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Unread 03-14-2009, 10:30 PM   #1
4.0H.O.XJ
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Real TECH: ENGINE BUILD THREAD

I want to see what others have used as far as parts and machine work and what direction (performance/reliability, etc) that you took with your engine build/rebuild. Moreover, I am looking for CONTRIBUTIONS from others who have built/rebuilt thier 4.0 liters, and the best parts for specific builds.

- Best use of stock parts?
* Best year block
* best year head
* best crank stroker/non-stroker apps
* Best con rods Stroker/non stroker apps
* Best cam in stock form
* Interchangability of stock parts (Ex: RENIX block, H.O. head, etc)

- Best aftermarket parts?
*Oiling system
*roller rockers
*timing sets
*Pistons, custom or stock, cast or forged, coated or non
*Cam profiles and specs, stock grind to insane lift and duration
*Where to buy
*anything else performance-related. Etc, etc.

- Tech tips/ resources?
* Recommended machine work
* Performance upgrades
* Parts suppliers
* Contacts
* prices
* Specs, profiles, blueprints, dyno results.
* etc

I'd like to see what others are building, what it cost them, and what approach they took to doing so, and make it an open discussion so that we all might gain some knowledge from this thread.

Let the fun begin.


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Unread 03-14-2009, 10:56 PM   #2
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So far I'm at
Cylinder Head Rebuild - Napa - ~200
Camshaft (Crower 44243 Duel Pattern) with Camsaver lifters ~ 245

The block is headed to napa now to have it reconditioned and I'm soon to order a couple things from summit.. (timing chain, head bolts, Keith black pistons).
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Unread 03-14-2009, 11:04 PM   #3
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man gsm your project sounds super fun. wish i had another car so i could rebuild my jeep
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Unread 03-24-2009, 12:46 AM   #4
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man gsm your project sounds super fun. wish i had another car so i could rebuild my jeep
Yeah, It's been alot of fun so far, It's going to be dropped in later on this week. Signature is my updated list of new parts. So far cost has been 1800 bucks including machine work. And you don't need another car just hitch rides from friends like I am.
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Crower p/n 44243 Camshaft, Camsaver High Oiler Lifters, He Pistons .030 Over, Decked Block and MIlled Cylinder Head. Melling High Volume Oil Pump
Flowmaster Super 40/ Cat and Tailpipe Delete, Apn Header, Homebrew Bored Throttle Body, Rustys Cold Air Intake with Spacer
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Unread 03-24-2009, 07:13 AM   #5
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A few links that you should have bookmarked already.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showp...46&postcount=2
http://www.jeep4.0performance.4mg.com/stroker.html
http://www.jeepstrokers.com/forum/
http://www.bc4x4.com/tech/bryce/stroker/stroker.cfm
http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/e...l_summary.html
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Unread 03-24-2009, 07:54 AM   #6
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As far as the best block goes, anything from '96 on. The main webs were stiffened with extra ribbing and they have a main bearing girdle to reduce NVH. I don't think the block really changed from 96-01, so any of them should be fine.

I don't think the stock cranks changed much if at all over the entire lifespan of th 4.0 motor, but if you are looking to build a stroker using an AMC 258 crank, you want the one from '72-'80 with 12 counterweights. The extra weights smooth out vibration and it is the strongest one made of all the different years.

As for heads, you want the ones from '91-'98. Anything before that is a non-HO head and has a severe intake restriction. Anything after '98 (the infamous 0331) has some well documented problems on this forum, but in addition it also has smaller, more restrictive exhaust ports. You can port&polish any of these heads, but I would still stick with the '91-'98.

I'm sure I'll think of other stuff later...
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Unread 04-03-2009, 11:14 PM   #7
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Well, My build is done. The parts I used are in my sig.
If anyone has any questions about rebuilding a 4.0 let me know, I might be able to help. OH, and label every bolt in zip lock bags it helps a ton when putting back together.
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Flowmaster Super 40/ Cat and Tailpipe Delete, Apn Header, Homebrew Bored Throttle Body, Rustys Cold Air Intake with Spacer
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