5 Wheel Drive: Land Rover & KTM tackle the Gaspé Peninsula
1994 Defender 90 #916
2011 KTM 690 Enduro R
1991 Range Rover GDE #372 - sold
2006 KTM 640 Adventure - STOLEN!
Okay okay folks if you want to see a D1 with a merc diesel running and driving.
Stay tuned as mine is pretty much done, been road testing it for weeks just need to tie up some lose ends.
And I used the ZF LR auto trans works well. But might switch to a 5speed later on down the road.
For under 1500$$$ I would be very very surprised . I have triple that in mine,now of course if I did it again it would be way cheaper.
As I have learned a lot from this swap. But give it your best shot,I'll be following this.
Yeah, it's simple and cheap. But in my opinion it's a very overlander dedicated conversion, "you" not going to be happy if you building a mud buggy or a mall crawler. Said that, I would recomend a 5spd for this, MB TD is reliable and simple keeping auto is unnecessary liability. Going with a divorced TC is very interesting concept, just stay on top of rear shaft angles since that is your primary.
That said, the Mercedes transmission is the weak link in the mercedes diesel engine...the engine would run for +500,000 miles, but the tranny would have to be swapped out many times.
Good luck though! The engines are bullet proof!
Jarek, how powerful is your truck with this engine? Is it pretty badly underpowered or does it move out OK?
1994 FZJ80 powered by a Mitsubishi 4D3 TDI:
"The most unreliable car in the world is the most reliable car in the world." -Jeremy Clarkson
"Adventure starts when everything goes wrong." -Yvon Chouinard
1999 Discovery Series II "Oryx"
1989 Range Rover Classic SWB "Addax"
1992 Range Rover Classic SWB "Green Buffalo"
1995 Discovery V8i "Crikey II" (Sold)
1996 Discovery SD "Crikey I" (Sold)
2001 Jaguar XJ8L Vanden Plas "Prince Harry"
It "feels" underpowered but you got to remember that this is diesel, the acceleration is... "governed" if I can call it that. It's there without the roar of a v8 and slip of the Tconverter, so it feels different. The numbers are same in the end. My final setup is ZF, 1:6TC, 4:7Diff, 36" Tires, it works for me but like I sad it's not for everybody.