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Im looking to do an engine swap from my 4 cyl to a 6cyl. I was wondering how difficult of a process this is. I have a 98 tacoma 2.7l reg cab 4x4. I heard before that the v6 is a pretty simple drop in but just a few minor changes such as routing hoses. Where can i purchase a refurbished v6 or a crate v6?
Do all the bolts and etc... line up correctly?
also 4:10 gears is what i have now... is that good enough?
 

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Ripcurlsurfin96 said:
Hey
Im looking to do an engine swap from my 4 cyl to a 6cyl. I was wondering how difficult of a process this is. I have a 98 tacoma 2.7l reg cab 4x4. I heard before that the v6 is a pretty simple drop in but just a few minor changes such as routing hoses. Where can i purchase a refurbished v6 or a crate v6?
Do all the bolts and etc... line up correctly?
also 4:10 gears is what i have now... is that good enough?
It's not a simple bolt in swap. You've gotta cut the motor mounts off, re-position them, weld em' on. Gotta have a different trans and t-case. This is not "pretty simple". You can't buy a crate toyota motor of any kind from Toyota. You can get a crate 22R or RE from LCE. I think they sell 2RZ's and 3RZ's, but you're lookin at a lot of money and a lot of work. If I were you, I'd sell the truck and get a V6 Tacoma if you want a V6, otherwise you're gonna be in for a big project. As far as gears go, what size tire are you wanting?
 

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Go to the junk yard and talk with them about a complete drive train. They will work up a price and you can prepay them.They will go to the auction and find a low mileage truck that has everything. They usually turn it over to you to strip out all the drive train and motor parts, and then they get it back. After you have taken the drivetrain you need. In this case motor, tranny, transfer case, computer, and drive shafts. Then many a late night in the garage can start. Short of motor tranny mounts it shouldn't be that bad if you know your way around under the hood. If you take it out you will have everything you need rather then a bare crate engine.

If you are not good mechanically either pay a good shop to swap it, or buy a truck with the bigger motor.
 

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For what it will cost, your better off getting a new vehicle. Now your VIN is matched to your engine so the swap will screw with all future mechanics, dealers, and emissions checks. I'm sure there is a way to legally rectify this situation though. If it is a reg cab, look for a rare V6 one. Otherwise pull the powertrain and such from a wreck. Or if you don't ever plan on getting smogged, do a V8 swap.

Oh yeh, the V6 is a pain to work on in the tiny engine bay, and it doesn't have any power you can't get from some bolt ons and a 2.7L. Extra weight, new springs, less room. Beef up that 2.7 and save the $.
 

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Ripcurlsurfin96 said:
Hey
Im looking to do an engine swap from my 4 cyl to a 6cyl. I was wondering how difficult of a process this is. I have a 98 tacoma 2.7l reg cab 4x4. I heard before that the v6 is a pretty simple drop in but just a few minor changes such as routing hoses. Where can i purchase a refurbished v6 or a crate v6?
Do all the bolts and etc... line up correctly?
also 4:10 gears is what i have now... is that good enough?
www.offroadsolutions.com offers kits, or can do the swap for you.
Bill
 

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the 2.7, u can get roughly as much hp as the v6 if not have the advantage over gas mileage, yeah ive wanted the v6 too in the past, but now S/C prices for the 2.7 have dropped, so im somewhat leaning toward it in the near future, not to mention LC makes a performance parts too for the 2.7, there are a lot of options, its just a matter of searching and planning, its an overdose trying to swap the 3.4 unless u have time on your hands, i would much rather do a swap for like a v8 or something thats worth swapping
 
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