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newtbln 12-30-2006 08:50 AM

engine swap
:) i have a 97 wrangler and my dream has always been to put a bigger engine in it so i can have some power. it has a 4cl manual. it is just wimpy. what kind of engine would fit best with the least amount of changes. i want to go with an 8 cl. if i do get an 8 cl what else needs to be change and how much money am i looking at. or is it even worth it. please inform me. thanks

AzTJ 12-30-2006 08:58 AM

Well that depends really. Do you prefere one motor over another? Theres always the popular SBC 350 or 305. Usually taken out of a late 80' Camaro. But some of the more recent one have been 5.7L Hemi swaps. AEV specializes in them. Buts all really what you'd like.

bluvikng 12-30-2006 09:02 AM

Welcome to the forum, newtbln. Putting in a V8 is a small part of the total picture. Because of a Jeeps short wheel base, you will need to stretch out your wheelbase, if you are wanting to use it for climbing. Otherwise, you will sit on your back tires, and do what is called, "the bunny hop". If you can crab a V8, that is already fuel injected, and get all the wire harness that goes with it, includeing the ECM, it will be less difficult. You will also need to upgrade your axles, ex. D60 for steering, GM 14 bolt, for the rear. Get a gear driven t-case, like Stak, or Atlas, go with heavier tranny, and so forth. It is expensive, but not so bad, if you can do the work yourself.

newtbln 12-30-2006 09:03 AM

well i was told a chevy small block is a good engine.

bluvikng 12-30-2006 09:04 AM

It is, I have a 350 Chevy in my YJ. It is the easiest engine to mate with.

If you can get the engine, and tranny together, it is easier, but you can definately find adaptors for it, if you can't get the two together.

newtbln 12-30-2006 09:05 AM

the problem is i would have only a little knowledge in swapping engine

newtbln 12-30-2006 09:06 AM

if i did put a chevy engine in my 97 jeep and something had to be replaced what then say for example a serp belt or water pump hose

bluvikng 12-30-2006 09:07 AM

That means, you will need to pay someone to do it, which can be anywhere from $60 - $80 an hour. Then you might as well have a big pocket full of cash.

bluvikng 12-30-2006 09:09 AM

Give Novak, a call, they are very knowledgeable, with this upgrade, even have a book, to help you get real confused. I ordered it from them, and realized, I didn't know squat.

newtbln 12-30-2006 09:19 AM

what novak sorry im a newbie

bluvikng 12-30-2006 09:25 AM

Also, check out this WF thread,

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