Territory TS - AWD
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Kiama, NSW, Australia
Well I guess it's OK to dream.
AU-BA motors have cast alloy sumps that are cross-bolted into the main bearings. These will not fit into an EA-EL K-member without modification. I would suggest modifying the frame rails (pretty minor alteration needed IMO) and grafting on a whole front AU subassembly (alloy crossmember, suspension, steering, etc) as this will accept a BA motor. The upper suspension A-arm and shock/strut mounts all appear to be identically located E-series - AU. Also fit an AU live axle rear to maintain consistent track widths front and rear and run AU or BA wheels.
I think you are underestimating the wiring/plumbing ECU issues. A BA ECU will be expecting drive-by-wire, the latest smartlock, ABS, traction control etc. Will you be retrofitting all that too? I'm sure someone will eventually do this and it will make a great project but probably end up costing as much as a BA XR6T to get it all working.
Also remember that the Barra240T motor is not just a Barra182 motor with a turbo whacked on the side. There are significant internal engine mods too. I really don't like your chances of buying or finding a 240T motor anytime soon.
We want a fully illustrated and step-by-step FF exclusive of the build-up, OK.
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