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I spun a bearing. The 4.0 still turns over, but when she idles, she "screams" or chirps.

What does everyone think of the 5.3 swap?
 

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It's a good cheap v8 swap. Do you have wrecked Silverado or similar to pull the whole engine, harness, trans, and transfer case from?
 

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Will cost twice and involve 8 times the effort of a rebuilt 4.0 and will be an emissions headache and lower the resale value but otherwise a great idea
 

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What does everyone think of the 5.3 swap?


This is interesting.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Sport Utility 2 Door | eBay

He incorrectly calls it LS1 (LS1=5.7) but it's a 5.3

$10,000 2003 Jeep Rubicon TJ (Current Kbb or Nada is $9,000 - $11,000)
$ 5,395 2008 LS1 (LMG is the Iron Block version) GM 5.3L Vortec V8
$ 5,820 Swap kit components required to complete GM swap and mate to TJ
$ 6,000 Labor to perform engine swap
$ 4,408 Rubicon Express 4.5 inch long arm with tri link (included cost of CV rear drive shaft, Tom Woods Front driveshaft and shocks
$ 1,500 Labor to install long arm lift, driveshaft and shocks
$ 2,250 Larger drilled slotted disc brakes installed with labor included
$ 850 Terra Flex High Steer kit installed with labor included
$ 1,125 AEV TJ Argent 5 spoke wheels $225 x 4
$ 1,420 Goodyear MT/R with Kevlar tires LT315/75R16 x 5 tires ($284 each)
$ 1,000 Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier installed with labor included
$ 1,200 Warn XD9000 winch installed with labor included
$ 700 Lizard Skin Acoustic and Heat insulation sprayed in tub with labor included
$ 185 Rugged Ridge 7 inch Fender Flares
$ 600 2 Sony Xplode compact amps

$43,403 Total invested (Of that $7000 is labor) Without labor parts invested is $36,403.
 

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He will be lucky if he gets 15k but there is always hope for only loosing 30 to 40k on the project he is eager to dump on someone else
 
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