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I was planning on swapping my 4cyl motor for something a little more power and torque. Any suggestions? Any help would be great thanks..
 

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4.3l V6 is a good choice
 

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What brand? V6
 

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that would be the Chebby 4.3L from an S10 or Jimmy. I would personally drop a Ford 302 in there, but hey THAT'S JUST ME.

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How hard would it be to swap a ford into 97 taco? anyone done it?
 

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I'd probably go with the ford 302 as I'm not all too impressed with the power or life of the 4.3. I would bet that the 350 would have too much torque for your drivetrain to handle over the long term.
 

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I've had 4 vehicles with the Chevy 4.3 and one with the Ford 5.0 (302), and I really can't fault either. The ford had lots more power, but the 4.3s I had all lasted quite a while, one lasted over 200K, but the speedo quit due to a tranny swap and I don't know how many more miles I drove it over the next 2 years.

The best thing about the 350 or the 302 is that everybody and their mother makes aftermarket parts for them, they're cheap, they're everywhere, and you can build as much power from them as you want.
 

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302-f150 bellhousing-np435-np205 and be done with it, it will fit, we stuffed a 350 in my buddies 96 tacoma. i have that combo above sitting at the shop waiting to go in mine after i build the motor the way i want.
 

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USMCTaco said:
I was planning on swapping my 4cyl motor for something a little more power and torque. Any suggestions? Any help would be great thanks..
Try a v6 out of a wrecked tacoma. Maybe supercharge it.
 

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Try a v6 out of a wrecked tacoma. Maybe supercharge it.
not to bash the v6 with the charger, but that=$$, i picked up a 302 that needed a little work for 200 bucks, 35 bucks for the bellhousing, 250 for tranny and x-case. so basically under 500 bucks i get stuff that is stronger and that i can build the hell out of for cheap.
 

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If you want to be a Hero Get the motor and ECU from a Toyota Cressida(I-6)


You wanted Torque and smoothness right? The I-6 is the ideal motor.

I like the Ford Idea as well the 302 is a nice motor and is alot easier to find cheap. But if someone copmes across asquished otherwise running Cressida this should be publicized, I covet on so much :xcrazy:
 

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engine swap

I've been toying with the idea of an engine swap too. The Ford 302 sounds great, but I would honestly rather stay all toyota if I can if nothing else for bragging rights. So I've been checking into I-Force V-8 swpas from a Tundra. I've only heard romours here and there of it being done, but I'd like to see a write up on that.
 

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I've been toying with the idea of an engine swap too. The Ford 302 sounds great, but I would honestly rather stay all toyota if I can if nothing else for bragging rights. So I've been checking into I-Force V-8 swpas from a Tundra. I've only heard romours here and there of it being done, but I'd like to see a write up on that.

that would be a nice swap, probably cost a pretty penny though.
 

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how big are the tundra engines, arent they like 289cu or something like that? call me crazy but lately ive been looking at this 3.0L detroit diesel makes with like 210hp and i think 300-400lbs of tq i cant remember
 

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does any body make kits to drop in a ford 302, i have a 03 3.4l taco and can i use my stock trany?
no and no, all you have to do it take the other motor out, cut motor mounts off, make new ones, put new motor in, mess with all the EFI wiring or go propane, bolt up new tranny and x-case.
 

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The 4.3 is a popular engine for toyota swaps. However, I would avoid that conversion. Here is why:
While some do see high mileage, the majority do not.
They are infamous with vibrations, especially in earlier years.
Gas mileage is equal to, or sometimes less than that of a v8, minus the power.
Swapping in a 4.3 is relatively no easier than a 5.7 (350) v8.
A 4.3-powered Toyota is a more expensive, homebuilt version of a chevy s10/gmc s15.
 

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Just my 2 centavos, but I personally like a toyota to stay a toyota (or at least have toyota parts). The reason that you guys (probably) bought a toyota is because american car companies haven't figured out how to make an engine that can last past 60k without grenading, aside from the more obvious facts of fuel economy, size, etc.

Personally, I would go for a 3.4 (maybe even turbo!) OR how about a diesel? I have always wanted a toyota diesel, that would be sweet.
 

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I suspect your easiest "conversion" is to sell your Taco and buy a V6 or Ford Ranger if that is the direction you want to go.

Call me a perfectionist, but the main reason I love my Taco is that it NEVER surprises me (in a bad way). Always starts, runs, tows, etc.
 
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