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Old June 26th, 2016, 20:17
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Re: 96 xj sport 5.3 swap

Wow the engine compartment looks great
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Old June 26th, 2016, 20:24
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Re: 96 xj sport 5.3 swap

My two cents would be to sell that unique '96 unit to someone who will love and cherish it. Use the funds to get one of the more readily available earlier years and modify that as needed.

Clearly it is yours to do with as you wish, but speaking from personal experience I know those '96 units can be desirable to the right folks.
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Old June 26th, 2016, 20:33
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Wow the engine compartment looks great
thanx, i figured it was worth painting while the harness is exploded on the bathroom floor, and nothing was else was really in there, plus i want that chip foose "jewelry box" effect, i want that red enging to pop when its in there

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My two cents would be to sell that unique '96 unit to someone who will love and cherish it. Use the funds to get one of the more readily available earlier years and modify that as needed.

Clearly it is yours to do with as you wish, but speaking from personal experience I know those '96 units can be desirable to the right folks.
i mean your not wrong.
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Old June 26th, 2016, 21:12
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Re: 96 xj sport 5.3 swap

If I can give you 1 piece of advice, if you even have the slightest inkling of possibly throwing a cam in the motor, do it now before its all in.

Everything gets tight really fast and basically the entire front end has to come apart if you ever decide to do it again. Maybe your budget is tight, but think about everything you will have to replace such as coolant, fluids, etc in the future. While you are in there, I would check the chain to make sure its good and throw in a new oil pump while you are it, particularly if you have a higher mileage engine.

At the very minimum I would throw these in since LS motors love to throw rockers. Then those little roller bearings get into the oil and love to kill bearings.

Just my .02 cents. Otherwise, keep up the good work. Your XJ is definitely wayyyy cleaner than mine.
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Old June 26th, 2016, 21:34
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If I can give you 1 piece of advice, if you even have the slightest inkling of possibly throwing a cam in the motor, do it now before its all in.

Everything gets tight really fast and basically the entire front end has to come apart if you ever decide to do it again. Maybe your budget is tight, but think about everything you will have to replace such as coolant, fluids, etc in the future. While you are in there, I would check the chain to make sure its good and throw in a new oil pump while you are it, particularly if you have a higher mileage engine.

At the very minimum I would throw these in since LS motors love to throw rockers. Then those little roller bearings get into the oil and love to kill bearings.

Just my .02 cents. Otherwise, keep up the good work. Your XJ is definitely wayyyy cleaner than mine.
id really like to throw a cam in it, but im going to hold off hoping up the motor any more than just performance tuning for a while.

after i buy a house in 3-4 years i plan on pulling the motor/trans and rebuilding it, maybe stroking it to 383, more likely a slight bore with 4.8 flat top pistons, and a decent cam, and ported polished heads.

my end goal is about 450 hp/tq and a beefed up 4l60e or a 4l65/70e if i can find one. maybe one from gear start if i get rich in a couple years..and maybe ill learn something about transmissions in the process

im aiming to keep it cleen since it will serve as a dd once i know its all working right. it will likely never be a serious rock crawler (mostly cause i want to keep closer to stock type axles under it (im thinking narrowed hpd44/f8.8) something that can hold 35s. with ls power)
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Old June 26th, 2016, 21:52
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id really like to throw a cam in it, but im going to hold off hoping up the motor any more than just performance tuning for a while.

after i buy a house in 3-4 years i plan on pulling the motor/trans and rebuilding it, maybe stroking it to 383, more likely a slight bore with 4.8 flat top pistons, and a decent cam, and ported polished heads.

my end goal is about 450 hp/tq and a beefed up 4l60e or a 4l65/70e if i can find one. maybe one from gear start if i get rich in a couple years..and maybe ill learn something about transmissions in the process

im aiming to keep it cleen since it will serve as a dd once i know its all working right. it will likely never be a serious rock crawler (mostly cause i want to keep closer to stock type axles under it (im thinking narrowed hpd44/f8.8) something that can hold 35s. with ls power)
My .02cents again, but don't buy an actual 4L65. Its pretty tough to identify one from just staring at the case and unless the label is on top to decipher the code, 9 times out of 10, it will be a 4L60. Unfortunately people lie and since a 65 is worth more than a 60, that's what they advertise. The cost for a 4L65e is exponentially higher up front for the risk and if you plan on building it anyway, then just get a 4L60 and build it up with a 5 gear planetary and it will be stronger than a stock rebuilt 4L65.

I think the axle swaps are a very good idea if you plan on wheeling it. The power output of the LS, even with a just a tune, is way higher than the 4.0. Unless you are careful with the skinny pedal, which I am sure will be difficult, some breakage may occur. Otherwise, the plan sounds pretty good!
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Old June 26th, 2016, 22:05
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My .02cents again, but don't buy an actual 4L65. Its pretty tough to identify one from just staring at the case and unless the label is on top to decipher the code, 9 times out of 10, it will be a 4L60. Unfortunately people lie and since a 65 is worth more than a 60, that's what they advertise. The cost for a 4L65e is exponentially higher up front for the risk and if you plan on building it anyway, then just get a 4L60 and build it up with a 5 gear planetary and it will be stronger than a stock rebuilt 4L65.

I think the axle swaps are a very good idea if you plan on wheeling it. The power output of the LS, even with a just a tune, is way higher than the 4.0. Unless you are careful with the skinny pedal, which I am sure will be difficult, some breakage may occur. Otherwise, the plan sounds pretty good!
yea i plan to do and 8.8 at least after things are up an running, as well as plating the frame
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Old July 5th, 2016, 12:07
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Re: 96 xj sport 5.3 swap

Ive got a week off work coming up next week so i hope to be able to drive this thing at least around the block
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Sweet man. Lookin forward to updates
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Old July 6th, 2016, 15:20
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Subscribing. 5.3 swap is high on my list.
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Old July 7th, 2016, 13:29
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Re: 96 xj sport 5.3 swap

got the novak mounts installed, and installed a 97+ washer fluid reservoir in the 97+ location. since my xj is a 96 is has the punchouts for the newer style in it already so its just a matter of wiring and plumbing, i did it to clean up the engine bay a bit





im done working out side for the day cause it gets too damn hot to keep working out there past 130 when my shade goes away. but im gonna work on the fuel sender tonight, i may just switch to a 95- version since i wont have to dick around with a return line or a goofy pressure reg. i need to go to the junk yard anyways
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Old July 7th, 2016, 18:34
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Re: 96 xj sport 5.3 swap

So were you able to get the bolt that's under the passenger side engine mount? I wasn't so I just left it out.

It's hot in my garage today too. I don't have thermostat, but I'm sure it's north on 100 in here
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nah i didnt, i got some paint in the bolt holes and they wouldnt thread in so i said..."screw it!" haha

i figure if its and issue ill just weld the bottom corner of the mount to the frame and call it good

in other news i cleaned up the garage a bit today, and got the jeep temp sender in the head adapter, i just had to drill it out to a bit for the end of the sender to not hit the ridge on the inside of the adapter. im going to make a junk yard run tommorow and grab a few things, then attempt to drop the motor tommorw night
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Old July 7th, 2016, 20:27
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Re: 96 xj sport 5.3 swap

Cool man I think 1 missing bolt will not be a worry on those mounts. They are beefier than mine and have more bolts in them. If anyone has a problem with mounts it would be me and I seriously doubt I will.

What are you needing from the junkyard?
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yea i bielive i have 8ish bolts in each mount so im not really worried

im gonna grab a 95- fuel sender since i feel like using that will be a much better option then hacking up the goofy 96 sender

some kind of 15-20 pin connector to join jeep and chevy together so i can un plug the harnesses from one another

and a 19x22 condenser, not sure what ill grab it out of yet, im leaning towards a jeep 2.5 condenser but there may be a better option on a different vehicle

ill use the open space above the steering box for trans/power steering fluid coolers
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