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jrlegacy23
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Back to a TJ, now doing a 2.5 to 4.0 swap

I used to have an 03 Wrangler, Freedom Edition. 3 budget lift and 33's. I sold it and moved on with a family. My kids are older now and the have been successfully brainwashed into wanting a Wrangler. I got a descent deal on a rust free 97 TJ with a knocking 2.5L, 5 speed about 2 weeks ago. I also got a good deal on a 96 Cherokee with a 4.0L 5 speed($400).

I spent the last few days pulling the 25 eng/trans/tcase and the 4.0 eng/trans/tcase. The TJ was a nice easy pull, the XJ on the other hand can kiss my @ss. That thing was the biggest PITA to pull out. Anything that could get hung up, did. I ended grabbing the torch and cutting everything out of the way.

Here are a few pics of the TJ I bought.

97-1.jpg   97-11.jpg   97-9.jpg  
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The TJ has a 3.5" suspension lift, 1" body lift, custom front/rear bumpers, swing out tire carrier, bushwacker flat fender flares, and 33x12.5 BFG M/Ts.


The plan is to use the XJ computer, TJ wiring harness but adding 2 fuel injectors to the computer pins and make my own motor mounts. After I puled the 4.0 I puta few new parts on just because it was out. I put all new gaskets, including the head gasket and head bolts. I also put in a new oil pan (I may have popped a hole in the XJ one when I dropped the motor on the front diff), a new stainless steel header, a quick paint job and put in a new Melling oil pump.
Wish me luck on the rest of this headache
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