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Old 06-06-2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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Red face New Motor Rebuild for 97 4.0

Any thoughts or helpful hints before I start my rebuild?

Here's is some background......I commute North into Seattle for work and last year, I blew a rod on my way home. AAA got me us home and is has been sitting since. Just ordered a rebuilt motor and I am looking forward to being out there again.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Tricks, tips....knowledge from those who have gone before me........my Jeep is my baby and I am excited to get her fixed!

It's a 4.0, not lifted and no special mods.

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Old 06-07-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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Bump.

I wouldn't think it would be that hard since your just taking out the old and putting in the new.

Look up Bullshitkorner on youtube. he swapped out his 4.0L.

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Old 06-07-2013, 12:16 PM   #3
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I swapped my engine a couple months ago after I blew mine. I have an 01, and swapped in a 98. Only issues I had was putting a distributed engine into a coil pack jeep. Wasn't too difficult, however. Mark anything you remove so you can get it back together properly.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:55 PM   #4
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if you have never done one take pictures for reference as you go and like the previous poster said Mark what you remove so you know where it goes. I also like to put my bolts in ziplock bags and mark where they go. If nothing else the bags keep you from loosing a bolt.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:26 PM   #5
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Awesome Tip's! Thanks so much!
Question: Do you think I need to pull off the grill and radiator to drop in the motor? Has anyone had problems with hoisting in the new motor? ALSO...any tips on paining the engine?
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:58 PM   #6
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THANKS for the tip on bullshitkorner! loaded with good information!
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:44 PM   #7
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THANKS for the tip on bullshitkorner! loaded with good information!
Hahaha he's pretty great!
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:30 PM   #8
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Yes, take out the radiator, no, leave the grill. You didn't say manual or auto, or if you intend to leave the trans in. Unless you have other reasons to pull the trans, leave it in but support it. If its a manual, be very careful when reinstalling. The inbound alignment needs to be carefully watched. If you "force" it back together, the trans nose cone can fracture or you can wipeout the clutch release bearing and/or the pilot bearing.

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