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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-21-2000, 11:15 AM
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1.6L conversion

I'm now having trouble deciding how to get the most out of my Samurai. I want more power! Here are a couple of things I am pondering. Should I go with the 1.6L 8Valve conversion or should I spend the money on a different install lik a toyota 22R or Buick V6 or similar? If I do go with the 1.6 I'll probably just install a header and a different carb on my 1.3 until it dies and then swicth them over to the newer 1.6. My main question is am I going to be happy with the output of the 1.6? I know that a ton of people have done it and that it's probably the easiest swap, but I don't want to spend money on it if I'm still having that craving for power. I'll probably add 31's and an SPOA lift, and later on some type of GRS. Please give me your input. Will the 1.6 give me the same helpless feeling that I have now in my stock Samurai? I know the specs and everything, I just want to know how others have like it/disliked it. Thanks. Maybe someday I'l make a final decision on this.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-21-2000, 11:39 AM
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Re: 1.6L conversion

A GRS II + 31's will surprise you-- Much peppier than stock. You may not want a 1.6L, depending on your needs. (Please note that I said GRS 2 not 1) Engine mod's are cool, and while they do give some performance gain, there is no more drastic improvement that you can make than with gears on a Samurai. People whine about the GRS II being so expensive, but it really isn't compared to buying another motor, swap stuff, Etc. Go drive one Grasshoppa....you will be enlightened [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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Re: 1.6L conversion

I swapped a 1.6 16 valve in my Samurai 2 years ago.This motor is probably
equivilant in power to a lightly hotrodded 1.6 8 valve.With this motor I feel I have adequate power for keeping up with traffic and I definately don't feel
"helpless".However a little more power sure would be nice.
I think the V6 conversions might be a little much as far as power and weight is
concerned and they won't leave much room in the engine compartment for accessories.A Toyota engine and drive train would probably work out OK but you'd
have a lot of details to sort out since this is not a popular conversion.
I think that in the future the 2 litre Vitara motor is going to be the #1 engine that people are installing in Samurais.When a wiring harness becomes available to make the fuel injection function it will be an easy install.This motor will give you all the power you'll ever need in a small package.

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