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Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 12:03:09 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Change engine in 89 900T


colin hobbs wrote: > > Fredrik Lindgren wrote: > > > Hi! > > > > I've got an 89 900 Aero with a 8-valve engine. > > This was an "el-cheapo" model that was available for > > a while here in Sweden. > > > > However, I've been thinking about changing the engine > > ti a 16-valve model. How much work would be involved > > in this? I've had the engine out of my 1983 99 and > > changed the cam-chain and that was not so very hard. > > Would this be much worse?! > > > > Also, I've found a brand new 16v engine, meant for a 93 > > Aero, without the electronic boxes and intercooler. > > Will this engine work in my car with the existing > > intercooler and electronics from the old engine? > > > > Thanks! > > > > Regards, > > Fredrik Lindgren > > answer: NO! You will have to acquire ALL of the electronics for the > 16valve engine. But it is possible. That's not true! There are MANY older Saabs running around with 16v engines... at least one company makes a kit to adapt 16v engines to the older CIS K-Jetronic injection. You won't get quite the performance of a true 16v/LH combo, but you can definitely get most of it. It really is essentially an engine swap... or, more specifically, a head swap... the blocks & trannies are the same, just the head is different. -Justin

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