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05-09-2014 04:20 PM
jeeptjjt Thats sweet man! Nice job
05-07-2014 06:38 PM
George C little update....i have around 6000 miles now on this build. The ax5 has held up to many variations of driving ive done.
04-03-2014 04:14 PM
George C the whole build? its hard to say really, and you cant ever put a value on your labor or else youll cry
11-30-2013 09:12 AM
Liftkit55 So how much so you think you have in the build. Looks awesome. Looks like my 97TJ could be getting an overhaul.
11-08-2013 09:46 AM
AudiSportB5S4 Wow, great build. I'm new to the forums just checking things out but I've never heard of LSX engines going in Wranglers. Totally awesome
11-07-2013 04:05 PM
Dpilo22 George, I just read through the whole thread. Awesome job man!
11-05-2013 06:26 AM
George C kept hearing how weak this AX5 is and shouldn't ever be used with a v8. Odd as I have 2000 miles on this setup now and have even pulled a tandem axle car trailer with it

10-21-2013 08:44 PM
George C update, around 1500 miles so far on this setup. encountered a few races from some diesel trucks and had great outcome against them. This AX5 has been holding up well.

I haven't fully tuned jeep yet for the cam, its basically a stock 02 file with idle adjustments.. truck seen 17.5mpg on the last tank of fuel....once tuned for cam I expect a higher mpg
10-09-2013 06:33 AM
George C Using the jeeps throttle cable
10-09-2013 12:52 AM
jherrington George did you ever say what throttle cable you used?
10-08-2013 07:45 PM
George C update approaching 1000 miles on this jeep build and been daily driving it to work and etc. speeds as high as 90 at times but mostly 70 mph. No signs of issues

swapped over to penzoil syncromesh trans fluid and the ax5 been shifting even better
09-29-2013 10:07 AM
George C got little over 600 miles on this setup and so far the axles and trans are holding up fine. Have gotten on it a few times and every seems fine with no odd noises or etc. Makes the jeep extremely fun
09-11-2013 04:28 PM
George C
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Originally Posted by SonnyZ4 View Post
Looks sharp! What front bumper is that?
got both bumpers as you see them from a seller on Ebay. they came already bedlined with shackles...they are Chinese but seem to be a decent product for the money spent. both bumpers I might have 610 shipped in them
09-11-2013 12:20 PM
SonnyZ4 Looks sharp! What front bumper is that?
09-10-2013 08:10 PM
George C here are the completed appearance pics of the jeep. Its came a long ways from what it looked like last yr.





09-09-2013 07:57 PM
George C well the rear bumper showed up, I ended up picking up the matching rear bumper that goes along with the front. Both bumpers are coated in bedliner

09-08-2013 09:46 AM
George C again for some just catching the last posts of this. This is the Jeep fuel pump/regulator assembly with a walboro 255 installed. No need to buy the swap fuel system
09-08-2013 09:43 AM
George C So ive lately been driving this jeep and so far everything seems to be doing good so far. The AX5 is shifting great and jeep is fun to drive. The 53 doesn't require you much throttle to go anywhere.

the front bumper showed up so I tossed that on, the rear should be here this week



09-02-2013 11:56 PM
ELIMINATOR Nice build George.... not to many women have the option of driving 5.3 power. Congrats to MRS George. She's gonna love it !!!!!
09-02-2013 06:56 PM
George C latest update, I finally got jeep to point I could take it for a maiden voyage. It still needs bumpers and flares and some other little things but today I logged roughly 5 miles on it without any issues. I took a few pics of it but there was a lot of over cast so cant really tell how much this color pops in the light



08-28-2013 06:53 AM
George C Several ways to answer that
One its her jeep
Two it costed me next to nothing to do v8 swap
Three this is the slowest and weakest vehicle I own so have self control over a vehicle with power is something you pick up over the yrs
Four this jeep was built as a cruiser
Five again its her jeep and built for her

Simple to see why now and if you read entire thread you would of seen it was hers.
08-27-2013 09:39 PM
jherrington Okay. So, what's the point of dropping a v8 if you are going to baby it... Come on!
08-27-2013 09:13 PM
George C
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Originally Posted by jherrington View Post
I was being very sincere with my concerns. No need to be a jack ass. Have a good one.
not about being a jackass or whatever you feel like referencing but think about it for one minute. You at first were the one trying to make your point. If would of thought about that for a minute or two before posting then the comment wouldn't of been made on your half. So has nothing to do with being a jackass or anything. But good day as well
08-27-2013 11:14 AM
iowncars So how is the Jeep looking now? That's the real question everyone is looking forward to an answer to! Love the build man. I have Buick Rainier 5.3ls and a 94 4.0 wrangler. To have them all in one rig would be so awesome.
08-25-2013 02:44 PM
jherrington I was being very sincere with my concerns. No need to be a jack ass. Have a good one.
08-25-2013 02:31 PM
George C
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Originally Posted by jherrington View Post
I understand where you're coming from completely. It's your build. I just wanted to let my opinion be heard. Trust me, I know what driving things softly gets you. My trans doesn't grind even after 350k. I was just worried about the actual torque between the gears. Of course, you may not drive it hard, but it's still going to get SOME extra power. You know?

I wasn't trying to bash on your decision to keep it by any means. Even under soft conditions, I'm not sure how it would hold up. I hope it does well for you though!
see stating some facts that are already known and isn't needed to be repeated isn't always welcomed.

you can tune around a lot of the concerns you are talking about. A ls motor doesn't make that much torque down low, they peak torque at 4-4500 rpms stock form. This motor at crusing speeds might make 200 ftlbs to wheels. Now add in a lopey cam and better flowing intake and you move your power band around then take into account you leave torque management into the PCM and keep the tune up modest at best. Leaves for a recipe that should work then mate it with a woman who drives normal...
08-25-2013 09:41 AM
jherrington
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Originally Posted by George C View Post
thanks for your reply but think about what really kills transmissions?
use of vehicle
type of driver
power that is being used

with all being said had this scenario along time ago and the ax5 will be fine for what this jeep is going to be used for and as for all that money. 450 for adapater bellhousing isn't really considered a lot of money
I understand where you're coming from completely. It's your build. I just wanted to let my opinion be heard. Trust me, I know what driving things softly gets you. My trans doesn't grind even after 350k. I was just worried about the actual torque between the gears. Of course, you may not drive it hard, but it's still going to get SOME extra power. You know?

I wasn't trying to bash on your decision to keep it by any means. Even under soft conditions, I'm not sure how it would hold up. I hope it does well for you though!
08-25-2013 09:14 AM
Side_Project Very nice build love the 5.3!!!
08-25-2013 08:51 AM
George C
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Originally Posted by jherrington View Post
There's a reason why Novak doesn't even make adapters for the ax 5. They aren't rated for the power of the i6. Much less a v8.

I mean, try it by all means. I just wouldn't want to spend that kind of money on something and it break.
thanks for your reply but think about what really kills transmissions?
use of vehicle
type of driver
power that is being used

with all being said had this scenario along time ago and the ax5 will be fine for what this jeep is going to be used for and as for all that money. 450 for adapater bellhousing isn't really considered a lot of money
08-24-2013 08:00 PM
jherrington
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Originally Posted by George C View Post
allowing it to live is based on the tune and the driving of the driver. No reason to drive like an idiot in a jeep on the roads where this is going to be driven
There's a reason why Novak doesn't even make adapters for the ax 5. They aren't rated for the power of the i6. Much less a v8.

I mean, try it by all means. I just wouldn't want to spend that kind of money on something and it break.
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