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Old March 17th, 2017, 18:12   #1
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Erington, BC, Canada
TDI(s): 2004 BEW
Default 2008 Jeep JKU / TDI swap

My Daughter has been driving the Isuzu diesel ZJ since I built the TDI XJ for my wife but its getting pretty old so I asked her what she would like to replace it with.
JKU was the answer, yea who wouldn't. ;>)
So after a month of looking we found one that met most of the criteria, an 08 with 190Kkm, black with a manual 6 speed trans and at a reasonable price.

I have the adapter finished and mounts built so hopefully I can get the engine sitting in the chassis over the weekend.
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Old March 17th, 2017, 22:17   #2
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That will be awesome!!
1999.5 alh soon to be installed in a 1999 jeep xj
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Old March 18th, 2017, 08:24   #3
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Love to see TDIs going into other vehicles. Such sweet engines.

I will be watching this one.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 14:04   #4
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Old March 19th, 2017, 13:36   #5
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Erington, BC, Canada
TDI(s): 2004 BEW

Got the engine bolted in place today.
Lots of clearance all around. About 2" from the back of the tandem pump to the firewall so nice to work on back there.
The mounts worked as designed which is unusual. ;>)
Got a good start on the exhaust downpipe. I think I need to offer some sort of downpipe kit?
I spent a good part of the day cutting, fitting, welding and redoing it over and over just to get good suspension, body and starter clearances.
Power steering line is in and the raised accessory drive system really works well at clearing the diff and steering box.
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Old March 20th, 2017, 15:03   #6
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Awesome. Getting ready to put 37's on my JK, wish there was a 3.0 TDI swap available. Can't wait to see how this comes out.
2003 Jetta TDI - 17/22 *RIP*
1986 Toyota pickup - VW 1.6TD swap, Giles IP, GTD nozzles. Soon to be TDI
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Old March 20th, 2017, 20:07   #7
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37's would be cool, we would like to go 35's but need to get it on the road to see how it pulls 32's.
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