Crate Motor vs Rebuid vs Ride Off into Sunset - JeepForum.com

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
davidmatlack
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: rocky mount
Posts: 185
Crate Motor vs Rebuid vs Ride Off into Sunset

Gang,

I'm thinking about the above options. Still runs good. Mileage is what you would expect and everything works. You can see the condition from my pic. No dents. No accidents and never abused. Original owner with 259k Limited with UC susp and tow package and maintenance regular. All replacement parts have been mopar OEM. No mods.

Thoughts?

davidmatlack is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 04:16 PM
a70eliminator
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Kent Ohio
Posts: 957
Ride off into the sunset.
a70eliminator is offline  
post #3 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 04:26 PM
HighLonesome
Belief In All Things Jeep
 
HighLonesome's Avatar
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 6,841
mild performance rebuild
HighLonesome is offline  
post #4 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 04:42 PM
xcaliber81
Registered User
1994 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Prince George
Posts: 3,766
Quote:
Originally Posted by a70eliminator View Post
Ride off into the sunset.
X2 if it isnt broken dont fix it.
xcaliber81 is offline  
post #5 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 04:46 PM
Texas ZJ1
Jeep Jedi Master
 
Texas ZJ1's Avatar
1994 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Omaha
Posts: 20,301
5.9 crate

04 4.7 HO, limited

08 Z71 Suburban, front leveling kit with rear spacers. 285/65 18s Nitto TerraGrappler G2s

94 5.9 Laredo 6.5 RE lift with 35 Maxxis Bighorns
and 33 Bridgestone Duelers
Detroit and true trac
Red Jeep Club Member
REDNECK JCM
Texas Jeep Owner #6
USN Jeep Club #4
http://www.kevinsoffroad.com/
602.841.3355

For your performance needs:

kolak@kolakperformance.com
480.998.366
Texas ZJ1 is offline  
post #6 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 05:37 PM
dnuccio
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 3,483
put a hemi in it! ahah just kidding

i agree with lonesome, performance rebuild

Reliability is relative
R.I.P. Ratmonkey
dnuccio is offline  
post #7 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 05:46 PM
zj97ltd
Registered User
1993 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Cape Coral
Posts: 1,078
Figure out what you want it to do and start a rebuild while your current motor still runs. By the time it dies you'll be ready for a swap.
zj97ltd is offline  
post #8 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
davidmatlack
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: rocky mount
Posts: 185
OK the fun is over

try again
davidmatlack is offline  
post #9 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
davidmatlack
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: rocky mount
Posts: 185
Sorry- Mess over top of reply. Crate motor is 2000. Install? Rebuild would be expensive. I don't do this myself
davidmatlack is offline  
post #10 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 05:58 PM
Candymancan
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 5,201
Do you have the money to spend ? If you do, I'd get a 5.9 crate motor... 350-370 hp sounds mighty fine to me.. Altho you have a 5.2 with the 44re.. that crate motor would most likely eat your transmission alive.. Soooo If you cant afford a new motor and tranny plus cost to install.. Then I'd just drive off into the sunset if your Jeeps engine still runs really good

2013 6.2 V8 Camaro SS 30k
98 5.9 V8 ZJ 180k
98 4.0 I6 ZJ 240k
90 5.9 SJ Grand Wagoneer 110k
Candymancan is offline  
post #11 of 16 Old 06-26-2013, 01:06 AM
MasterOne
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 91
I would leave it alone. See how many miles you can get on the engine.
MasterOne is offline  
post #12 of 16 Old 06-26-2013, 03:13 AM
coralman
USER OF PARTS CATALOGS
 
coralman's Avatar
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: florida
Posts: 7,198
Have debated this myself being at 217000, and have yet to make a decision. I would like to do the rebuild and have ready option but space and the lack of a good machine shop in my area weighs heavy. The crate motor option has worries also in that you really don't know for sure just what was really done to it.

Info on projects and repairs categorized by system
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/c...-faqs-2863665/

Originally Posted by HighLonesome
lol...if life is as a simple as a 5.9 making you happy, I'd say go ahead and buy it on impulse. ZJs are the way of Zen. Wax on, wax off
coralman is online now  
post #13 of 16 Old 06-26-2013, 04:31 AM
srieger
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Toms river
Posts: 46
I agree with zj97ltd..why not source out a junk yard motor and start a rebuild process on it while you continue to use your current motor till it goes. This way you get to see just how many miles youll get but have the peace of mind knowing you have a back up fresh and ready to go.
srieger is offline  
post #14 of 16 Old 06-26-2013, 06:22 AM
Jeeples
Moderator
 
Jeeples's Avatar
2000 WJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: forum/f310/
Posts: 6,483
Have a compression and leak down test done. If everything points towards a healthy engine have a new cam put in with headers and a full exhaust.

His: '00 WJ 4.7 Limited- Some stuff

Hers: '03 WJ 4.7 Laredo- Some more stuff

Build Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by wjjeep19 View Post
It is what Jeeples has *PARTIALLY* stated.
Jeeples is offline  
post #15 of 16 Old 06-26-2013, 10:48 AM
zj97ltd
Registered User
1993 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Cape Coral
Posts: 1,078
Maybe get a JY 44RE and get it rebuilt with some HD internals and pick up a low mileage 5.9 and drop it in. This is the route I'm considering for mine.
zj97ltd is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome