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Unread 03-02-2015, 09:29 AM   #1
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1988 YJ Wrangler 4bt swap

I have a stock 1988 yj wrangler 2.5L 4cyl 5 speed trans with a 4" lift. Looking to swap it with a 4bt cummins and nv4500 transmission. Just looking for tips on this build, and what mounts and other necessary parts to get and where to get em. I have the skills and tools necesssary, just would appreciate some help. I will post pics and write ups as i progress.

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Unread 03-02-2015, 09:38 AM   #2
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Do a search here on 4bt's there are a few already. Also make sure you poke around http://www.4btswaps.com lot of good info there. If you are not inclined to build your own mounts there is a member on here that sells Farm Strong motor mounts. Not a fan of the fluid mounts from the bread trucks or the ones from Jeff Daniels either for anything that will be used off-road.

With 33" tires you will not want much greater than 3.55 gears especially for the street.

Just remember this is a very large heavy motor. Make sure your axles are up to the challenge!

Good luck on your build, I'll be watching.
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Unread 03-02-2015, 11:21 AM   #3
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I was planning on running 3.73 gears it's gonna be more for offroading. What axles would you recommend?
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Unread 03-02-2015, 01:30 PM   #4
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Also for anyone who may have done this sort of swap, what would be a good donor truck to get for axles and random little parts and such?
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Unread 03-02-2015, 03:58 PM   #5
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Axle choice comes down to tire size, and intended use. I'm running a Dana 44 front and a Ford 9" rear, not planning anything over 33" tires and only mild to moderate trails. Anything very technical for trails or larger tires you'll be looking at one ton axles.

Don't forget search function is your friend here. While this forum is more tolerant than one's like Pirate, people here are still not going to hold your hand. Need to really read and start planning. I started reading/researching about 2 years prior to even starting to purchase parts.
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Unread 03-02-2015, 04:42 PM   #6
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Thanks man appreciate it. Not planning on anything bigger than 33"
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Unread 03-07-2015, 05:59 AM   #7
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Have not seen you on here for a while, hope I did not run you off. Don't forget to get your post count up so when you start this project you can post pictures for us to see. I am currently just getting a start on my own 4bt build. Was planning to be further than I am but, an injury last fall slowed me down. Hope to get started again in the next month or so.
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Unread 03-08-2015, 08:36 AM   #8
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Nah man just startin to gather all the necessary parts and waitin for a good deal on engine and trans and readin more into it so I know what all I'm doing. Will definitely post pics when I start, not sure when I will start though
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Unread 03-08-2015, 03:39 PM   #9
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Got my motor, ended up buying a complete van and driving it home 120 miles. I'm still trying to find a motor and trans myself.
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