While this would certainly make for an improvement in fuel economy, there is still the question of durability and reliability. Sure, Priusi (Prius'? Priuses?) are doing pretty good so far, but AFIK nobody has tested a mass production hybrid system in the kind of environment an FJ will see. I for one think modern vehicles are complicated enough when it comes to making trail fixes if something goes wrong out in the boonies. Throwing a hybrid drive system in the mix is simply asking for trouble. Its a truck man, its not meant to get good fuel economy.A Hybrid FJC might make a better selling point these days though! :thinkerg:
Nissan 5.6L V8 - 317 HP, 318 LB-FT TQ.toyota always lags behind everyone in terms of power and displacement.. nissan is the way to go for more powah and toyo for dependability.. we can't seem to have both
i agree that tundra blows away in quality and power over Titan... but it pretty much stops at tundra, though.. toyo's entire line up lags behind nissan, almost, in terms of power.Nissan 5.6L V8 - 317 HP, 318 LB-FT TQ.
Toyota 5.7L V8 - 381 HP, 401 LB-FT TQ.
Granted Nissan did get their heads out of their collective you-know-whats and build a real, competitive full-size first, but when the new Tundra came out it blew everything out of the water. Gotta give them credit for doing it right; its just too bad it took them three tries to do it. (T100, 1st gen Tundra, BIG Tundra)
Might be a correlation between the two [power and reliability]toyota always lags behind everyone in terms of power and displacement.. nissan is the way to go for more powah and toyo for dependability.. we can't seem to have both
Anyone who is going to spend the cash to do an engine swap on a vehicle that is going to roughly 2 years old (or newer) is probably not too concerned about additional cost. They'll have money to burn or will be spending money they don't have.Another thing to consider is when you keep messing with the original configuration of the FJ you reduce the reliability of the vehicle as a whole. That is compounded further with non tested or experimental setups.
My recommendation is that if you travel more than 50 miles from a mechanic you should keep the original engine. Put a tried and tested setup like the supercharger on and keep the reliability.
This is the reason I opted not to be the testbed for the D4D swap. I need the reliability and would rather spend time on the trail as opposed to stopped on the side of it.
Just my $.02,