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Unread 09-03-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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Cherokee Mercedes Diesel

89 Cherokee with a 99 Mercedes 3.0 turbo diesel. Adapted to the Ax-15 transmission with a Novak adapter and custom engine adapter. Engine is a dual overhead cam 24 valve innercooled tubo diesel. Front end is extended 4 inches for oil pan clearence.

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Unread 09-03-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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That is awesome I really want to convert one of my xj's to a cummins turbo deisel.

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Unread 09-03-2011, 04:39 PM   #3
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THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!!! the only downfall is approach angle, but who cares... MERCADES DIESLE FTW!!!
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Unread 09-03-2011, 04:43 PM   #4
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THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!!! the only downfall is approach angle, but who cares... MERCADES DIESLE FTW!!!
You could always do an axel extension n move the front axxel forward

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Unread 09-03-2011, 06:04 PM   #5
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Unread 09-03-2011, 07:29 PM   #6
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Even if he don't tho that's awesome cuz power, torque and mpg is increased.. well worth it can't wait to do my own

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Even if he don't tho that's awesome cuz power, torque and mpg is increased.. well worth it can't wait to do my own

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I dont mean this in a diss against the Merc diesle, but personally i would use a cummins so i wouldnt need to streach front end, but if you have the time and money, the Merc would be AWESOME!!!
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Unread 09-03-2011, 08:05 PM   #8
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There was a 95 or 94 Cherokee for sale here that had a late 70's early 80's Merc diesel installed, it was clean and I talked to the fella, he said it wasn't all that hard to do. Said those years are the easiest, and the power is decent, but nothing to write home about. But, 26mpg made him smile.
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Unread 09-03-2011, 08:08 PM   #9
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Oh yeah that's what I want is a cummins turbo diesel. And I've been wondering how hard it would be to convert. Eventually I'll have the time and money to do it!

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There was a 95 or 94 Cherokee for sale here that had a late 70's early 80's Merc diesel installed, it was clean and I talked to the fella, he said it wasn't all that hard to do. Said those years are the easiest, and the power is decent, but nothing to write home about. But, 26mpg made him smile.
Weren't those the Mercedes diesels that would run somewhere in the neighborhood of half a million miles?
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Weren't those the Mercedes diesels that would run somewhere in the neighborhood of half a million miles?
The early Mercedes diesel was the finest diesel they ever made. They were bullet proof and would go 500,000 as you said. I have done other Cherokee's with the Early 5 cyc. engine and they are pretty easy to install and the engines are plentiful. I went with the later engine in this one for myself, I had the engine so I thought I would put it to use. They are more fuel efficient then the earlier engines and have more H.P. This one is going to run on Biodiesel as well, that I make.
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That is awesome I really want to convert one of my xj's to a cummins turbo deisel.

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The cummins 4bt is a good swap also, they already have a GM bolt pattern on the bellhousing for the AX-15 adapter, using a GM bellhousing. I believe the oil sump is in the back also on those making the install easier. The only draw back is they are expensive and are noisy.
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Unread 09-03-2011, 11:05 PM   #13
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The cummins 4bt is a good swap also, they already have a GM bolt pattern on the bellhousing for the AX-15 adapter, using a GM bellhousing. I believe the oil sump is in the back also on those making the install easier. The only draw back is they are expensive and are noisy.
Noisy is not a problem I love the sound of a turbo diesel spoolin up. And when I have the money to do it the price won't matter as long as it has a lot of power and torque. I'm a huge fan of cummins though they make some good powerful engines. And how would I go about making my own biodiesel if you don't mind my asking?

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Unread 09-03-2011, 11:41 PM   #14
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what about putting the intercooler on top like the hummers/subarus so you don't have to extend the front end? Maybe even putting it longitudinally and put a cool, functional hoodscoop to keep everything cool
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Unread 09-03-2011, 11:56 PM   #15
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I have a 1980 Merc 300D with the 5 cyl, but its only 300,000 miles young and gets avg. 35 MPG... so imma keep it in there for now...
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