Want to turbo 97 4x4 hilux

Guys and girls, i would like to know how hard it is to turbo my 97 n/a diesel 4x4 dual cab hilux. Engine is std with 135ks on clock. Vehicle is flat out sitting on 100ks on road. Had 1 owner - was treated like a baby. I got it and is gutless. Any other suggestions in improving power without turbo would be valuable information. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Regards Brad
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 22:27

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 22:27
If its the 3L or 5L engine its easy to turbo but if you intend to tow with it IMHO its not worth the money.I went down that road with a 3L (2.8) and was pretty dissapointed with it.
You need to get your pump and injectors recoed, have the valves shimmed at a minimun.Does it use any oil, sound ok.You should fit a H/D clutch also along with a 2 1/2" exhaust.
You will get a tiny bit of extra preformance from extractors and bigger exhaust(again been there done that).
If you are expecting big increase, forget it and buy another vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Wherehegon - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 22:36

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 22:36
Totally agree with you Nick. WHG
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Reply By: Wherehegon - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 22:35

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 22:35
I had one of these old girls, 2.8D, was reliable as and sold it with 300k on it. I was in the same position as you and found it very guttless for highway driving, would p i s s me off going up hill and overtaken by a loaded b double LOL. My answer is dont turbo it, fit a good quality set of extractors get the pump recalibrated to make sure its set write, also add a 2 1/2 inch exhaust from the extractors through. You will gain a bit more low down pull, but top speed maybe an extra 5 to 10 k max but soon as you hit a hill you will be back through the gears. The main issues I have heard with people getting the 2.8's turboed is over heating issues, and seems more overheat then not, so myself decided I wanted reliabilty not speed, but know where your coming from. Make sure the oil and filter is done maximum every 5k if not these motors are known for clagging up, leave it till 10k and the oil will be like glue and by then it will have started to do damage to the internals. I did like yourself asked a million questions when thinking of adding turbo and with replys (mainly from here) and other places decided against it. If you do decide to get it done get it done by a reputable company. Best of luck WHG
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Reply By: Willass4x4 - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 23:12

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 23:12
Thanks guys much appreciated.
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Follow Up By: haveconvertedcruiser - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 13:47

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 13:47
hey i av not long finished removing the 2L out of my mates 83 4x4 hilux and fitting a 5L out of a 97 4x4 and aftermarket turbo . fully rebuilt from scratch painted everything down to nuts nd bolts, it looks flash and flys, it pulls my cruiser out of the mud half way up the doors like thee is no 2 morrow. in sayng that there wasno $$$$$ spared when building it. before it would only do 80-90 on the hi way now an get it up 2 about 140 and wants t keep going, all depends on how much money you have to spend on it and what you want toue it for . hope it helps.


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Reply By: Willass4x4 - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 20:44

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 20:44
cheers buddy, mine is a 5L. may stick with adding a bigger exhaust at the moment and add a snorkel and see how i go.
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