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Hi all,

My mechanic was rebuilding my engine and found a crack in the block. Anyone have a lead for where I can find a block that's not cracked? We've been striking out for a while.

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your location?

This is a world wide forum.

For info: If you are rebuilding it, you can use, pretty much, any G16 block.... including the 8v and motors from some other Suzuki cars. (Suzuki Esteem comes to mind.)

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_G_engine#G16
G16

The G16 is an inline 4 cylinder displacing 1.6 L (1590 cc).

Applications:

1989–1992 Suzuki Sidekick
1995–2002 Suzuki Esteem
1999–2002 Suzuki Vitara
1996–1998 Suzuki X-90

G16A

Either 8 valve single over-head cam carb or 8 valve SOHC EPI before 1993 or 16 valve SOHC EPI after 1993

Applications:

1990– Suzuki Escudo TA01R-3 TA01-2 TD0W-2
1990– Suzuki Cultus ST413
Suzuki APV (outside Indonesian market)
1996-1998 Suzuki Sidekick (Canadian)
1996-1998 Geo Tracker (Canadian)
1989-2001 Vitara 8V (First gen.)
1992-1994 Vitara 16V
2005–Present APV (Philippines and Australia)

G16B

The SOHC G16B was used in the following vehicles:

1990– Suzuki Escudo TA01R/W-2.3.4.5
1992–1997 Suzuki Esteem
1995–2002 Suzuki Cultus Crescent
Geo Tracker
Suzuki Sidekick
Suzuki X-90
Suzuki Swift
1994 Suzuki Vitara 16V



I have a tired G16 16v in my garage. NW Oregon, USA
 

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We are in southern California. I'm sure my mechanic knows better than me, but how could we ship the block? Would it have to go on a crate?

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... I'm sure my mechanic knows better than me, ...
"knows better" is a relative term.

With Suzuki leaving the US market and the age of our rigs, it is becoming harder and harder to find mechanics that know enough about Suzuki's.

Best you can hope for is one who is open to information, not one that says "I have been working on cars all my life! I know what I am doing!".... then proceeds to mess up your rig and spend YOUR money! :(

Be careful with what mechanic you trust.

Shipping is the main cost to a used engine block. If you cab find one local you will save a lot. Used parts are always a crap shoot. For example: I have not tested any of the blocks around my house, so you take a chance on after shipping it would be bad.

--> Is there any reason you need a rebuilt motor? <--

Or do you just need a "good" motor?

When I need a "new" motor I buy a used low mileage "JDM" motor. These motors come from used cars that are scrapped in Japan. Due to the way they do insurance and registrations, it gets more and more expensive to insure and register cars the older they get. It doesn't take long and it is cheaper to buy new. Cars are scrapped with around 65,000 miles on them and the average Japanese takes better care of their cars than the average American. I have had good results on the two engines I have gotten.

There is a world-wide market that sells these cars/parts. For the most part, the cars are not legal in the US, but the parts are. Do a search on "used jdm motors" and you will come up with some local results. I use a place out of Washington state: Foreign Engines

I picked up a G16 that I have been using as a driver for years (in two different bodies.) for about $850 shipped. The J18 in my son's Sport model was just under $1000.

Mike's Projects: Sidekick Sport J18 engine install

These are good motors, that just need the old external parts removed and yours installed before the whole thing is put into the car.

This is the J18 after unwrapping and cutting the straps.

 
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