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Old 03-21-2016, 05:51 PM
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so basically here it is. the jeep has been in the family since it was made at the factory, my grandma bought it and kept it since 2006 in a garage all stock. she gave it to my sister for graduation and she kept it until 2014 and she tried to sell it and i took it. the motor wasnt the best in the world but still ran strong, i just knew it wouldnt last long. 2 years later she is finally giving up the go. rear main seal is going out and oil pump went / is going out. so finally i got my excuse to swap it.

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that being said, over the past year iv been collecting the parts to put a om617 into this beauty.

i have
-motor mounts
-trans adapter
-fuel kill switch
-egr delete
-exhaust kit

yes i know theres a few more little things to get but ill snag them within the week or next. also yes i know i need the engine, im going to look at one and hear it run this coming weekend.

iv done my research and still doing a bunch on this swap. im pretty sure i know everything on whats to be done so far!


this is what iv done to the jeep so far.

Exterior
- 50 curved led light bar
- window vents
- Curt roof basket (with extensions)
- spare tire mounted in rack
- Led headlights
- Led lights all the way around
- 4.5 Rough Country lift (add a leaf)
- New OEM leaf springs
- Rough Country adjustable track bar 4-6.5 (1079)
- Rough Country steering stabilizer
- Prothane 1-1104 red 25mm front sway bar bushing kit
- (5) Pro Comp Series 51 (15x10 Gloss Black)
- (5) Wild Peak AT (32x11.5x15)


Interior
- Led lights all the way around
- Mag light mounted on door
- JBL 6.5 3-way Speakers (Front / Rear)
- fire extinguisher on back hatch
- Rockville hide away subwoofer

(light bar in pic i switch to a curved 50")

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iv never been good at documenting as i go, but i will do my best guys! cause i know you will all interested in my crazy madness going on with this.
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:13 PM
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Welcome from the dude who told you to come here from fb. Lol
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:26 PM
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OH IO!

Im originally from the nasty natty. Nice to see another ohio jeep!

Love the color.
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:09 PM
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i am getting in on this, i am still torn between a TDI swap and the OM617. I have access to both as far as the motors go.
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by OmgNoWai View Post
OH IO!

Im originally from the nasty natty. Nice to see another ohio jeep!

Love the color.
ol****tyhio. wish i was from florida but, life isnt always fair right lol
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Originally Posted by Mr. Pink View Post
i am getting in on this, i am still torn between a TDI swap and the OM617. I have access to both as far as the motors go.
om617 is by far the easiest. the guys i got my motor mounts from are working on motor mounts for the newer mercedes diesel's as well. so in the future ill problem switch over to one of those for easier power gain.
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:51 PM
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Did he have a lead time on the mounts for the newer one? i have a 95 Benz diesel sitting here at the barn collecting dust.
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:12 PM
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Nice looking XJ!
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Pink View Post
Did he have a lead time on the mounts for the newer one? i have a 95 Benz diesel sitting here at the barn collecting dust.
no he doesnt. he just posted that they are working on them. the om606 would good swap. 174hp and 243tq. you can bet ill be looking into that swap down the road if they can get the adapters out.


here's what he has posted.

New items we are working on:


Mercedes engines OM601,OM602,OM603,OM604,OM605,OM606 adapter kits.
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it looks so sad :/

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heres a video of the engine im pulling saturday running.

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Nice. i will be following this closely. Are you keeping the AW4? if so what shifter will you be using? RAdesigns, Winters etc...?
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Nice. i will be following this closely. Are you keeping the AW4? if so what shifter will you be using? RAdesigns, Winters etc...?
yes im keeping the aw4. im gonna mate all the sensors to the new motor. so the transmission will work as it should.
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cool please document it all, i know i really dont want to get a rail shifter if i dont have to.
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cool please document it all, i know i really dont want to get a rail shifter if i dont have to.
you dont have to wire it all in to still be able to shift. the aw4 will shift manually as well with no problems. i did it when i unplucked my tcm and didnt know it hahah.
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What color specifically is your jeep? I'm repainting mine this summer and love that color
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