
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Put a VW diesel in it!
First post.

Why volks wagon.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:46 PM   #9
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I know the possibilities are endless if your funds are too, like most people here I do to have the endless funds to go with it. I've thrown around many ideas, I have a old silverado with a 350 in it, could do a 4cyl cummins, the vw diesel , Mercedes diesel. I can get a motor rebuilt for 1400. I'm just looking for some advice what the best route to go
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:22 PM   #10
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Im in the same boat. Got a 01 TJ for $300 motor knocks. I was going to do a 4BT swap but that was getting pricey. Now im researching a GM 5.3 Vortec swap. Its actually fairly inexpensive. I was quoted $2200 to rebuild my 4.0 with warranty by a local shop. a 5.3 will mate to either factory TJ trans (stick or auto) with an adapter plate which is a couple hundred bucks or you can do a gm tranny and get adapter for the tcase. then you just need an ecu flash and some wiring. ill be less than 3000 to do the swap unless I buy a crate motor.
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Sell it to me for $1500...I'll fly out and pick it up...!
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:53 PM   #12
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Replace the engine. Why? Its easy, will bolt right in, and its cheap.

Or of course you could do a full blown v8 swap. But get ready to spend 6k.

If you need more details on a v8 swap, shoot me a message.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:48 PM   #13
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Just got buy a used 4.0, the 4.0 is a awesome engine, i'd prefer the 4.0 over a v8 anyday. Engine swaps aren't too bad to do just time consuming, i witnessed one of my neighbours doing a engine swap and he pulled it off without being overly mechanically included.
Try to find a donar if not available just rebuild it.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:06 PM   #14
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4.0 ftw the inline 6 was one of the best motors of all time. I know of a local junkyard that actually offers a lifetime warranty on their engines plus $300 for labor if it ever goes. Its some sort of insurance for just a little extra. We did this for one of my dads work vans years ago it was $800 I believe with the warranty. Look and see if any local junkyards have the same or similar deal its the best way to go imo.
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Is it a 4 or 6 cylinder? If it's a 6 I would definitely rebuild or replace. Getting a V8 sounds cool & all, but overall gains are modest unless you got the skills to go all out. I vote rebuild.
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Is it a 4 or 6 cylinder? If it's a 6 I would definitely rebuild or replace. Getting a V8 sounds cool & all, but overall gains are modest unless you got the skills to go all out. I vote rebuild.
Gaining over 100 HP isn't modest! Hahaha more than that with a cam and tune.
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Gaining over 100 HP isn't modest! Hahaha more than that with a cam and tune.
Yes & gaining over a 100hp is going to require some skills & a boat load of $$$$. The easiest & cheapest swap would be finding a donor Ram 1500 with either a 318 or 360, but you're only going to get an extra 40 HP. There are bigger power plants, but they require considerable more fabrication.
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I know the possibilities are endless if your funds are too, like most people here I do to have the endless funds to go with it. I've thrown around many ideas, I have a old silverado with a 350 in it, could do a 4cyl cummins, the vw diesel , Mercedes diesel. I can get a motor rebuilt for 1400. I'm just looking for some advice what the best route to go
I just saw a 4.0 with 87,xxx on CL for $300... That's the way I'd go.
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If you want more power simply regear is my opinion, why change out a beautiful 4.0 for another engine. 300$ is the way to go!
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Yes & gaining over a 100hp is going to require some skills & a boat load of $$$$. The easiest & cheapest swap would be finding a donor Ram 1500 with either a 318 or 360, but you're only going to get an extra 40 HP. There are bigger power plants, but they require considerable more fabrication.
People that swap in 5.2s or 5.9s confuse me. It's not worth the money at all.
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I just saw a 4.0 with 87,xxx on CL for $300... That's the way I'd go.
I wouldn't touch craigslist. Too much fraud.
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It's easy for me to suggest you put a cummins on because I'm not paying the bill but a diesel jeep is always awesome.
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Ken you jagaloon! I was searching for this thread on jeep forum... Which, I like wrangler forum better anyways. I'm pm'ing a few guys on here about some motors for ya.

I'll give you a dollar for it....
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Ken you jagaloon! I was searching for this thread on jeep forum... Which, I like wrangler forum better anyways. I'm pm'ing a few guys on here about some motors for ya. I'll give you a dollar for it....
A dollar!!??
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The investigation begins.. Ken's number 3 plug.
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The investigation begins.. Ken's number 3 plug.
Looks like that engine was knocking the hell up when it ran. Bad rod bearing in that cylinder.
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We want to drop the oil pan and see the damage laying in there. So say the was a cracked head and caused it to over heat. That antifreeze leaking into the oil probably shot those bearings and could that have made the piston do a number on the plug?

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