5.2 into wrangler - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Wrangler Forums > YJ Wrangler Technical Forum > 5.2 into wrangler

Introducing MONSTALINER™ UV Permanent DIY Roll On Bed LineOld Man Emu WK Lift - Black Friday Special!!The Original 3/8" Ruffstuff Diff Cover!

Reply
Unread 11-09-2013, 11:31 PM   #1
WillieD
Registered User
1988 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Brookfield
Posts: 14
5.2 into wrangler

Hey,
I have an 88 YJ with an 4.2 in it and thought I had bad lifters and cam. When taking head off that doesn't look like the problem. I can either rebuild this motor again or I currently have a ramcharger with a 318 I could swap in. Not sure what route to go. Will listen to any suggestions. Thanks

WillieD is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-10-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
Xpress
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: The Great Big Box, California
Posts: 5,809
Easiest method would be to rebuild the 4.2L. Going with FI makes the engine perform even better than the carb.

A V8 swap is a very involved process.
__________________
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/another-5-2l-yj-thread-1503048/"]My 5.2L Build thread[/URL]

-1989 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L, soon to be 5.2L
-1996 Jeep Grand Cherokar 5.2L, donor and rainy day driver
-2004 Kawasaki KLR650 sunny day driver
[QUOTE=mudsweatNgearz;21162729]Leave em off and weld an I beam on. Bumperetts just scream homo.[/QUOTE]
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the [B][I]RIGHT[/I][/B] of the people to keep and bear Arms, [B][I]SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED[/I][/B]."
Xpress is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-10-2013, 01:08 PM   #3
88_yj
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 104
The v8 would be nice but complicated getting the fuel injection working. If you went with a carb 318 it's just motor mounts exhaust and changing the bellhousing to one out of a Dakota with ax15


Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App
88_yj is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-11-2013, 05:57 AM   #4
Jeepsr4me
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 5,132
having the donor vehicle and in running shape is really nice. Cause most folks start with a engine that is already out and with out all the wires and hoses and fuel pump to run it. The run around rewiring every thing under the hood of jeep or buy a harness. Where you can take whole harness from ram IF its EFI,
Jeepsr4me is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-14-2013, 08:42 PM   #5
mike_breaker_5
Web Wheeler
 
mike_breaker_5's Avatar
1994 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: emporium,, pennsylvania
Posts: 2,965
the v-8 swap isn't that hard, like 88_yj said the wiring can be a pain.
having said that ... there are a couple guys here on the forum that have done it quite successfully. i am a wiring retard so i had someone else wire it up. i think sun devil jeeper and mopar freak both wired up their own 5.2's

however... if i had it to do all over again... i would have gotten an older 350 bowtie and bought the summit efi standalone kit. i would have had exactly the same amount of cash in it and i could have done it myself. the chevy 4500 trans is a little easier to find than the dodge gasser 4500 trans.on top of that, there is a lot more aftermarket for chevy motors than the 5.2 magnum.
__________________
Ratmonkey donation page. all proceeds will go to his family.
http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fu..._source=widget


it's not much to look at... but it's mine.
5.2lswap, metalcloaks, bedliner, tucked belly, d60's, soon to be nv4500 and d300.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/m...r-junk-990191/
mike_breaker_5 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-14-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
czjeeper
Registered User
1992 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Washougal, WA
Posts: 1,506
The Ramcharger is a carbed 318, not the Magnum 5.2.
My opinion is, it's not worth the trouble w/out EFI.
It's really not that hard to wire in an OBD 1 5.2/5.9.
__________________
US Army combat vet
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.6
Armed Forces Jeeps Member #125
Red Jeep Club Member #251

In the Portland/Vancouver area? Check 'em out! Piston's Wild Motorsports Club

Click here for 2.5L AX5 to AX15 swap
czjeeper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-14-2013, 10:10 PM   #7
richh789
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: myrtle beach, sc
Posts: 131
I have a 5.9 outa Durango rt. Use the entire Durango harness. Used duRango column and gauge cluster. Everything works perfectly, the only two issues I have is that the speedometer doesn't work, as the rear is a sterling , and when you turn the directionals on they blink fast as if a bulb was out. and the airbag light is on
richh789 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-15-2013, 08:56 AM   #8
WillieD
Registered User
1988 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Brookfield
Posts: 14
318 out of Ramcharger doesn't have a carb. Uses throttle body and the jeep it be going in uses a carb.

Sent from my iPhone using JeepForum
WillieD is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-15-2013, 09:28 AM   #9
SH00T3R
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Boise, Idaho
Posts: 712
I'd just swap in the V8 but maybe I'm just biased. Iv never done engine work or anything like it. Been doing mine with the help of JF.
__________________
[URL=http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/sh00t3rs-build-1572370/][COLOR="DarkRed"][SIZE="4"][FONT="Verdana"][B]SH00T3R's BUILD[/B][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/URL]
[url=http://www.exiledoffroad.com][B][SIZE="4"][FONT="Verdana"][B]EXILED OFFROAD[/B][/FONT][/SIZE][/B][/url]


”When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
SH00T3R is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-15-2013, 10:29 AM   #10
Xpress
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: The Great Big Box, California
Posts: 5,809
[QUOTE=richh789;17718625]when you turn the directionals on they blink fast as if a bulb was out/QUOTE]

You need to either use higher wattage turn signal bulbs, or switch to an electronic flasher relay...
__________________
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/another-5-2l-yj-thread-1503048/"]My 5.2L Build thread[/URL]

-1989 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L, soon to be 5.2L
-1996 Jeep Grand Cherokar 5.2L, donor and rainy day driver
-2004 Kawasaki KLR650 sunny day driver
[QUOTE=mudsweatNgearz;21162729]Leave em off and weld an I beam on. Bumperetts just scream homo.[/QUOTE]
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the [B][I]RIGHT[/I][/B] of the people to keep and bear Arms, [B][I]SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED[/I][/B]."
Xpress is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.
Note: All free e-mails have been banned due to mis-use. (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)
Don't have a non-free e-mail address? Click here for a solution: Manual Account Creation
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools






Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.