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engine swap from a 2.7 to a 4.0

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 2005whitetaco, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Oct 3, 2008 at 9:03 PM
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    2005whitetaco

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    hey i was wondering if anyone has done a engine swap to the reg cab 2.7L to make it a 4.0L v6 with a 6 speed tranny. i was thinking of doing it. is that a good idea?
     
  2. Oct 3, 2008 at 9:05 PM
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    BulletToothTony

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    Sounds like alot of work to me but i guess it could be done.
     
  3. Oct 3, 2008 at 11:18 PM
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    could be but need some $$$$ because also you need the transmission.
     
  4. Oct 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM
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    Going from an auto tranny to a manual would be your biggest hurtle. But with enough cash, anything can be done.

    It might take a while, so think about that when making your decision. If this truck is your daily driver, I'd either get a bus pass or stick with what you got.
     
  5. Oct 4, 2008 at 8:53 AM
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    I'm all for this kind of swap. If they put the 4.0L in a reg cab I would have gone reg cab. As it is I only use my back seat for storing stuff that I don't need in the truck.

    I would say if you got the time and money, DO IT!!! :D
     
  6. Oct 4, 2008 at 8:58 AM
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    I wouldn't bother. Too much money when you could simply trade it for another truck. I understand you might want a V6 in a regular cab but personally, I'd just trade it for an access cab V6.

    Of course, there's nothing wrong with a large project like that if you have the time and money and someone who knows what they're doing. Would be a great learning experience.
     
  7. Oct 4, 2008 at 9:11 AM
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  8. Oct 4, 2008 at 3:09 PM
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    Well it is certainly doable. I think you’d need a good donor vehicle and then you’d only have to fabricate a few parts. If you sold off all the extra bits you might even break even. Of course the whole project including selling the parts could take a year. A V6 regular cab with a six speed would be very cool indeed.
     
  9. Jan 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM
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    ok i know this thread is 5 well 6 years old but anything like this ever happen anywhere, I've seen it done in 80's and 90's pickups. but wouldn't it be a lot easier with a 2nd gen reg cab since they already put them in AC and DC 2nd gen. i mean as far as clearance and room and harness, gauges etc??? i mean if i got a donor 2nd ten w complete drivetrain wouldn't it more or less be a swap, not plug and play but easier than a first gen or 90s? i know I'm dreaming but hey, and i know the cliche "anythings possible with money" and all that but it makes since, i mean like i said they go in AC and DC same truck
     
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    I would guess the engine mounts and cross-member(s) to be different. also diff gears but im just guessing. I would love to see it done.

    I hear ya, all three "big tacos" are very similar and it seems like it could be an easy job when comparing to most of the swaps that have been done.
     
  11. Jan 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM
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    If you want a bigger engine in the single cab, don't bother putting in the 4.0 in my opinion. It is a great engine and all, but if you are already going through all the hassle of a swap, put in a 350 or 454 :p
     
  12. Jan 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM
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    Probably wouldn't be worth the money to swap in a v6 for 90hp
     
  13. Jan 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM
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    I'm just kinda getting an idea for it now, I'm working on a 89 ex cab now, but when I'm done id really like to try this, as far as 350 I'm a toyota guy only, and I have a prerunner so it wouldn't as difficult as a 4wd, as far as ifs and front diff.
     
  14. Jan 7, 2014 at 7:15 PM
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    if your going to do something of the sort.... stick with toyota but grab something different... like the 4.6L v8 out of the tundra... 320hp.
     
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    If you want to stick with Toyota, this, or the 4.0 and supercharge it? Not sure how much benefit the 4 cylinder would see from aided aspirtation. :rolleyes:
     
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    I think this is a great idea! I've been thinking for a while it would be cool to have a regular cab X-Runner. Of course I've never been accused of having good judgement in these matters. I once put a Buick V-6 into a '76 Fiat 131, semi-successfully, I might add.
     
  17. Jan 8, 2014 at 4:23 AM
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    Would you sell motor only? With ecu fuel pump and all needed for swap?

    NM just saw you're in CA
     
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    Okay, this is my question as well and was hoping someone knowledgeable to pipe-in: if I get a donor vehicle could I switch out my 2.7 for the 4.0 rather plug-n-play like? I have a 2011 Reg Cab and would love the few extra HP the V6 has to offer and would have purchased the truck that way had it been available.

    The Reg Cab is the largest truck I can fit in my garage and I will not park it outside, so trading for a larger cab with the V6 isn't an option. I don't mind spending some $ to get my no-friles Reg Cab decked out, within reason, but I'm really looking for the kind of upgrades that stick within the basic Toyota design.
     
  19. May 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM
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    no... it wont even be close to plug and play.

    And if you were to do a motor swap i could think of many other options.... 4.0L lexus v8 comes to mind.
     
  20. May 2, 2014 at 3:15 AM
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    If your going to go to all that trouble put a V8 in it!
     
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