I just finished a GenV 5.3 Liter swap using a Motech Beta kit.
I would like to post a few pictures and share the effort which went into this swap.
Here is some background:
2011 JKU with 125k miles, 3.8 Liter ( which did not burn oil!), 4 spd auto.
This is my second JKU, as my purchased as new green 2011 developed a thirst for oil with less than 30 k, and dealer refused to acknowledge this as a problem....traded for a mustang. Two Jeeps later (YJ, and LJ), I realized I needed the space and capability of the JKU.
I searched and almost bought a nice loaded 2013 with the new V6 and 5 spd auto for $30 out the door, but really wanted something sorta one of a kind. And to be honest, after test driving every possible combination of Jeep powertrains, I was not really impressed with the new 300 HP v6.
So I found a 2011, as it has the new interior, fully loaded 70 th Anniversary edition, and paid $23 for it. This left me with about a 10k budget (story I told the wife, aka Boss!), for a swap kit.
Hemi was my first choice, but I didn't have the newer 5 spd auto, so I would also need the trans. Average cost, $3,200 motor and trans, swap kit $4-5.
Then I really liked my wife's Tahoe and the performance the 5.3 offered. So even before I bought my JKU, I called some LS swap companies, you know, the basic three.
To be honest, John at RPM extreme offered the best deal. But, by now our Tahoe had 167k miles, and IT was using Oil!
So after chatting with Robbie at Motech, my plan was to do a 6.0L swap. This was spring 2016, and I used car-parts to sourch my motor and 6l80 trans.
It was a no brainer, the power of the 6.0 was great, and the 6 spd auto a gear monster.
Engine and tranny, $3,500, swap kit, about 5,600. So for right about $10k I could do it!
Well, daughter decided to get married, and all had to be put off!
So I continued to lurk around JK forum, and noticed Motech posting about a new engine, the Gen V.
I watched the threads, and at the same time, realized all the low mileage 6.0 and even 5.3's disappeared! Robbie said to buy a 2010 or newer with under 50k miles, and in North Carolina, none were to be found! SOB!
So I found a 2014 L83 5.3 Liter, direct injection motor with trans, complete at a local salvage yard. I called Motech, they said yes, we can make it work, and the next day I picked up the motor and trans!