Turbo vs engine swap

5632

TJ Enthusiast
Joined
Jul 22, 2020
Messages
907
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Turbos on Jeeps are a total waste of time and money. So many many people talk about cheep on this topic witch include parts and components and not labor. The number one motor used today in hot rods, classics or any special construction today is a Chev LS. The number one motor in a Jeep for any purpose is a Chev LS.
 

Wildman

Over Analyzer Extraordinaire...............
Staff Member
Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 12, 2015
Messages
24,606
Location
In the hills of WA
Here's a 2.4 in a 97 TJ.

https://www.jeepforum.com/threads/srt4-engine-going-in-our-1997-jeep-wrangler.1360390/
Turbos on Jeeps are a total waste of time and money. So many many people talk about cheep on this topic witch include parts and components and not labor. The number one motor used today in hot rods, classics or any special construction today is a Chev LS. The number one motor in a Jeep for any purpose is a Chev LS.

While I won't argue that the LS is a good engine there are other options.
 

Jezza

TJ Enthusiast
Supporting Member
Ride of the Month Winner
Joined
Jan 7, 2021
Messages
912
Location
DFW Texas
Turbos on Jeeps are a total waste of time and money. So many many people talk about cheep on this topic witch include parts and components and not labor. The number one motor used today in hot rods, classics or any special construction today is a Chev LS. The number one motor in a Jeep for any purpose is a Chev LS.

Same could be said for any engine swap. Behind every $500 LS swap is $5k in labor.
 

RINC

I Loves Me Some Arizona.
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 15, 2020
Messages
4,702
Location
A Sunny Place For Shady People. Laveen, AZ
Turbos on Jeeps are a total waste of time and money. So many many people talk about cheep on this topic witch include parts and components and not labor. The number one motor used today in hot rods, classics or any special construction today is a Chev LS. The number one motor in a Jeep for any purpose is a Chev LS.

An LS has its limitations. To get into the 5 sec 1/4mile ET's in a TJ, you are gonna have to go with the tried and true big block Chevy with twin turbos.
 

SkylinesSuck

TJ Expert
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 28, 2020
Messages
3,419
Location
Northern VA
Anyone ever seen any dyno sheets of any internal mods on a 2.5?
I know it has been discussed how engine add /bolt ons make a bit more power until the PCM adjusts and takes it back to stock tune levels. What improvements can be made with a tune alone? Still not a cheap option.

Modding an n/a 4 banger for the kind of power you won't yield the results you are looking for. Can you improve it? Sure, a bit. 35hp might even be attainable, but at significant cost and it won't be in the part of the rpm range you'll want it.

And the whole PCM adjusting away the power mods thing is a commonly spread piece of "internet knowledge" perpetuated by people who don't know how the PCM works based on only a kernel of truth.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: Wildman and Jezza

Wildman

Over Analyzer Extraordinaire...............
Staff Member
Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 12, 2015
Messages
24,606
Location
In the hills of WA
Like the power. Hate the smell of diesel.

I'll have to admit it's the years in the military & then being a truck driver that I like the smell of diesel but not so much the exhaust smell.

You got to build it to suit YOU. Don't listen to the rest of us, do it how you like.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Gollywomper
OP
Gollywomper

Gollywomper

TJ Expert
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 9, 2019
Messages
3,257
Location
Corning CA
I'll have to admit it's the years in the military & then being a truck driver that I like the smell of diesel but not so much the exhaust smell.

You got to build it to suit YOU. Don't listen to the rest of us, do it how you like.

So true. I have a lot of work to do on the suspension. Need to put joints on the short arms I had made. The some foxs and an outboard project. That will keep me occupied for a long time. Maybe I will have an idea on which way I want to go by then.
 
  • Like
Reactions: RINC and Wildman

Blake Stamper

TJ Enthusiast
Supporting Member
Joined
Jan 29, 2021
Messages
263
Location
Boise, Idaho
That is a reasonably good quality new unit, of course if you are looking to do it more on the cheap you can get a take off OEM for around $100.

I am admittedly very under knowledged when it comes to forced induction, where could I find an oem take off for this turbo, if I do eventually take this route, I just want to make sure I do it right.
 

Brianj5600

TJ Expert
Joined
Jul 4, 2018
Messages
3,000
Location
Middle Tennessee
Why not do both? They make beautiful music together.

Mustangengineturbo.png


 
  • Like
Reactions: NashvilleTJ