Re: Diesel engine and Mud
You say you have a TD (which is from which car exactly) and you are running it under a turbo type situation with the stock SJ410 or 413 tranny? I currently have an old '74 BJ40 3ltr twin trubo landcruiser that absolutely kicks arse.
I'd be quite interested in putting a diesel engine in my '85 SJ413 sammy as I personally feel they are a better engine. Also how complicated is the adaptor plate between the diesel engine and SJ tranny? I may be able to get a friend to fabricate it for me.
A small while ago I was in the Jimna State Forest (here in Aus) at a place called landcruiser park(a popular off road park). I had both my landcruiser and sammy there to see which was better under different circumstances. In the "mud run" (competition) I ran my landcruiser on a set up 30x10.5x15 BFG AT's then I ran my stock sammy through the same course with the same tyre but at 225x75 r15. The diesel engine seemed to hold up better as the dizzy didn't get wet as it did in my sammy (in turn the sammy stopped dead).
I then did telecom hill (a relatively basic hill climb), both cars in 4x4 low and 1st gear the landcruiser literally crawled away from the sammy. The sammy lacked the bottom end torque that the diesel seemed to produce. I had to feather the clutch and over rev the sammy to keep it climbing up the hill.
One thing that has pissed me off with a petrol 4x4 is that at every creek crossing you have make sure all of your electricals are out of the water, the dizzy is 100% water-proofed (as if it can be done 100%). Where as with the diesel you can just fang on through the creek and not worry about too much.
GIVE ME A DIESEL ANY DAY. I also entered both cars in a burn out comp last weekend and the diesel was able to perform 4x4 donuts and put on an awesome smoke show where the sammy was barely able to get the rear spinning (then the laterals whent in the diff). Both were running bald cheese cutter tyres (really skinny ones).
1.6 22R off it's rocker
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