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Powerful Jimny Engine Swaps

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18 Jun 2012 19:27 #42529 by samclmnt
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Hi Guys

Im looking at buying a jimny with a view to race it off road. However the jimny doesnt have the most powerful of engines.

I've looked on the web and i cant find any "Big" engine swaps, although im sure some has tried.

I'm looking for any ideas of engines that would be adequate to swap in. Im not concerned about changing mounts, and the the gearbox will almost certaintly come with the engine. I currently have a Range Rover Classic Hyrbid v8 thing, but im not competitive due to lack of power and weight.

So im thinking along the lines of light weight and high power, maybe a 4 cylinder, would prefer a turbocharged engine, or even a compact v6, again turbo charged is an option.

Also I'am aware i will have to modify other things to :) . Who is the best for internal roll cages in the UK (northwest) ?
As a newbie i know i have not contributed to your forum yet, and my knowledge of jimny's is poor at the moment, but i will try my best to help you guys out.

Thanks in advance

Sam

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18 Jun 2012 19:35 #42532 by markyp2000
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try

www.rhinorays.co.uk

he has done some good engine swops

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18 Jun 2012 20:02 #42533 by kirkynut
For what you want to do I'd say Rob Butler at Off Road Armoury is your best bet.

He has built a few Zuk's for speed events now.

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19 Jun 2012 09:45 #42561 by Dorfl
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There are a few around with the M18A engine. At least 1 on Auszookers with a turbo. I realise you said it doesn't matter, but the swap is practically 'plug n play' (the engine. I presume the turbo may take a minute or two ;) )

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19 Jun 2012 19:33 #42592 by mcjimny
The issue you will have is the physical size of the engine itself. The chassis is quite narrow.

There's the orange one in some youtube clips that i think is a 2.9 ford v6

Black Jimny's don't get stuck!

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19 Jun 2012 19:53 #42593 by panosd
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The M18 swap is going to give you a lot of trouble.

A person i know has done this swap and every 2 months he changes the rear r&p.

He races in enduro and rally raids.

The best is an M16 engine. Is almost plug and play. From liana non vvt or vvt depends

from the jimny engine you have.

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28 Jun 2012 18:01 #43081 by mostafa
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panosd wrote: The M18 swap is going to give you a lot of trouble.

A person i know has done this swap and every 2 months he changes the rear r&p.

He races in enduro and rally raids.

The best is an M16 engine. Is almost plug and play. From liana non vvt or vvt depends

from the jimny engine you have.


does the M16 or M18 need any modification with the mormal stock gearbox that comes with the M13?

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28 Jun 2012 22:01 #43103 by panosd
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the m16 and m18 are directly bolt on to the m13 gearbox.

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21 Sep 2018 10:48 #196171 by RaggiJimny
Hi,
I just bougth a manual 2010 Suzuki Jimny and my friend offered me a 1991 Ford Ranger 4.0l V6 engine but I´m not sure if it fits. Does anyone know about any powrfull engine swaps besides the M16A, M18A and G13B engies.
Ps. I prefer the V6 engines.

Thanks.
Ragnar

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21 Sep 2018 12:26 #196173 by Busta
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A few people have put Vitara V6s in. They are not that big or powerful though. Check out Holmar on this forum and Rhino Rays. Another chap fitted a BMW 1.8 and Lambert is planning a UZ swap, albeit in 2wd guise.
I'm not familiar with the Ford V6 you speak of but I imagine it is quite a big and heavy lump? Perhaps not best suited to a Jimny. A high performance 4cyl would be my choice.

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21 Sep 2018 14:50 #196176 by OlaGB

panosd wrote: The M18 swap is going to give you a lot of trouble.

A person i know has done this swap and every 2 months he changes the rear r&p.

He races in enduro and rally raids.

The best is an M16 engine. Is almost plug and play. From liana non vvt or vvt depends

from the jimny engine you have.


A M18 has about 20-40nm more thean a M16. I highly doubt that kills rings n pinions, when other people can run turbo kits, superchargers etc.. More likely has to do with driving style, or diff install allignments..
Alot of tuned M18 builds on Auszookers, very few talks about drivetrain issues due to this.
But anything can be killed..

M18`s are hard to find though, and have weaker rods.
Ive run a 07 Swift sport motor with a M18 intake for a few months now, no issues what so ever.
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21 Sep 2018 16:20 #196182 by jamie_300
I've always thought that Jimny would go well with one of the ECO-BOOST 1.0 three cylinder turbo engines.

Their light, can be tuned to 150bhp+ I think some can go all the way up to 180 I was reading. And will keep the power to weight ratio similar.

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