im with you. why not a diesel in the dakota. heck they already have a small
diesel in use that, although i havent looked close at the numbers i would
bet would be a good match. what's that 4cyl in the liberty putting out
anyways? im betting it would be plenty strong.
The Liberty diesel, a VM MORTORI has the same torque
as the 4.7 V8. They make a all alum. V6 that has much more torque and is
lighter then the 4 cyl. Do a search on VM DIESEL. VM Diesel Lands in the
I have thought of putting the little brother to the Dodge Cummings 6BT, the
4 cycl version, 4BT.
Without turbo charging it will do over 100hp and I think 300ft/lbs. It is
VERY easy to get 250hp and
in the 550ft/lbs range with adjustments and turbo. In fact, turbo 4bt's were
put in those big walk thur
vans(Lay's potatoe chips) with Turbo 400 trannys. I have one. I don't know
the mileage they got, but
they are very dependable. Case in point mine is a 1978 model, I just got it
last year, and it stil runs well!
There are sites that put this engine into Durangos and get up to 30mpg. GOOD
Luck with research!
The engines were used in skid loaders as well. Most run about 5k for just
the engine :(
OH, my thoughts....why use a Dakota or Fronteer type when mileage really
doesn't vary. I thought the
mileage would go up, but don't believe that now. Performance may increase a
tad in the smaller truck.
I wanted one for running around. My big truck is a pain to park..
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