Its a great place, wouldnt go anywhere else.K&N air filter, and a custom exhaust system, toss in a tower strut .....would be the basic changes.
Question for ya Compassed what do you think of Melbourne? I've been thinking of moving (for political reasons)
They aren't. There's a guy over here in Germany that took the Cali RT's 4wd compnents and added them to his SRT4... Needless to say they didn't last long. He did 3 strong launches from a dig.... transfer case was shot and there was so much power going through it, that it twisted/sheared the heads of the rear halfshafts....I looked at a turbo install to make it an SRT4 but some parts aren't strong enough (in my opinion) to survive very long through that.
Would you have an idea about what type of engines would fit, maybe a V8Yeah, already thought of that one too. I'm still warranty on mine so it's out for now though. I thought a nice 3.7L with a Selec-Trac would make a nice swap. There's other considerations too though, the rear IRS might have to be swapped and the driveshaft would probably have to be changed too. It's all speculative at this point, but I've seen a guy put a frame under his unibody Cherokee so anything is possible. (In case you're wondering I base my parts off of the 2007 Jeep Liberty which is only 7mm wider than the compass making the swap more realistic. It also has a 6 speed, and I think all manual drivers agree that once you have five speeds you just want another gear.)
Smokey do you even think it is worth all the pain to even do the 3.7 engine swap? or the money for the matter? It seems like it just seems more practical to buy a second project car and keep the compass as your daily driver.Well the 3.7 powertech is just the 4.7 powertech without 2 cylinders. It might fit but there might not be room for a radiator when it's in. The other consideration is weight, once you start doing that you might overload the unibody and you'll definately have to beef up the front end. Being a unibody it's not like you can just weld another mount to the frame and be on your way. The curb weight of the compass is the lowest of all the jeeps so once you stick the big engine in there you're going to end up with weight distribution problems with the back end. If it can be figured out and the 4.7 would fit, I reccomend the 4.7 maginum because if you're going through all that pain and suffering you may as well have the extra ponies.