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V8 into a Cherokee XJ?


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I have a 1996 XJ 2.5.  I neeeeed a V8!  I love my XJ so don't want a different/more sophisticated car. I love the sound and feel of V8s so just dropping in the 4.0 six isn't an option. I don't need a million horse power either, probably around 200bhp would be fine.

 

Stateside there seems to be no shortage of used engines I could put in, but here in the UK it seems a little harder to find something suitable.

 

Are the later V8s in the Grand Cherokees any good for a swap, or even a good old 'Rover' V8?

 

Cheers...

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I'd probably look at using an AMC/ Chrysler unit, either one of the older ohv V8's found in the Grand or the 4.7 Powertech of the later models.

Leave the Rover V8 where it is - not that reliable, powerful and hugely thirsty.

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Thanks for replies all!

 

Hmmm, that Lexus thing was awesome!  Maybe a 4.0 would be the way to go after all, for a few more ponies and a grumblier exhaust note. But it'd be an engine swap, rather than change the car... I've poured in too much blood (literally) sweat and (almost) tears into this one and now I know every bit of it.  If I was going to get a different car I'd get a Wrangler..

 

Will the 4.0 match the 5-speed manual that I have now? I believe I have the box and transfer box that can handle plenty more poke...

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Electronics are probably going to be your biggest headache with a transplant.

 

Axles are going to be the weakpoint, especially the rear one if you keep the 231 transfercase.

 

Have you considered the 2.8CRD as a possible transplant?

2.5 TD, 114 bhp, 193 lb ft

2.8 CRD, 175 bhp, 302 lb ft

 

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Mike, Ezz, I followed your call and I've bought a 1998 Cherokee 4.0...  so I'll have a big engine with lots of cylinders and lots of choice for interesting upgrades, plus I'll have aircon, crusie control and an auto box.  Happy days! :gasp:

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Have you still got your 2.5 it may have 4.10 ratio axles so swapping the axles will give you nice gearing for 31 or even 33 tyres

 

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Hi Savman,, I have still got the 2.5 and will have for ages, as once the 4.0 gets here, it'll have the engine, drive train and axles and suspension all pulled out/off and refurbed. All the good bits from the 2.5 (new fuel tank, calipers, flex hoses and rear springs) will get swapped over. Then there'll be a lift kit, hi-flow zorst and some tuning goodies and lots of 'stuff'. Aim is to get the bulk of it done before the 2.5 is due its MOT in April.

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There used to be a jeep transplant  specialist back in 90s that took the whole running gear and engine from a ZJ and put it in a TJ  Amazing jeep to drive being that it was all ways driving all four wheels all the time

So it must able to  do the same to a 98 Cherokee

The person to talk to is Harold  his been around jeeps for years an I do believe he once owned a converted TJ which just was just unstoppable

Terry

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