01-03-2019, 02:07 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgetown, Guyana
16v engines have more power (I think its 96hp versus 80) - BUT - they are multi-port EFI, which makes the swap a bit more challenging - you can run the 8v with the stock TBI or you can run them carbed, which I don't believe is an option with the 16v.
Engine swaps are becoming a matter of how good you are with the electronics, and what the emission requirements are in your neck of the woods, which are two things that I have no knowledge of.
Quite frankly, a Samurai is a poor choice for any sort of long distance high speed usage, and it's likely to be quite a handful at 80mph - the very thought of it scares me - I know you prefixed this with the words "unlike most sane people" - a Sidekick would be a better choice for what the usage you've described, and even that scares me - my daily drive is a Grand Vitara (a second gen 98) and I would not want anything smaller or with less power on a highway.
98 - 1.8 Mitsubishi Pajero iO
98 - 2.0 Suzuki Grand Vitara - SQ420
05 - 2.0 Suzuki Grand Vitara - JB420
15 - 2.4 Kia Sportage
Last edited by fordem; 01-04-2019 at 05:04 AM.