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Old 03-01-2014, 03:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Its a 2wd and yes I agree that a 2.2 might be excessive. At the same time Im afraid that a 3 cylinder 1liter might even be too small. Im not real sure how it would even respond to turbo charging either. Ideally I would love to go with the smaller engine since its just going to be a highway rig anyway. Maybe a chevy vega rearend would be closer.

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Must be a reason most people go with the VW diesel engine for a diesel conversion? Ive went up 3 tire sizes and seems to curb my top speed to 75mph and at that its lowered 3 inches. Its more of a dog to drive too, but its great in the white stuff.

Maybe they have something on the power block on spike tv? They do a lot of suzuki stuff and it shares a lot with the other models.
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The small IDI 1l kubotas would love to have a turbo.
Turbo charging a diesel is a lot easier than putting it on a gas engine. Put it on and go, turning up the fuel rate is recommended, intercooler is optional.
On a gas engine, everything changes.
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The small IDI 1l kubotas would love to have a turbo.
Turbo charging a diesel is a lot easier than putting it on a gas engine. Put it on and go, turning up the fuel rate is recommended, intercooler is optional.
On a gas engine, everything changes.
Thats what I was thinkin OP4. I just want to keep it around 2200 rpm at 70. I think 50 mpg in that little light weight would be possible
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S10 pickup should.have the gear ratios that would work best and best of all they are cheap or free. Jusg check on craigslist.
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An uncle of mine once had a Suzuki Vitara repowered with the 50hp Volkswagen 1.6IDI and it was actually good, but a turbo would be desirable. Regarding the 4-cyl Kubota, it may eventually be not a bad option at all, but I'd rather get a Volkswagen engine.
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S10 pickup should.have the gear ratios that would work best and best of all they are cheap or free. Jusg check on craigslist.
As I che k the dimensions the S-10 sounds like a viable option. It is 3" narrower than the tracker but would be corrected with wheel spacers. It may be GAME ON! I would love to try a 3 cylinder v 1105 for the mpg but I know the V2203 will pull it around with no problems.
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there are some 4.30 gears that the 3sp autos had, other then that its all 4.62/5.12~ or MUCH higher....

i found a chart of gearing for those things, its long gone and deep but it is on this site...some where..

a 2wd 2 door is about 2,330lb stock 4 doors are around 2,600.

other then the VW idea there's one other set up i can think of..
51hp 1.8L SOHC 4FB1 out of a Isuzu I-mark, being RWD it would be a fairly simpal install.

the engine is about 380lbs and the trans is around 80lbs other then the VW diesel engines with an alloy head, its one of the lightest all cast iron old school diesels out there. set up for highway use.
the 2.2L c223 that the pups have is around 450lbs and uses the same MSG RWD trans just the starter is in a different spot. there meant more as a lugging engine in a truck then a high revving car engine..

the I-mark was around 2,280lbs and the SUV being about 2,650 in a 2 door with the doesel + added aro drag. your looking at a auto that will feal like it's hitting a power wall at around 45/60mph clean up the aro and it would likly be ok tell around 60 going 70+ will be WOT or real close to it....


if your going to swap out the diff with another one, id say 3.73/4.10 for larger tires such as 215/75/15 or 225/235s
smaller you could try a 3.55 diff but with larger tires you will end up driving it as a 4sp....though in some cases it could help economy, as having your trans in direct drive and the diff making up the O\D it can make for a more efficient drive train..
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Jeez even my 6500lb F250 diesel only has a 3.55 rear...
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FYI, there use to be a mystery as to why the automatic sidekicks got better mpg than the 5 speeds. Turns out the 4 speed has a higher over drive.

I got a 5 speed and with the gasser it seems to be laboring to do 65 and tops out at 75.

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