Awesome build! I'd love to have a 3RZ double cab :drool:
Agree. While it looks like a fun project, and you got to get up close and personal with your drivetrain (you will know how to fix it since you built it), it seems like a lot of work and $$ when you could have just bought the 3.4L with the same setup.Guess I don't get it.
What's the point of getting a 4 cyl if it's still got the slushbox behind it? With all that weight you've added on that thing is going to be as slow as molasses running uphill in January, and I'd be surprised if it gives you any improvement in MPG.
Now a 4 cyl/5 speed combo would make sense to me. But given how un-spectacular even the 3.4 is with an auto, I can only imagine that the 4 cyl/auto combo is much, much worse.
I guess its unique, if that's what you're going for, but I can't imagine that it performs any better or gets significantly better MPG than a standard DC 4x4 with the 3.4/auto combination.
I agree. The 3RZ is a great motor, I'd love to have one in a 1st gen 4runner.I don't think this build is a compromise as far as engines go. The 3RZ is not the 22R/RE of old it actually produces acceptable power. If thats not enough the best mileage mine received was 6mpg better than any 5VZ-FE i've owned.
Having owned both I'd say for what I do I would rather have another 3RZ than my 5VZ-FE