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October 31st, 2006, 03:54 PM #1
Samurai Guys - 1.6L 16V swap questions...
I know that at least a few of the folks on here have done the conversion from little 1.3L to the 16V engine. What problems and issues did you run into? What advice do you have for someone that is about to take the plunge and do the upgrade?
Our 86 is just aout ready for a new engine. I can justify the price of a used engine (about $650 plus shipping on Ebay, maybe cheaper if I can find a low-mileage engine locally) and the price of the wiring harness and all the other necessary goodies, but I need to make sure I am not getting in over my head. I need the swap to go pretty smoothly and not drag out for days and weeks.
You past experience and thoughts would be appreciated!Jeff Mason
99 Isuzu Amigo.
October 31st, 2006, 04:12 PM #2
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Mog416 has the 16v in his Sami. I think the swap was pretty straightforward for him - he'll be back in town this evening, and I'm sure he'll chime in.
October 31st, 2006, 05:42 PM #3
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trail tough will modify your harness for you. its pricey but everyone says its well worth it. also some people had problems clearing the hood with the 16v. some guy say they have no problem crearing it but some say they did and put a small body lift on. othe than that it should be no problem with the adapter plate and kit87 samurai, 100 ich wheelbase, f & R 3-link coils, yota axles, 1.6 fi,
November 1st, 2006, 08:42 AM #4
It should be pretty straight foward if you get the right adapter kit and have trail tough modify your harness. Where have you looked locally for the motor? The 16v is a great swap and since it is Suzuki most everything bolts right up.
November 1st, 2006, 08:59 AM #5
Check this out:
Regarding the hood clearance -- it's no big deal. I used a grinder to cut down the throttle cable bracket and then put an extra little rubber spacer (1/4" or so) between the body and frame on the front body mounts. I also added a couple washers to lengthen the hood bumper pads. All of these little mods took about a half hour.
Last edited by Mog416; November 1st, 2006 at 09:07 AM.1988.5 Zuk - 1.6L 16v, locked F/R, YJ SUA, 4.89:1, 3.73, cage, comfy seats
November 1st, 2006, 11:38 AM #6
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I'm in the middle of this at the moment. Waiting on some missing parts - head pipe, starter, fan pulley...
I sent the wiring harness to TT to mod it, but they are Elk Hunting this week...
I also got an engine that had been sitting around without knowledge of it's running state - not even sure what year it is...
I wish I'd have made sure I had everything before pulling the old one out.
Oh well...'12 Rubicon
November 1st, 2006, 12:02 PM #7
I have converted two 8 valve, four 16 valve harnesses, and one being OBDII. I am now working on a 2.0L conversion as soon as I replace the timing guides in the motor. It takes alot of time for sure.
I can get my hands on an OBDII harness, and convert it. I'm not sure if the motor is good or not but I can find out.
Heres a link to a couple pictures of one harnes I have done.
As far as the hood clearance. What I have done is cut the 16 valve motor mounts and reweld them so they are an inch lower. I beat our samurais pretty hard and have had no problems.
The Orange zuk in my pictures, AKA OrangeZuk on here, his harness was done by me. He bought the Petroworks adapters.
Last edited by Shadow; November 1st, 2006 at 12:09 PM.
November 2nd, 2006, 11:43 AM #8Originally Posted by samikrawler
The Ebay engines *look* like a good deal, and most have a basic warranty on them (for whatever that is worth). It seems like the easiest way for me to get an engine.
November 2nd, 2006, 11:45 AM #9Originally Posted by jaidmaster
this is my fear - I'll get 80% done, then have to sit for a while to get it completed. I already have one Sammi in the garage that has been undergoing a 3+ year overhaul, I can't afford to have another project like that!
November 2nd, 2006, 11:50 AM #10Originally Posted by Shadow
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