Video: Cummins Repower Garage

It falls into the category of I lust after things I cannot have, and a diesel SUV for the states was something I have long lusted after. I have been fortunate to have driven diesel-powered Toyotas overseas (New Zealand and Costa Rica) I have longed for a diesel-powered vehicle of my own. Both 2016 the Fortuner and 2016 Prado were equipped with Toyota's own version of the 2.8L inline four-cylinder engine.

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I probably uttered something like, "This is f#cking brilliant!" when I saw the news that Cummins was introducing a crate version of their popular 2.8L inline four-banger. Finally, an easy way to convert some of our favorite SUVs and pickups into a diesel. For as much as I love the 3.4L V6 in our 4Runner, something like this would be killer!

Are you interested in what it what it takes to install a Cummins R2.8 Turbo Diesel? Cummins' new 12-part YouTube series, Repower Garage, covers everything from selecting the correct vehicle to the proper installation of sensors and fuel lines. In this series, Cummins Repower team members will take you through the R2.8 Turbo Diesel installation manual and share tips and tricks that they have learned from their personal builds.

R2.8 Turbo Diesel Specs

  • Displacement: 2.8 L
  • Bore: 94 mm (3.70 in)
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Stroke: 100 mm (3.94 in)
  • Aspiration: Turbocharged & Aftercooled
  • Compression Ratio: 16.9:1
  • Torque: 267 lb-ft @1500-3000 RPM* 
  • Horsepower: 161 hp @ 3600*
  • Dimensions: 28.3 in (H) x 25 in (W) x 25.1 in (D)

*Final ratings may vary.


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Beau Johnston is an engineer, writer, and photographer who is dedicated to proving you can find a balance between work and life. He is the Co-Founder and Publisher of Living Overland, and when he isn't working, you can find him exploring National Parks, fly fishing, and camping with his wife (Krista) and their two dogs.


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