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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-02-2004, 11:45 AM
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Sami Engine swap

I have a 1988 early model Samarai with a tired 1300 engine. With a low budget, can I install a 350 CI engine? Where would I get the conversion kit and what years could I put in? Would the 1600 be a better swap and what years can I use with little or no mods?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-02-2004, 01:36 PM
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Re: Sami Engine swap

I don't want to sound like a jerk but you're comparing apples with lets say a keg of beer. [img]images/graemlins/chair.gif[/img] A 1600 has plenty of kits and supposedly an easy swap ...but 350 CI there is NO kits and you will be fabricating everything. If you must have more power than a 1600 then you can get a kit for GM 4.3 V6 but thats still a lot of $$$$. You're cheapest swap over the 1300 is either an 8valve or 16valve 1600.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 04-02-2004, 07:46 PM
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Re: Sami Engine swap

whats with everyone wanting v8's all of a sudden? [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

Can you perform a 350 install on a low budget, honestly, unless you've got a $hitload of tools no you cant (at least not safely). Second, yes there is a bolt in kit for it, but its sold by the same retards that make the 4.3 kit, so thats expensive as well and from what I've seen...Pointless. However, in a retro-spect of thought my 16v wasnt cheap either. It all depends on what you have the time and will for I suppose. I've got a lotta money sunk into my v8 swap and its just now getting to where I can enjoy it. If you have any further questions just ask.
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Re: Sami Engine swap

Boy I havent been back on the board for long but it does seem like everyone is wanting a V-8 or V-6 swap now. For a samurai I would recomend a 4.3L swap. That is a very good motor, planty of after market stuff for it. And I know of at least two vendors that makes kits for the swap. For me a 1.3L even a 1.6L swap seemed kinda pointless. My 4x4'n is done at the dunes or in the mud and the 4 bangers just didnt have the juice to spin 36-38" tire.
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post #5 of (permalink) Old 04-04-2004, 03:22 AM
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Re: Sami Engine swap

Hold on, who else besides Lightnning conversions makes a conversion kit???
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Re: Sami Engine swap

It just seems like a natural progression for some of us, to want stronger and faster. I was doing some research, but I've decided to go another (simpler) route. Fewer hassles, and besides, I don't need to go fast.

But ya know, it would be nice to screech 33"mt's from a red light with a poseur Daimler driver crapping his trousers in the obscuration of grey-white tire smoke billowing in my wake!

Maybe I'll do that V8 swap after all!!! hahahaha

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