Toyota’s 2JZ engine has certainly entered into a point of status where it can comfortably be described as both iconic and legendary. How did it get there? Starting back at the outset of 1990, Toyota produced its JZ family of engines. These are all straight sixes served up in differing levels of displacement, with different induction means, and with significantly different levels of power. It’s the 2JZ that stands the hero of the family though. Especially once you start adding turbochargers into the mix.
Jump up to the 2JZ-GTE and you have a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter superstar. Tuners have been laying wrenches to the 2JZ for years, and with great success. One of those builders is Stephan Papadakis. Per Jalopnik, he’s the first person to send a front-wheel-drive car past the 10-second mark in the quarter mile. But he did that in a Honda but his hands were aligned with all things import tuning, and that includes the mighty 2JZ.
Papadakis started a racing team. He’s got a championship-winning Formula Drift legend on his roster. And he’s still wrenching on engines in his factory garage. Recently, he turned his cameras on to capture the process of an engine teardown.
With a 2JZ on the stand, Papadakis walks us through the engine teardown process. He has great insight and knowledge to share along the way as well. When he gets stuck in spots, he has the know-how to work around any issues that arise. This is great stuff for anyone setting out to work on one of these engines themselves.
This is just part one in a series, and we can’t wait to see the rest.