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Old May 15th, 2017, 03:23 PM
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Defender 90 Engine swap?

I see a lot of talk about from people doing custom jobs with Chevy motors. I am all about doing custom work to my Defender but its not really exciting to me to put a chevy motor in a land rover. My thoughts if it could be done FAIRLY easy would be to drop in a 2010-2013 Range Rover Supercharged Drive line with Tranny. This would yield 510 HP and still be "Land Rover". To me making the vehicle far more desirable. does anyone know anything about doing a swap like this? Thanks
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Old May 15th, 2017, 03:33 PM
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its probably the exact opposite of easy
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Old May 15th, 2017, 03:40 PM
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I am sure someone must have done it at some point....to me it can't be that much different than throwing a ZR1 Drive Train into a 63 Corvette. (obviously suspension and Brakes are another story I'm talking about just driveline...
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Old May 15th, 2017, 03:56 PM
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Looks like its been done..

Forbidden Fruit: 475-HP Supercharged Land Rover Defender


Im sure you could pull it off and understand why it would appeal to you. but why when LS parts, aftermarket parts and resources are so plentiful? You'll end up with a vehicle that has the same performance of an LS but none of the advantages and can only be serviced at an LR dealer.. personally to me that would make this the opposite of desirable.
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I am sure someone must have done it at some point....to me it can't be that much different than throwing a ZR1 Drive Train into a 63 Corvette. (obviously suspension and Brakes are another story I'm talking about just driveline...
After two years and $100K of R&D you'd have an engine nobody would want to work on. If you don't believe me, look into the cost of the special Rover tool needed to extract fuel injectors on one of the newer Rover V8 engines. I believe they sell for like $1200.
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Old May 15th, 2017, 04:10 PM
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James, you do realize that your D90's original engine was a Buick engine, right? To some significant extent, it's just a Buick engine that has been modified & tatoo'd with LR logos.
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Old May 15th, 2017, 04:52 PM
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You could always do an ACR motor if worried about keeping a LR heart in it.
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Old May 15th, 2017, 04:53 PM
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The reason that people do Chevy swaps is that standalone ECUs to control everything are simple and easy to source. Pulling a drivetrain out of a modern Land Rover and getting it to work in another vehicle work mean that you would need to figure out how to get the electronics to work standalone and that is not a simple task. Nick has worked out the kinks making the Chevy swaps more or less painless.
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Old May 15th, 2017, 06:06 PM
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The Rover V8 started out life as a GM engine. So going with a Chevy V8 merely follows in its footsteps.
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For 2 years they had bmw engines, then jag engines, then ford engines...
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Keep it the way the factory did - source a GM V8 and plaster LR labels all over it.

Seriously, go on eBay and search for LS engines and you will find dozens of complete pull outs (engine, tranny, ecu, wiring harness, etc). The complete package at a reasonable price.

Now do the same for Land Rover - crickets.
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Old May 15th, 2017, 09:34 PM
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I have a great 4.6 that i am about to pull and put in a Chevy. Just saying, if anyone is interested.... You can drive it right now---it is a good ride. Play before you buy, then pull it with LOTS of extras... Land rover is a loyalty to an engine--it goes way beyond that.
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