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Offline slanktapper

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Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« on: January 11, 2023, 01:45:48 PM »


You may have seen it for sale, it's been up for awhile.
I thought it was a completely dead engine, but it ran with a horrible knocking noise that got worse and worse until it was parked.
So it may be salvageable, may need a swap.

NP 231 Tcase w/ 4:1 gear Tcase upgrade
D44 front Hi pinion Radius Arm susp.
D60 rear 4 link
4:10 gears
37" General Grabber X3
Dual Batt. setup
Raised fuel tank

Hope to be on the trails this spring
Tall Rob

Sold: Silver 06 Rubicon - 35"
Current: 92hp True selectable 4x4, Spooled rear diff, Electric front locker, 30" Mud Tires, Snorkel. Warn Axon 35s.

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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2023, 07:27:21 PM »
Project Time!!!!

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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2023, 10:06:00 AM »
Congrats! Looks like it will be a fun rig to wheel with!
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2023, 02:20:41 PM »
Part Out?   8) :P 8)


Good to see you with a Jeep again.   Is it a 4.0 or 4.7?
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Offline slanktapper

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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2023, 09:50:34 AM »
At this point no I'm not going to part it out, I'm going to get it going and wheel it.

It's the v8 4.7, developed a knock that got worse, and worse, and was parked. Haven't had a chance to get into it/drop the pan...
Tall Rob

Sold: Silver 06 Rubicon - 35"
Current: 92hp True selectable 4x4, Spooled rear diff, Electric front locker, 30" Mud Tires, Snorkel. Warn Axon 35s.

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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2023, 11:45:45 AM »
At this point no I'm not going to part it out, I'm going to get it going and wheel it.

It's the v8 4.7, developed a knock that got worse, and worse, and was parked. Haven't had a chance to get into it/drop the pan...
Keep us posted.  Haven't had a good repair/build thread in a long time.

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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2023, 11:20:05 PM »
Nice!
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2023, 04:21:38 PM »
I’ve been watching that one for a while. The parts list is pretty good. Good platform to build off. Some low gears in the diffs and it will go anywhere.
Do some research, those 4.7 engines are fairly yeAr specific I think.
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2023, 07:55:34 PM »
Nice project Rob!  8)
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2023, 09:54:35 AM »
I know the guy from the Packrats that had that Jeep, that thing smoked a lot last time I saw it on a trail. Been out with it on trails a few times. It needs lockers bad or you won't get to many places. From what I understand, those engines are hard to find that aren't beat to their last breath. If it was easy to find a replacement it would have been swapped.

I thought about buying it too lol but I have too many... for now
« Last Edit: January 19, 2023, 10:24:49 AM by fedropor »
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2023, 09:43:43 AM »
Yeah I went into this eyes open, as opposed to some of my jeep purchases in the past.

Every ~day~ hour my plan changes.

Here's my plan, and I'll post updates as it goes...
Get Jeep into Quonset (need like 2 weeks to finish some projects I have going for firewood processing/collection)
Drop the oil pan, and inspect the crank/bearings. Once I know what the crank looks like I'll make the call on Full LS/4L60E Swap or keep digging into the rebuild option.

As for the the smoking on the trail, the valve stem seals are terrible on these 4.7 v8 motors.  Unfortunately as it stands there's no good engine for these available.  I could buy a working Grand Cherokee though but they're ~6k and if I'm spending that I might as well do a full LS swap, or 4.7 Reman with a 3yr warranty.
Tall Rob

Sold: Silver 06 Rubicon - 35"
Current: 92hp True selectable 4x4, Spooled rear diff, Electric front locker, 30" Mud Tires, Snorkel. Warn Axon 35s.

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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2023, 05:26:59 PM »
Sounds like a good plan. You might want to toss in a rear locker while you're at it. That thing gets places because it has power but a nearly stock TJ can out-wheel it.

It went from non-smoking and running pretty good to smoking and running like arse in about a year :D
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2023, 05:51:34 PM »
Let’s tear into this thing on Monday….. and Happy Birthday!!
I just can’t resist a good mud hole!  🤦

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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2023, 09:07:25 PM »
How's the engine?
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a 2000 WJ
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2023, 07:27:13 AM »
Any updates?   Interesting thread :)