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    Default VW Into Suzuki Samurai Swaps

    Anybody ever done or seen one of these? http://www.acmeadapters.com offers some setups, and there was a company here in the Houston area at one time offering conversions. Just curious!

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    Haven't done it but I looked into this swap a few years ago. It's a fairly common swap and results in a great Samurai. So if a Samurai would do, the VW diesel under the hood is a very nice addition.

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    I've done it, I installed the VW 1.9 IDI turbo diesel into my LWB Samurai using the Acme kit. This is a very simple install, I did it in one weekend. It runs great and gets 32mpg even turning 33" tires.
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    I have a 1.9 NA VW diesel in my little rig, very nice swap. (of course, the dual t-cases don't hurt either )

    This is an older pic but it still looks basically like this:


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    You have to be careful about which VW engine you use. Some of them have weaknesses, like oilpumps on the BRM. The pump deuse engines are know for cam problems. Reasearch yours well.
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    one of my uncles had a 50hp vw 1.6d into a vitara... is not so good, but the 1.9 fits very well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oilburner View Post
    I have a 1.9 NA VW diesel in my little rig, very nice swap. (of course, the dual t-cases don't hurt either )

    This is an older pic but it still looks basically like this:
    I would love to see more on your vehicle and your conversion as i want to do this to mine eventually

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenramp View Post
    I would love to see more on your vehicle and your conversion as i want to do this to mine eventually
    I am trying to get a little paint on it now, when I get it done I will post some pics & get some detail shots (don't have pics now)

    I'm sure you would be a good candidate for a turbodiesel at your altitude

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    there is also this site that offers swap kits


    http://www.rocky-road.com/diesel.html

    There's was used on Extreme 4x4 TV show

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    I plan on using the acme kit to transplant my 1.9 TDI into a '85 4Runner chassis. Taking it one step further and putting a 51/52 Jeep pick-up body on the Toyota chassis. It will my wife's WVO/diesel daily driver. Gotta love a wife that encourages this sort of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 61TWPW View Post
    ...putting a 51/52 Jeep pick-up body on the Toyota chassis...
    Wow, that visor must really obstruct the traffic lights! Granted, I sat up kind of high in my '51 Willys wagon but I often times had to crouch down to see stoplights if I was first in line.

    Looks/sounds like fun though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 61TWPW View Post
    I plan on using the acme kit to transplant my 1.9 TDI into a '85 4Runner chassis. Taking it one step further and putting a 51/52 Jeep pick-up body on the Toyota chassis. It will my wife's WVO/diesel daily driver. Gotta love a wife that encourages this sort of thing.
    This will be cool. They came from the factory with a 4cyl, so the VW will be perfect.
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    I had no idea !!!.. I've always been a fan of Sami's but the only engine swap I ever saw that was worth a **** was a 4.3 Chev motor install, but then the trans cacked. I never saw a good transplant.

    Amazing what you can learn when there is nothing on TV!@!

    This VW diesel convert looks like a very interesting way to go. 75HP with torque in a truck that small could be fun to drive.

    The ACME outfit looks like they actually give a **** about what you are doing, which is exactly what you're looking for in a company to do business with. I like em'

    I also never have seen a LWB Sami. where do all of them hide out?

    I'll start keeping my eyes open, always looking for the next project.

    LWB Sami With 1.9TD looks good to me!! Mini DeScrambler?

    cdalejef: Could you post some bigger pics of your LWB Samuri? I'd really like to take a better look.

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    The most common Samurai swaps are the larger Suzuki motors like the 1.6L 8 valve TBI, 1.6L 16 valve MPI and 2.0L 16 valve MPI from the Sidekick/Tracker/Vitara's. The Suzuki Swift GT dual overhead cam motors are a good swap too but hard to find.
    There are kits readily available for these swaps.

    With the ACME kit you can also swap in VW gas motors. Toyota 22r swaps are seen from time to time as well.

    The LWB Samurai's were not sold in the US but were in Canada. Finding one without rust is finding a needle in a haystack! It took me 8 years of searching to find one that wasn't full of holes.
    I've received several requests for more pics of my LWB diesel so here are a few...

    It seems I can't link pics because I don't have enough posts!
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    Try posting them again they didn't show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W.R.Buchanan View Post
    Try posting them again they didn't show up.

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    It says that I don't have enough posts to link to pics.

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    Looks like I have to get my post count to 10.

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    Swapping in the motor is very straigh foreward. Acme provides everything you need for the swap including motor mounts and bellhousing adapter.

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    Since the older VW diesels (not TDI's) use mechanical injunction pumps, there are only 2 wires required to make it run. One to the starter and the other to power the fuel solenoid for shutting the motor off.

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    You can also make the factory tach work with a Dakota Digital convertor that can be found online for about $60. This is also very simple to install.

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    I wired the glow plug light to the factory check engine light. This is a little more complicated since you have to tap into the circuit strip inside the cluster. Just takes a little soldering and the correct circuit.

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    I used a radiator from an Audi Quattro and dual electric fans, both can be had from Acme as well as the radiator hoses.

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    Here is what the Samurai looked like all stock when I towed it home from NY.







    Had to take it out to play when it was stock!

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    The 1.9l was not available in the US, I got this one from Canada. 1.6l were sold in the US but have a bit less power.

    Here is the 92 Jetta 1.9l Turbo Diesel engine in the bay all wired, plumed and read for the road.



    Looks like it was made to go in there...




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    You must install a minimum of a 2" suspension lift for the axle to clear the oil pan. I crunched some numbers and found out that I need 33" tires for the optimum RPM range using stock gearing, tranny and t-case. I built this rig for exploration type wheeling not rock crawling so highway cruising was very important.
    I did a spring over lift with OME springs and shackel reversal. This gave me just the right clearance for the 33x10.50x15 Super Swamper TSL radials. It rode very nice and cruised well at 70mph.



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    Added rear disc brakes to help slow down the taller tires...



    And a disc with mechinical caliper for an e-brake on the output shaft...



    On board air compressor for the ARB lockers, airing up tires and running power tools...



    Underbody air tank...



    ARB switches...


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    The stock seats leave a little to be desired when traveling long distances. I ran across a pair of Acura Integra seats for free. They are very comfortable and went in with out too much trouble...







    Stock rear seat...



    Mounted a CB up on the roll bar out of the way...



    Unlike the standard wheel base Samurai, the LWB model has tons of room behind the rear seat. The rear passenger's also get quite a bit more leg room.




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    Here we are leading a group on a two day trip through the Daniel Boone Forest in KY...




















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    cool ride, cdalejef...

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    Dale:

    I'M impressed , very nice looking rig. You've done a nice job of building something that people don't see every day, and it appears that everything you did was a plus.

    I don't say this often at all, "I'd really like to have that truck!"

    For me it would be the ultimate tow behind vehicle for the motor home I want. On a trailer of course. But still have the abilty to go on it's own.

    I assume you're building a small trailer from a regular Sami tub to go with it?

    Thanks for the pics.

    A few Q's?

    How much does it weigh? @

    What RPMs are you running at 70MPH and does the engine like being there?

    Did you do any mods to the drive train other than the SOA lift and ARB's?

    What is the normal predicted life on the VW diesels?

    You should be proud, you've built a very cool vehicle which will serve you well. But,,,, If for some reason you decide to sell it, I get first dibs!

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