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3.0 vs 3.4 toyota engine

Old 01-08-2009, 06:10 PM
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I was just about to rebuild my 3.0 and again now I dont know if I should rebuld it with good head gasket and maybe throw some headers to prevent bad gasket in future or should i find a 3.4. I wonder how much a ref for smog cost. dam the confusion!!! This forum has so much knowledge it almost makes my choice harder... ha oh by the way I got my 3' ext and air compressor will be here tomorrow to run my impact. And my sawmill where I work just laid everyone off for next week and possible longer.. so that gives me the time to do this job.... but which way to turn clyde... oh and there is more confusion I have a Auto tranny... am i GONNA GET LITTLE or no power with an auto... if so I would love a 5 speed

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The inspection by the ref is only $30 plus $8.25 for the smog certificate when you pass, and it's no charge when you don't pass. You can go back as many times as you want. The ref only charged me for the smog certificate when I finally passed.
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engine rebuild

i was looking to do an engine rebuild on my 92 4runner..(we bought a camera that goes in thru the spark plugs and the pistons look shot..i think it was cuz one if not two of the valve cover spacers fell inside while replacing the gaskets..yea it was stoopid..and no i didnt do it..) people have been telling me to just buy a remanufactured one but those are like 2600$ plus 1500$ labor for the removal and install..i dont have that kind of money..i was wanting to just buy the rebuild kit on credit and pay whoever does it cash since im broke as hell right now..can anyone tell me what i may be lookin at also if its a good idea to do and if theres anyone in the modesto, ca area that can hook me up with a good lagit job/price...
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if you want to I can let you know how to do it is easy

[QUOTE=millwrightbrian;50911335]i guess i should explain my self a little better... For one i am not set on going to a 3.4... this truck came with a spare 3.0 motor my plan was to rebuild that spare motor and install it... until i started hearing that they are crap and it will blow up... is this true? is the 3.0 to 3.4 a huge job and not smog legal? or am i safe with doing a complete rebuild and head job on my spare 3.0 motor? Thanks in advance[/QUOTE
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I might be able to help you this is my number I'll splain it better 8703504055
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I have a 94 Ext cab that I recently dropped a 3.4 in after I blew yet another HG in my 3.0.... The difference between the two is night and day. No more flooring it just to hit the slow lane on the freeway or finding a way around the hill for beach access. If you paying someone to do the work and money is any issue stick with the 3.0 it is a good motor if cared for, if you are doing the work yourself or money truly isn't an issue I would say go for it! I guarantee you won't regret it...
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