Originally Posted by 450rracer22
i actually just finished put a 350 in my 90 cherokee. it was a bit of a bear. the best thing you can get is an entire donor vehicle. i used a 97 silverado with the 5.7L and a 700r4. that way you can basically just swap everything under the hood over to the jeep. your deffinently going to need to go to a GM transmission for sure because a 350 will destroy a jeep tranny very very quickly. I would recomend a 700r4. if you have a 231 transfercase it will be fine, if not better get one or go better.. I had to do a bit of fab work on the front end to get the chevy rad and trans cooler in. i ran dual electric fans instead of the clutch fan. you have plenty of electrical power now. i made a cowl induction hood and it runs around 180. i would not recommend leaving the D35 in the rear if your going to wheel it at all. it will not hold up. i drivetrain upgrade of some sort is in order. the front will be fine unless your really beaten it or have bigger than 33intires on it. i would swap the rear for a ford 8.8 out of a 97-2000 explorer if you wanna do the sye kit or a 8.25 out of a jeep. its quite a project but worth it. i just got back from blackmountain in Harlan ky and i made it way more places with all the extra power. Oh and if the motor is a vortec the hood will most likely not close when your finished.
Any chance you did a build thread for the swap?
So you put the Chevy radiator in the XJ? How much fab was needed to fit it in? If it's not much, it'd be better than shelling out $500+ for the Novak one.
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