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LS2 in my 97 wrangler *pics*

Alright, little back story.

I had been toying with the idea of putting an LS1 in my jeep for a while. I had done a lot of research, but could never come up with the cash flow needed. Then I deployed to Iraq with the Army, and decided that it was time to do the swap when I got back. Well Im back, and we are well under way.

Now, I had intended on ordering all these parts, and THEN doing the swap once I had everything I needed. That way, I would still have a vehicle, and it wouldnt take as long. Unfortunatly, something went drastically wrong with my NP231 and it decided to rearrange itself under my jeep, and along the trail.

There it is on the flat bed


That happened around january of this year. Mind, you I was beating the hell out of it, fully aware something was wrong with it to begin with. I just didnt expect it to literally blow up on me. Call it stupid... call it carelessness. Ive been without a vehicle since then, so Ive payed the price. The next day I started ordering parts, and doing research.

I decided that the LS1 was not the way to go. Instead I will be dropping an LS2 straight from a 2005 corvette. Complete pull, with PCM and all belt driven accessories. Picked up this little beauty for 6400 dollars shipped, with 16000 miles on it.


Now, I couldnt just put any old tranny behind it. It had to be something substantial, that could hold up to 400hp and 400ft/lb of torque. Here is the NV4500 out that I had custom built for me by Mantrans. These guys are awesome and would recommend them for anyone looking for a rebuilt tranny, or something custom built www.mantrans.com . They took the NV4500 and built it to mate to my chevy engine in the front with the 29 spline dodge output in the rear. They are also a certified Advance adapters distributor, which was a great help, when they told me they could also get me the custom bell housing, to match. Not only that, but they called advance for me, and talked to them to make sure there would be no issues in mating the Atlas II that I had ordered. And yes, thats a centerforce clutch to go with it

Heres the tranny


Now for the Atlas II. Again, advance is another company I will be doing future business with.VERY helpful. They did everything they could to make sure my order was everything I needed and wanted. Ordered my atlas with the 3.8 low gears. I also elected to get the brand new cable shifters that bolt right into the TJ.

Heres my Atlas II



Now for the largest investment in my whole project. I couldnt slack on any part of this project. I ordered front and rear Dynatrac pro 60s. Although all companys were outstanding, Im going to say Dynatrac was by far the best. I told Steve what I was doing, and he helped me every bit along the way. They even gave me a military discount. I really cant say enough about customer support from dynatrac, A+ Anyway, I got the stronger axle shafts, and upgraded everything I could without shelling out the cash for the Pro Rock 60s. They are stuffed with 4.88 gears, and detroit lockers. I will be running 35s on them, possibly 36s.

I KNOW THESE ARNT PROROCKS THEY ARE PROS THERE IS A DIFFERENCE






Note - Yes these are my axles. The shop I have doing the swap asked if they could display them, because as you can see, they are gorgeous!

I also have a larger radiator from Novak on order. Its there Radlock, and will have some pics up when it gets here.

A higher flow/pressure fuel pump is also on its way.

Once the engine, tranny, and transfer are in I will also be ordering custom drive shafts from Tom woods.

Also ordered a new throttle body, because the one on the engine was electronic and I needed a cable driven one.

I would love to be doing this swap myself, but due to time constraints, lack of tools/place to work and being extremely busy with army stuff, I decided that the local 4x4 shop would be better suited. They are called 4 wheel center, and are out of El Paso TX. They are just as excited to do the swap as I am.

Also - I have to give credit where its due. TXjeepTJ has been instrumental for this swap. He has given me tons of advice, and has dealt with me for the past 8 months, and my grand ideas. Thanks again TXjeepTJ


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They have started tearing it apart *crappy cell pic* All I had that day


My buddy Payne.... hes excited. Cant you tell?



These were taking today

The Engine getting ready to be lined up, and dropped in. Bauer is also very excited. But Im pretty sure its because Im that much closer to him not having to drive me around anymore


And from the side


They wanted to have the motor mounts marked, and welded today, but the whole power grid went out while I was taking these pics. Engine SHOULD be ready to go in tomorow.

More updates and pics to come.

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That's going to be nice when it is in there! You def didn't slack off on any of the build. What size lift are you/will you be running?

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Looking good man. Keep us posted with lots of pics...

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Everything looks great, but those axles look amazing; good luck with the build....

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Im running a 4inch from pro comp on there right now. It was on there when I bought the jeep a few years back. Eventually I plan on running a Rubicon express 5.5 long arm kit. But thats much further down the road. I need to get it running and rolling first.

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Another side note - All parts that come off will be up for sale cheap..... but that belongs in another forum.

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wow thats quite a lineup of parts. Looking forward to see the finished product!

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those axles are dead sexy...
I also like how you opted for a manual tranny instead of an auto for the ls2 swap
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Im sticking with the smaller tires for the sake of cash right now. When I budgeted it all out I had planned on an LS1 for about 2500 dollars, and wasnt planning on going with dynatracs front and rear. Once I save up again for a while, I will go all out. Im probably looking at another deployment at the end of the year... so possiblities are endless after I get back again. Plus, Ill be E5 by the time I leave, which means even MORE money. Being a single soldier that lives in the barracks has its advantages. DISPOSABLE INCOME This thing is going to be a trailer queen eventually. But for now its gonna be my daily driver. Therefore, smaller tires will suit me better.

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post #12 of 831 Old 04-01-2008, 01:32 AM
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Geez .... very nice! Lets race .

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As to racing..... Im down! Though I cant wait to pull up to one of those new mustangs and SMOKE him to the next stop light. I know top end I cant compete, but I can still park on top of him when its all said and done!!!

And dirt - I want to say Thank YOU for supporting the troops!

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oh my god.......atlas 2, dana 60 axles locked and an ls2.

I love seeing these projects. You didn't skimp on a damn thing. This will be one hell of a thread. I'm glad to see it going to one of our military guys too!

I know I'm excited to see where this goes. Hopefully your engine luck has changed.



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