I would love to build a buggy with one of the newer 2.0 common rail engines. I've been researching for a few months trying to figure out how a guy could run one standalone without breaking the bank. Unfortunately there isn't much on the market yet for it, at least that is cheap. And the ECU needs all the canbus connections to run properly.Makes me want it. haha
And now with the latest EPA crackdown, you can't even find anyone to tune that out of the ECU.I would love to build a buggy with one of the newer 2.0 common rail engines. I've been researching for a few months trying to figure out how a guy could run one standalone without breaking the bank. Unfortunately there isn't much on the market yet for it, at least that is cheap. And the ECU needs all the canbus connections to run properly.
Even before the crack down, the canbus can’t be “tuned” out. The ecu still can be tuned after the VW “fix”. Most of the people that are using the common rails are using modules that mimic canbus connections, basically fooling the ecu into thinking its running with everything.And now with the latest EPA crackdown, you can't even find anyone to tune that out of the ECU.
I gave some serious thought to dropping a turbo IDI VW engine in my old Kia Sportage, maybe get something that resembled mileage out of it, but then life happened.
Unfortunately no. I’ve been talking with a guy that claims he has found a way to get rid of it all and run it standalone, but I haven’t had a chance to research it myself yet. Hopefully I can get my hands on an engine and harness and ecu to experiment sometime.Ok, I was under the impression you could set it to be the only module on the network.
That's still a great setup, especially for some harder wheeling. This is out of a 2008 Nissan Versa, but there is a ton of options. The setup from a 2004-2009 Prius works just as well, but the electric motor is on the other side, and sits closer to where the samurai 1.3 header would be. These setups have really been gaining popularity lately amongst the samurai, and hot rod community because it's easy, cheap, and not a ton of work.Dude, thats cool! I wish they'd had that back when I added power steering to my Sami! I went the old Sidekick route. Where did you get it from?
For sure. I have known a lot of people who have wheeled for years on the stock box without issues, and I've talked to a few guys who have used this setup for a few years without any issue. There is a guy in Arizona that does wheels his zuk on 37' and yota axles, and swears by this setup. My problem is, in the engine bay with my TDI engine, I have hardly any extra room for a power steering pump, and even tighter yet after you put the larger sidekick powersteering box in. Overall, I don't do a ton of wheeling, more daily use, and light trail riding, so I think it'll work well for me.It is a cool setup for sure. The one downside I see is the extra stress it places on that cute little manual steering box. Maybe it's a non-issue, but I dunno?
It'd be super cool to have an electric/hydraulic ram-assist setup that mounts between the axle and tie-rod - actually reducing the strain on the box.