Toy­ota Land Rover?

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - TECHNICAL -

Is it frowned upon to put in an af­ter­mar­ket en­gine from an­other ve­hi­cle brand into a Land Rover, specif­i­cally an older model where the en­gine may be poked? For ex­am­ple putting in a new Lexus V8 en­gine and gear­box. If I rolled up to a Land Rover gath­er­ing and men­tioned what I have un­der the hood, would I re­ceive com­ments of dis­gust, or would it be just an­other chap en­joy­ing his ve­hi­cle, al­beit with a lit­tle meatier power be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated. – Richard ( dur­banville) ed – The Lexus mo­tor is a good mo­tor. Just re­mem­ber it is a high revving en­gine but with less low- down torque. They are rel­a­tively cheap at about R6 500 ex­clud­ing the ECU. Make sure that who­ever does the con­ver­sion knows a lot about elec­tron­ics. The whole con­ver­sion with ECU, adapter plate, mount­ings, oil cooler and prop shaft mod­i­fi­ca­tions will cost in the re­gion of R30 000 to R35 000. If I can make a sug­ges­tion… Keep that bon­net closed and tell your friends you had a Wild­cat ex­haust fit­ted. If I do see you in my home town of Dur­banville, I might still wave at you! And is it frowned upon? yes!

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