Chicken Drumstick Posted July 27, 2015 Share Posted July 27, 2015 We all know that as lovely as a Rover V8 is, it is pretty old in design terms and struggles to make huge amounts of power, even if you throw humongous amounts of money at it. The Jag AJV8 however is modern, compact & powerful by comparison. And very easy and cheap to buy used nowadays. A 4.0 litre version will make 290hp in full emissions guise, something even race spec RV8's often only dream of. So, I wonder, why hasn't anyone come up with a basis plug n' play bolt in kit to fit one to older Land Rover models? My understanding is these are the issues you'd need to solve? 1. No flywheel for manual cars. However JE Engineering make them work. So I wonder if there is something 'bolt on' and direct fit from another engine? 2. Gearbox compatibility. I see two options here. I know the AJV8 mates directly to the 6 speed ZF box used in manual diesel Disco 3's, as this is what JE do (which makes me wonder even more so about the flywheel). Which means all you'd need is some way to attach te gearbox to the LT230, which again JE already do, but don't sell to the public as a part. Or I know there are a couple of small scale sports car makers that mate the AJV8 to the Tremac 6 speed box in the Puma Defenders. Suspect by an adapter. Either option sounds pretty do'able and would give bolt in capability into Defenders, Disco's, RRC's, even Series vehicles. 3. EFI and electronics. I know the AJV8's have a lot of electronics and talk to the stock transmission. But tbh, for an engine swap into an older vehicle, you probably don't need all of that. All you need is a stand alone ECU that makes the engine run and runs a default (programmable) map of some kind. I know such things exist for LS1's and the like in the States. For most people all you needs is: -Ignition (start/stop) -temp -revs ______________________________ Any engine swap is always a major modification, there is no getting around this. So engine mounts, some wiring and intake plumbing and exhaust will be required. But that's true of any engine swap. But it just seems a complete and utter shame that this superb engine, an engine found in newer LR's can't be utilised better in the aftermarket. EXAMPLE: 4.0 Jag V8 engine. £250 Buy it Now http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2000-JAGUAR-S-TYPE-4-0-V8-GC-complete-engine-/281730480003?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item419871f783 If you could fit this into a Defender with no more hassle than fitting a Rover 3.9 V8 in there, then why would you not opt for the AJ? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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