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Old 03-22-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hey everyone! I'm relatively new to the Jeep scene and been wandering around on here for a few weeks now gathering ideas and information but haven't really had a whole lot of time to post or make myself known. Something I am interested in but haven't had much luck in finding answers to is parts interchangeability between years and models. As of right now I am a curious about tops. soft, hard, bikini and such. What fits what ? specific reasons some wont work with others what can be done for making stuff work all that good stuff. I am an experienced mechanic and fabricator so I'm not afraid to get extensive with different things but we all know its best to start with comprehensive info for better starting points. I'm mostly interested in info for tops at the moment But any interchange stuff would be great (engines,transmissions,x-fer,axles,hell anything that swaps). My specific application is an 01 4.0 auto (I hate automatics with a passion so I will be placing a 5 or 6sp soon as possible) Soft top, 2'' body lift (also going away soon) 32" tires, 60th anniversary pkg. pics to come soon. thanks in advance for any helpful input. You guys are a great resource and I plan to start making my contributions soon.

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Old 03-23-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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Really!?!?!?

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Old 03-23-2012, 02:10 PM   #3
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As far as Im am concerned the tops should be universal across the years as long as you have the matching hardware for the top. As for axles the are pretty much.univsrsally compatible. Be aware that you'd probably need a new ECU when swapping your transmission. The auto takes a little getting used to but once you've taken it offroad you really forgive it for it's bad habits
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply Rolf. I appreciate the input BUT I have to disagree. NO. no no no no. I hate automatics with a passion. There's really just no way I could ever live with one unless I just did a complete Chevy small block /TH350 conversion as that is the only auto trans I have any kind of faith in or can pair with an engine that is much more responsive to tuning and building to compensate for the loss of torque and power of using an auto. However, Thank you. I do appreciate the input.
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Well I'm in the anti auto boat myself. But going from auto to manual might be a great thing. Some of the autos come with better low gears and you get to keep those while UPGRADING to a manual.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:18 PM   #6
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That and mopar is notorious for giving the autos better fuel mapping and timing curves. The computers are interchangeable in older models so hopefully I can keep mine when I switch.

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