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Old 07-06-2005, 10:21 PM   #1
 
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86' jeep wagoneer compact V8 swap

I have been all over the internet and been reading up on this but they have been for 87' and up. My XJ has a wapping 2.5 with the NP207. I want to put a 302 but can't find any products to support this. 350 is with A&A. With the change in body to the new 4.0 can i still put a 350 in my out dated 86' 2.5. Will i need to beat the fire wall back some to welcome the 350 or should it right slide in. Thanks for any advice. I need to upgrade the transmission and the t-case as well but it needs to start with the motor first. I like the body of the XJ. Can store my cooler better.
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Old 07-06-2005, 11:29 PM   #2
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Do you mean cherokee? An 86 Wagoneer would be the fullsize 4 door jeep.
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It is the Cherokee Wagoneer. They made them for 3 years i think. The limited came with the 2.6 V6.
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The early models had shorter engine compartments if I remember right. To put the inline 6 in there needs to be some modification on the firewall so I would reckon the same would be to swap to a V-8.

What about sliding a 4.3 (V-6) in? You may run into the same problems but less beating on the firewall.
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Have you checked NAXJA.org? There is a ton of XJ info there and I'm sure someone has done this swap. From what I have read on there, there really is much modification needed to the firewall to fit the 4.0 into the earlier XJs. Maybe the same would be true for the 302?

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My only concern would be the motor mounts. If i can find some adapters for the 302 that is what i would go with. I really want the V8. I love the sound and it is fun to work on. Most of the post of NAXJA.org are for 87' and older XJ's.
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easier said then done, i don't have equpiment, i live in apartments, collage starts soon, and no real place to take anything apart. Like most other people, i will just have to buy a different truck better suited to work on then the XJ.
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easier said then done, i don't have equpiment, i live in apartments, collage starts soon, and no real place to take anything apart.
Not trying to be an *****, but how do you expect to do an engine swap?
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None takin, with motor mounts already made it is a simpler process then trying to start making some. Just buy parts and put it together like a grill. Also would be easier by doing it in steps. They have a place on post to do simple stuff like take things out. Not start cutting and pulling axles and just leaving crap around.

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well if you do the body swap, the engine compartment will be bigger since it was made for the 4.0, then I am sure you wont have much of a problem. But if you keep with your body, then I would strongly suggest sticking with a 4.3, because they are pretty stout little motors.

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I think that is what i am going to do. thank you for the advice.
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