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Old April 25th, 2012, 11:38
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VW TDI into a 99 XJ

Hey folks. Just wondering if there is any interest in a build I am working on.

I have a 99XJ that I have a VW TDI installed into. The project is far from complete, I am just wondering if there is any interest in people following my progress.

There is a TON accomplished but I am going to have to start begging for help soon.

Anyone curious?
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Old April 25th, 2012, 11:44
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

Everyone here loves to watch a build, especially an unusual one. Post up!
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Old April 25th, 2012, 11:46
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

PICS!
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Old April 25th, 2012, 11:53
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

I did a double-take just reading the title. More info!!!
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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:09
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

I only have one right this moment. I'll try to figure out how to post pics in a moment.

For the rest of the story:

I am a Jeep guy from WAAY back. I joined in about 2002 but have been quiet for the last couple years as I haven't been driving my XJ waiting to do this swap. Sadly, it appears that I have forgotten a LOT.

Though I am also currently rebuilding a 51 M38 (military CJ3a).

As for the build...

Basically it's a 99 Xj with a 1.9 TDI out of a Jetta. I have been itching to do this for years and I was able to buy a partly finished project that happened to be identical to what I want to do. The hard work was already done. So I am going to strip out the XJ I bought and do a "better" job installing all the bits and pieces into my 99. The guy I bought the truck from did a pretty solid "first try" and I am beyond excited about what I got. Plus, I bought it for roughly the cost of parts.

That said the "old" truck runs and drives at this point. It's about 100hp but motivates reasonably well right now. My goal is 200 hp and that will generate about 400 ft/lbs which should emulate the 4.0 nicely.

The weight of the Cherokee and a Jetta is shockingly close so that's a non issue. Trans ratios are close enough so as to call it the same. The Cherokee trans ratios are actually a little better I feel. The Jetta is geared for an overweight underpowered car. I'll obviously be taking care of the underpowered bit.

I'll post pics as soon as I can. I have one with me, but it appears that I have to have them hosted externally, so I'll have to do that.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:23
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I would definitely be one to watch the progress on this.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:37
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Subscribed.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:53
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

A v-dub TDI in an XJ? Sounds like a major project. Keep us up to date.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 13:17
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

ill be more then happy to look at some pix
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Old April 25th, 2012, 13:21
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

So, I'm confused. You found someone else attempting this swap that sold you the project?
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Old April 25th, 2012, 13:24
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

subscribed! This sounds pretty cool.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 13:37
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

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So, I'm confused. You found someone else attempting this swap that sold you the project?
Yes. Similar swaps are done (or at least attempted) all the time. I know of a couple Rangers, a Tacoma, a Liberty, I have seen some Wranglers of older vintage. But this is the first XJ/MJ I know of.

The guy lost his garage space and decided he needed a proper car "right now".
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Old April 25th, 2012, 13:39
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Old April 25th, 2012, 13:39
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

I've seen VW TDI's in lots of Suzuki Samurais before
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Old April 25th, 2012, 13:46
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Re: VW TDI into a 99 XJ

2.1 diesel to TDI.
http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1058224

I think there's a company that is working on a TDI swap kit, but for the Wranglers. Not sure how different it would be for an XJ, but the more unusual a project is, the more interesting a lot of us will find it.
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