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Want to upgrade my Engine in my 97 taco

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 97Farnz, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Aug 22, 2011 at 8:31 PM
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    97Farnz

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    I have had my 97 2.7 L 4x4 Tacoma since 99 and I want to do a engine swap soon, I have over 200K on it and it is still running strong. I want to jump to a V-8 but I am not sure what size or what would actually fit. I know I will have to do a bunch of modifications, but I think it would be worth it in the long run. I havent had a bunch of luck researching to date. Can anyone give me some pointers from personal experience?
     
  2. Aug 22, 2011 at 8:33 PM
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    Best idea for a v8 would be a small block 350 in my opinion. There are some websites that have mounting brackets and some other things for different engine types.

    Edit: Found the website LINK
     
  3. Aug 22, 2011 at 8:37 PM
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    thanks
     
  4. Aug 22, 2011 at 10:46 PM
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    put a toyota tundra 4.6L v8 in! would be sweet!

    and i bet you could get a 1uz to go in too
     
  5. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:34 PM
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    A magazine called 4wd toyota enthusiast had an older taco or t-100 with a lexus v-8 in it. Ill try to find the issue I have.
     
  6. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:35 PM
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    I would consider a diesel though if I were u. Idk which tho.
     
  7. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:36 PM
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  8. Aug 23, 2011 at 12:10 AM
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    Whoa. That's pretty cool but that's an outrageous price. It would take 100 years to pay that off with gas savings... more info about those engines would be cool.
     
  9. Aug 23, 2011 at 1:00 AM
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    god i wish we could get the diesel here! be sweet
     
  10. Aug 23, 2011 at 1:01 AM
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    Dieseltoyz buys wrecked trucks literally cut in half. This gives them the engine, tranny, xfer case, wiring, computer, etc. These generally cost 8-14 grand, but give you most of the parts you need to do the conversion. Going over to a v8 and making i pass smog is going to be more than just a couple thousand, possibly 10 or more.
     
  11. Aug 23, 2011 at 9:21 AM
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    IMO, replacing a Toyota engine with a (likely) Chevy V8 is NOT an "upgrade."

    If your 2.7L is still running strong, why switch? If anything, I'd look into a 3.6 or 4.0 taco engine. I'm not so sure an I-Force V8 would even fit in a 99 engine bay. Those things fill up the Tundra!
     
  12. Aug 23, 2011 at 9:24 AM
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    caged, camburg long travel, 50t leafpack (soon to be installed) light rack over cab, 5pt harnesses etc
    subd, plan on the tundra 4.6 swap in the long future lol
     
  13. Aug 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM
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    If the op even has to pass smog in his state. I don't know each states laws but in Florida we don't have emissions. I have to street legalized 2-stroke dirtbike ffs.
     
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