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Old 05-02-2017, 11:49 AM
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I thought about swapping a diesel into my 80 but after thinking about how much it would cost and all the work, i think it would be easier and cheaper to buy an imported 80 with a diesel already in it.

When I did my efi conversion on my 22r (I used everything off an 86 22re), I had to go meet with the air care inspector. This guy was super nice and really knowledgeable about the swap. (He actually asked me why I didn't do the 5vz swap instead?) He asked the year that all the donor stuff came off of and made sure it all met the criteria for the 86 22re. My truck for all purposes now is an 86 pickup in the state's eyes
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Thanks for the info guys. Sounds like the toyota diesel swap route isn't practical for me. I just bought a 94 fj80. With the 5.29s the 1fz actually isn't too bad. It's no rocket but it's OK. Was considering replacing my 3Rd Gen 4Runner with a fj80 as a daily driver. I talked to a guy connected with that diesel 6bt swap guy in Oregon. They want 9600.00 just for the 6bt swap kit. That's ridiculous. Plus everyone says that company has messed over a lot of people. Ls swap seems a good balance between cost and power as well as mileage.
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If you don't mind gas look into LS swap. I've meet a few guys that have done it and love it! More power and even some cases gas mileage improved.
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:45 PM
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There was a 6.5 GM turbo diesel swapped 80 running around Longmont area at one point, not sure what year engine though. Would share block mounting points and a trans adapter with the gas V8s.

Or, and this is the route I'm taking - turbo the 1FZ. There are how-to threads on Mud, can be done for $2-4k. More beneficial at our altitudes than a supercharger, and good reports on mpg either not dropping, or improving.
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It's been a while since I did mine, but used to be that EPA and DOT were not the same age restriction. So, to import an entire vehicle, it needed to be 25yrs old, but that was NOT the case if you import only the engine. So, you could conceivably have a 95 landcruiser and legally import a 95 engine and be fine. Like I said, been a while since I imported diesels, but I did a bunch under that rule.

Robbie, I don't pay near that for diesel emission testing every year. I go to diesels only for mine, and in fact, due this month for the next one. I'll look at the receipt, but $50 rings a bell.
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I go to diesels only for mine, and in fact, due this month for the next one. I'll look at the receipt, but $50 rings a bell.
Yep, we take the Jetta there. $50 is i think what i remember also.
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diesel emissions here is a yearly boondoggle
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Old 05-07-2017, 10:58 AM
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Nice you guys have found $50 ones for your cruisers. The only time I did do a test(before I sold back the VW), I had studs on and there was a uncharge to put it on the rollers, it was 75, local in boulder. one place in Louisville want 90 for the uncharge due to the studs. Time is worth something and I did not want to swap out just to save the 25. Anyhow, it is a consideration of what needs to happen every year with the older Diesel, which is crazy if you ask me. That one need to have it tested every year.
Now I have about 4 years no testing before I have to go to the every 2 year(which is nuts again) unless they change the laws(which may happen, they just do road side for gas, and maybe Diesel). Baby Dmax, chevy Colorado is a killer truck. The 2.8l diesel is sweet.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:17 PM
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Personally I'm starting to look at LS swaps. It just makes the most "cents". Diesels are super cool but my wife can't stand the smell. And the cost is pretty high to do it. The super chargers are currently not in stock at Magunson. Turbo would be ideal but then there is still the cost of rebuilding my 1FZ. Then down the road parts are getting harder to source. Slee will drop in a new Toyota 4.7 V8 but that will set you back $30K by the time your done.

A LS will supply all the power I could ever need and if I can get a GM 6speed auto behind it all the better. It's still gong to be $20K. But I'll have 400HP/TQ.
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Personally I'm starting to look at LS swaps. It just makes the most "cents". Diesels are super cool but my wife can't stand the smell. And the cost is pretty high to do it. The super chargers are currently not in stock at Magunson. Turbo would be ideal but then there is still the cost of rebuilding my 1FZ. Then down the road parts are getting harder to source. Slee will drop in a new Toyota 4.7 V8 but that will set you back $30K by the time your done.

A LS will supply all the power I could ever need and if I can get a GM 6speed auto behind it all the better. It's still gong to be $20K. But I'll have 400HP/TQ.
Similarly, I've felt for a long time that the most bang for the buck in mini truck engine swaps was a 4.3L Vortec V6 from a Chevy truck, if you're starting with a 22R. Making the 3.4L 5VZ fit is more work unless you're starting with a 3.0L.

I'll say this, though, that sometimes the simple or cheapest solution isn't the most satisfying. These things are our hobby afterall and I totally get the desire to something different or unique or just simply because.
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