Originally Posted by Yjcolorado3393
Im looking to finally swap out my 4 banger from my 94 jeep wrangler im debating on buying a cherokee with a 4.0 and a automatic transmission or a grand cherokee with the 5.2 v8 with an automatic trans just wondering which one would be the better investment also if anyone could post past write ups on the engine swaps that would be a great help thanks
The real question is how do you intend to use your jeep. A 4.0 swap would be infinitely easier, and less expensive. If you want or need more torque, look into a stroker. Although a stroker definitely ups the complication factor a little bit, otherwise everything is all bolt in.
With a V8 swap, you're looking at:
-custom fab work of some type just to get the motor mounted
-new radiator and cooling system
-new custom length driveshafts
-you'll need the input shaft on the ZJ transfer case
Plus it's more complicated if the ZJ is ODBII.
So ask yourself if you have the time, money and patience to deal with the V8 swap. Then figure out what you really want/need out of the swap. And go from there.