itsmehb wrote:I'll be following along on this one. That's a lot of power, if you do the engine mod your talking of. I sometimes want an engine upgrade for mine, but put most of the money into new suspension, cosmetics (new paint) and a Weber conversion. I always envisioned a 3.4 in it, but would have to get a complete tranny, and that's too much work. Would you still retain the 4x4 with the engine mod. your thinking of?
I would keep it 4wd.
If I went to 5.3 combo, I'd have to get a kit from advance adaptors for the transfer case, make transmission cross members, engine mounts, custom radiator, drive shafts and re-gear. Would be expensive but would be pretty cool.
If I went 3.5, I'd say most everything should work close to stock with stock parts. Rear driveshaft may need to be custom made but I'd say I could source from a Rodeo sport. Isuzu's are handy that way! There was a guy who put a 3.2 out of a second gen into a 1st gen Amigo, even the dash transferred.
RS's are rare and coveted as is but I want to do something a little different. I also want something that I won't get run down while driving on the highway. Cars of today have so much more power available from the factory.