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Old 01-29-2013, 08:35 AM
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This has been discussed on here a few times and the conclusion is always the same. The hemi conversion on your Jeep will not make it an SRT8. There are a lot of other suspension, brake, wheel etc components the GC SRT8 has that allow it to handle the way it does etc. If you are purely looking to add a stroker to your jeep and no other supporting mods, well then it will be feasible to do just that. But if you are looking to clone an SRT8, it will be cheaper to purchase a used 06 SRT8.
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In no way am I trying to clone an srt8 jeep. Just want to make mine more custom to what I want. I don't want the body kit or the interior or badges or anything. Just want to lower mine(which also handles pretty good as is for what I want), manual trans, and a 5.7 Hemi. Maybe custom paint later but that's not a priority. None of it is really but it'd be something out of the ordinary, and that's what I'm about.
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I would say don't bother. You will easily spend $10K+ on the engine and tranny alone. Then you will need all new headers, cats, exhaust, etc. That's just the basic items. You're talking about a $15K-$20K project easily. This isn't something that can be done little by little, and still drive it everyday either. There will be a ton of downtime, bugs, demons, gremlins, bad luck, etc. If your Jeep is 4x4, than manual transmission will pretty much be impossible if you want it to stay 4x4.....and may require extensive customization to do it at all. You need to find a manual transmission that can handle the power you need......... fit in the space you need........has the shifter where you need it........... find a way to mount it........find a bellhousing that will work.........find a flywheel and clutch that will work.........make a custom clutch pedel and linkage since there are no manual GCs.........have a custom driveshaft made.......should I continue? There is so much more to this than ordering parts from a website, and bolting them in. I wouldn't be surprised if you had to spend over $30K to complete this.

You can get a used SRT8 with under 100K for less than you will spend to build yours.
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Even getting another Jeep with a 5.7 will be a better place to start. Not necessarily an SRT
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True. I was thinking of finding a motor from a wrecked car and same for tranny. No looking for new, but still they aren't cheap. Idk where I'm going to go with it. I was just mainly looking to see what it would cost to take on such a project. I appreciate all you guys' input tho! Either way I'm still gonna keep my eyes open for any options.
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It's possible but not cheap...you're better off getting a Jeep with a hemi in it already.
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True. I was thinking of finding a motor from a wrecked car and same for tranny. No looking for new, but still they aren't cheap.

Think about it a while before you do anything. You already have $6,800 invested in your Jeep. Even if you get an engine and tranny for say $5000, you're into it for $11,800. Then the supporting pieces to put it together, etc.......approaching $15,000. Your Jeep is only worth around $7,000-$8,000......so it turns into a major negative investment. A basic rule of thumb is never invest more into a vehicle, than the finished restored value........unless you have money falling out of your a$$, and just dont care about how much money you lose.
Customizing it will only further depreciate the value, because it makes it sellable to fewer people. So you will have to commit.....do it right.....and keep it for a long time, because you will lose all of the money you put into it. You have to question if a junkyard motor and tranny are going to last long enough to be worth the investment.

Think about the kind of cars you can buy/finance for $15,000-$20,000 that are fast, reliable, and are able to be resold for their blue book value.

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Think about it a while before you do anything. You already have $6,800 invested in your Jeep. Even if you get an engine and tranny for say $5000, you're into it for $11,800. Then the supporting pieces to put it together, etc.......approaching $15,000. Your Jeep is only worth around $7,000-$8,000......so it turns into a major negative investment. A basic rule of thumb is never invest more into a vehicle, than the finished restored value........unless you have money falling out of your a$$, and just dont care about how much money you lose.
Customizing it will only further depreciate the value, because it makes it sellable to fewer people. So you will have to commit.....do it right.....and keep it for a long time, because you will lose all of the money you put into it. You have to question if a junkyard motor and tranny are going to last long enough to be worth the investment.

Think about the kind of cars you can buy/finance for $15,000-$20,000 that are fast, reliable, and are able to be resold for their blue book value.
That's what I was just thinking about. Hell I wouldn't just buy a junkyard motor and try to drop it in. It'd have to be tested and probably freshened up and what not. But either way I don't mind throwing a lot in it since I have the title, and because of that I don't plan to get rid of it unless someone throws me a ridiculous offer I can't turn down. But it all isn't going to happen anytime soon. I need a better paying job first. So maybe by that time I can do more research and shit, find out what'd be best to go with etc. But he'll if its gonna cost me close to $20k to build it I may as well buy a low mileage '03 Mustang Cobra lol. We got plenty of them around here
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Just drive your jeep the way it sits and save up for something you really want! You do not want to be car poor..
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