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Old October 19th, 2010, 01:24 PM
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Discovery II Diesel Conversion?

So the wife really, really wants a Disco II. I told her I don't care what she gets next, but it either has to be a diesel or a hybrid. Something that gets at least 25mpgs. So I've been poking around, and I know that it's not easy or economical, but I wondering if anyone has any experience converting a Disco II to a diesel or know of any east coast shops that do? Disco I's are nice and all, but she needs something newer that is an automatic and has A/C. I looked at the MB MLs, BMW X5, and VW Toureg but they all struggle to get 20mpg. Then I looked at my 300tdi and it got me thinking ... I can get a nice Disco II for around 10K and I'd drop another 10K to get a TDi in it and be happy. The question is can it be done?
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Old October 19th, 2010, 01:58 PM
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Doug (Roving Beetle) is the only one in the states that I've heard of ever trying it.. from what everyone says, its extremely difficult and expensive.

You are much better off getting a very nice D1 or RRC and doing a 300tdi conversion to it.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:14 PM
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Frank, while anything is possible, I can not think of ANY shop that could do a proper swap for 10K. You'll have at least that in parts alone. Take Ryans advise and find a clean D1 or RRC. A D2 presents a whole new host of problems. Like I said, anything is possible, it just depends on your budget.
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Funny, just last night I was re-watching Roving_Beetle's old youtube posts from when his Disco II was for sale. Awesome stuff...clean install, lockers, custom glow plugs switch, etc.
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check out Red Mountain Rovers. they have a 2004 D2 that they are doing a td5 install on. I think they have had some headaches, but they can let you know what it's like.

I had a 300tdi D1. it was nice but never got better than 22 mpg. that was with lift, arb, and winch.
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Our shop is doing a D II diesel conversion as we speak.

check out or website and follow us on facebook to watch the progress. The truck is just sitting in the shop waiting for the engine to arrive from the UK.

Have done DI conversions in the past but this is our first DII not that much more work just alot of electrical to deal with
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so how are you getting past the OBD2 requirements?
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Requirements? if you mean emissions testing we are in Florida and have none. Plus this vehicle is for off road use
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What is the possibility of importing a Euro Diesel DII? Is it not possible at all?
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What is the possibility of importing a Euro Diesel DII? Is it not possible at all?
D2's first hit the market in 1999, making them only 11 years old, therefore ineligible under the 25+ year law.

That being said--Anything's possible... but if you're going through that trouble, might as well just get a nice 110.
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Funny, just last night I was re-watching Roving_Beetle's old youtube posts from when his Disco II was for sale. Awesome stuff...clean install, lockers, custom glow plugs switch, etc.
here's that old video I was talking about:

props, Doug

http://www.youtube.com/v/lSHmrlNNbvw?fs=1&hl=en_US

------ Follow up post added October 19th, 2010 10:36 PM ------

There's a good thread developing over at landroversonly on the same subject. Apparently there's a dude in Canada with 300tdis for 5k.

http://www.landroversonly.com/forums...d-ideas-46014/
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There are plenty of DI diesel in the UK at a cost of 1.5 GBP, translating to $2,400.00 but when you add shipping and import headaches , it has to be a real POS for 5k.

NOTE: Canada has 15 yr rule, so, any 95 and under is legal to import.


I just wonder, when they are going to start to overflow here as it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo easy to cross them over
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what about running it on natural gas (not lpg) ? i have a 04 D2 here and i'm thinking this mod, cost about 2k down here.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 09:41 AM
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IMHO - if you are going to convert, do it with a 1995 or earlier. Here in AZ, they will want to plug in to your ODB II plug for emissions (I imagine all States have a similar deal). How are you that have done D2 conversions getting around the ODB II issue?
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