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Can I replace a Suzuki Vitara G16b engine with a G16a engine?

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    dimbulb Apr 13, 2015

    Hi Ian Leaning, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?

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Nice double post.

what is wrong, state the bad part
block bad.
or head bad
or both?
the head can be fixed in most cases or exchanged,(just did one)
the block is different.
the 8v has notched pistons 2 valves
the 16v ha notched pistons for 4 valves each..
big difference that, as are all manifold mounts radically different.

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No. but./....... (8v and 16v you mean i guess)
the "A" is single point injected, the B is MPI. 4 injectors.
ill guess long block and no manifolds changes
block and head only. answer.

the A TBI car will like the B engine block but the weaker TBI ECU will not like the engine air flows at all. it's tuned heavy for TBI.

the B car MPI, will run great with the 8v engine, but lack 15hp.
the A engine has the wrong head, for you car.
as are the pistons fly cut different.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015

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    dimbulb Apr 12, 2015

    http://www.fixkick.com/SWAPS.html#wrong_...

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    dimbulb Apr 12, 2015

    the head on the 8v will not fit your 16v manifolds, as a start. (and lots more wont work)

  • dimbulb
    dimbulb Apr 12, 2015

    are you talking a whole engine on pallet or just a long block swap, do say what parts are in the Attempt.

  • dimbulb
    dimbulb Apr 12, 2015

    A/B engines run from 92-95 in USA. and up to 2001 or more outside usa. there are no G16a after 1995, (epa banned here)

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