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Engine Swap - 1997 Cavalier RS 2.2L

Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier RS
Engine: 2.2L 4-cylinder SFI-OHV 4-134
Transmission: Automatic
VIN Code: "4"


I just fixed the two main problems with the engine and it ran fine for about one hour. Unfortunately, I didn't know about another problem deep inside of the engine. The Oil Pump was on the verge of going out, and just as I got the motor running good, the oil pump completely went out and a second later, WHAM! The engine locked up hard and it's now a lost cause...

I was planning on buying a crate engine for my car sometime in the future, and I wanted to put something better than a 2.2 under the hood. I heard that my particular model can only bolt up to a Z24 2.4L engine without much (if any) modification.

I want a V6. Nothing more. But I am open to any options regarding what motors can bolt up, plus any modifications. So I guess what I'm asking is...

What motors can I bolt up to my car with minimal modification? Thanks!

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  • Bullitt_B Jan 15, 2009

    Increase the compression, huh? I think I know what you mean. But for clarification, do you add compression by boring it out and getting bigger pistons?

    Let me know. I've got a lot of ideas rolling. This 2.2 may be salvageable if I can take it to a machine shop to bore it out. Thanks for the advice thus far!


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To get a higher compression ratio you can do one of three things.Get domed pistons with valve recesses,mill the block or the easiest mill the head.Take a few thousandths off the head at a REPUTABLE machine shop and bolt it up but make damn good and sure your valves will clear the pistons while at TDC (Top Dead Center) before you mill that head and check after it's milled with the head torqued down,otherwise you'll do all that work only to destroy ALL of the valves AND pistons!Boring it out will ONLY add to your displacement ie. CID/CC/L maybe from 2.2 to 2.3 or so depending on wether or not you go .030 or .060 over if it will handle it.Then larger pistons and rings to match.That will help with the HP pluss mill the head to get 10:1 compression and run 93 octance and she'll purr nicely.Throw in a header,a good exhaust,highflow cat and muffler,knock off the AC compressor,cold air intake and she'll be top notch.Don't know if they make roller rockers for these or not.It really all depends on how far you want to go with it.Hope it helped and good luck boss!!!

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Stick with the 2.2 the 2.4 motor wont really give you much more performance for the cost of swapping harness and computer.

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    TripleTauto Jan 15, 2009

    there is really nothing else you can do if you want more performance might wanna build a motor with increased compression

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    TripleTauto Jan 15, 2009

    BORING IT OUT will increase cubic inches basically if you bore it 30over you might become a 2.3. the compression ratio will be determined with type pistons. I dont know if someone makes a higher compression piston or not. or a performance cam.

    http://www.importperformanceparts.net/im...



    here is a link to some pistons hope this helps

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Tes you can get high comp pistons from 49k - 7 sec @ 56k www.importperformanceparts.net
and cams turbo ect .have fun

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