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Unread 07-21-2013, 08:47 PM   #16
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ZJ Hemi swap ftw?

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Unread 07-21-2013, 08:48 PM   #17
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Where you are right now with the tear down, swapping a 5.2 in is cake.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 09:06 PM   #18
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ZJ Hemi swap ftw?
if you're opening the checkbook for it, id be happy to do it
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Unread 07-21-2013, 09:09 PM   #19
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Where you are right now with the tear down, swapping a 5.2 in is cake.
yeah it was actually alot easier than i had imagined. not nearly as many connectors i thought there would be.

when i find an engine and get it ready to go in, would you recommend
A. pull the trans, and reinstall it once the new motor is in?
B. remove and install the motor and trans as one unit?
C. leave the trans and tcase in the jeep?

i havent thought about it much, but to me, it seems plan b would be the easiest
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Unread 07-21-2013, 09:30 PM   #20
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Leave tranny in easy peasy. Get ready to throw wrenches when you are getting those top bellhousing bolts. Having girlie hands would be a big benefit lol.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 10:07 PM   #21
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Leave tranny in easy peasy. Get ready to throw wrenches when you are getting those top bellhousing bolts. Having girlie hands would be a big benefit lol.
thats what im worried about. also worried about fighting the crank sensor. those are the main reasons i think im gonna attach the trans to the motor and drop them in as one. then i can just easy stick the transfer case back on. i will hopefully be doing it in the autoshop at school so ill have access to a lift.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 10:31 PM   #22
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Crank sensor isn't an issue. You just install it after the engine is mated back to the trans.

Pulling the entire engine/trans combo is going to be a pain; much easier to just pull the header panel, rad and move the AC condenser and pull the engine out. It took us literally 30 minutes from picking the engine up to having the last bellhousing bolts in.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 10:36 PM   #23
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Crank sensor isn't an issue. You just install it after the engine is mated back to the trans.
have you ever replaced one on a 5.2/5.9 ZJ? they are a *****! i have big hands and arms so that doesnt help.

i dont know, ive still gotta think about it. forgot to mention i need to take my exhaust out because when i was loosening the rocker arms, i accidently sent a socket down the downpipe
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Unread 07-21-2013, 10:40 PM   #24
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have you ever replaced one on a 5.2/5.9 ZJ? they are a *****! i have big hands and arms so that doesnt help.
I just finished my engine swap a month ago. CPS was the very last thing that got put on.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 10:53 PM   #25
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I just finished my engine swap a month ago. CPS was the very last thing that got put on.
you have a 98 so you dont have the stupid EGR tube to contend with either. it goes right over top of the CPS bolts.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 08:00 AM   #26
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We swapped a '95 engine into it.

We were going to pull the engine and the transmission at first but decided against it. Instead we pulled the grille, header panel, rad and moved teh AC condenser out of the way. All the AC lines were left connected. With the engine out we moved the connector for the CPS a bit so it is easy to grab it from the side of the trans. Installing the CPS bolts just takes an 8" extension on your socket.

The thing I'd be most concerned about is the upper nut on the passenger side exhaust. It would be well worth your time to tack that nut onto the flange since it is nearly impossible to get access to the top with the engine in.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 08:12 AM   #27
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Another quick question. The jeep is in my driveway, and I need to get it to my school auto shop, because I dont have the means at my house to swap the engine. The school is about a half mile away. Would I be safe to put a strap through the tow hooks on my jeep and have my buddy drag me? Like I said its a very short distance
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Unread 07-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #28
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would 500-550 be a good deal for a 5.2 with 112xxx miles on it?
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Unread 07-22-2013, 09:45 AM   #29
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Really depends on your area and what condition the motor is in. The pick-n-pull in town will sell a long block for about $250. But if the motor in good shape and already out and ready to go you would expect to pay more. $500 seems to be a common number for people to ask but I'd offer $300 and see how low you can drag him.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 09:48 AM   #30
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Really depends on your area and what condition the motor is in. The pick-n-pull in town will sell a long block for about $250. But if the motor in good shape and already out and ready to go you would expect to pay more. $500 seems to be a common number for people to ask but I'd offer $300 and see how low you can drag him.
its coming from an auto salvage place my buddies dad works. he said that price is already with his discount, without it, the motor would be over 600.
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