You'll never guess where the V8 came from.
Engine swaps are not uncommon in the car world. You often hear stories about people shoving an LS1 into the occasional Miata or 240SX. However, the owner of this YJ Jeep Wrangler decided to put a very different V8 into his car. The car's stock 4.0-liter inline-six was ready to die, so the owner swapped in a 1UZ V8 engine from a 1995 Lexus LS400. The engine had over 200,000 miles on it and cost only $250. For that amount of money, the owner got a 32-valve, double-overhead-cam V8 with 256 hp and 353 lb-ft of torque.
Matt Farah bought an LS400 with almost a million miles, so we know that this engine can last for a while. However, getting the engine to work in the car required using a Toyota 4Runner Flywheel, Camaro clutch disc, Jeep NP231 transfer case, and a 1967 Chevy SM420 4-speed.
The results are absolutely amazing. This engine sounds great in the Jeep and allows it to be a beast off-road. It even pulls a new Wrangler out of the mud. The power is so overwhelming, that it actually lifts a front wheel off of the ground. Who knew a Lexus-powered Jeep could be so cool?