Ok so Iím new to the Toy world and this is my first truck (90s pickup). I like the idea of having a truck and its nice to have the bed but this is more a winter/off road rig and so far Iím not impressed. Itís currently equipped with a 5.5Ē lift and I just recently dropped down to a used set of 33s because its still running the stock 4.10 ratios and the new 35s (As nice as they are) are simply too damn big. Now for the real problemÖÖitís a 3.0 V6 which I have learned (in the few months Iíve owned it) is most likely the worst motor Toyota has ever mass produced. My cousin who was running a stock 22re and is now currently running a 22re turbo motor pulled away from my 6-cylinder completely stock. It was embarrassing.
I have always owned Jeeps and Iím in love with the 4.0 HO motors they run and Iíve grown accustom to the power produced even with a lift and bigger tires. I have heard of guys that have swapped the newer 3.4L out of the Tacoma into there pickups and this would as of now be option one for me. Option two would be to swap a turbo 22re motor very similar to my cousins rig and run that. Hopefully option three will not result in my banishment from this forum lol, but opt. three would be to take a 4.0 HO and tranny out of a jeep XJ or TJ and swap it in for the P.O.S V6. Obviously any of these swaps if even possible will take its toll on my bank account but I simply can not go on and fully experience a Toyota and all its worth with the 3.0 I currently have. Any advice on what you would do and why would be a great help.
Anyone out there with a write up or build of their own in relation to this thread would be greatly appreciated as well. Sorry if I offended anyone with the 4.0 Idea but I had to ask. Any help is welcome thanks