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Unread 02-18-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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Looking at V8 swapped wrangler, advice please?

I am looking for a wrangler, and I found this one on craigslist.

I dont know much about it but was considering going to look at it.

It is a V8 swap, is it common to swap a V8 into these jeeps and have all the 4X4 and stuff working?

Here is the link to the ad, any suggestions when I go look?

Thank you

http://treasure.craigslist.org/cto/2837508222.html

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Unread 02-18-2012, 10:38 AM   #2
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thats a good looking jeep at a really low price (for my region at least) so good that it raises flags in my mind. go drive it and check it out. if it feels good buy it.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 10:45 AM   #3
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Damn! Hope that thing is in as good of condition as it looks. Could be a hell of a find for you.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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I am trying to arrange a time to go see it, my concern is a V8 swap that typical where all the 4x4 stuff still works or is it usually rigged together?
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Unread 02-18-2012, 10:52 AM   #5
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You'd have to ask. The only people I've ever known to do the v8 swaps are "jeep people", meaning they're gonna build it to offroad. So obviously these people swapped out to keep it 4x4. I imagine if the guy doesn't care to offroad and only wants a street jeep, he wouldn't worry about whether or not it was capable.

Ask the guy a ton of questions. Write down what he swapped into it, if you don't know what he's talking about then come back here. I'm sure someone could tell you whether or not it seems like it was done right.

Good luck!
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Unread 02-18-2012, 10:52 AM   #6
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I am trying to arrange a time to go see it, my concern is a V8 swap that typical where all the 4x4 stuff still works or is it usually rigged together?
Take it from a mechanic, Take a GOOD mechanic with you to look at it.
pay attention to vibrations from the driveline.
Look for thing that have just happen to be new (like u-joints of a whole driveshaft)
If u-joints are haveing to be replaced often there is some thing wrong in the angle or setup.
Me I'd spend much more time underneth the vehicle looking than anywhere else.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 12:06 PM   #7
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its very easy to get your 4x4 working again after a v8 swap. Its a very common swap these days. And a ton of companys sell kits for this... And its not hard to do it your self either.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 09:05 PM   #8
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Mean Max lives down that way, maybe you can pay him to look it over.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 09:58 PM   #9
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Dang, if that kind of a deal popped up here in El Paso, it would be sold in a few hours...wish I was there.
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Unread 02-19-2012, 12:58 PM   #10
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What scares me is it has been for sale for a bit.
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Unread 02-19-2012, 01:01 PM   #11
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Also how reliable is it when you add that much power??

I dont want somethign that will be snapping axles all the time.
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Also how reliable is it when you add that much power??

I dont want somethign that will be snapping axles all the time.
Thats why I have never understood the reasoning behind a lot of the higher HP V8 swaps.
If you have to use wide open throttle to wheel and your not exceeding your traction then maybe I could understand it.
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Unread 02-19-2012, 02:11 PM   #13
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Just make sure it doesn't have stock rear axle. Dana 44 or better or the Ford 8.8 axle should be on there.
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Rich, I got your PM about the Jeep. I'll be happy to check it out for you. I'll PM you my number & you can arrange a time for us to look at it, or bring it to my shop & throw it on the lift and walk around underneath it.

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Unread 02-20-2012, 09:21 AM   #15
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Thanks for your time today Max
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