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post #16 of 25 Old 02-07-2012, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Here's an update. Between work and school it is hard to find extra time to get this thing done. Luckily my buddy has been doing a lot of the work at night.

I think I confused pictures earlier. The one with the engine on the hoist is the 4 cyl moving out. Here's a pic from the donor:


After a good powerwash:


It was also a perfect time to install that SYE I've had sitting in my garage for a couple months:


Now here is the real test fit of the I6:



Wiring fun:


As of now we have the engine and tranny/tcase mounted up. We had a new down pipe built that we were able to weld to the old exhaust to save some $$$. I've also decided to go with a electric fan run off the t-stat. We picked up a Taurus electric fan, made some brackets and will be mounting it in front of the radiator. I might look into moving the engine mounts forward more in the future... I've got about 4 inches of room between the block and the radiator.

The grill is back on, all coolant lines have been run. We are waiting on drivelines, tranny computer, B&M shifter.... and then we have to figure something out to engage the 4wd on the front axle. The old NP231 was vacuum controlled. Any ideas on what we could do there?

So close!

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post #17 of 25 Old 02-07-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know if I mentioned, but the donor was in rough shape. I'll have to film a video of the steering box lifting off the frame. PO was an idiot and told me it was safe, but it doesn't look safe. The box had busted off the frame so he welded on a couple straps of metal to support it... but it doesn't do crap. It literally lifts itself off the frame when turning the wheel. Here's a pic for now:
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post #18 of 25 Old 02-07-2012, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Here's a video of the fire up. Not great, but you get the idea.
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post #19 of 25 Old 02-07-2012, 10:47 PM
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nice job !!!

i want to do the same swap in the future

94' yj, 8.8 LSD, 4" + 1.25 shackles on 32x11.5's
95 YJ new 2.5, rust free, rhino lined, leather bucket seats, DD
14 limited Grand Cherokee Eco diesel. The "wife's car"
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post #20 of 25 Old 02-08-2012, 05:23 PM
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For your front axle a posi loc kit would work. It's a cable that locks the axle so no vacuum needed. I think cost is like $125. search posi loc kit.
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post #21 of 25 Old 02-11-2012, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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It feels like we are in the last stages. I'll post more pictures as I get them. Right now we are trying to figure out linkage for the t-case. I tried looking to see if the originally shifter from the YJ will work with the new AW4... but it didn't seem to line up right to mount it. Has anyone done this that could provide some information?

Also, the 4wd engagement on the front axle in the XJ was electronically controlled? Is that right? (I'm trying to think). Where the YJ is vacuum controlled. How might I go about setting that up? Unfortunately the XJ axle is trash and not worth the time to swap it. What do you guys recommend?
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post #22 of 25 Old 02-11-2012, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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For your front axle a posi loc kit would work. It's a cable that locks the axle so no vacuum needed. I think cost is like $125. search posi loc kit.
I just noticed this comment. I will look into that. Are there any other options I could make work without spending more $$$ at the moment? These things add up fast!
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post #23 of 25 Old 02-11-2012, 05:20 PM
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IMO, posi-loc (or another cable system) is the way to go. The vacuum stuff really sucks when it gets old - mine was a hot mess when I got my Jeep. That said, if I had it to do over I might fab my own cable system. It's been done; here's a home-brew "posi-loc" system that I ran across back when I was weighing the options:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/h...ite-up-595515/

It doesn't look too tough, but for the amount of work it might be worth the hundred or so bucks for the posi-loc.
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post #24 of 25 Old 02-11-2012, 05:21 PM
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BTW, that pic of the steering box from the donor is pretty terrifying...
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post #25 of 25 Old 02-11-2012, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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BTW, that pic of the steering box from the donor is pretty terrifying...
I couldn't tell until we took the grill off and saw from above. I drove the car home 60 miles down a steep canyon. Had I known it was that bad I would have towed it. PO was a liar. I'll try to get a video of it next time I get a chance.
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