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Unread 11-01-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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Anyone experienced with XJ engine swaps?

Hey everybody,

I am looking in the near future to do an engine swap in my '88 XJ. Right now I've got a rebuilt 2.5l 4cyl in there, but want to get some more power for towing small trailers etc...

Does anyone have experience with this?
What other Jeeps can I take engines from that will fit fairly smoothly into an XJ?

I have seen that YJ engines work, anything else?

What would the newest year be that I could transfer from?

And last but not least, is it worth it? The Jeep's in great shape otherwise, not a bad engine/great body, but I need more out of the vehicle and don't really have the money to go buy another daily driver at this point.

Thanks!

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Unread 11-01-2011, 11:40 AM   #2
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You will need a complete donor Cherokee to swap from a 4cyl to a 6cyl. You need the engine, the PCM computer, the AW-4 computer, all the wire harnesses under both the hood and the dashboard, the AW-4 transmission, the transfer case, drive shafts, lots of smaller bits and pieces, etc.

What is it worth to you in time/effort/money ? The most practical solution is to sell the 4cyl and buy a 6 cyl Cherokee.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 02:10 PM   #3
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You will need a complete donor Cherokee to swap from a 4cyl to a 6cyl. You need the engine, the PCM computer, the AW-4 computer, all the wire harnesses under both the hood and the dashboard, the AW-4 transmission, the transfer case, drive shafts, lots of smaller bits and pieces, etc.

What is it worth to you in time/effort/money ? The most practical solution is to sell the 4cyl and buy a 6 cyl Cherokee.
Damnit. I had a feeling it would be a bit of a pain in the a*s, but wasn't expecting that.
Thanks for the info, that makes my decision quite a bit easier.

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