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I thought they both engines might be the same one, I looked, one on FB has white tape over the ports, this one has blue tape over its ports, could not possibly be both the same. L O L
I see there is lots of support and aftermarket for that Benz too........Did some checking and STEYR list's this engine, so maybe you can get major parts for it direct from them. They have a pretty good rep in the marine industry for not giving much trouble. It appears they're now electronically controlled unit injection now. There is finally an affordable aftermarket diesel controller available that could run it if you wanted more power or had an ECM failure.
If I was in the market for a diesel in this size/power range for a half ton truck, I would be looking at a MERCEDES OM648. It was only used for 2 years in the states, but is rock solid, and with the new aftermarket controller the average person could afford one. You can take the bellhousing and converter from the trans that comes behind them and drop them into the heavier NAG2(?) 5 speed trans, and have one heck of a combo you can get parts for. As you can see I've put some thought into using one for a swap. But with the cost of diesel and the EPA regs that started over the last year, diesel has fallen out of favor in my view.
There's a bit. Overseas there hasn't been alot of development on them because of the factory ECM and how hard it's been to crack. Blacksmokeracing has managed to be competitive in drift racing with one running an aftermarket controller(NIRA IIRC). Until recently the most affordable aftermarket common rail controller has been in the $2500+ price range, but a DIY has one out now for $1200 that can fully replace the factory controller with unlimited tuning possibilities, or run most any 8 cylinder diesel that uses a solenoid injector(he doesn't have PIEZO out, yet). He's the same one who built a controller for the BOSCH M pump used on the OM60X series of engines.I see there is lots of support and aftermarket for that Benz too........