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TJ engine swap

Discussion in 'Wrangler TJ (1996-2006)' started by aljeep47, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. Nov 3, 2017 at 5:32 AM
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    aljeep47

    aljeep47 [OP] New Member

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    My son recently bought a 97 TJ. It needs significant engine work (4 cyl). I did some research on conversions and find them expensive for the proposed engine/adapter kits and challenging to a relatively novice mechanic. Would installing a stock IL 6 make more sense and be relatively easy? Would a TJ 6 cyl and all its accessories, electrical, plumbing, etc make sense? I think it would be a much better improvement than having current 4 cyl rebuilt. I've not owned a jeep for years but am impressed with the off-road abilities of the 4 banger, unimpressed with the on-road abilities. Has anyone experience with the stock 6 swap for the stock 4?
     
  2. Nov 3, 2017 at 10:41 AM
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    Prerunner1982

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    Does the Jeep have a manual trans? If so it won't bolt up to a 4.0, you would need an AX-15. The stock tcase won't bolt up to the AX-15 as the spline count is different, so you would need an NP231 from behind an AX-15 or an adapter kit.

    The 4 cylinder auto trans also will not bolt up and even Advanced Adapters doesn't make an adapter for it.

    You may also need the computer and wiring harness from a 4.0 manual trans TJ and you will probably have to cut off and weld on motor mounts in the correct location.

    This is just some quick info I found, there may be other things such as sensors and such that would have to be wired in.

    Here is a lot of good info on motor swaps for the TJ and the needed adapters. http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge/engines/swap-guides/chevy-buick-gm/tj-swap

    I don't know if the stock transfer case behind the 4 cylinder would even be able to be adapted to a V8 and trans due to the difference in spline count, without the input shaft being swapped. A 6 cylinder t-case can be adapted though.

    The most cost effective path is to rebuild a 4 cylinder, if you are going to swap the drivetrain you might as well go for a V8 as it is almost just as much work.
     
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  3. Nov 4, 2017 at 1:46 AM
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    aljeep47

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    It does have standard 5 speed manual
     
  4. Nov 6, 2017 at 8:04 AM
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    OFFGRID

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    What Prerunner said. To make it work you will need a donor jeep with the 4.0 ax15 and tcase as well as wiring harness and computer. Probably cheaper to rebuild the 4cyl and regear for better highway friendly streetability.
     
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