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Old 01-29-2017, 11:19 AM
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98 4.6L TJ project

Sue is a 1998 TJ 4.0L sport with 168k, within the last 6 months she developed a tick/knock that has been getting gradually worse over time, over the past year I have been cleaning her up getting ready for a new engine. installed a 3.5 RockKrawler short arm kit, 1.25 bl/MML. I have painted everything other than frame/axles (even rattle-canned the hard top which came out fantastic!) Other than that, I've been replacing stuff that has degraded over time such as pinion seals, manifold, replaced exhaust with a banks monster I found on CL for 80$, replaced push-rods, fuel pump, added bartact seat covers and grab handles, bedtred molded interior, the list goes on and on.

The reason I'm making this thread: two days ago the knock became much worse, on my way home from work, she threw a rod and the engine seized completely. checking the oil; it looked like chocolate milk...shes toast.

I have been keeping my eye on Golen engine services and their 4.6L 270HP Long Block stroker. The time has finally come, and will be purchasing said engine on Monday morning. Also buying their break-in/Dyno service to hopefully keep the warranty intact as much as possible.

I will be posting the steps I take while removing/installing the engine and all the problems I encounter as well. This will be my first engine swap, so any and all help will be greatly appreciated. People have been doubting my skills, but I am 100% confident that I can at least get the new engine properly installed, with you tube,service manual, chad and you guys, there ain't nothing we cant do.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:58 AM
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Started tearing her down in preparation of pulling the motor, the electrical is all disconnected so we are well on our way.

I've noticed people struggle with removing the top bolts holding the tranny to the engine. Well see what I can come up with to get those MF's out.

Chad should be done with and ship my engine on Friday, which includes their break in service. So that gives a rough timeline for the project, I'm going to swap this engine as fast as I can with as much care as possible. But I have to fit it in between school and work, so bear with me.
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Thanks! I'm not sure if it's my lack of search skills, but I haven't been able to find many threads on the golen 4.6 swap. Hopefully this can be of use to some.
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Question? Did you take the Jeep for a swim? If so, you should probably check the rest of your fluids, or the engine may not be the only thing that gets replaced in the drivetrain.
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Question? Did you take the Jeep for a swim? If so, you should probably check the rest of your fluids, or the engine may not be the only thing that gets replaced in the drivetrain.
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After I get home from work today I'll post some pics, but everything is ready to go, I have everything off the engine. only thing left if to get the tranny bolts out. The engine is on the back of a tuck making way to Cali, should be here on Monday or Tuesday.
Here's a link that chad sent me of them breaking in/dyno.



I've never really took her swimming, but i have changed my tranny/tfer case fluids 2ce since owning the jeep. Once was about 500 miles ago, when I was installing the SYE. And I went ahead and changed the tranny oil at the same time.

So yeah within the next week Ill be updating this thread quite often. I'm at that point right now where I cant really do to much more w/o the engine present...anywhooo the 4.6 tagged in at 270hp and 308tq should be fun
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Very straight forward swap.. It's not really a swap.. more of a remove and replace. Keep check of where your vaccum line and wires go, not that many.. And your grounds. Make sure your block grounds are cleaned up, I know that new engine block has some purdy paint that needs ground off at those locations. Even though the engine has been dyno'd.. I'd pull the fuel pump fuse and turn the engine over for about 5 seconds or so to prime the pump and lube everything up. Then replace fuse and fire in the hole! Good Luck!
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Very straight forward swap.. It's not really a swap.. more of a remove and replace. Keep check of where your vaccum line and wires go, not that many.. And your grounds. Make sure your block grounds are cleaned up, I know that new engine block has some purdy paint that needs ground off at those locations. Even though the engine has been dyno'd.. I'd pull the fuel pump fuse and turn the engine over for about 5 seconds or so to prime the pump and lube everything up. Then replace fuse and fire in the hole! Good Luck!
Great info, thank you! never thought about stripping the paint from the ground areas, smart man

The engine will be delivered today, so updates will be coming quickly. Getting quite excited to drop this beast in
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Got around to yanking the motor two days ago and found that one piston had dropped its skirt, and the other blew up completely. I had two handfuls of broken pieces of piston and rings, and some other crap..


Today Ill be dropping the new engine in so ill upload some pics/problems I encounter along the way. Wish me luck
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Dropped the engine in last night, the only problem I had was trying to line up the spline shaft on the transmission side with the engine. Had to shake the engine from side to side; after about a 30 minute attempt I raised the engine back out, rotated the shaft slightly. Then began to shake it again and was able to line it up and bolt her in. All together it took about 3 to 4 hours. Now I just have to reconnect everything and fill'er up! As long as the parts for my AC and Rad. come in time this project should be done by Sunday night.

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