With tax season around the corner and a nice bonus on the way, I am seriously contemplating a 4bt conversion. Back-story: I put a set of 33's on and destroyed my gas mileage. I went from getting nearly 21 mpg's to 14.5 on a good day. I hear that (depending on the build) you could see 24 mpg's on average and still perform offroad with a 4bt.
I have done a lot of research on the subject and have found 2 kits: River Raider and Jeepyard. Does anyone have any experience with these companies?
Also, the engine will cost me between $3000-$6000 with a rebuild kit somewhere in the neighborhood of $500. I have rebuilt tons of 7.3's (if I could stuff one in the jeep I would), but never a Cummins product. Anyone ever done their own rebuild?
Are you contemplating a 4bt to increase your mileage because you do long trips and want to get a longer range out of a tank or to save money on gas?
Because if it is to save money on gas, it is going to take you a few years to offset the cost of the conversion.
He probably has 3.21 gears. I seem to notice that the slightest tire size change with this ratio cuts down mileage to a ridiculous number.
Originally Posted by ludski
The 4bt swap sounds amazing, but i can't imagine it could be done for less than 20k. I mean don't you have to change out the fuel system and everything?
JK Super Freak
Heavier than a hemi?
Originally Posted by Dutchboy101
2007 2dr X, 6sp, 35's on D44's, 3" lift, hydro, etc.
Not sure about 20k for a 4bt conversion. Never looked into a jk conversion so I have no clue what the cost is of the wiring harness and motor mounts. I did one on my yj for 3k. Look for a wrecked ups, fedex, frito lay truck or any delivery truck that size. I bought a wrecked one for $4200, kept the motor and either scraped the pieces or sold it. I did the veggie oil conversion and pumped up the motor. It was quick with lots of low end power. But the conversion on my yj was very easy(no computer). Deals are everywhere, just have to find them.
The gears are the problem for me and they will be swapped with the motor. I want to do the conversion because I can haha. As for the motor, I just talked to a guy that has one. All I need to do is haul it off. He mentioned he needs his fence tightened (nothing comes free).
Now the kit. I think I will give the boys over at jeepyard a call. Then I will make my decision.
Bruiser Turbo Diesel had a fantastic 4BT kit at SEMA.
Last edited by armycop; 11-08-2011 at 12:40 PM.
My bro-in-law has a CJ with a 4BT. Lets just say that it is super noisy and shakes like a dog passing a peach pit. He loves the low end grunt out in the hills but really hates it around town..... mileage is good, he said he wouldn't do it again.
That engine seems pretty small for a JK. HPA's YJ sure looks good, though: ht_p://www.hpamotorsport.com/tdijeep.htm
Originally Posted by matzjeep
A common rail would be much nicer.
Originally Posted by Cochise