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Unread 01-19-2014, 08:06 AM   #1
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2000 5.9 magnum swap in a tj

Current parts list:
5.9-2000 dakota(last year of ccd)
3.9 v6 dakota bell housing
ax-15(we'll see how long it lasts)
aa motor mounts
gen. maintanence & fluids

Parts to order (advice/help welcomed..actually needed)
dodge 2500 5.9 manual flywheel(?) i think its 143 tooth
clutch from a manual transmisson 1500(?)
zj power steering bracket


Lets get started


(first build thread so give me some slack/tips)
when i first bought her, I didnt even know what I was getting myself into, All I knew was that I wanted a jeep.
99 jeep tj running..but thats it 4" skyjacker shortarm that was falling apart. It had a rebuilt title and was used in big cypress as a hunting rig until it got into my hands.
I always liked the expedition style rigs and I thought itd be pretty cool to wheel and camp in the same rig. I drove it like that throughout highschool,
came up on a hardtop for my softtop trade


,put a bench in the front(hated), radio install & $30 soundbar but for the most part it stayed them same.

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Unread 01-19-2014, 08:11 AM   #2
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Then came the real..rebuild.
pieced together a bunch of parts like an arb bumper for $200
6" frakenstein lift..basically roughcountry longarms with skyjacker springs and bilsteins,currectlync, & 35" km2 on 17" moabs


wheeled the .s*** out of it


<- before RYC, if ur from florida u know what that is, if not its just a mud fest
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Unread 01-19-2014, 08:15 AM   #3
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<-buddies old xj boy i miss that thing.

did some minor stuff like bumperettes,sliders,tire carrier, put new lights in the arb and drove it some more

then the wj & atv came into my life and the TJ sat

the owner of the silver wj is the same one who owned the black xj
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Unread 01-19-2014, 08:29 AM   #4
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somewhere between then my other buddy came up on an xj .. and I blew up my tj & then like most jeepers do its time for a new motor like a v8 or something

her new home

getting started

annnddd how she looks as of this morning
soo much more work to do but itll all be worth it in the end right?
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Unread 01-19-2014, 08:37 AM   #5
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so this thread will basically cover my v8 swap first and any other little modifications i do after that. I always dreamed of a flatbed brute/expedition style but i Highly doubt that will be any time soon as this v8 is draining my savings lol that shouldnt rhyme as well as it does. Hopefully ill be able to bring/tow this thing to atleast 1 event within this year
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Unread 01-25-2014, 10:41 PM   #6
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picked up this 5.9L out of a 2000 dakota r/t only 80,000 miles on it, I thought I was only gonna be able to find a 5.2 but ended up finding this the day it posted on carpart just a couple miles away from me
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Unread 01-26-2014, 07:30 AM   #7
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Nice. Be sure to post plenty of pics and all of the details of parts used etc
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Unread 01-26-2014, 09:07 AM   #8
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Thanks, Im currently about to order the rest of the main driveline components, so ill update the first post when im done.
Thanks again for following, all feedback/ responses are appreciated
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Unread 01-26-2014, 03:42 PM   #9
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junkyard run tomorrow to pick up some parts, probably gonna end up doing a lap around town to all the junkyards
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Unread 01-27-2014, 02:53 PM   #10
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ripped more **** out of the tj like most of the wiring, got all the brackets except for the zj power steering bracket from the jy, gotta get a a/c compressor too. havent taken the fuse box out yet though.
overall successful day
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Unread 01-27-2014, 09:36 PM   #11
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hopefully wednesday ill be going to take back my cherry picker after sitting at a friends for almost a year now, gotta find a 2000+ 5.9 harness for a manual trans hopefully & i have a well known custom computer exchange shop near me so flashing wont be a problem. Engine mock up this weekend is the goal then hire a mobile welder to burn in my engine mounts. coming together pretty quickly I just hope i can get this harness done asap. I need minimal down time, so im kinda rushing but im still trying to do it right. wish me luck. anyone have any help with the wiring? ive read v8 magnum discussion thread multiple times just trying to get some more info...you can never have too much.
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Unread 01-28-2014, 07:22 PM   #12
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got the cherry picker today with my buddy, engine mounts come in thursday everything else comes in tomorrow. Hopefully the 4cyl comes out tomorrow as I have most of the day off.
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Nice to hear some progress.
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Unread 01-29-2014, 03:31 PM   #14
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thanks i appreciate the interest. i got rained out today though..its a florida thing, oh well hopefully tomorrow is sunnier & i guess its better than snowed in haha
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Unread 01-30-2014, 03:47 PM   #15
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same deal again today .. rained out. Gosh, idk where everyone gets the 'sunshine state' from. weatherman said this weekend should be clearer; Got the last of my parts in (for now) though.
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