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Old July 11th, 2015, 03:52 PM
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My Brother in law is in Simpsonville. He's also a Rover person. If you need some help I will volunteer him.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 03:54 PM
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Thanks, but the Landy is in Key Largo full time. We rent our home in the Upstate and intend to sell when the renters' lease is up.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 05:02 PM
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Why not go the 2.5 N/A diesel? I believe it's a direct bolt-on. Shouldn't be more hard on your actual tranny/t-case setup and will produce a little more power. I too think going the 200tdi with lt77 and lt230 will round out at 10k, but how fast can one go in a series? If it was my decision to make, a 2.5 N/A would be the proper swap for cheap. Anyone ??
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Old July 11th, 2015, 06:20 PM
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The 2.5 with an lt77 and a 1.6 would project that truck to a labored 65 mph. It would cruise comfortably at 50/55. Not a bad option for price though. I sold mine for $500.
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Did you get that one in Felton?

Your 2.25D should be able to get up to 60. Getting the timing on the injector pump is just as critical as setting the points on a gasser. If you are off just a little you loose power, still runs but not as great. I have a 2.25D in my 88, it will do 65 but you want to have your head in some other dimension.....
That being said, I am just finishing up a 200tdi swap in my 109. Not inexpensive and parts are getting harder to find 'cause "everyone is doing it" It was a petrol motor and I wanted to go diesel.
If you do a swap do motor and transmission make it all new and compatible.
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Yep, my Cali rig... that's titled as an '81 but it can't be newer than a '78! Love the rig - can sit for weeks and still turn over first crank. Barely leaks, just a few drops. I'd like to keep as is, but just need to get up to highway speeds. My son would love a full upgrade including a 5 spd tranny but just not going to spend the $$$

------ Follow up post added July 11th, 2015 10:53 PM ------

If he doesn't hush I'll take the drivetrain out of our 325i and drop it in. Lol - if only that were a viable option.
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Old July 12th, 2015, 12:12 AM
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It's a Time-Money Continuum = Either we have time, or we have money. We spend our time earning money, then spend our money improving the quality of the time we have left over. Rolling around Key Largo in a 109 is by most people's (here) standards, quality time.
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Old July 12th, 2015, 12:29 AM
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But Rover restoration formula is Time + Money

In my experience and yours either you have one or the other.
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Rarely both at the same time.
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Well, what diameter tire are you running?
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Old July 12th, 2015, 06:39 AM
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I'm embarrassed to say I'd have to go look - can't remember. 33's I think.
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Another alternative would be to drop to something nearer to stock. 225/75 or 29 inches or even less.

You lose the mallcrawler look, but smaller tires gear down for better acceleration. You can buy cheap but high quality tires in that size for $40 each. One thing to look into if you need new tires anyways.
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Thanks for that tip, as I am going to be needing tires soon. He was supposedly a farm truck out in California wine country, on an Indian reservation for years
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I just looked - he's got HUGE tires 275/85 so a little bigger than 33s
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Old July 12th, 2015, 11:42 AM
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they are almost 35s! no wonder. pics please. get some 235/85s... you are trying to turn alot of heavy rubber with that little motor.
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The placement of the snorkel anyway.
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nice.. hard to get a sense of the tire size but those are really big for a stock drive train. So the short answer to your question is if you want to run tires that big than yes you will need an engine swap and your axles are hopefully upgraded because the first time you get stuck you are going to snap one.
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Go smaller than 235/85. Why should a person who can barely get to 50mph get 33 inch tires? Get 29's.

Seriously...get series sized tires and get them in a passenger auto radial. This is not a defender and not an offroad vehicle. If people are flipping you off as you try to get to 50mph, going for looks is a very bad idea.

Losing 4 inches in diameter automatically buys you more than 10% increase in acceleration in gearing alone. Add in the huge decrease in weight and you are solving your acceleration problem.
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Old July 12th, 2015, 01:01 PM
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Its a 109 so 235/85 would look much better than 225/75.
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