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Old 8th November 2007, 19:26   #1
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Default Safari TCIC 2.0 Engine swap with 3.0L DICOR Engine

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I've a '98 TATA Safari 4x4 having done 64K kms on the odo. This has a 90 BHP TCIC engine. I'm too much in love with this machine to even think of disposing off.

Can I swap my Safari's engine with that of the current 3.0L Dicor? What all is involved and is that a too much of a hassle to even think off?

A detailed advice would be appreciated.

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Old 8th November 2007, 19:29   #2
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If you can find an engine, then swap is no problemo.

Call up the dealer and find out how much they charge for the 3.0 with ECU, engine mounts etc.
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Hmm, GD, Ill keep an eye on this thread, may be interested too. I too have a TCIC Safari, a 2004 model run 58K kms.
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Don't want to go thru the dealer route. Quite a hassle. Engines can be picked up from total-loss vehicles. Want to get this done at my local mechanics..

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If you can find an engine, then swap is no problemo.

Call up the dealer and find out how much they charge for the 3.0 with ECU, engine mounts etc.
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I was planning to do this before I picked up my DICOR.
A lot of mounting positions change. The gearbox has to move back by about 4 inches, the battery has to switch sides, the engine bed brackets have to be relocated and the radiator has to be changed as also your intercooler plumbing.
Possible with a good mechanic and lots of time.
Best of luck with your search for an engine.
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Gd,Only 64K kms in 9 years?
Wow!

I'd take every single word of Jyobeb.
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Yes, as there were other cars for daily commuting. This was used only when the entire lot used to go together and also for Interstate driving.

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Wow!
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Let me know if you still havent found an engine in Jan 08.
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How about a Mahindra Scorpio 2.6 crde engine on a safari. I think this will be very good as the Mahindra scorpio has better engine than the safari 3.0 dicor. It may be a big investment as gearbox also needs to be changed and also some other changes to fit this engine. Has any one ever attempted this?.

Will it be better than a 3.0 dicor egine??.
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It will have to be a 4x4 gearbox as well. Mine is a 4x4 Safari

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How about a Mahindra Scorpio 2.6 crde engine on a safari. I think this will be very good as the Mahindra scorpio has better engine than the safari 3.0 dicor. It may be a big investment as gearbox also needs to be changed and also some other changes to fit this engine. Has any one ever attempted this?.

Will it be better than a 3.0 dicor egine??.
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I dont think it is worth the hassle.. Additionally the local mechanics will have serious trouble working on the complex electronics that control the CRD .. Not many of them have even seen a common rail.

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Never owned a safari, but here is my 2 cents. An engine swap ALMOST ALWAYS proves more expensive in time and money compared to trading in for a later model with the engine you want. Its true world over for any car.

Unless of course you have sentimental attachment to a particular car in which case economics are out the window.
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From the looks of it, the swap doesn't seem bolt-on.
Speak to the best mech u can find and ask around if its been done.
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If youre planning to swap the engine why not put some more money and put a V8 or something with the works.

Well that's my dream,

I'm sure it'll cost the world but reliability will be a major turn off.

I hope Somebody somewhere is crazy enough to even try something like this.
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Gd, during my recent engine window shopping in chennai, I was told by an engine dealer that he sold a DICOR engine from a two-month old totaled safari for 55,000 bucks.

Only a pulley and one other component needed replacement which he did before he sold the engine.
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