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Old 02-21-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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V8 swap

I am doing a v8 swap and was wanting to know what transmission I need and what transfer case I will need for a ford 302 I am also willing to hear about engine suggestions looking for the easiest engine to swap. I have a 97 tj with the 2.5 engine
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what year and what vehicle is the 302 from? only thing i can say for sure right now is you need a new transmission. a mopar v8 will be easier than any other v8.

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I don't have anything yet just doing trying to learn as much as possible before sounding to much on stuff that dose not work
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Plan on doing a lot of research, especially if this is your first swap. Engine choices are plenty, but I find the three most popular choices are the Chevy 350, the GM LS1, the Magnum 5.9L (difficult to find), and the 4BT (beastly).

I haven't seen too many 302s, but I know a lot of people are fans of Ford swap I just don't know any builds off the top of my head.

Novak is your first valuable source. They've got the custom engine brackets and know-how you'll need to begin, but it's really just a jumping off point. From there, you need to consider your axles (NO D35, D44 still isn't great), fuel pump setup, the transmission, the radiator, the exhaust, getting a custom flash ($$$), proper wiring, fitting everything (may require a body lift), and even after planning for anything and everything, plan on still spending a while tuning and getting the final adjustments done. I've seen a few great builds end with the owner curbing their Jeep because it just never ran properly.

I'm now in the planning phase of mine. I am mostly likely going LS1 given the custom options and repair resources, but my biggest fear is proper wiring.
It's got a Willy's body, a Chevy engine, Ford axles, GM transmission, and Dodge steering components... it must be a Wrangler.
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