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Old October 10th, 2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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SBC Suzuki XL7

I just picked up a 2004 Suzuki XL7 with a knocking noise in the engine. I am thinking about building this as a DDable wheeler. My plans are to put a set of 44's that I have under it, link it front and rear and run a 37" tire. My question is do I spend the money rebuilding the 2.7l and maintaining all the factory a/c and a basic reliable setup or should I pull the powertrain and put in a SBC with a 700R4. From what I have read people are complaining about the major lack of power from the 2.5l and 2.7l's on 37" even with 5.13's or 5.71's. I already have the SBC and the 700R4 and from some basic measurements it looks like it will fit.

The other option I was thinking about as I typed this is fixing the 2.7l in it and just do a mild lift and run a set of 32" KM2's that I have on it.
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Old October 11th, 2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old October 11th, 2013, 11:46 PM   #3
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Both options have merit, but friends don't let friends drive stock. If you have the fab skills and time, mock up the small block and trans and see where it sits. Links sound good. Just did a image search on it. A different looking beast. Mod it.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 07:20 AM   #4
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I like the sbc idea, but it's not my time and money going into it. Sounds like a good way to bump your power, but like you mentioned, keeping it stock will provide reliability and factory a/c and heating options.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 08:04 AM   #5
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Will a small block fit? I would think you're going to run I to issues with the length of the engine, tranny, tcase, and still have room for driveshafts and links.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 08:15 AM   #6
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I've had several different SBC's in several jeeps. I like the HP & the instant throttle response but I can't say that it makes a world of difference in most offroad situations. Bad ass hill climbs and deep snow, yes. Are there obstacles I have made that those with 4 bangers have not? Very rarely. So, it all boils down to your skills, money and what you want.

A 4 cyl rig will not leave you behind. You may just get there a little differently.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 10:42 AM   #7
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I've had several different SBC's in several jeeps. I like the HP & the instant throttle response but I can't say that it makes a world of difference in most offroad situations. Bad ass hill climbs and deep snow, yes. Are there obstacles I have made that those with 4 bangers have not? Very rarely. So, it all boils down to your skills, money and what you want.

A 4 cyl rig will not leave you behind. You may just get there a little differently.
That's kinda what I'm thinking. My tj has a 4 cylinder in it and it does just fine offroad. I'm thinking the time and money involved wouldn't be worth it just yet.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 10:47 AM   #8
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Will a small block fit? I would think you're going to run I to issues with the length of the engine, tranny, tcase, and still have room for driveshafts and links.
I think it will but its going to be real close. I might have to move the radiator forward a little bit. By doing that though I'm going to have to eliminate my a/c condensor. The idea with this is to be able to wheel reliably and comfortably even if its 90*.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 10:52 AM   #9
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Here is a link to a cool build on pirate that I like. Its a tracker but they are basically the same thing.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/suzuk...rig-build.html
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I may have been thinking about that little suzuki x90 or whatever it is.
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Old October 13th, 2013, 07:47 AM   #11
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I may have been thinking about that little suzuki x90 or whatever it is.
Yeah those are tiny. I don't think there is anyway a SBC would fit in one of those. I'm leaning more toward keeping the engine that's in it right now.
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