Friday, May 15, 2020

2nd-generation Toyota Tacoma, possibly a good receiver for an engine swap

Even though the 2nd-generation Toyota Tacoma actually looks good compared to the Hilux Vigo that was released around the same time, the absence of a Diesel engine rendered its appeal quite restricted to a smaller amount of export markets. Surprisingly, it had a grey-market presence even in Paraguay where Diesel-powered truck are usually prefered, which may suggest a Diesel engine swap could be considered. While the 1KD-FTV or the 2KD-FTV fitted to the Hilux Vigo could seem to be the best for a cleaner and more factory-look install, or even the modest 5L-E still could serve for a focus on a more extreme reliability even with poorer-quality fuel, other options such as the Cummins ISF2.8 and the R2.8 may be an interesting alternative too. Larger and heavier engines such as the Cummins B4.5 could also serve, but would be likely to require upgrades to the frame.

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