Just joining the forum and looking forward to meeting you guys. Bought my first Jeep ever last Feb. and I'm soo hooked!
She's a 1993 YJ 4-Banger, AX5, 231.
I write today with a lot of questions about my new YJ regarding engine swaps, and while I have done a lot of research and done some engine swaps myself, I have never ever thought of putting motors in a different make of vehicle.
My experience: I used to own an '82 Camaro and have done engine swaps in that however, its an extremely bolt-on, and brainless job, and the motor is brainless as well.
Now I have these computers and 4WD systems to deal with, and I am starting to get a little daunted by the job.
1. The "Brain"
I am interested in all three makes of motors and can readily get a 4.2 Mag, 5.3 Vortec. I hear some that these things can be swapped simply by "Splicing 5 Wires" however, no one says which ones. I am looking for a simplified step by step from mounting to plugging in, so that the idea of putting a new ecm doesn't seem like rocket science.
Novak or Advance are the way to go from my research however, Im curious as to how one determines engine mount placement, or the process of soft seating the motor.
3. Pinion angle, Driveshafts
I have a brand spanking new engine in my jeep...now what? Can I keep the old driveshafts? I understand the concept of pinion angle but how does one determine if it needs to be adjusted?
Final Notes: I really like the idea of having the 4L60 or 700R4.
This is my only vehicle, if I gathered all the parts I need can it be done in a week?
I think I have all other systems like cooling down thought out, and hope to pull this off by Sept. I know a lot of people in the performance Chev, Dodge communities so I have all the tools as well, but Jeep seems to be so foreign to them, and I always get weird looks for even considering it HAA!
No Jeep love in 98020...
BTW Another limited budget college student...