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Cardinal



Member Since: 05 Jan 2017
Location: Bucks
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V8 Developments / V8 upgrades

I am in the process of rebuilding my 3.9 V8 and am thinking of buying a replacement short engine from V8 Developments. I am keen to see if any members have used them and if they are a good option.

I am also thinking of an upgrading the cam to the Kent H200 (as I have a manual gearbox) whcih looking at the reviews suggests an increase of about 20 bhp with not much downside. Exhaust already upgraded to a Double S sport system.

The other option is to put a 4.2 crank in but they seem hard to find / expensive and some mild porting but again feels expensive for the benefits...

LR used mainly on road

Any thoughts / advice much appreciated

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muddypaws



Member Since: 22 Jan 2013
Location: Leicestershire
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England 2009 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 SVX Station Wagon Santorini Black

I had a 5 litre RV8 from them years ago - built for a cobra kit car. Excellent motor. Does Ray Web still own the business? What he doesn't know about the RV8 isn't worth anything.

PM me if you want more info Richard

Defender 90 SVX

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Shroppy



Member Since: 25 Feb 2016
Location: Shropshire
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United Kingdom 1986 Defender 130 V8 Petrol HCPU Aintree Green

If you're looking for more power, a 4.6 is the easiest way to achieve it. I've dealt with V8D in the past and they were very helpful, personally I'd be speaking to Roland at ACR if I was in the market for a short engine. 1985 127 V8 Build Thread
Series 1 80"
Series 1 88" 4x2 Build Thread

Post #903486 17th May 2021 7:16am
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lord-haggis



Member Since: 12 Feb 2020
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My father in law has used John Eales for years to build the Rover V8s in his Morgan racers. He’s got 3.9 and 3.5s from John currently, they last for years in the race cars.

https://johnealesroverv8.co.uk/ Belize Green TD5 110 Double Cab aka Le Farm Truck

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Tomcat 106



Member Since: 08 Jun 2015
Location: Essex, just.
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2016 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Corris Grey

+1 for Roland at ACR. He built the 4.8 that is in my Tomcat. Omex stand-alone management all dyno set up. All good 👍
I know he is a busy man, couple of hours in the office in the morning and the rest of the day being very hands on/in the dyno cell. So you might need to be patient. Phone probably better than email.
Prices were very competitive and down to earth and practical approach. MY15.5 110XS CSW
1956 88" S1
2004 Tomcat 106 Comp safari

Post #903626 17th May 2021 8:21pm
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Cardinal



Member Since: 05 Jan 2017
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Many thanks for these recommendations - I will contact JE and ACR as suggested

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Jimexpl



Member Since: 19 Sep 2016
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United Kingdom 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Keswick Green

V8 Developments built and installed a 3.9/4.0 for my hybrid and I've been happy with it.

As others have said Ray knows what he's doing and I'd consider them in the top tier with ACR and JE fro RV8 engines.

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lb73



Member Since: 27 May 2016
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One of the members of my local Dax club had a RV8 built by V8 developments, had nothing but good words to say about them. 1999 tdi 110 csw 3.0
1972 VW Beetle 1200
2002 Dax Rush 3.9 V8
2012 Audi A3 tdi
2020 Renault Kangoo electric

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