One of my brothers friends wants to get rid of his 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport. It has a 4.0 and is a 4 speed automatic. It has a cracked piston but the engine still runs. It has a fuel problem where it shuts off sometimes and you have to get it on level ground to start it again. I don't think that will be a problem since it is getting swapped into my TJ. The 4 wheel drive also doesn't work (not sure why, could be a simple fix). My TJ is a 1997 Wrangler SE. 5 speed with a 2.5 and D35 rear axle.
My question is in doing this swap will I run into any problems? I want to swap the engine for sure. Will I have to do the transmission and transfer case as well? Will I run into any problems with the axles currently on my TJ or should I swap?
If you see any other things I might have a problem with please let me know. I don't want to ruin something or have issues with stuff not fitting.
Yes, you can but I would recommend getting the tcase and tranny at the same time. Just make sure you have the same spline count is correct for your application. But yes, it can be done. Splines vary depending on year and application. Easy to find the info online though.
the rear is a d35 unless it has the factory towing option which will make it a d44. the d44 sounds like a good idea. i'm not sure i would go swapping in a motor that i had to rebuild. better to find another used 4.0 for less than the rebuild would end up costing you.
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There are certainly a lot of factors to consider. Make sure also that the transmission you use is from a Wrangler or you will end up having to cut the skid plate and let the transfer case hang through. The AX15 and AX5 out of a Cherokee have the t-case stud pattern clocked 13 degrees therefore causing the t-case to hang down lower. Had this happen to me.
Sound like a fun project - Good Luck!
I know there are a lot to consider. He probably won't get rid of it for awhile anyways. If he does then my uncle wants me to put in the v6 from his Jimmy in the TJ instead. It'll need rebuilt but only because it is about time for it to be rebuilt. Nothing is wrong with it. Just high miles. Idk I'm sort of happy with the 2.5 for now. Little slow on hills but you learn to love it