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2000 Durango 4wd LS swap

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I have had many people ask me about putting an LS engine in a 4wd dakota or durango. So I finally mocked one up. So far, it is just for fitment, but the drivetrain will be on order soon. I don't see any barrier to using any combination of 4wd or awd LS drivetrains for this project. It's almost like this truck was made for an LS engine.

Here are some pictures.

Clean 2000 Durango

Engine out

Stock motor mounts on LS engine using adapter plates

Mock up motor in

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I have the engine in and mounted. The pan doesn’t clear the front differential tube. The bottom of the oil pan is 7 inches long. There had to be another oil pan that is 1.5-2 inches shorter in length.what oil pan are you guys using? This engine came out of a 2007 Chevy van.
I used the GM Hotrod oil pan on my 1998 swap. The steering setup is different, but it may work for yours as well. Here's a page that shows the various LS style oil pan dimensions:

That site is very valuable for what you're doing.
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