Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Dakota
Modifications: 3 inch lift, 33's, Hemi swap with 5 speed manual
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The 4.7 gets better milage than the 5.9, so it would probably be the better swap in the long run. It will bolt right in but you may have to get more parts from a donar truck to make it work. Mostly the trans and wiring/computer, but you will need all that for a 5.9 swap also. Downfall of the 4.7 is it's fairly expensive to rebuild, I've found all the parts to cost nearly twice that of Hemi parts. Its quite a bit more work, but if you're already swapping why not go with the 5.7 and get way better milage and tons more power than either other engine.
2001 Dakota 4X4, 5.7 Hemi 5 speed manual swap
Electron blue pearl, 3" body lift. 2001 Dakota 4X4, 4.7 5 Speed, mostly stock. 1996 Chevy S-10, 6" drop 4.3 auto. Various Nissan/Datsuns.