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Old December 5th, 2010, 04:46 PM
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Thoughts on a 2.5TD 19J

I have gotten mixed reviews on the 19J.

Slow, parts are hard to find, etc.

Was wondering if anyone on here has one or has driven one?

A friend is taking the one out of my 110 and building a 90 with it.

Also wondering what its worth? (complete, with a Lt77/230, Rad, Air-cleaner box)
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Old December 5th, 2010, 08:47 PM
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My truck had the 2.5TD in it when I bought it, I drove it for about a year before putting in the 200TDI. It was slower but I didn't think by that much, and I didn't have any issues with it while it was in the truck. Definitely started harder and smoked more. Main complaint I have heard is that the pistons can crack from overheating from the super heated intake air due to the proximity of the turbo downpipe and the intake manifold (they nearly touch). Probably why they added the intercooler to the Defender 200TDI, which has the same basic turbo/intake mandifold. I've heard if you intercool a 2.5TD you can get close to TDI power. As far as what it's worth, I ended up trading mine for other parts because there aren't many who want the 2.5TD.
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