Hey all, after spending years watching you guys rip out the 3.8 turd motor and fit Hemi's ( and Chevs) to your JKs, I've finally got the green light from the minister of war and finance to upgrade to a Hemi!!
Now before you Chev boys try to sell me on a LS swap, whilst I can appreciate the benefits of a LS,(less weight, better mpg and so on), between the wife and myself, we have a couple of Mopars so it's kinda in the blood, ya dig?
Ok, the deal is I'm getting a kit with a 5.7 VVT MDS Hemi from Todd to fit into a 07 Rubi unlimited.
The difference in this thread to other Hemi builds is my Rubi is RHD, so bear with me folks, this might get a bit challenging.
The kit I'm getting from Todd is essentially a std hemi kit minus the dedicated LH gear eg, battery tray and stuff that wont work for RHD.
I've searched high and low for RHD swaps and have only found a handful on the web.I know of 2 on the Aussie forum and one from South Africa. And a big thanks for those boys that posted. And from what I'm hearing from people is that none are plug and play yet. This will get interesting me thinks
Several are running around, but their builds haven't been posted on forums.
This build will be a little mundane compared to the usual posted, as the purpose of the swap is more touring (expedition) and towing a poptop van that weighs in at around 1700KGS, so you know where I'm going with this?
Need power for them thar hills! And 8's sound shit hot!
Ok, getting a bit carried away, right, specs as she stands now.
* 07 Rubi with std running gear, including 4.10 ratio's
* 4 in Teraflex kit
* fab Four front bar
* Custom (me) rear bar
* a couple of custom items (me again)( rear floor in cargo area to anchor fridge and roof console for radio's.
285's on stocko rims (for now) May step up to 305's
So that will give you an idea of the weight I'm running and why I'd like to utilize the MDS for improved economy on a trip.
I know , I know , fitting a Hemi and wanting economy
Here's some pics and I'll keep this updated as stuff happens, first is getting the kit shipped from CA to Brisbane, hope you guys are patient.