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|07-12-2013, 03:23 AM||#21 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2007
Location: South Jersey
its up to you. there are pros and cons to both going diesel, going to a bigger gas engine and an engine swap in general. its a bigger project than you really plan out(did a V6 auto to V8 stick in my 97 F150, did a chevy V8 into a CJ7, and multiple engine swaps-just V8 to V8). and though you could do a swap in a garage with minimal tools, its the wallet where you need the biggest help.
also, if the body style/generation of your 4Runner did have a V8, but not your year, its no big deal. you might need some specific parts and some fab skills, but that's not impossible.
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|07-12-2013, 11:31 AM||#22 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: St. Louis
Now if it was me and I had my mind made up to do an engine conversion, I would do a 5.3 Chevy Truck motor. they easily fit in small engine bays (look up the guy who put one in a Toyota FRS already) are cheap and plentiful. Once installed and hooked up, you could easily get 20-22mpg if driven lightly and have easily 100% more torque and horsepower. If you go even farther and get an all aluminum LS motor, you gain very little weight. I researched a LS conversion for my 89 BMW 325i and if a 6 speed is used, an all aluminum LS motor is only 80 pounds heavier than the stock 6cyl and 5 speed. If your resourceful and can do much of the wrenching yourself, you could do this conversion for $1000 or so. Before you doubt me I know a buddy who swapped a 5.3 truck motor into a mid 70's Vette for less than $1000. The hardest part of the conversions? Hooking up the speedo and gauges inside.