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Discussion Starter · #83 ·
Time for an update. over 14k miles on the swap. Got the rear gear changed over to 4.56. Its almost perfect now and I can use 5th gear. Havent run a tank though yet but I will definitely see a tiny FE increase as there is no lugging around town or from a stop. Also hooked up the glow plugs a few weeks ago since its getting cold now. I skipped the ECU and just run them off a relay with a push button and made a harness as the factory is junk. Next up im fabing up a front bumper to get some tire clearance and most importantly fit a larger intercooler. Id post pics caint figure out how to from google drive like i do on other sites.

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Discussion Starter · #84 · (Edited)
So its been asked and I actually have numbers for the cost of a swap like this. So here they are. It came out of a spread sheet so just scroll down. Im sure it could be done cheaper. Most of the money is in upgrades.

$2,500.00 Dodge dakota 2001 quad cab 5 speed 4X4
$1050 Awsome! Adapter from TD conversions
$60.00 Rear bushings
$400.00 Rear end
$52.46 rear shackles
$96.00 fuel pump gas
$5.00 blower resistor
$78.00 fuel filler neck
$33.00 fuel tank bolts
$20.00 cobalt drill bit
$700.00 VW Beatle 2002 TDI
$72.00 window regulators 2/headlight switch
$20.00 clock spring for cruise control
$9.00 headlight bulbs
$54.40 window reg/spare Jack /carrier crank.
$375.00 Mtdi 300TDI pump! Shipped!
-$12.00 scrap rear end
-$200.00 sold bug shell
$145.56 new jeep 4L flywheel and dodge clutch
$122.00 motor mount kit
$10.00 flywheel bolts
$16.00 rear main Seal
$19.00 trans mount
$23.68 tools for VW
$18.54 fastenal bolts
$170.00 Ross Tech VCDS cable
$80.00 AFN Exhaust manifold
$80.00 AC compressor bracket
$10.00 3/8 coolant caps
$33.00 electrical conectors
$21.00 serpentine belt
$45.00 timing tool kit.
$50.00 Steering shaft
-$100.00 sold evo trans
$861.07 turbo BV43a new
$45.00 intake pipe
$142.44 I'd parts gasket oil drain
$69.00 oil feed
-$150.00 sold stock vnt15
$36.72 3bar map sensor.
$89.99 diesel pump E718M
$24.00 clear fuel line
$19.73 oil pressure sender
$52.82 aluminum 1 1/4 pipes
$92.46 POR 15
$11.99 vag com cable
$477.03 Malone tune &flasher.
$28.99 vac tool
$37.54 uperradiator hose.
$6.00 fuel clamps
$18.00 fuel filter
$72.98 power steering hose. Pirtek
$94.55 intercooler MR2 side mount
$195.48 exhaust flex Mandrel 2.5 stainless 304 pipe
$24.03 turbo flange
$190.00 EGT/Boost gauge
$15 Orb NPT fittings
$29.94 Exhaust wrap 90 coupler
$559.00 R520 stage 4 injectors
$70.95 Dakota digital box
$150.00 Timing belt/ pump tstat
$100.00 cam gear and bolts
$450.00 rear ring and pinion 4.56
$64.29 Rack seal and outer tie rods
$74.52 16ga steel sheet
-$36.00 v8 4.7 sold for scrap
$146.00 AFN dampner PN: 028105243Q
$178.09 oil cooler for 3.2
$162.00 ARP head studs
$103.00 serpentine belt tensioner

$5,581.64 Total swap cost no truck
$9,513.25 My Total cost including Truck and its broken stuff.

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Looking good. I don't see the trans adapter in you cost breakdown? Maybe I donated it? ;>)

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Discussion Starter · #91 ·
Shocks are in and stock sway bar is gonna work jus need to extend the end links an inch and will work fine.


So I drove it today to bed in the brakes and just a road worthy shake down.


And here is full droop on the driver side. You caint tell but tire is off ground. I was adjusting the ride height here.


Tomorrow if I get a chance to work on it Ill go dump the the couple hundred pounds of scrap metal in the bed and then I can work on alignment and the front inner fenders, bump stops and I guess at that point its ready to be a daily again.

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Discussion Starter · #92 ·
So I got the arts and crafts done and I now have front inner fenders. It actually was not as hard to do as I was thinking.
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I went up one hole on the shackles and ended up at 45" to center fender rear and the front is at 43" Might drop the rear some more will see.
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Last thing to do for daily driver status again is swap in my rear gears. Front is empty will get to that later.

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Discussion Starter · #99 ·
Well it almost got totaled. I was number 3 in a 4 car crash. Lady rear ended at probably 50+ mph. All those airbags saved her life fore sure. Im sure were all a little sore but all walked away thank God. The hitch took 90% of the energy and pushed the spare fwd like 8 inches as it lifted my whole rear off the ground and pushed be about 10 ft into the car in front of me. Need a hood ,left fender , tail gate and rear bumper left shock tail lights. Frame is straight. Just waiting on insurance to respond. I think I found a parts truck so hopefully they dont drag there feet. I had to cut the hitch off and fix the exhaust to make it drive able.

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