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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-25-2007, 03:43 PM
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With it being spring and all of my friends having trucks to go muddin in i decided i wanted to get a jeep.

I found a five speed i think its 95 wrangler but the engines a 4 cylinder engine would it take alot to drop the 4 cylinder and put a v8 in it

what does a v8 usually sell for?

I'm only 16 and i dont know alot about engines. So any information would help thanks
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Joe, since you are 16, give you some advice, get a great paying job. There was a great article on upgrading power in a jeep from Leve, maybe he will point you to it.

The v8 will be cheap, compared to the adapters, and upgrades/replacements you will need. Get used to "Ahh, crap what snapped now!"

Best advice, daily driver car first, good job, make a deal with the 'rents for the garage, then get a junker you can build up.

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Welcome to the board!

What Thor said. You don't really need a V8. They look and sound impressive, but that's a pretty strong 4-cylinder you have. There are some regulars on the board with that combination who do amazing things with it.

Lots of power is handy in mud, but the cost of putting a V8 in a Jeep can be crazy. Also, that chassis never came from Jeep with a V8 and there isn't one that will just bolt in. There are literally dozens of parts that will need to be bought or made. Guys with a good shop, tools and a lot of experience doing that kind of work have used up the best part of a year on an engine swap. And guys without those resources have gotten part way into it and given up.

Your best bet is to drive it as is, learn what it can and can't do, and then in a year or two start to think seriously about a swap, if you still think it's needed.

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Hi Joe....welcome...
Ditto on what Thor and Jim said.....
I did a V8 swap into my CJ....it took me about 2 years....of course I got sidetracked and ended up doing a frame-up restore...and I was out of town a lot....
I paid $500 for my 5.7L TBI with the 4L60E tranny...it cost me about another $1500 for adapters and misc parts....and thats not the stuff related to the restore....(paint, stainless steel brake and fuel lines, etc).

16 And don't know a lot about engines? This is NOT the way to learn.

Besides the V8 I bet your also wanting to put on the biggest tires and lift you can.....there is a lot more to it than just bolting on the stuff. Do your research...learn from the mistakes of others (like big tires with stock gears)....

That 4 banger will actually do you well for awhile...and reduce the chances of you getting tickets....

Right now just concentrate on getting to and from school and work...save your money because your going to need it....

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Ive only had 4 angry squirrels under my hood. infact while the 6cyl does have more power, its rpm range is the same as a 4 cyl, (drove a 99 tj with 4.0 adn 75mph I was at 3100rpm, same with my 4cyl...it was just easy-er to get there with the 6cyl.)
Learn to drive the squirrels. They will treat you good as long as you dont treat them bad.
Best advice Id give is to take auto shop classes, most HS offer them, and some will even let you park your junk there while you are fixing it.
Other than that, drive it dayly wheel it lightly (untill you can afford to fix it...ie job). Also get mom & dad involved, busting nuckles in the driveway is great for bonding.
Have fun, and good luck
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While I don't want to stand between a young man and his dreams, I have to agree with everyone else. Dropping in a V8 is a ton of work and money. Besides, the 4 cylinder is a great engine, just not so powerful. And, there is so much involved with an engine swap. In addition to various adapters and linkages, you need to factor in the cost of a stronger transmission, stronger axles, new exhaust, and on, and on, and on! Save your money, learn how to work on the four cylinder, and have fun with your new Jeep. But don't stop dreaming because when you get the experience and money, you can still do that swap!


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