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Old 08-08-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:38 PM   #4
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And here goes... i played with the idea of replacing my motor when i realized, for the tires i had, gear set up, i didnt have very much power for pulling my boat and 4 wheelers. I had 37in tires, 7in lift, with 4.46 gears. I had descent gas mileage but no power past 2nd gear, so it took me a while to get up to speed with a small load. I began to research chevy engines conversion in a jeep. First title popped up on internet was ls conversions. i then began to research this and noticed that the aftermarket world was very supportive in this set up. So i decided to look up different ls motors. My original plans was the ls2 but after reading a bit more, i came upon the ls3 430hp with 400ft/lbs. i figured this was the way to go. After realizing for a couple more hundred bucks, i could have the ls3 376/480, which is a 376 cu/in engine with 480hp . The idea of even more power (GM hot cam) turned me on to it. So i decided on this set up .
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:59 PM   #5
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after getting the motor ordered from GM performance, i called novak to discuss conversion options. After the agreement of which conversion was to be used. I started ordering parts, and here was the first box that arrived
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+ HI-9 with 4.56 gears.
37in Nitto Grapplers
9in long arm
detailed build here
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then came the tranny. i decided to go with a manual five speed
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:05 PM   #7
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next was the (tear down0 of ole yeller
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:18 PM   #11
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376ci - 475ft/lbs @ 480hp. Hurst short throw. Currie F-9
+ HI-9 with 4.56 gears.
37in Nitto Grapplers
9in long arm
detailed build here
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/ls3-...cs-179217.html
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notice these tires.... Ive had them for 5 full years. but new ones on order... and they were just starting to get quiet on the road .. go figure!!
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376ci - 475ft/lbs @ 480hp. Hurst short throw. Currie F-9
+ HI-9 with 4.56 gears.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:41 PM   #13
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out comes the 4.0
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+ HI-9 with 4.56 gears.
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After the 4.0 was removed, i decided to start removing the old, faded carpet and start cleaning
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This thread makes me feel funny in my pants. like climbing the rope in gym class....
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:48 PM   #16
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cleaning and more cleaning.... no rust was found which was a good thing
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376ci - 475ft/lbs @ 480hp. Hurst short throw. Currie F-9
+ HI-9 with 4.56 gears.
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next in from FED EX was the Corbeau seats.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:57 PM   #18
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very comfortable seats but a little pricey.. im gonna sale these at a later date to get the leather seats... i hate sitting on wet seats when it decides to rain!!!
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376ci - 475ft/lbs @ 480hp. Hurst short throw. Currie F-9
+ HI-9 with 4.56 gears.
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next up was the test fitting of the original nv3550 bell housing adapter
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+ HI-9 with 4.56 gears.
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f-9 from Currie
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How much did that engine run you? Do you have to buy a wiring harness now? New ECU?
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How much did that engine run you? Do you have to buy a wiring harness now? New ECU?
you dont have to buy it but it eliminates the headache of wiring and tunning from an old, used harness. i bought the harness, engine and ecm from gm all brand new. this set up can be had for a lot cheaper but i decided to go NEW= WARRANTY

1. ENGINE 6200.00
2. Harness 800.00
3. ecm 900.00
4. Corvette front drive accessory's 900.00
note: i built this around the corvette accessory drive. this was a time consuming decision because i had to rebuild steering system because the steering shaft would hit the power steering pump pulley. most builders use a truck water pump and truck accessory drive system
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I see.. well im jealous of your engine! Im would have to save for the next 10 years till i was 30 to afford even the engine! Lol. Looking forward to seeing it in the rig.
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fitting clutch, tranny to bell housing and engine
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I see.. well im jealous of your engine! Im would have to save for the next 10 years till i was 30 to afford even the engine! Lol. Looking forward to seeing it in the rig.
oh the build is complete as we speak. im just going through the steps i took to build it.. pics or coming up
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oh the build is complete as we speak. im just going through the steps i took to build it.. pics or coming up
nice build by the way... you came along way already. Remeber!!! anything is possible if you rule out the impossible
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notice these tires.... Ive had them for 5 full years. but new ones on order... and they were just starting to get quiet on the road .. go figure!!
Not trying to hijack the thread
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How do you like those tires, Im looking at getting a set of 33x13.50r15

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