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Unread 11-25-2012, 01:39 PM   #31
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The 2.5 Liter Land Rover turbodiesel, although light on power, is one of the best engines I've had the chance to drive. Should be widely available. Just a thought. Not sure when they stopped making it though. I've read it wasn't put in the Defender past 1990, not sure of other models.

1.9 VW would be my choice though. Best mix of power, weight and efficiency.

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Unread 11-25-2012, 01:55 PM   #32
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You are correct sundowner. But hilux diesels are gutless. The weight won't make up for it.
I mainly want to gain power on the street and range (fuel efficiency). Without losing reliability, off road power etc. it's annoying sometimes on a short freeway on ramp or things like that where it just needs a bit more get up and go. It's actually quiet unsafe trying to pull out on to a freeway it's that slow. I want something that when i put my foot down it it really gets goin. And the range is bad but its going to remain bad. Probably end up putting an extra fuel tank in instead of trying to fix it.
Will check out the land rovers.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 07:15 PM   #33
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You are correct sundowner. But hilux diesels are gutless. The weight won't make up for it.
I mainly want to gain power on the street and range (fuel efficiency). Without losing reliability, off road power etc. it's annoying sometimes on a short freeway on ramp or things like that where it just needs a bit more get up and go. It's actually quiet unsafe trying to pull out on to a freeway it's that slow. I want something that when i put my foot down it it really gets goin. And the range is bad but its going to remain bad. Probably end up putting an extra fuel tank in instead of trying to fix it.
Will check out the land rovers.
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Perhaps a combination of engine, gearing and weight reduction will get you to where you need to be. Not all equations are solved by changing the value of a single variable.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 09:22 PM   #34
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If your jeep is still on stock 3.07 gears, re-gearing to 4.56 or 4.88 will accomplish your goals for way less money and time.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 02:21 AM   #35
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It is on 33s with stock gearing and I realize this is a huge factor, but I am basing this on the performance with stock tyres. I do plan to regear though especially since I will be going to 35s. Just haven't had the chance yet as I need a roadworthy certificate before I strip it down.
I am planning on keeping it as light as possible when I rebuild. Where can I save weight? I know aluminum bumpers and skid plates and alike will save some weight but is there much else I can do?
What do you mean by engine? Stroke, turbo, supercharge etc? Or do you mean an engine conversion.
Also I am not worried about the work involved, the time needed planning and researching. I have a fair bit of time and I'm young and healthy so can do it. And we also have a hoist, engine crane and everything we need to do it properly. Any specialized tools that we don't have I will get. My only constraints are the cost and the effectiveness of the results. I'm happy to put a decent amount of money into the engine but only if the results are worth the costs. I realize this is subjective but I'm sure you all know what I mean. And I will be doing all the work myself (for cost savings and quality) so the costs shouldn't be too bad compared to a professionally done conversion.
Thanks for everyones help.
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Unread 12-03-2012, 11:21 AM   #36
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VM 2.5 it's not THAT bad.
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Unread 12-03-2012, 08:39 PM   #37
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Here is some info to help bolt an AX-15 to Toyota
http://www.jeeps-offroad.com/showthread.php?t=4740
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