Originally Posted by the88thpianoman
Why not just get an HO upgrade kit? Includes all of the internals to upgrade the standard 4.7 to the HO, and then if yours kicks the bucket, just rebuild it instead of dropping a ton of money on another engine altogether.
From what I've researched on this site, guys are paying in the neighbourhood of $5000 US to have their 4.7s rebuilt (no, I wouldn't trust myself to rebuild it myself and wouldn't have the time anyway). I'm not sure what a wrecking yard 4.7 costs but I am sure it's far less than that. Also, my uncle owns a body shop/used car dealership so could pick me up a wrecked-in-the-rear WJ at auction for dirt cheap. I swap the engine (I'll do this myself), swap any other things I'd like, then part it out and recoup some of the costs.
This brings me to another point. I'll bet a used car dealership can get you a wrecked WJ with a good motor too. No idea if they'll do this for anyone off the street, but I can't see why not. You can go tell them what kind of car you're looking for and they can buy one at auction for you. It's no different from how they get the rest of their cars on their lots.
So I installed the flux capacitor but the Jeep just won't do 88 mph.
-'99 WJ Limited, 4.7, Patriot Blue, 2" BB, 31" Mall-Terrains, Pavement Princess
-'97 TJ, Stone White, 4" Superlift, 33" SSRs, lunchboxed rear, 12K Titan winch, and 2.5 litres of exhillirating performance.