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Unread 04-30-2012, 09:46 AM   #751
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Hey jason there is a skyjacker 2.5" lift with new shocks, 3 year old front/rear springs, t case drop and quick discos for 250 obo near me.

A quick look shows they are around 600 new. No control arms, and im wondering how those springs hold up after 3 years.

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Unread 04-30-2012, 09:50 AM   #752
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Actually it does have control arms, but I only see 4 in the pic.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 09:53 AM   #753
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Ball joints or control arm bushing are the only wear items I can think of that may affect caster.

However, I would look over everything for the darting / wandering issue. Pay attention to the trackbar bushings and TREs. Have someone turn the steering wheel left and right while you look at the components.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 10:01 AM   #754
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My in laws are here for the week, whenever it stops raining ill head out and have him turn the wheel for me.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 06:15 PM   #755
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hey guys i am back i went on vacation a four day weekend up north to kewadin casino and hotel. had a fun time. hit 75 dollars on a $1 slot machine. day before i left i took the jeep into my dad friend welding shop and redo my driveshaft and cut a bit more off the outtershaft of the transfercase. have awesome pictures to upload of the jeep in the shop/ and vacation pictures. how is everyone doing on here?
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Unread 04-30-2012, 06:25 PM   #756
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Cheap had a baby.

I have the worst luck in the world.

Much BS in between.

Consider yourself updated.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 06:55 PM   #757
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Cheap had a baby.

I have the worst luck in the world.

Much BS in between.

Consider yourself updated.
haha lol/ not much going on i guess.


and congrats to cheap5.0
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Unread 04-30-2012, 06:57 PM   #758
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I'm trying to buy a camper or toy hauler. I replaced a front axle seal, now one of the rears is leaking. You can read about it all a few pages back if you're interested.

Did you end up bringing money home from the casino?
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Unread 04-30-2012, 08:15 PM   #759
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hey guys i am back i went on vacation a four day weekend up north to kewadin casino and hotel. had a fun time. hit 75 dollars on a $1 slot machine. day before i left i took the jeep into my dad friend welding shop and redo my driveshaft and cut a bit more off the outtershaft of the transfercase. have awesome pictures to upload of the jeep in the shop/ and vacation pictures. how is everyone doing on here?
NICE! My chick and I went to Tampa two years ago for a trade show in Orlando. We hit the Hard Rock while in town, took a $20 and put it into the $1 machine. After about 12 pulls we had $550 lol. We turned around, and walked right out.

The Fillet dinner i had that night never tasted so good

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I have the worst luck in the world.

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Yup, thats the cliffs.

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haha lol/ not much going on i guess.


and congrats to cheap5.0
Thanks! The little guy has his nights and days all mixed up, im just glad i have the week off....hopefully he starts to get back in line with us by next week.

He sleeps all day, up maybe an hour total. Then he "wakes up" around 11 pm and sleeps sporadicly until about 10 am then he is out for the day. We asked the doc about waking him up through out the day to wear him out for the night time, but he said dont. Theres some physiological reason that they do this, and they will eventually convert over.

Jason, im sure you have done a lot of reading on engine swaps. Im fascinated with the idea of the GM III truck engines in a TJ. Novak has some really good info on there site, as well as lt1swaps.com and JF.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 08:24 PM   #760
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Jason, im sure you have done a lot of reading on engine swaps. Im fascinated with the idea of the GM III truck engines in a TJ. Novak has some really good info on there site, as well as lt1swaps.com and JF.
Dude. My 1/2 ton had the aluminum (L33) 5.3L V8. That motor freaking rocked. It really liked to rev. It always seemed odd to run a V8 that high, but it worked well up there. I love the sound of the newer GM V8s. It would have been badass in the Jeep.

There are some clearance issues (longitudinally, not in the engine bay) because of the short wheelbase. I personally like the factory gauges to work -- not sure if that's possible with the GM engine. Expensive too. If you got the cash, it's a way cool project.

Hmmm.. Wonder if a ZF6 would mate up to that engine...?
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Unread 04-30-2012, 09:01 PM   #761
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Dude. My 1/2 ton had the aluminum (L33) 5.3L V8. That motor freaking rocked. It really liked to rev. It always seemed odd to run a V8 that high, but it worked well up there. I love the sound of the newer GM V8s. It would have been badass in the Jeep.

There are some clearance issues (longitudinally, not in the engine bay) because of the short wheelbase. I personally like the factory gauges to work -- not sure if that's possible with the GM engine. Expensive too. If you got the cash, it's a way cool project.

Hmmm.. Wonder if a ZF6 would mate up to that engine...?
Ive listened/watched all the L33 TJ vids i could find on youtube, yes...probably the best V8 setup you can put in a TJ right now. The only thing i would prefer to it is a cummins swap, but thats quite a bit further our of reach than the L33.

What kind of clearance issues have you seen? AFAIK, with novak adapters and a manual trans with the NP231J/C the rear drive shaft is actually about 1" longer.

As for the gauges, ive seen maybe 2 people get all of them to work properly. On paper (forums) i see many people claim its as easy as just keeping the jeep computer in it to run the gauges, and the chevy PCM to run the powertrain. But in reality i have not seen a single person post a picture/video with this functioning setup.

Of the two that got them to work, one took his dash apart and replaced all the factory gauges with after market gauges and made it look "factory".

I see a mod on here that lives in Michigan has a TJ with a 318 from a GC, and he used the factory gauges from that (looks great, chrome needles and all) because it was actually the easiest thing to do. As far as the engines PCM knows, its still running in a GC lol.

The last real hurdle for me is the cost, $3-4K for the complete power train w/harness and PCM. If i still have this TJ in a few years, its something ill look into very seriously.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 09:14 PM   #762
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Cummins (or any diesel) is soooo heavy though...

I was theorizing on the length challenges, mostly with the transmissions. What manual is shorter? What about the autos?

Wheelin98TJ has the V8 in his TJ. IIRC, it wasn't exactly easy.

There are other 5.3L out there, I just really liked the L33.

Cost is always the hurdle.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 09:35 PM   #763
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Cummins (or any diesel) is soooo heavy though...

I was theorizing on the length challenges, mostly with the transmissions. What manual is shorter? What about the autos?

Wheelin98TJ has the V8 in his TJ. IIRC, it wasn't exactly easy.

There are other 5.3L out there, I just really liked the L33.

Cost is always the hurdle.
The trade off with those 4BT swaps is the MPGs!!! Some guy on here swapped one out of a Little Debbies delivery truck, untuned and running without an OD on the highway he was getting 23 mpg. I think he said 26-28 should be very achievable with a slight cpu tweak and an overdrive/larger tires.

Yeah, wheelin is the guy. I know his was a real ***** because i see he advises people to just go wtih a chevy everytime the question about using dodge engines comes up.

As for the drivetrain length, the I6 is usually a few inches longer than the SBC's mounted with a Novak kit that requires a electric fan.

The weight is almost a wash, the SBC's with aluminum heads is about 480 and the I6 is 420'sh.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 07:32 AM   #764
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I wish they would have just put a diesel in them from the factory (like the export models). So stupid that we can't get them here. If there was a diesel in a JK, I would buy one now. Like, get out of my chair and buy one, right now.

I liked the idea of a stroked I6. Seems like an easier swap.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 07:41 AM   #765
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I wish they would have just put a diesel in them from the factory (like the export models). So stupid that we can't get them here. If there was a diesel in a JK, I would buy one now. Like, get out of my chair and buy one, right now.

I liked the idea of a stroked I6. Seems like an easier swap.
X2 on both accounts.

Stroking a 4.0 is probably what ill do if i ever do anything that drastic. It can be done cheap (+1), and it can be done right for cheap (+10000). There is no cheap way that is also right with a Gen 3 swap.

Have you familiarized yourself with jeepstrokers.com? There are a few "recipes" on there that make it look quite easy.

I have not done enough reading on it though, how do people handle the computer/fuel?
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