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Unread 11-17-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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most cost effective way to swap a v8

hey guys im new to here an was wondering whats the best an cheapest way to swap a v8 into a 94 yj that had a 2.5l an a 5 speed an im on a highschool budget tganks

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Unread 11-17-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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Most cost effective way is to sell the 4 banger and buy an 8 cylinder.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 12:55 PM   #3
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Find a wrecked vehicle that has all the necessary amenities and part out the pieces you don't need. Its expensive either way you go really. I bought an 89 Chevy 1500 and parted it out. My drive train was essentially free afterwards, however I had to rebuild the engine and trans and im about 1500-2000 into it.

You will want to find a set of axles to keep the additional power happy. Stock rear end won't last long. At least wouldn't in my high school budget days.

Don't overlook the 4.3L s10 engine either. Its a good unit, and a 4wd s10 can be had reasonable. A buddy picked up a wrecked 95 s10 blazer for less than $1000. There's your engine, trans, case, wiring and what not.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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Yep, I agree, get the complete donor vehicle or at least the complete drivetrain + computer(s).

Adapters and custom wiring harnesses are expensive, so avoiding using them can save you some money.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 06:46 PM   #5
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I use a complete donor S10 when I can.
Zero adapters etc that way.
My thread has the part numbers for everything you would need like hoses etc.
You can reuse your harness, or get a Painless one etc, your call.
Last one I did would have cost @ $1600 for the swap, if he knew what he was doing and did not rebuild the engine, tranny, etc.
Instead he paid me to do it all!

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Unread 11-17-2012, 08:41 PM   #6
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Ha, the only reason I got the vehicle so cheap was that it had 328k on it and finally blew head gasket. Figured if I was rebuilding the engine I didn't want my tranny to be a weak link so I followed suit with the rest. Part of my cost was steel to plate the unibody so i didn't end with a crumpled beer can in the end. You can skip that portion since your rig has a real frame.

You won't realize it until its too late but all the small things will cost you a load of money. Exhaust, wiring, radiator, fans. I am using every last bit of the truck that i can. Slightly regretting it now but i sold off my exhaust for scrap since the guy offered a fair amount for the catalytic converter.

One other small bit of help, keep the jeep complete until the bitter end. Have the engine and what not out and ready (from donor vehicle) and keep jeep whole as long as possible. Few things that will help as you have time to part out your other vehicle to have some spending money for the swap. And you still have the jeep to drive and if you plan on selling the 4cyl buyers like to see the engine run before buying.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 06:07 AM   #7
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hey guys im new to here an was wondering whats the best an cheapest way to swap a v8 into a 94 yj that had a 2.5l an a 5 speed an im on a highschool budget tganks
You're not going to like this.....
Sell what you have and buy one with a 4.0
Quick, easy, and very little mechanical knowledge required. Keeps the fab skills to a minimum as well.
If you take your time, the cost should be little to nothing.
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