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MB OM617 powered Wrangler or VW TD powered Sidekick?

Discussion in 'Diesel Conversion Forum' started by saburai, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. Kiwif150

    Kiwif150 Full Access Member

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    The Cherokee came out factory diesel here .... the early ones had a 2.5 VM diesel in them. As far as diesel in Suzuki the vitara (tracker) came with a factory Mazda R2 turbo diesel in place , they were very economical and got along the road pretty well. The smaller samurai here was popular in flatdeck and a few guys swapped LD20 nissan engines into them ..... diesel here is about a third cheaper than petrol.
     
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    om617 xj is my vote. I have an xj that I will one day do this exact swap on.
     
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  3. saburai

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    Found another nice jeep conversion

     
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    Ever seen one with a 6bt?.....

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    Yes, it was an awesome rig! But for me, the om617 is a very economical and civilized package.
     
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    Earliest(up until 94) had a Renault-sourced 2.1 turbo diesel. The J8S engine.
    I have an 85 with one in it and its hard as hell to get engine parts here in the states(I can order anything I want or need from Europe or China though...). the 2.5 came in 95.

    The 2.1 is pretty not powerful. Buuuut it is cool. And I get 21 mpg in my XJ. I got it on the road in July and have put 10k on it since then.
     
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    I saw you mentioned expedition/overland type use.

    I came across this thread when I first started thinking of a diesel swap after I discovered my new-to-me Mazda B2600i had a cracked head.
    https://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/my-mazda-diesel-expedition-project.29762/

    I found a Dodge Ram 50 for $900 400 miles away and bought it on December 28th.
    I started driving my MazdaBishi around today. I'm pretty stoked on it.

    My wife asked me to total up the cost of my conversion today. I'm sitting at just under $2000 including buying both trucks.


    I have no regrets.

    I'm a cheap bugger and any of the swaps(om617, kubota v-series, vw) that I looked at doing to other rigs(another xj, a 4runner, samurai or sidekick) I'd have that or more between an engine and adapters.

    I also did a few things the hard way on my build. Mainly because of lack of research on my part.
     
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    That's nothing to shake a stick at. Including vehicle purchase price that brings the swap right down into the cheap category. Lots of people pay that just for a drivetrain and pay that again in adapters!
     
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    Tell my wife that! Lol
    That was one of my requirements for starting this project: I wanted it to be as damn near a bolt-in swap as it could be, because adapters are expensive, and so are new transmissions and transfer cases.

    Our original plan was to save $$ throughout the year and get a brand new crate engine. But then that Dodge popped up on Craigslist and I knew what I had to do.

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    MazdaBishi sounds like a good rig!
     
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    I'd be happy to if you can convince my wife I need another truck. I'll help you if you help me LOL
     
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    I'm on south India right now and the LWB Sammis are very common, I'll snap a few pictures. If I could only figure out how to get one in my luggage...
     
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    I think that I did:Thumbs Up
     
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    Bringing this one back to the top!
    Just to keep the dream alive:peelout
     
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