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I am planning on swapping in a 383 small block chevy, 700 R4, NP205, Dana 44 housings F&R, and a lift (either Rubicon or SOA).

Now for the question. What would be the best order to do these so that I do not have to repeat steps or repurchase things,i.e. driveshafts,etc...

I know I could do it all at the same time, but that is a ton of work at one time!

Any advise would be good <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0">

[ 09-09-2001: Message edited by: Kicker ]
 

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What R U planning to swap it into? Will the new drive train be heavier or lighter than the old? Will the new be longer than the old? Will you want(or need) to stretch the WB for better driveline angles or whatever?

More info please.

I say start with the engine trans t/c. This way you can see where you need to locate the axles and where to point the pinions and where to weld on the new perches. Don't forget the new suspension will sag.
 

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Whoops...Forgot a couple things....

I'm swapping them into a stock 1988 YJ I-6 5 speed.

I do not know if hte newr setup will be longer than stock. I believe it is, but not positive.
I don't want to stretch the wheelbase.
 

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axles first...sell your old axles and get some $$$ for them before you break them with the 383.just my op.
 

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That was my thinking too. But if I had to, I could "hold back" on the skinny pedal to save the tock axles with the 383.

I am just looking for the most efficient order.

I do have a feeling that the axles will be first though.
 

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I say axles first, otherwise you arent gona be able to use your new motor <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"> also i would seriously consider moving the rear axle back a few inches just to gain some driveshaft length. It really isnt that big of a deal. Also by doing the axles/ssuspension first you will gain a ton of capability to keep you happy until you can swap the motor
 

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also why NP205? if your gonna have to use an adapter why not go dana 20? that way you could do the front axle swap before the motor swap(I'm assuming it would be easier to adapt a GM 205 as opposed to ford 205) because you need a driverside drop front axle to work with the stock transfer case
 

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Originally posted by Kicker:
<STRONG>Whoops...Forgot a couple things....

I'm swapping them into a stock 1988 YJ I-6 5 speed.
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PEWJOE!!! get rid of that tranny first.

I'd do the engine swap first, maybe leave 1 driveshaft hooked up if you need to keep it running, that way you don't have to shorten/lengthen them twice, then do axles immediatly after.

[ 09-10-2001: Message edited by: The Flem ]
 

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I'm planning on the NP205 because I am gonna use Scout II axles (passenger drop), plus I won't ever break it, plus I won't use low range hardly ever here in Michigan. Except maybe pulling out a tree stump. And they are real cheap.

If I switch axles first, then I would have to leave the the front driveshaft off because of the opposite drop. If I do the engine tranny trans case first, I still have to leave the front off because of the different drop.

Seems like I will be doing things in one big effort. Unless I am missing something here?

Am I??
 
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