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Unread 06-06-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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vw engine swap

ok guys I have a 96 zj 4.0 and was toying with an idea of swapping in a VW engine diesel or non diesel I work in a VW/Audi garage where parts are plentiful, has anyone done either of the swaps and which engines did you use? thanks guys

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Unread 06-06-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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Wow...really? I understand you have the resources, but to think anyone has else has done this.
Amazing if anyone has.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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I would be very very surprised if someone has done this before
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Unread 06-06-2013, 06:28 PM   #4
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Cant say I have ever heard of anything like this before.... I have heard of people swapping in old Mercedes diesels in XJs, LS swaps are highly common amongst XJs and TJs, Craziest thing I ever saw was a picture of someone Squeezing a Cat Diesel into an XJ.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 06:30 PM   #5
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My knowledge of VWs is limited but do the engines have the power to move a zj efficiently? When I had my zjs (IMO) the 4.0l was just enough power to do what I wanted. I probably would have been happier if mine had a V8 under the hood.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 06:47 PM   #6
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You talking like a 1.8 TDI? Its gonna be a FAT PIG for power saddled in a heavy ZJ. Seems like a colossal waste of time and money to me. I'd be more impressed if you were building a go-kart around the same engine.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 06:55 PM   #7
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Its a common swap for suzuki samurais to go with the tdi, Maybe ask someone on a samurai forum?
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:01 PM   #8
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At least your fuel tank won't explode.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:05 PM   #9
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Yeah, I don't know of ANY VW engine that would effectively move a ZJ. I think your movement would be measured with a calendar instead of a speedometer.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:11 PM   #10
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Yeah, I don't know of ANY VW engine that would effectively move a ZJ. I think your movement would be measured with a calendar instead of a speedometer.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:18 PM   #11
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Kinda interesting. The 4.0 produces 235 ft/lbs, while the 1.8 produces 177.

Id say if you could boost the ft/lbs you'd have something. Maybe even with the right rear end gears you could (1.8 stock)have something.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:20 PM   #12
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unless you build it out the butt 400 + hp it wouldn't really be worth it
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #13
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It's been done.....almost....

http://www.hpamotorsport.com/tdiconversions.htm
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:43 PM   #14
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Not sure how the wrangler conversion compares to the ZJ though.....electrical/fit/etc....
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Unread 06-06-2013, 08:46 PM   #15
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Just gear it 5:13 haha.
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