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Old February 6th, 2017, 06:59 PM   #1
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I am just considering what it would cost for a stretched out TJ 1 ton axles, V-8 ls chevy, auto, coil over build would cost?, could it be done under 15,000.00?
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Are you doing the work? Yes but barely.
Are you paying someone else to do the work. Probably not.

Many people underestimate the cost of doing a V8 swap. In addition to the engine itself, you have lots of wiring issues, radiator, exhaust, throttle, motor mounts, etc.
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Axles 3k
Tires rims 3k
Suspension 3k
Motor, transmission, t case 4k
TJ base 2k

15 k comes up fast even doing it yourself.
Now you can drop the above prices. But, I left alot of nice items out like interior, electrical, custom cage, steering, etc.
3k into a suspension is links, crossover steering, and coil overs doing it all yourself.



Get out a pen and paper and write down every part and price you need. Then write down a realistic timeline.



My little v8 swap I have planned for the summer that I have the carburated motor,advanced adapters bell, good clutch and good running motor I have $1000 into I still needs the following.
Mounts, exhaust, water pump, timing chain, starter, gaskets, electrical, baja heater, radiator, fans, fuel pressure regulator, exhaust, clutch master, and York compressor for a total of $2400.

That does not even get me to the next stage of stand alone fuel injection and custom dash which stuffs me into another 2k.

That's mostly bolt in stuff or general maintenance items while the engine is out. But the prices are realistic and timeframe of 2 months to do the first stage reflects that.
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The huge factor is doing the work yourself or not. The next factor is you can add up all the big money items all day long but its the little things that will get you.

Im for sure under the 15k mark in my built v8, 4/3link, coilover TJ adding up the big ticket items, but if I add up the little things like nuts/bolts, fluids and the never ending list of little things, plus the thousands (yes thousands) of hours of my time im way over that. The big thing for me is I started with a low mileage/rust free jeep that I could get a good chunk of change from selling parts I no longer needed

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I think 15K is a good starting point. But like everyone else says, its the little things that get you. bump stops, bushings, seats, seat belts, gauges, shifters, adapters.... the list goes on and on.
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Last time I added it all up including a few thousand dollar buffer for stuff I forgot I'm about 18k deep into building my jeep. 5.3,th350,231/300 doubler, hd dana44 front rcvs, dana60 rear with chromos. Coil overs and air bumps on all four corners. Lots of tube full cage fuel cell tube fenders the list goes on.

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How stuck are you on a TJ?

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I figure my cj2a build will be around $15k for the first iteration. Then add rims and tires and a few ither luxuries and you're talking $20k

I wheeled and dealed my way into most of it though. Parted out the stuff I didn't need, bought lots of stuff to sell off most for just one item kept, etc etc


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Yep, I am fast approaching the $10k mark on my fc project (1 tons, v8, th350 203 205 doubler) and I have searched out used parts where ever I could. That is keeping it cheap/durable with basic leaf springs. The little things really add up as everyone else says, right down to welding wire and gas.


If you aren't in a hurry and search around it might be possible on a $15,000 budget.
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hell, i dropped about 6k last year in bolt on upgrades to my ljr.
its till running factory axles, engine, trans, and t case.

unless you shop junkyards, and do all the work yourself, 15k wont build much.
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Last time I added it all up including a few thousand dollar buffer for stuff I forgot I'm about 18k deep into building my jeep. 5.3,th350,231/300 doubler, hd dana44 front rcvs, dana60 rear with chromos. Coil overs and air bumps on all four corners. Lots of tube full cage fuel cell tube fenders the list goes on.
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Does that factor in the initial cost of the Jeep or is that just the build?
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The huge factor is doing the work yourself or not. The next factor is you can add up all the big money items all day long but its the little things that will get you.

Im for sure under the 15k mark in my built v8, 4/3link, coilover TJ adding up the big ticket items, but if I add up the little things like nuts/bolts, fluids and the never ending list of little things, plus the thousands (yes thousands) of hours of my time im way over that. The big thing for me is I started with a low mileage/rust free jeep that I could get a good chunk of change from selling parts I no longer needed

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What was the cost of the base Jeep you started with - $5-8k ?
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What was the cost of the base Jeep you started with - $5-8k ?
I paid $6k for my 97 wrangler with no rust and only 55k miles. The only issue was some pretty nasty paint fading

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I paid $6k for my 97 wrangler with no rust and only 55k miles. The only issue was some pretty nasty paint fading

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Sounds right for a rust free TJ. Any cheaper than that and you start getting into the 4 cyl manual, high mileage TJ, that has rust on the tub and the fenders are starting to go, the frame might be weakened by rust and a long list of other issues. But many of which would obviously be addressed in the build and not needed other than to help offset costs of upgrades.
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Does that factor in the initial cost of the Jeep or is that just the build?
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When I read the op's post I assumed he already owned the jeep and was just talking about the items he listed: driveline, axles & suspension.

He didn't ask about wheels & tires (maybe already has them?) or additional upgrades like a cage, winch or other goodies. If he is starting from scratch, add $10,000.
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When I read the op's post I assumed he already owned the jeep and was just talking about the items he listed: driveline, axles & suspension.
I read it as looking to buy one that was built with the options he mentioned and was questioning someone else claiming they built one for under $15k. Love the internet. You can read into a lot of things when it's not clear.
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I can't imagine what you have in yours.
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