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post #1 of 3 Old 03-25-2012, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Xj 97 XJ 318 with Autotrans..looking for ideas on build on

I primarly use this jeep for trails in southern IN and river camps and I would like to get more power to the wheels by swaping the worn out trans for a manual 5 speed pefered but ill settel for a 3 or four considering the furthest i drive it before hitting the dirt trails is 100 miles I also want to keep in mind that at 287000 miles its getting close to rebuild on the motor I would like to keep the factory block and get a stroker kit to add power and the manual that I put in would have to hold up to aprox 400 hp 400 ftlbs thats the final goal and $$$$$ dont matter the only thing is im limited to time because Im working on a drilling rig 84 hours a week and mainly just get a couple days off at a time and maybee 2 weeks in december please sugest any ideas ... thanks

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-27-2012, 06:39 AM
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Sounds like a good build.. with no time to wheel.. Do you think a manual is going to add that much? what about regear?
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-13-2012, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Mainly I just enjoy driving anything with a manual many times over and auto.... I was in Mohab utah two days this week to work sadly I didnt have my xj.. so I bought me an 86 isuzu trooper 2 to go wheelin in couldnt take the company pickup.... now im hauling it home for another later project or to just scrap it idk yet but I cant wait to get home and start working on my xj project
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