3RZ-FE swaps...how fast did people complete them?

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I'm going to Moab the 1st weekend of October. I am waffling on whether I should start a 3RZ swap on my 85 4Runner before the trip. I won't be able to start the project until mid August. I do have all parts ready and waiting. I will be purchasing a low mileage JDM engine. All the other parts (harnesses, etc) are from one donor vehicle.
There is nothing wrong with the 22RE in my 4Runner, it's super reliable, and I have only put about 40k miles on it since rebuilding it in 2009.

I'd be interested to see how fast people did this swap.
 
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Done it in 13 days after work

 
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2.5 Years and counting :rofl:. I'm doing a down to the frame complete rebuild in addition to the swap, so probably not a fair comparison.
 

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Feb 3rd to May 15th. I did not have all the parts before I started.

I traded the 3rz for a complete 97 5 speed. It should take the new owner a weekend to put it in.
 

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I don’t think the swap is very time consuming. It’s making sure you have everything you need, on hand, when you start. And dealing with the “while I’m in there” repairs/cleanups and whatever you break along the way. It depends on your shop capabilities too - are you working in a gravel lot or a fully equipped facility?

If the motor is ready to go in and you have your wiring harnesses built (or purchased) its a pretty simple thing to pull the 22RE and pop in the 3rz assuming no stripped/broken bolts Or missing pieces that you have to order and wait on.

My buddy did one in about a month along with dual cases and adding in the 3rz A/C. He didn’t have kids, a job where he could “work from home” a lot of the time, and a full Donor vehicle at his disposal.
 

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