Yeah, that's the exact same thread I already found where it says a 1996-2000 Dakota 2.5 AMC bellhousing works. It's pretty vague as far as any problems that might arise on the swap, though.
Like, why won't pre-96 bellhousings work?
Is the Dakota shifter different?
Can I swap in the AX5 shifter or do I need an AX15 shifter from another Cherokee?
Do I need the Dakota flywheel and clutch setup?
Is the output spline count different and can I just use the Dakota yoke on my driveshaft?
Are the trans lengths the same or will I have to shorten my driveshaft?
Can my trans crossmember be adapted or do I need to find a 4.0 Cherokee trans crossmember?
Is the clutch pedal hookup the same between the two bellhousings?
In other words, I'd like some info from someone who's actually done the swap rather than just "winging" it and having a disassembled Cherokee sitting here for 6 months trying to figure out how to complete the swap. I'm beginning to think maybe there's no one here that's actually done this swap, or they haven't seen the thread. Even if a guy did a swap on a 4x4 I could probably get some useful information from him.