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Old 01-09-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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!997 Jeep Wrangler Engine swap

Hey everyone, new to the site and just bought a 97 wrangler with the 4 cycl. I want to swap engines. I need to know what engines will fit, and if tranny need to be changed. Honestly what are my options here. Thanks for all the future answers.

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Old 01-09-2012, 07:34 PM   #2
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There is no easy answer. Basically you can swap anything into anything if you have enough time and money. The only easy swap would be a 4.0L and that will require an AX15 tranny. The 4 cylinder uses the AX5. If you want to see what is reasonably possible check out NovakConversions.com.

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Even with a 4.0 swap, there's still welding involved because the motor mounts are in a different place and if you're going to go that far, why not take the next step and go with a 5.2 or 5.9 Magnum out of a similar year Dakota, Durango, RAM or Van? Advance Adapters is one source for motor mounts and you'd have to go to at least an AX-15/NV3500 or an auto (45/46RE/RH) from the dodge donor. Hotwire auto has a pretty cool table that shows which years/vehicles have the same ECU types at HotwireAuto - Fuel Injected Wiring Harnesses if you want to keep the gauges the same and the complexity down. You can go to a different ECU bus but you'll need the instrument cluster out of a corresponding TJ at the very least. There are a lot of writeups on the 5.2/5.9 swaps out there as well as 5.0 Ford and just about every Chevy V8 out there. If you want Diesel, there are even a few of them out there too. My personal choice that I've already started collecting parts for is the 5.2L
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