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Old 07-01-2012, 10:07 AM
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I have a 1996 dodge Dakota with the jeep 2.5l and ax-15 tranny iv been looking for upgrade cams for the motor and could some one help.and please don't tell me motor swap or get rid of the paper weight like everyone else has told me I want to keep the motor I have done the TB from the 4.0 and

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Not much in the way of upgrades...as you have found. For that engine the best thing is a gear change. Most of the Jeep for example with 33's tires run 4.88's gears.

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But mines not a jeep it just has the jeep motor and tranny I found a few cams on eBay for the 4.0 but it says fits 2.5 the truck is a street truck It's lowered 2in Iv had crank work done when the oil pump went out oh forgot to say my tranny has be reworked
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Explain to me how a camshaft from a 4.0 could fit into a 2.5. I think the problem is you need a body swap. Put a Jeep body and frame over that Jeep engine and everything will be fine
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Yeah dude you are dreaming. I have that same exact engine since I have a late model 95 YJ which is actually a 96. You have nothing really you can do. I also have the 4.0 TB swap, and while it is more responsive it is not more power. I would also like to hear how a 6Cyl cam is going to go into a 2.5. Get the Dakota Magnum 6 or 8. I had a Dakota with the 3.9 before my Jeep and it hauled ass. The 2.5 is not worth putting much money into. I myself will be swapping the engine withing the next year.
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But mines not a jeep it just has the jeep motor and tranny I found a few cams on eBay for the 4.0 but it says fits 2.5 the truck is a street truck It's lowered 2in Iv had crank work done when the oil pump went out oh forgot to say my tranny has be reworked
yes I understand its a truck and the single best mod you can do the help the engine is to change to lower gears.
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I figured the cam wouldn't work I was just asking about it I'm looking on eBay for parts I type in jeep 2.5 cam do it your and see it never hurts to ask the only kind stupid questen is one not asked and my rear end gears are good I just want a little more pep from the motor i might rebuild it with a turbo I have a few t15 laying around that could be put to use
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Yeah dude you are dreaming. I have that same exact engine since I have a late model 95 YJ which is actually a 96. You have nothing really you can do. I also have the 4.0 TB swap, and while it is more responsive it is not more power. I would also like to hear how a 6Cyl cam is going to go into a 2.5. Get the Dakota Magnum 6 or 8. I had a Dakota with the 3.9 before my Jeep and it hauled ass. The 2.5 is not worth putting much money into. I myself will be swapping the engine withing the next year.
late model 95? couldnt be classified as a 96 because there were no wranglers made in 96. maybe just classified as late 95 like mine.
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i've looked into cam work for my jeep too, really i have. and to be totally honest with you its not with it. a special hand turned crank from comp-cams is going to run you OVER 800 bucks. you could buy the SRT-8 engine for the dodge from pull-a-part for cheaper than that hand have ass tons of power from it. thats just my 2 cents on the cam though.
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Would porting the head help
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Would porting the head help
Nope.. what axle gears are you running?
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thank you 4Jeepn...pretty much at that point man you would be spending more money than its really worth..porting your head would also mean you would need bigger pistions, rings, etc.
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3.50 with stock size tires just a little wider
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But the way I have my trany gears I don't want to mess with it It has a good balance between the tranny and rear end if it will fit I might do a 4.0 swap but that's a big might
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honestly going with the 4.0 is a better option. gives you a lot more room for play and performace ease.
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3.50 with stock size tires just a little wider
based on the stock gears and cost vs performance I think you would see a gain in performance in some 4.11 or 4.56 gears. Keep in mind your not going to get 6cly or v8 power of of it, unless you dump a ton of money and at that point a engine swap is on order based on cost..
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But with with the 4.11 I drop top end speed the truck gets taken to top speed a lot it gets race where I live and tell you what it kick the v8s ass and a lower would ruin my take off Im thinking of turboing it out I blow the motor then I'll swap but if i do a swap due to blown motor I'm doing a rb26dett set up with a dry shot of nos.a complete RB swap would be about 2700$ after installed with me and my dad doing it
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..porting your head would also mean you would need bigger pistions, rings, etc.
Um... no it doesn't. Porting the head doesn't require any change or modification to the Pistons, rings, or any of the lower rotating assembly.
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But with with the 4.11 I drop top end speed the truck gets taken to top speed a lot it gets race where I live and tell you what it kick the v8s ass and a lower would ruin my take off Im thinking of turboing it out I blow the motor then I'll swap but if i do a swap due to blown motor I'm doing a rb26dett set up with a dry shot of nos.a complete RB swap would be about 2700$ after installed with me and my dad doing it
well if ya have 2700 to blow, why not do it right the first time..
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i retract my statement i wasnt thinking when i typed that info out.
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But that is the swap I really want in the truck I know that motor can be build up to 1300hp it the motor out of a Nissan skyline
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Lol. I can safely say, you know just about nothing about automotive performance.

So, based on that conclusion I will say either sell the whole truck and buy a dakota with a 5.9, or swap in a V8. A turbo system on your 2.5l is going to cost upwards of $3,000.

My based opinions were from when you said a RB26DETT swap would cost under $2700, when the motor alone (no turbo) will cost you that and more, plus a transmission and a rear end change. You said NOS, when in fact thats a brand, not the name for Nitrous Oxide injection. And your 2.5 doesnt "woop" up on any V8's.
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My based opinions were from when you said a RB26DETT swap would cost under $2700, when the motor alone (no turbo) will cost you that. You said NOS, when in fact thats a brand, not the name for Nitrous Oxide injection. And your 2.5 doesnt "woop" up on any V8's.
if a 2.5 will woop a v8 then i need to start street racing
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But that is the swap I really want in the truck I know that motor can be build up to 1300hp it the motor out of a Nissan skyline
For a reliable 1300hp RB motor, youre going to have $15,000-$20,000 in the motor.
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or you know you could just go with a martin 427...880 hp right out the gate haha
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It's all how your running I'm geared for top end speed they will beat me off the line but in the long run I pass them but I'm going against big heavy 4x4s and I'm telling you this go look up the rb26dett for sale complete swap then try and tell me you know what your talking about You know about jeeps I know jdm the only reason I have the truck is it was a gift from my dad I prefer jdm over trucks and no offense jeeps if I want to go offroad I use the atv I spent 10000$ on
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And Im not wanting to go to 1300hp I was just stating that the motors go to that kind of power I would like to stay with a 4 or a 6 I'm not into v8s
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late model 95? couldnt be classified as a 96 because there were no wranglers made in 96. maybe just classified as late 95 like mine.
Yeah. My jeep is one of the last YJs made as far as i know. Vin# is a 95 but the manufacture date is december of 95. Which means it was made at the same time they were making 96 Dakotas. I also have tj bumpstops on the hood and reinforced gate hinges.
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Yeah. My jeep is one of the last YJs made as far as i know. Vin# is a 95 but the manufacture date is december of 95. Which means it was made at the same time they were making 96 Dakotas. I also have tj bumpstops on the hood and reinforced gate hinges.
Wow, that is really late, mine was made in 9/95, in my book making it a 96 as well.

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