Can't Get Enough
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Huntersville, NC USA
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Re: Samurai 1.3L vs. Sidekick 1.6L
The stock 1.3 puts out about 66 hp. The 1.6 8 valve motor has about 85 hp. And the 1.6 16 valve has about 100 hp. (Not exact, but close ranges)
The 1.3 with the mods you're describing would probably do just fine. For all those mods, you ought to ride with someone who has done a few of them to get a feel for what you want to do. There's a give-and-take for all the upgrades.
Face it, you're gonna have some high revs, especially if you run 35's.
To give you a clue, I have a 1.6 (8 valve), weber carb, 5:38 diff gears, stock transfer case. At 55 mph, I'm taching about 3500 rpms. My shift usually occurs at about 3000 rpms for each gear. I have plenty of power and can go up to 80 mph (about 5000 rpms) - but she's winding out and noisy. However, both the 1.3 and the 1.6 are built for higher revs anyway and redline at 6500 rpm's.