Quote, originally posted by hazw8st »
You really think so? Hilarious.
Yes, the feds will crush, seize, deport, destroy, whatever, illegally imported cars. Dont believe us, search in the MKII forum for the guy who tried it with a real Rallye Golf and then had to turn it in to the NY DMV and it was cut into many pieces and destroyed. Not to mention the personal liability that you open yourself up to when you, or someone, hits you while in your car. Have fun explaining to the court that the car has a forged VIN identity and is actually illegal in the country when that ambulance chaser comes after you for damages caused to his/ her clients "whiplash injury" as a result of your non conforming to US safety laws vehicle. Forget Florida, the personal liability is too heavy to risk it.
As for your options:
- Import a pre 1984 diesel truck from Canada or Europe
- Swap an American market diesel into a compact pick up. Drawbacks are hanging 900+lbs (whoever said a 4BT is the same weight as a 4.0 Ford is stupid wrong), mangling of the front suspension with either major IFS crossmember work or a solid axle swap in order to make room for a tall medium duty diesel, converting of the fuel system (tank, filler neck, sender, pump, cleaning lines, etc...) from gas to diesel, converting the tach signal from gas to diesel, converting your light duty transmission to something compatible that will be able to handle the new found torque, regearing the front (if 4wd) and rear axles to a higher gear ratio as gasser gears are usually much taller than diesel ones which will cause you to over rev your new diesel and cause a lower top speed and lower mileage
- Find and arrange for the delivery of a front half cut from a diesel vehicle of another market in order to get all the accessories, diesel transmission (sometimes a specific trans), instrument cluster and electronic bits but prepare yourself for serious sticker shock and by pure nature of the beast, no parts availability in the US. Then, go back and do all the things in bullet two.
Have I thought about this? Absolutely, as you can tell. I want a diesel powered midsize SUV very very badly. I want a quality drivetrain that isnt wrapped in a sub par Chrysler product and due to that, my options are few. The solution, I will import something diesel powered Land Rover Defender. There are enough in the states that diesel parts can be had relatively easily. Why not a Cummins 4BT or an Isuzu 4BD? The changes that you will have to make to your truck/ SUV will completely change the nature of the truck. Noise, vibration, lifting the suspension, etc... will all change once you put a medium duty diesel into a light duty truck.
However, do what you want. Read up on http://www.4btswaps.com