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kick motor/trans into sami questions
I am getting a 92 Tracker with 8V EFI. I am cannibalizing it for various parts, including the motor. The target vehicle is a 88.5 Hardtop Samurai. Here are the questions I have for you folks:
It is 2WD 5 speed. I understand the transmission can be used along with the motor when it goes over to the Samurai. This would eliminate the need for the adapter, right? I think I read that the Tracker transmission is stronger but larger. Can it be fit with just some BFH massaging or is a body lift kind of required? I am trying not to get more lift than necessary in this rig. Is it a good idea overall to use the transmission as long as I am using the motor? Once again, this is a TWO WHEEL DRIVE Tracker. There's no transfer case.
I will be totally rebuilding the motor before putting it in the Samurai. I don't need to build it to have lots more power and lots less reliability, but building it to maximize torque would be good. What's available for the 8V 1.6? Should I just look at a cam or think about milling the head for extra compression or what? Just looking for suggestions. Reliability is key for this motor, but a little extra power is always fun.
I see a wiring harness for sale for this swap but its very expensive. It gets me to thinking...What does the wiring harness go to on the Samurai that needs to interact with the motor and the ECM? If it's mostly dashboard related, how hard would it be to carve up the Tracker dash and just replace portions of the Samurai dash? Both of them have a sort of 'pod' for the instruments. Again, just thinking of possible options
I even thought of putting the Samurai Tcase, suspension and axles under the tracker body and frame with the motor and trans left intact, but that's probably a completely ridiculous idea, right? I wouldnt mind the extra room and the fact that its a softop instead of my samurai hardtop...
thanks to any and all for sharing ideas.