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Old 02-26-2021, 12:08 PM   #26
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Right, none of us are here and doing this crap because it makes any sense. Good points yeah.

That said, I can also agree with the idea that there are smarter and less smart ways to approach things as was well argued by others above.

But part of the fun is that everyone wants something different right? I think John's point earlier about cheapest/best practice routes to 250hp for example was referring to the simple mods on an 8v 2.3L turbo that can achieve that power level. But maybe you want to gain refinement too, or something weird, or sentimental, whatever. The goal cannot always be reduced to something as narrow as a target HP number at the lowest cost. One guy saying they want 250 thrilling hp coming out of a howling turbo four and another guy wanting 250 silent and relaxed hp out of a mild tuned Detroit V8 are totally different goals, where the power level is just a coincidental similarity. Each will enjoy their own outcome. There's not a "right" or "wrong" way, it's not a "solved problem", at least IMO.

I remember years ago someone put a Lexus 4.0L V8 and automatic out of an LS400 into a 240 or 740 here (can't remember which). Not much displacement, not really that much power, big bulky heavy DOHC motor, complex, no off the shelf solutions for it at all, tons of work for definitely less HP than he could have had. Objectively he "should have" used an LS or a 5.0 or put a big turbo on a redblock. But it was what he wanted and he wasn't wrong. I feel the same way when I see guys putting Chrysler 318 or 360 motors in these too. First thought is "why?" when it's so much easier with well developed Ford or GM alternatives. But maybe they just have a thing for the Chrysler motor.

Doesn't matter, IMO as long as it's fun it's OK. Rant over, I just get weary of reading the off-topic comments in people's threads about their non-LS swaps suggesting anything but LS is just a waste of time. Hey, I don't know what you want, you don't know what I want.
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Old 02-26-2021, 02:59 PM   #27
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I totally agree....

what's funny is that I definitely remember once telling a Tb member NOT to install a 1uzfe in a 240 because they didn't make that much power....even though I still secretly lust after the motor especially after seeing other people (skidfactory) turbocharge the crap out of them.

1gzfe anyone?
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Old 03-03-2021, 12:01 AM   #28
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http://https://www.briggsracing.com/racing-engines/raptor

I've always dug those Briggs and Stratton Raptor motors...

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Old 03-03-2021, 11:54 AM   #29
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4qnl19axAU

Given the main complaints I have about my B230, this is enough reason to want a Lexus V8. Not everything is about power level.
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Old 03-03-2021, 12:07 PM   #30
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Lexus V8's are cheap and available in the junkyards too. Because any car that has one almost never needs a replacement.
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:39 PM   #31
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Lexus V8's are cheap and available in the junkyards too. Because any car that has one almost never needs a replacement.
What's the reason that you'd find a Lexus with a V8 in the junkyard?

I don't know enough about these cars to know why they are there...versus Subarus, which are almost always there due to head gaskets or automatic transmission failures.
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:44 PM   #32
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Unlike the rows of pretty unwrecked GM and Chrysler FWD's, the big V8 Lexus' I see in the PnP style yards usually have been wrecked. When they have 150 - 200K miles and get thumped, they're going to get totalled.
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Old 03-04-2021, 02:41 PM   #33
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It's also become easier recently to adapt a manual transmission to the 1UZ, using adapter kits for the AR5 transmission. I'd love to see them become more popular swaps in the US
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Old 03-04-2021, 03:38 PM   #34
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If the 3.4 V6 in my 4Runner ever wears out (lol, not likely) I'd consider a 1UZ swap. Adapters exist for my manual trans: https://xatracing.com/1UZ-to-R154-Adapter-Kit.html
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Old 03-04-2021, 03:38 PM   #35
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Doesn't matter, IMO as long as it's fun it's OK.
Bingo.
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Old 03-04-2021, 04:21 PM   #36
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What's the reason that you'd find a Lexus with a V8 in the junkyard?

I don't know enough about these cars to know why they are there...versus Subarus, which are almost always there due to head gaskets or automatic transmission failures.

because the 14th baller owner drifted it into a curb one too many times or the babymamma took a hammer to it? Other than needing timing done now and then I don't think they really crap out much, they were very nice when new, haven't driven one since back then. Wouldn't kick that motor out of bed, I assumed anything v8 and OHC would be too wide.
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