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Old 11-15-2011, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, I'm new to this site and forum and i'm looking for some advice please.

I have a 1997 suzuki sierra soft top with the 1.3 carby engine. This vehicle is now my primary mode of transport for predominantly hiway driving. I want to upgrade the engine to make it a bit of a nicer drive rather than revving its guts out to sit on 110 kmh.

Any suggestions on what engines can be bolted straight in without to much hassle. I have heard that a 2.0 L vitara motor can be bolted in. Is this right or have I heard some porky pies??

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Old 11-15-2011, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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From what I have read on these forums so far is that the majority of modifications will have some sort of adapting bracket and/or fabricating involved to mount the engine.

If you have an issue with the revs you are at to maintain 110 km/h. There are a few points you need to consider before you do anything.

1 - Component strength: Can the current drive-train handle the power that can be delivered from the 2.0?

2 - Gearing: If you currently manage 4000 rpm at 110km/h and decide to mate a Viper V10 to your gearbox and change non of the drive-train that same viper V10 will be running at 4000 rpm at 110km/h. And that will be a gross waste of power and fuel for highway running. The same will happen with any other engine if you do not change the gears or final drive.

3 - The small engine was designed to rev high. Which is why the gears are short. The power and torque are further up the rev band than diesels and highway cruisers. It does not necessarily mean that you are running inefficiently.

You often hear about swaps with the 1.6 from the Vitara/Sidekick/Escudo. But if you leave the samurai gears and final drive in you will be running the larger engine at the same rpm.

Just as a guess if the 2.0 Vitara motor can be bolted in then it should be possible to slot the 2.0 V6 and 1.8 sport motors in as they are all from the Sport chassis Vitaras.

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Point number 4: You also would have to consider all the wiring and space within the samurai frame to fit any other engine.
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The 2.0 will be a lot of work, the 1.6 is an easy swap. As its a Sierra I would guess that you are 'down under', check out auszookers.com, you'll find loads of info on there.
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sweet guys thanks for the advice gonna do some more research and ill let u know how it all goes
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Difflock.com is also a good resource for information on these swaps. Unfortunately the sticky there seems to have lost its images.
I have done this swap twice so feel free to ask any questions.
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