YJ Hemi Conversion
I picked up an 87 YJ recently and I want to install a 5.7 liter hemi and tranny from a Dodge ram into the YJ. Someone had already swapped the 4.2 liter carb motor for a 4.0 fuel injected motor. The jeep runs fine, so I am in no hurry to get the swap done. The hemi, tranny, electronic gas pedal and all the electronics are sitting in a working 83 Dodge dakota, so I know that all is good and everything is present.
I have stock axles front and rear and a stock transfer case.
Two questions. First, any advice on the motor swap, any pictures, any big concerns, please HELP.
Second, I know the rear axle simply will not tolerate all that power, especially if I end up at the sand dunes (which is my goal). I can change the rear axle for a Ford 8.8 and keep my bolt pattern, gain disc brakes and stay fairly consistent on width. I have a friend who has a Toyota axle from a Toyota truck that he thinks is great. The axle is not as wide and the bolt pattern is 6 on 5.5, I believe. The good news for the Toyota axle is that it has my gears already in it with a lock rite locker and the price is great. I wonder if I am selling myself short on the Toyota axle. I really do not know a lot about rear axles, especially in this application.
Any thoughts on rear axles capable of handling a 5.7 liter hemi.