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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-01-2001, 11:50 PM
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How hard would it be to put a buick oddfire v6 in a sidekick or sammy, if at all possible? How bout a v8 conversion?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-02-2001, 12:18 AM
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I really don't know about the Buick engine but I what I do know is that dropping a Vortec 4.3 is pushing it as it is and a v8 will just kill your zook. I guess with money anything can happen. Personally (and this is coming from a man that loves power) I wouldn't recomend a v8 it's just not worth it. www.suzukiconversion.com put in covette engines in there zooks along with vortec 4.3L. but ther is a ton of mods that need to be done to do it. with a v6 you need to swap axles a drivetrain, plus with the added weight you might need a new front suspension. Just a thought.

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if you want a v-6 the man to contact is alan kempton at suzuki lightning conversions in tampa, fl (check i-zook fo contact info) he specializes in 3.8 & 4.3 gm v-6 with 200r4 auto trans conversions-i've been wheeling with him with his 4.3 monster & it is definitely not your average sami! at the time i had a 86 with a mazda 12a rotary which i preferred because it had comparable performance without the excessive (for a sami) weight- anyway, he sells the complete conversion as well as kits to do your own-good luck!
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The problem with lightning performances kit, is it is to expensive, about 2500$ i believe.

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You can cut a lot of the cost down just by not getting the 3 drive shafts and motor mounts. If you go and do a V6 or V8 swap, PLEASE change your axles! The stock wimpy ones will not hold that long, regardless what lightning conv. saids! You will brake something if you still have on the stock drive train! Swap in something like Toyota or Dana 44's are the most popular for that swap! Build or buy a Traction Bar for the rear axle to help with rear axle wrap! Also, the motor mounts are easy to make, that is if you have the skill/shop or friend to do this! It can be a lot of money to do the swap, but it also save ya some money! It all depends on if you can find some axles that are a good price and with the right gears in them, can fab. some of your own parts, and willing to spend lots of time on the project! The 4.3L engine in a Zuk is fun to drive! A friend of mine in Cinn. Ohio has one with 39" Boggers and is a daily driver! Good looking truck! I'll see him this summer in July, will take a few pic's and post here! Anyways, its all up to you! Later

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mudbug.i have a 4.3 in my sami and i dont recommend it.if you want that kind of power,buy a jeep and drop the sami body on it.if you do go to a v-6, go with an automatic,it is easier on the axles and other drive train parts.if you go to zookimelt this summer i will take you out with the guys who used gears to get their performance and they do better, as when they hit the gas they go ,when i hit the gas ,most likely i will break.good luck,RR

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