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Unread 04-06-2013, 08:32 AM   #1
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v8, 383 stroker swap thread

Alright so I made a profile awhile back when i was just pondering doing this build.

Now its finally time to get the ball rolling.

Im pulling the motor and trans out of my jeep tomarrow selling them to someone out of town thank you craigslist.

Im then going and picking up my motor. Its a 383 stroker Sbc, This motor was in my bestfriends truck for a little while the torque and hp out of this beast is going to make this project a challange there are many ideas in my head and alot of research still left to do.

Im starting with the motor and going from there.

if there are any problems with what i say below please warn me now lol and throw me some advice.

for the transmission: Sm465 4 speed with the granny gear.

transfer case (open for ideas) still doing research

leaf springs: I still got some ideas but nothing solid yet

rear axel: Looking into dana60 or possibly a ford 9" of course, however i dont know which one yet probly pick the easier to install one after i do some more research.

front axel: most likely a dana 44

Drive shafts will be done at a local shop i plan on towing my rig down there and getting this done right the first time hopefully.

exhaust: will be done at a local shop as well all but the headers that novak sells.

motor mounts. I have a buddy that has a 350 small block in his yj im going to use his for measurements. and will probly have him help me as much as i can get him too.

as you can see im just getting started.

Im having a hard time with the combo of what will work together and what wont i know its alot of work but I need to figure out what will work together easier and wont cause me as many problems. There are a million diffrent build threads and a million diffrent options Im open to ideas but stuck on the motor and tranny

at this point im getting ready right now to go pull the motor and trans.

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Unread 04-06-2013, 03:22 PM   #2
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Are you going to put any more lift on it? Or bigger tires?
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Unread 04-06-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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Can't wait to see how this turns out. A 383 stroker is about my favorite motor. The grunt they have is stupid crazy. I had one in a 70 Nova I had and it was scary strong!

Good luck.

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Unread 04-06-2013, 06:28 PM   #4
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Are you going to put any more lift on it? Or bigger tires?
the biggest i will go is 35s maybe a small body lift to get more clearance. Here in oregon they have that stupid law that your tires cannot be out further then your wheel well. So if i plan on running dana 60 dana 44 i will have to find them and have them shorten. however i was doing some research found that 78-79 ford f250 and f350 both have them that are practically the same size however i dont know what problems i will run into with chevy motor transmission and transfer case.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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yes the motor i have is really insane, it was in a buddys flat bed old school ford and it was scary fast. no seat belts in it because it was made before they were required. the torque was just insane and the sound of the motor i cant wait to get more done


I pulled the motor, trans and transfer case today. cant wait til tomarrow to pick up the motor.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 06:40 PM   #6
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you are going to have SICK power to a set of 35s..awesome. I think ford and dodge front diffs are on the driver side. Chevy is on the passenger. I went with a dana 300 tc to use with my chevy axles. works well on my set up. research an atlas tc and a np205 tc.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 10:30 PM   #7
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I think im pretty dead set on a Ford Nine inch for the rear end with moser axles... Let me know what combo would work best with this also want to run a dana 44 up front....

got ideas of which 9" i should get and which vehical i should get it out of. also for the dana 44 same questions done all the surfing i want to for today see you tomarrow!
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Unread 04-06-2013, 11:42 PM   #8
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If your not going any bigger than 35s I'd say go with a ford 8.8 rear and a d44 front. My SBC has 300ish hp and my 8.8 hasn't had any problems.. Im not easy on the skinny pedal either.. I've broken 3 chromoly d30 shafts, and a front driveshaft
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Unread 04-07-2013, 06:40 AM   #9
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If your not going any bigger than 35s I'd say go with a ford 8.8 rear and a d44 front. My SBC has 300ish hp and my 8.8 hasn't had any problems.. Im not easy on the skinny pedal either.. I've broken 3 chromoly d30 shafts, and a front driveshaft
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Not saying hou wouldn't benefit from a 9", but the 8.8 is a stout rear (I beat the everliving ***** out of mine with 38s) Why custom cut/fab/search for what might fit when you alreay know the 8.8 is basically bolt in. Ok, its not bolt in, but if you are doing a driveline swap its about the equivalent of bolt in. Plus, factory disc brakes. How many 9" came with discs?

Both axles are tried and true. I am a huge proponent of "Doing it right the first time" and I hate doing things more than once. I think I would run the 8.8.

Just my $.02
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Unread 04-07-2013, 07:40 AM   #10
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This is just an option.... But what about getting full width axles and then getting hummer dual beadlocks with some 37 inch bfg baja (military tire of course)
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I think you can get an 8.8 axles out of an older ford explorer.. somebody will correct me if thats wrong
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95-01 for explorers have the 31 spline shafts and disc brakes.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 10:50 AM   #13
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Subscribed and looking forward to your build! A friend of a friend has a YJ with a 383 on full width 14 bolt/Dana 60, AWESOME!

I still have the 35 so I am interested in the route you go on the rear. From my hunting on here the 8.8 seems to be the way to go, but to each their own!

Good luck!
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Unread 04-07-2013, 11:06 AM   #14
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Not sure of the OP's HP/TQ numbers, but between that, the tire size and weight you can figure out what rear. I'm not as fond of the LP 9" only because the pinion sits so low in the housing. I would do a D60 or 14 bolt personally, in fact I am. An 8.8 is a decent rear, but I doubt it holds up to higher HP/TQ engines with big tires, same reason I'm swapping my 8.8 out. Over build is my mind set though, good enough doesn't hold for me.. Also not a bad idea to have wider axles.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 12:26 PM   #15
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Agree 100%. Who knows what the HP/TQ is, and if the trouble in Oregon with wide axles/ fenders on a DD is worth the hassle on 1 ton gear!

Either route is better than the D35!
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