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post #1 of 7 Old 02-05-2007, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Chevy 350 in an 89 XJ

I have a crappy little no option 1989 XJ just begging to be modified.

I have a free chevy 350, trans and transfer case from an 85 blazer.

Cost me no more than 500 buck to do it install.
(not including the required suspension lift).

Should I do it?

Anyone have pictures of a 350 crammed in the XJ engine compartment?

Heres a pic of the little bugger.

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-05-2007, 02:02 PM
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No pic for you, but a buddy of mine put a 350 in his Cherokee. Said he could smoke all 4 tires from a stand-still. He also said his biggest problem was getting a custom exhaust built (that and all the hoop-jumping to get the thing CA. smogged).

HELL YES you should do it!

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-05-2007, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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If i did the 350 conversion it would be a trail rig anyway. So that mean no emmision and a simple exhaust (dump tubes right out of the manifolds).

I have stupid question usually reserved for newbs here but... what lift would i need for 33's?
I know the answer for ZJs, YJs, and TJs, but not for the XJ.
4 inches should do it right?
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-05-2007, 02:13 PM
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Since it is a trail rig only, 3.5 to 4" would suffice with fender trimming. If you want more flex than clearance, 4.5" would be even better.


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post #5 of 7 Old 02-05-2007, 02:22 PM
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To quickly answer you're question about the 350 swap, yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Yes. As for fitting 33's, like Ultimate said, 3-4.5 will do with fender trimming, but if you don't want to trim much fender, go with the Rubicon Express 5.5"

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Before: 6" Lift, 33"x12.50" Bridgestone A/T, stock 30 and 44, BA 10/5, NP231
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-05-2007, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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i was thinking the 3.5 inch lift.

i want to do this on a budget and see how cheaply I can build this thing.

its going to be a complete beater.

If i feel like jumping it or braod siding a tree for the heck of it. i dont want to worry about the $1000 i just spent on parts.
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3.5- 4 inches with a decent amount of trimming should fit 33's
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