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Old 12-21-2012, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a stock Samurai engine, can get to about 65 on the highway, would really like to be able to maintain 75 mph and hang with other highway traffic. What would be the best type of engine to swap in?
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You should be able to maintain 75 with the stock engine.

Most probably you have some sort of running problems.

Is your limited speed the only symptom?
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You're right, I can maintain 75 if the road is flat. I guess I really mean that I want to be able hit 80-85 and be able to do 70-75 up hills.

Would a Sidekick 16l 8v be able to give me more highway speed? I'm not worried about going offroad with this truck.
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The 8 valve G16 from the sidekick does have a bit more power than most G13 engines so yes you will gain a few more mph.

Will it definitely get you up to the speeds you want? I am not sure I will let someone else answer.
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Where do you live? Will you have to pass emissions testing ?
The 1600 8 valve will add 15 hp. ( 80 hp )
BUT is prone to cracks in the crank case journals. Be careful when buying a used one.
The 16 valve will net you 30 hp ( 95hp ) But requires a bunch of work. ( EFI )
We opted for the Datsun L 20B and drop pan 4 speed , 45 hp gain ( 110 hp )
Actually it was a much easier swap than the 16 valve due to the simple wiring.
And yes it will climb a hill at well over 75 miles an hour. ... Boxcar ...
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Thanks, that's helpful. I live in Kentucky, so no emissions testing.

Are Datsun L20B engines readily available? Are their swap kits for them?
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Yes and no. In thet order. ...Boxcar...
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I think I am leaning toward the 1.9l VW TDI. Should give me the horsepower I want, right? And it's a tried and true method?

Thanks for all of the help and advice everyone.
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Bring it to MOAB this spring . I'll buy ya a beer and we can compair conversions .... Boxcar ...
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Would a Nissan Sentra 2.5 Engine work? I'm in the same boat, I'd like to get 75-85 mph range. I have a 86' Samurai.
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