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    Default Lexus V8 conversion

    Anyone know or had any experience with a company doing Lexus V8 conversions in the Western Cape.
    Looking at doing the conversion on an a disco 2.

    Any advice or reference will be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    My advice is rather go for an LS
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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by Giddey61 View Post
    Anyone know or had any experience with a company doing Lexus V8 conversions in the Western Cape.
    Looking at doing the conversion on an a disco 2.

    Any advice or reference will be appreciated.
    Which Lexus motor you looking at?

    I'm still busy with my conversion on a Jeep with 1uzfe non vvti.
    3UZ is getting very popular lately. It will fit pretty good in to Disco with all that space.

    Not sure who can help you that side, will find out a bit.

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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by Giddey61 View Post
    Anyone know or had any experience with a company doing Lexus V8 conversions in the Western Cape. Looking at doing the conversion on an a disco 2. Any advice or reference will be appreciated.
    Rather go speak to Burnco about their 5.3 Vortec V8 conversion on the Disco 2.
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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDisco View Post
    Rather go speak to Burnco about their 5.3 Vortec V8 conversion on the Disco 2.
    exactly

    A decently executed Lexus conversion by a proper workshop will be over R100k these days. Probably closer to R150k if you want to retain the Aisin box and use a Toyota transfer case.

    @ Daily Driven Jeeps: not running your build down, but I think retaining 4x4 is one of the best parts of a D2. Unless the OP just wants it running and driving.
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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    Nog 'n stem vir Burnco!!!

    Stay away from the underpowered lexus. That LS swop into a D2 is a monster of note!!!

    But, if you want to go the jap route, have fun......NOT....
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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDisco View Post
    Rather go speak to Burnco about their 5.3 Vortec V8 conversion on the Disco 2.
    One day when I'm big!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped View Post
    One day when I'm big!
    Just buy the Hummer H3 V8 and you wont have all the other LR issues to deal with and still enjoy the motor
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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    exactly

    A decently executed Lexus conversion by a proper workshop will be over R100k these days. Probably closer to R150k if you want to retain the Aisin box and use a Toyota transfer case.

    @ Daily Driven Jeeps: not running your build down, but I think retaining 4x4 is one of the best parts of a D2. Unless the OP just wants it running and driving.
    I agree. If I had the opportunity to keep 4x4 I would, but I have another need for this Jeep. I have a new build lined up, surely will be 4x4 again, maybe even 6x6. also wont be doing Lexus, but something very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Just buy the Hummer H3 V8 and you wont have all the other LR issues to deal with and still enjoy the motor
    I had 2 x D2's and one D3
    All V8's

    Andd now the H3 V8. Loving the H!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Just buy the Hummer H3 V8 and you wont have all the other LR issues to deal with and still enjoy the motor
    Na, go buy the Wrangler JL Rubicon 392.............
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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by Giddey61 View Post
    Anyone know or had any experience with a company doing Lexus V8 conversions in the Western Cape.
    Looking at doing the conversion on an a disco 2.

    Any advice or reference will be appreciated.
    Are you looking at changing from an LR V8 or from the Diesel engine?

    The LR V8s were based on the GM V8 which the Janquis didnt like due to it being aluminium, the rights to the engine being bought by the Brits. Its inherently a good engine.

    The LS motors are the logical progression of that GM V8.

    It will give you all round driveability but not fuel consumption figures. If you can stomach @ 14lt/100 town cycle and matbe 11lt/100 open road, its a consideration
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    Lexis is the wrong engine for a 4x4 good for cars as torque range further up in RPM range
    rather go LM with 6L80
    speek to my brother at Rickett88 he does a full kit

    my friends Disco 2
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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Are you looking at changing from an LR V8 or from the Diesel engine?

    The LR V8s were based on the GM V8 which the Janquis didnt like due to it being aluminium, the rights to the engine being bought by the Brits. Its inherently a good engine.

    The LS motors are the logical progression of that GM V8.

    It will give you all round driveability but not fuel consumption figures. If you can stomach @ 14lt/100 town cycle and matbe 11lt/100 open road, its a consideration
    Estee has touched on a good point here.

    The GM/Buick 215 engine would have been produced to conform to a specific pattern for the gearbox bellhousing.

    Pre 1964 Buick and Rover V-8 Round pattern[edit]










    Here is the Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac pattern:



    A bellhousing adapter for the old Round GM should be very easy.
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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by clivemd View Post
    Lexis is the wrong engine for a 4x4 good for cars as torque range further up in RPM range
    rather go LM with 6L80
    speek to my brother at Rickett88 he does a full kit

    my friends Disco 2
    Not being critical but that's not the right air cleaner for dusty conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agteros View Post
    Not being critical but that's not the right air cleaner for dusty conditions.
    It is for a Street Queen.
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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by Agteros View Post
    Not being critical but that's not the right air cleaner for dusty conditions.
    How do you know it was not just temporary till a proper air box is made
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    Quote Originally Posted by clivemd View Post
    How do you know it was not just temporary till a proper air box is made
    Also dust is much less of thing in KZN, where you are more likely to deal in mud and there is a lot more vegetation.. Here is JHB where there is no rain for 4 months, dust is much more of a problem.

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    Default Re: Lexus V8 conversion

    As I former happy 3UZ 130 Defender owner.

    The 3UZ engine is very sensitive to the correct gearing and tyre size to keep it operating efficiently.
    IMO this engine must have a manual gearbox behind it.

    I've driven a LM 5.3L and its got great linear torque, but the power felt very similar to the 3UZ and for not much more you can go for the LQ options which would be my suggestion. A robust and torquey LQ4/LQ9 6.0 iron block Chevy V8.

    The LS (Alu block) engine options are quite expensive and needs some modifications to fit into a 4WD.
    I'm not sure if that will be a wise investment into a D2 for resale eventually.

    Another recent popular option is the BMW M57 3.0 6cyl engine swap which provides great torque and fuel economy.

    Anyway that is just from my experience, but as long as you're happy with the outcome and your budget.

    Between Burnco, JP Fourie or Llewelyn in Cape Town you'll get sorted.
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    Have a 3uz in my jeep wrangler, done properly by a guy in brits, all gauges work, everything just works, have had it in 4 years now after the crd stopped working and i had a spin with Johan Swift who convinced me to go the lexus route.

    In the 4 years i once had a bad coil, only complaints i have is its quite heavy on fuel, about 6km per liter but im doing a regear this week to hopefully help a tiny bit with that. 35s on 4.11 currently, going 5.38s

    Offroad its fantastic, its spends alot of weekends in the minedumps and got 3rd in class at the moegatle rockcrawl.
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