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Unread 03-09-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
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scrambler questions

Hey all- I'm new here and just starting to get into jeeps and wheeling. Right now I'm looking at a Scrambler thats for sale in my home town. I was just seeing if anyone had any advice on what to do with it, I mean besides a lift and all. I have heard cutting the back foot out of the bed to give it clearance along rocks and ditches, and it would give it more stability with keeping the longer wheel base. Any ideas or comments with this idea? My other question is how hard and where is the best place to find information on swapping the stock motor with a 383 small block I'm building?

Like I said, I'm new to this whole scene, and any information would be helpful..

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Unread 03-09-2008, 10:51 PM   #2
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1) Welcome aboard
2) Best site for Scrambler specific stuff:
3) When starting any project you have to figure out what *you* you plan to use it, what you want it to look like, etc.
4) If the back of the tub is in good shape, leave it alone. Bbobbing has absolutely nothing to do with stability, it's only to trim off the rear overhang. Scramblers are fairly rare & valuable, so hacking up one that's in good shape isn't the greatest idea.
5) Check out Novak and Advance Adapters sites for info on Chevy V8 swaps...pretty common stuff, just costs a few bucks to do it and usually means that you have to start upgrading/replacing parts downstream of the engine to handle the power.
'86 CJ-7 Laredo: 4.2,T-999,D300,D30/D44,'94 YJ tub, full cage, Shrockworks rockers, OYR corners, AC,cruise,restored seats,3 tops,2.5" Superlift,F-T shackle reversal, RS9000x's,35" Dunlop Mud Rovers.
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Unread 03-10-2008, 12:18 AM   #3
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If you want a shorter Jeep, buy a CJ7 or YJ. Please don't ruin a CJ8 - there's not that many of them left.
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Unread 03-10-2008, 12:22 PM   #4
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ok cool. thanks. like i said i was just starting to look around and found a scrambler. The information i got was from the guy selling it and i wasnt sure if that would be a good idea or not. I knew they were rare, thats kinda why i was asking too. again thanks for the info.

but what do you guys think of swapping the straight six for the 383? Doesn't the inline make better torque at lower rpm's? This is probably going to be used for a daily driver for the most part so I'm looking at it from both angles..good power off road, but something that isnt going to cost an entire paycheck to drive for 3 days.
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Unread 03-10-2008, 01:26 PM   #5
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I would keep the 258 cu in engine. They are strong engines with a lots of torque and will run a long time. My 84 with the 258 still has the original 2 piece axels and transfer case, etc.. Makes a great DD. I have a waggy with a 401 I thought about putting into the CJ7, but why create more work, more money spent, and more problems with the big engine. Don't mess up the scrambler.
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