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88 Raider with Jeep 2.5L & AX-15 swap #1105336 11/12/19 12:20 AM
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I bought a 88 Raider last summer for my boys to learn how to drive. After a few hundred miles, the timing chain failed. After looking around for parts, I decided the Mitsubishi engine was going bye bye. I already had an extra AX-15 trans and NP231 t-case in the garage, so I figured I would just get a 2.5l and the dakota bellhousing and give it a shot.

Well, it was a lot of work, and I don't think I do this sort of thing again for a while...

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Re: 88 Raider with Jeep 2.5L & AX-15 swap [Re: Patchman] #1105337 11/12/19 01:00 AM
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I used a 2.5 from a 97 Wrangler with multi-port injection. That way I could avoid any security stuff in the ECU and it would fire up relatively easy.

I made some crude motor mount brackets so that I could use the original Raider mounts.

I also made a simple bracket to attach the original power steering pump and v-belt. I used the old style Delco alternator and v-belts instead of the 97 serpentine system.

I used the original radiator and the Jeep clutch fan. I got some cheap flexible metal radiator hoses due to the inlets and outlets being on the opposite sides.

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Re: 88 Raider with Jeep 2.5L & AX-15 swap [Re: Patchman] #1105341 11/14/19 03:56 AM
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The 2.5 is a good little engine, plenty for a Raider.

V6 Montero radiator has top hose to other side, but not sure of the bottom.

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Re: 88 Raider with Jeep 2.5L & AX-15 swap [Re: rxinhed] #1105346 11/18/19 02:34 AM
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Good to know about the V6 radiator! If I ever have to replace it I will look for one.

I wish I could find somebody nearby that could use these extra Mitsubishi parts. I hate to scrap them...

Re: 88 Raider with Jeep 2.5L & AX-15 swap [Re: Patchman] #1105348 11/18/19 04:55 PM
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I'm getting ready to recycle 3 different cars & trucks, and parts from multiple part outs, because no one wants to visit the Montero Ranch for numerous free things.


1988 Mighty Max turbo 2.6 service body
1980 Power Wagon W400
Out of the parts business now, unless you visit Montero Ranch
Re: 88 Raider with Jeep 2.5L & AX-15 swap [Re: Patchman] #1105353 11/19/19 06:20 PM
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What transfer case did you go with?


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Re: 88 Raider with Jeep 2.5L & AX-15 swap [Re: plh] #1105361 11/23/19 10:53 PM
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The ax-15 already had a NP231 bolted on. Drivers side drop. Used an Advanced Adapters cable shifter. Works good.








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