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Old 12-25-2010, 08:32 PM   #1
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I am new to the whole 4x4 game and just recently came across 2 Jeep Cherokees for $600. The 1989 is lifted and running. However it is stick which Im not a big fan of shifting especially when Im hunting (which is why I purchased the rigs). The 1991 is a sport, all stock, and does not run. The wire harness caught fire about a year ago, but the engine and tranny are still in great shape. My question is will I be able to take the HO engine out of the 91 and install it into the 1989. Any advise would greatly be appreciated. Thanks again. I hope you all had a blessed chrismas and happy new years!
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Oh yes almost forgot. I would like to know if I could put the automatic tranny along with the engine out of the 91 cherokee in the 89? Thanks again!
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you can do it there are just a few things that you ned to do and a ho renix hybrid thing. Search that on here and you will find out what parts you need to mix and match.
Why dont you just get a wiring harness and swap the lift? Sounds easier in my opinion. With the 89 being renix and the 91 being obd.
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Actually that is what I was thinking. Is all suspension the same from 89 to the 91?
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:13 PM   #5
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i did that write up on the hybrid... but i did it cause some dummy put a 96 engine in my 89 and i didnt realise it till after i bought it and started ordering parts... otherwise no its not worth it if you havent bought the stuff already... buy the right motor... im not sure if you can swap the tranny around without changing the harnesses... i just bought my first automatic cherokee so i dont know about sensors and all yet...
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i did that write up on the hybrid... but i did it cause some dummy put a 96 engine in my 89 and i didnt realise it till after i bought it and started ordering parts... otherwise no its not worth it if you havent bought the stuff already... buy the right motor... im not sure if you can swap the tranny around without changing the harnesses... i just bought my first automatic cherokee so i dont know about sensors and all yet...
your write up is what I was refering him to check out. I read over it alot b/c Im planning on doing a 99 intake set up with HO head and your set up will work perfect.
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glad it helps boss!
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