I'm also looking to swap a MB OM617 into a Jeep YJ. I'm looking to use a NSG 370. Ironically the NSG 370 is used in the MB G class.I am considering a Mercedes diesel swap into a Scout I have. I have a few diiferent scouts, and an 82 300SD that runs like a champ. I suppose there are a few transmission options, and I hope to have this thread focus on which are most applicable.
Is the kit you are talking about the one offered by Hulkgreen. I have called him and sent several PM's. I think an AX 15 would be a great tranny and gives me a lot of transfer case options. I wonder about balance, can a local machinist balance the flywheel to my motor or will they do it using my old flywheel? How do I mark it etc???I'm also looking to swap a MB OM617 into a Jeep YJ. I'm looking to use a NSG 370. Ironically the NSG 370 is used in the MB G class.
You're right... the OM617 is a good engine. I have a 83 300SD and 85 300D. The 300D has 289k and the engine still run strong it in.
I've seen kits that will allow you to bolt up a AX15 to it.
You definetly want to go with the turbo and a 5spd. I am getting 25+mpg with my OM617 Cherokee with #5 cyl down 100lbs comp. I am in the process of replacing it with a good motor, so I anticipate even better mpg#'sI've been researching various engines to do such a conversion as well and since NC will not allow the Cummins B3.3 (not highway rated), the Mercedes-Benz OM617 appears to be the next choice. I have a '64 Scout 80 with everything original (3 speed 152 engine, 4x4, Dana 27 I think). Have you made any progress on your conversion? I'm looking for advice as to the type of drive train mods my son and I should do to make this into a practical daily driver that could be used for towing occasionally. Ideally mid to high 20's fuel economy would be nice. It was recommended that I swap out the axles for the Scout II's with front disc brakes (Dana 44 or 60). Should I look at the 4x4 Labs adaptor and an NV4500. Would there be any benefit of the turbo over a non-turbo? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.