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I was with me other half in our custard mobile when I said to her "I wouldn't mind swapping the engine for a V8 lump." She looked at me stupid. How much there is in the engine bay for a V8, I don't know.

Has anybody else thought of this, or is it only me that has this perversion?
 

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I think you would be trying to fit a round peg into a much smaller square hole. First, finding a V8 that fits. Next remember that the Renegade uses a computer to do most of its control. How are you going to tie the engine into the computer? Or you're not? Then how are you going to override the error messages?

I think that "not probable" is an understatement.

However, I only ever played an automotive engineer on TV, and the part is on the editing room floor :)

So what I'm saying is, I have answered from the stand point of someone that does computers/networking.
 

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I'd love to have a "bigger" engine in my Renegade. Or at least one with more power. 250 hp ought to do it. :D

My other car has nearly 500 hp (stock from the factory). I don't use all that power, but it is nice knowing it's there. And the engine's (all stock) sound is wonderful. And the really nice part is it will still get 25 mpg or more on the highway.
 

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Maybe this is possible but you will have to get an engine from the same "family" so as to "sit" on the same base as your multiair2, i.e. maybe from an Alfa Romeo GTA.
 

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As Barebuttminer pointed out, it would be easier to put a Renegade shell on a different setup than change everything over for a V8. It's not just changing the engine, but everything in the driveline.... Now dropping a Renny body (i know its unibody so this may require some fabrication) on a small V8 vehicle...that could be doable.
 

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As my Renegade is on the motability scheme, I wouldn't be able to get away with it. I was speaking as though six lottery numbers had come up on Saturday night. Unfortunately due to arthritis. I am unable to do my own spannering (wrenching to our colonial cousins), so I would need a good sized wedge to have it built. It wouldn't be the same as doing it myself.

So if anybody wants to build a V8 Renegade, please do.

There is something about a V8 that makes it addictive. How I miss that V8 rumble..........
 

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I got rid of my 2015 srt8 premium chally... Do I miss it soMe times? Yeah kinda... Do I miss the high payment, insurance and gas.... **** no! Do I miss borrowing the wife's car to fish! **** no. I can take my nucanoe frontier anywhere I want with the Rene...

I guess if I could do two car payments... Oh wait I'd rather build a 1980s 911 turbo with less $ than a srt costs... Thanks...
 

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I have been pondering this as well. I think it is very doable! Keeping the 4wd would be the hardest part. Also essentially all the electronics would have to go. This would simplify things. If one wanted to keep 4wd, could use the drive train from a trailblazer ss. I was also wondering if a pentastar v6 would fit as they also come with the 9 speed. If the bell housing was the same then it would probably be the best fit. I think the engine bay is big enough. The Cadillac North Star v8 would be another good one, their small, light, and make good power.
 

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Has anyone looked at sheet metal used in BU chassis?
I compared it with my other crossover, a few years older, and the difference in thickness is apparent. Also bushings are much softer which help reduce unwanted vibrations.
When you combine flexible unibody, soft bushings and heavy, powerful V8 don't expect to be a performer. A trophy - yes!
V8 has tremendous torque capabilities which, unless strengthened, will twist BU frame.
One solution is to go *******. Meaning is to put BU body on a small ladder frame of a truck or suv.
I am sure someone daft enough will attempt to undertake such endeavor.
 

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Not sure about the V8. Had a V6 shoehorned into a Ford Escort some years ago. Great in straight lines but lethal on the bends.
Aside from all that, the 500X - the Fiat equivalent of the Renegade - is getting some Abarth treatment. The tuning arm of Fiat are planning either a 200bhp 1.4 petrol upgrade or a 225+bhp with their Alfa 1750 cc engine.
I could live with a reliable 225 bhp.
 

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You could fit a small V8, the 4.7L in the Dakotas would be a good base even though parts are scarce for those older models. I think a V6 would be the wise choice. The 3.6L is a solid choice, power, not much more weight and fuel economy would still remain the same. Imagine a Supercharged or Turbocharged V6 as a Track Hawk version. It would be an offroad dream to be able to combine a Jeep with the power of a GNX. They can fit the Hellcat motor in a Wrangler which crams a 6 cylinder in there. I don't see a motor swap being anywhere out of the realm of possibilty.
 

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I would argue that a small supercharger and new ECM frimware to use it, or a piggyback unit would be the most viable option for DIY frankensteinery.

The other oprtion would be to wait for the hurricane engine to drop, as it is supposed to be in the renegade, and then jsut retrofit all of the components into an older renny. Not cheap, but you are going to find that making a v8 swap livable for daily driving won't be cheap either.
 

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If you were going to do anything (which I strongly recommend-against), you'd be best doing a personality-change using a donor KL-Cherokee, with a V6. That way you'd have the least amount of difference in the body and drivetrain systems.

Honestly, if you want a V8 in a tiny 4x4, go buy an old Samurai and drop a carbureted 350 into it. Don't bother trying to mod this Jeep unless you already know what you're doing and don't need to ask questions.
 

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If you were going to do anything (which I strongly recommend-against), you'd be best doing a personality-change using a donor KL-Cherokee, with a V6. That way you'd have the least amount of difference in the body and drivetrain systems.

Honestly, if you want a V8 in a tiny 4x4, go buy an old Samurai and drop a carbureted 350 into it. Don't bother trying to mod this Jeep unless you already know what you're doing and don't need to ask questions.
Am I planning on actually doing this? Nope. If you read my first post/thread start, I say has any anyone else had this perversion or is it just me?

I know my around around motor vehicles, as I got my City & Guilds in motor vehicles. I used to work for Renault in the service department. Up until nine years ago, I worked for myself specialising in older Volvos. I have also rebuilt motorbikes, some standard and some modded. OK, so I ain't no Chip Foose or Arlen Ness and I don't intend to be.

Nowadays I don't work due to being disabled with arthritis in most of my joints, as well as spondylitis and prolapsed discs in my spine.

Anything is possible. Limit is how big is your wallet?

Now should I win a couple of million then things could be different..........>:D

I was thinking Hot Wheels etc. See the pink Jeep in the attached pic.
 

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