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    I used to own a Suzuki Jimny but I was not very impressed with the performance and range. I used to own a 2006 VW Polo 1.9 TDI Sportline as well and I loved that car. I drove on average 7500km a month when I'm in Southern Africa. On a trip I regretfully took the Polo through Sossusvlei and then towards Inhambane but to my surprise it was marvelIous to drive and very reliable! I had to sell that Polo because I mostly work and live in the USA but next year I will be staying in South Africa. Funny enough I bought another Polo which is the same model and in a better condition.

    Right now I need help with a project. I'm curious if I can fit the same VW Polo 1.9 TDI Sportline engine in a Jimny and what I need to get? What gearbox? Transfer case? Does anyone have experience with such a project? I will probably modify the engine for more power. I will build this Jimny to travel around Africa and use it for my travelling business. It will be a dream to drive on the highway as well as off road. I'm not a mechanic but I'm willing to learn and I know what I want.

    Also if possible I'd like to ask for advice or ideas on the following parts:
    - Replacement bumper
    - Suspension
    - Tyres & rims (what size?)
    - Rocksliders
    - Bashplates

    My budget is R250 000

    Any suggestions will be appreciated! Thank you!

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    Default Re: TDI Jimny Project

    Talk to Chris Mod in Pretoria. He does conversions. And there is a Suzuki independent workshop 200m from him.

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    according to what I can find on the WWW a TDI 1.9 engine weighs 163kg and a jimny 1.3 engine only 84kg.
    Something to keep in mind that you'll have an extra 80 odd kg in the nose.

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    There is a thread on an Australian forum of 1.9tdi built into a landrover which may an interesting read for you.
    http://hooniverse.com/2010/11/04/eng...iia-land-rover

    Or this with the same information
    http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=194274

    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/land-...td-series.html

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    Those 1.9tdi engines are amazing but I don't think a Jimny is a good recipient/mate for that engine. The difference in weight and size + add turbo and intercooler, that engine bay will be so chock a block it'll be a misery to work on.

    Get a Jimny and mod the existing engine if necessary but a radical engine swop is just asking for a whole world a pain in your life.

    Either way the Jimny engine stock doesn't seem terrible, owners love them, rather focus your energy on enjoying the journey.
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    " I will build this Jimny to travel around Africa and use it for my travelling business."

    I wouldn't spend R250k on a Jimny to do this.

    You can buy a cheaper diesel 4x4 with proper packing space and have a lot of money left over for trips.

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    Default Re: TDI Jimny Project

    Put in a suzuki 1.8

    A lot less hassles and a lot more power. Easy gearbox mating etc etc.

    There are a few guys here on forum that have done it very successfully. And you will be left with R200 000 to spend on other stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Talk to Chris Mod in Pretoria. He does conversions. And there is a Suzuki independent workshop 200m from him.

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    https://www.google.co.za/maps/@-25.7...7i13312!8i6656
    Thank you jelo. I'm currently in the US so I can't call him. Do you have an email address for Chris Mod 4x4 Conversions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocin View Post
    according to what I can find on the WWW a TDI 1.9 engine weighs 163kg and a jimny 1.3 engine only 84kg.
    Something to keep in mind that you'll have an extra 80 odd kg in the nose.
    Thank you for the research Ocin. I know it will be heavier but I'm willing to change the suspension or whatever else I need for the extra power. After the modifications It'll probably be North of 130kw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hend View Post
    There is a thread on an Australian forum of 1.9tdi built into a landrover which may an interesting read for you.
    http://hooniverse.com/2010/11/04/eng...iia-land-rover

    Or this with the same information
    http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=194274

    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/land-...td-series.html

    Danie
    Thanks Danie. Very interesting reads. I'll keep it in mind! What do you think of my idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altus 4x4 View Post
    Thank you jelo. I'm currently in the US so I can't call him. Do you have an email address for Chris Mod 4x4 Conversions?
    try facebook
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Those 1.9tdi engines are amazing but I don't think a Jimny is a good recipient/mate for that engine. The difference in weight and size + add turbo and intercooler, that engine bay will be so chock a block it'll be a misery to work on.

    Get a Jimny and mod the existing engine if necessary but a radical engine swop is just asking for a whole world a pain in your life.

    Either way the Jimny engine stock doesn't seem terrible, owners love them, rather focus your energy on enjoying the journey.
    Thank you for your opinion Skylark. Do you know what the actual TDI engine size is compared to the Jimny? I'm just curious as to how much bigger it really is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johan65 View Post
    Put in a suzuki 1.8

    A lot less hassles and a lot more power. Easy gearbox mating etc etc.

    There are a few guys here on forum that have done it very successfully. And you will be left with R200 000 to spend on other stuff.
    Thanks for the idea Johan. I'll definitely look into it but this build must be one of a kind and stand out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altus 4x4 View Post
    Thank you for your opinion Skylark. Do you know what the actual TDI engine size is compared to the Jimny? I'm just curious as to how much bigger it really is?
    Considering the raw weight difference and the extra space needed for the turbo and intercooler you can assume it's going to struggle to fit and be a huge pain to work on.

    A radical engine swop like that is only for a seriously skilled enthusiast who will do loads of the work themselves or someone with bucket loads of money. Even then that would not be the vehicle for driving around Africa, for that you want near stock standard and something tried and tested to be bulletproof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altus 4x4 View Post
    Thank you for the research Ocin. I know it will be heavier but I'm willing to change the suspension or whatever else I need for the extra power. After the modifications It'll probably be North of 130kw.
    you need to do some home work.
    it's definitely not going to be reliable.

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    At Whooooopah! last year there was a wine farmer with an old SJ (smaller than a Jimny) with a Golf GTi motor that had been tweaked.

    I'll ask Frans Reichert, Quack & Grips to post more info...
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    The Nissan/Renault 1.5tdci might be a better option, as I think that might be the engine being used overseas in the diesel Jimny’s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renierd View Post
    The Nissan/Renault 1.5tdci might be a better option, as I think that might be the engine being used overseas in the diesel Jimny’s
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    Die 1.5 nissan/Renault engine word gebruik in nissan, Renault, suzuki , Mercedes (A, B, CDA class)infiniti, dacia, mahindra
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    I would look for the 3 cyl polo diesel motor.. space problem solved!
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