Due to my lack of mechanical skills (and both of my mechanic friends have moved to another part of the country) I'd most likely just to someone here in the valley to do the swap. anyone w/ suggestions?
I have the same year and engine, 3.76 or something about that are my stock gears. (3-spd Auto)
1. If you do the re-gear yourself- $300-$500
2. Pay someone to re-gear- $1000 Min
3. Pay someone for engine swap- over $2000 for sure.
what would the cost be for the regearing as opposed to the engine swap? (and I apologize for the vague question...)
Tell ya what being as you are here in AZ. Give Joe Daro (Absolute Offroad) a call and just chat with him about your best options. He is a board sponsor here and I gaurantee you that he will not try to sell you on the most expensive option. He will give you the best options for what you are trying to accomplish. Besides he wheels a 4 cyl TJ with silly low gearing in it.
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If you're in AZ you might want to look up Stu Olson. He's got just about every mod done to a TJ on his website (and then some). He may be able to help you with information, and hook you up with people that have the know-how of an engine swap. I don't think He's got an entry on his website of an engine swap, so He may be interested in putting yours on there. Good Luck!
Fairweather8588, Start with Jacks Post (1BLKJP) I know there are alot of shops out there but Joe will help you out and Give you some options first then call around, It all depends on what you want to do with your TJ. Mine like to mall crawl and light trails as well as DD so my 4cyl 5spd works great 31x10.50-15 2" BB no problems.