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Unread 10-10-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Rebuild 5.9

have some rod knock going on wondering if any one has had their 5.9l rebuilt and how much approx cost and time was involved??

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Unread 10-10-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
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Time to stroke it .

Your gonna have to check with your local engine rebuilders , or , an online dealer . Compare warranty's
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Unread 10-10-2013, 06:01 PM   #3
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have some rod knock going on wondering if any one has had their 5.9l rebuilt and how much approx cost and time was involved??

Curious how many miles you have. I've got 230K + on mine.
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Curious how many miles you have. I've got 230K + on mine.
234K+ on mine, runs great. Yours should go another 4K no problem.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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i have 198k on mine but it has not had the best life before i got it the people before me beat the tar out of it and hillybilly rigged just about every electrical part on it when i got it it didnt even have the proper axles in the front, but yeah the rod knock is just starting and im just trying to prepare myself financially for dooms day i have even started driving the dang thing yet haha starting too have some serious buyers remorse just wondering if anyone knows a rough estimate on how much it has costed them
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Unread 10-11-2013, 07:45 AM   #6
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i work full time at an auto garage but we do not do rebuilds so im wondering what some people have done or if anyone has any advice i am a full time auto tech but just started and only have certs in brakes and front end never tackled anything like an engine rebuild haha
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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:20 AM   #7
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Get a used engine out of a Dodge pickup. Save a bunch of bucks for other mods.
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Or have a machine shop do the short block and re-use whatever they can. Then bolt on Iron Ram heads yourself.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 09:36 AM   #9
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Don't Dodge truck 5.9s use a different cam compared to the ZJ 5.9? Not a big difference in performance though..

I say stroke it! Around 1500$ for the stroker kit + machining. 408 sounds pretty good


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Unread 10-11-2013, 09:37 AM   #10
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I just ran all the numbers for rebuilding a 5.2 which shares a lot of parts and was up to about 1300 in parts and machining. I had 2 different machine shops tell me that the heads are almost always cracked so I was opting for new heads at 330 each delivered. An overhaul kit with pistons was about 450 and machine work another 250.
Then you always have a lot of incidentals like oil, filters, antifreeze, belts, spark plugs, hoses, etc that can easily be another 100-200.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 12:53 PM   #11
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probably be cheaper/easier to buy a new/reman'd long block and bolt your old parts to it
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Unread 10-11-2013, 01:01 PM   #12
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I always liked this one

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Unread 10-11-2013, 01:08 PM   #13
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Don't Dodge truck 5.9s use a different cam compared to the ZJ 5.9? Not a big difference in performance though..
As much as it's an oft-repeated thing, I have never seen any evidence that the Jeep 5.9 cam was different than the Dodge 5.9. The parts manuals for each engine have identical #s for the cam, and it would be pretty pathetic if Jeep upgraded both the cam and computer requiring premium gas and still only managed such a slight power increase over the Dodge engines.

No, as far as I'm concerned only the computer and its more aggressive timing was different. FWIW, the early 5.2 has a slightly hotter cam than the one the 5.9 got.


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I just ran all the numbers for rebuilding a 5.2 which shares a lot of parts and was up to about 1300 in parts and machining. I had 2 different machine shops tell me that the heads are almost always cracked so I was opting for new heads at 330 each delivered. An overhaul kit with pistons was about 450 and machine work another 250.
Then you always have a lot of incidentals like oil, filters, antifreeze, belts, spark plugs, hoses, etc that can easily be another 100-200.
That sounds about right. Machining and parts cost me about $2000 when I built my 5.9, although things tend to be a bit more expensive in Canada. I agree the heads are likely junk.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 03:08 PM   #14
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thanks guys i got a quote for a reman engine it was 1700 which isnt as bad as i thought it would be i just hope this motor holds for a while bc i havent even had the chance too have fun with this thing yet it has just been sitting at my shop collecting dust and rust the lift kit should be here in a few days already have the wheels and tires ready too go on so if any one needs some stock coils or wheels lemme know!!
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Unread 10-11-2013, 04:22 PM   #15
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As much as it's an oft-repeated thing, I have never seen any evidence that the Jeep 5.9 cam was different than the Dodge 5.9. The parts manuals for each engine have identical #s for the cam, and it would be pretty pathetic if Jeep upgraded both the cam and computer requiring premium gas and still only managed such a slight power increase over the Dodge engines.

No, as far as I'm concerned only the computer and its more aggressive timing was different. FWIW, the early 5.2 has a slightly hotter cam than the one the 5.9 got.
1996-1998 5.2 Camshaft part # 5302 0283

1998 5.9 Camshaft part # 5302 1101

Taken from the 98 and 94-96 parts lists , sorry , there is a different # listed .
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