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Old 10-26-2004, 10:48 AM   #1
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help! engine swap or turbo swap

here is my story i own and drive a 96 n/a 900s 2.3l i bought a wrecked 97 900se turbo for the rims and leather interior the whole drive train is complete and the engine starts it justs need a intercooler, oil cooler and oil pan i was wondering the turbo has a automatinc my n/a is a manual tdo the all have the same bolt pattern on these transys and is it very difficult and not worth swithicg the turbo onto my car does the manifolds line up will it just blow it up to have the 2.3 turboed
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Old 10-26-2004, 02:42 PM   #2
 
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Jeez....this is a project with a capital P...

I don't know if the tranny bolt patterns will match. Best thing to do is to get under that bad boy and measure them.

I'd try to turbo the 2.3L, but that would be nearly as much work as pulling the engine, replacing it, swapping trannys and getting a new ECU.
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Old 10-26-2004, 03:33 PM   #3
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sell it buy a turbo model!
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Old 10-26-2004, 03:56 PM   #4
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I would go for the swap with the turbo on the 2.3. That would be nice to have in your NG900. Also thats going to take some time to swap but it should not be that hard. Just about everything blots up to everything. Let us know what you going to do.


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Old 10-27-2004, 05:16 AM   #5
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i wouldn't recommend doing a swap to a 2.3 NA.....personally, i don't feel the 2.3 NA motor is strong enough to handle boost like a 2.0T motor or a 2.3T....those motors are built stronger to handle the boost as opposed to a motor that is a NA one....if you do end up putting a turbo in a 2.3NA, I would recommend that you build up the motor which in the end is going to cost more than just buying a 2.3T
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Old 10-27-2004, 05:42 AM   #6
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Cedric sent me a link the other day from a Saab with a 2.3L N/A engine converted to Turbo. I think he only needed to purchase new pistons...But wait until Ced posts...
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Old 10-27-2004, 08:31 AM   #7
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The block of the engine is the same, itís the internals that are different, just go to a junk yard and get some Pistons from 2.3 9000 turbo new head and DI pack.
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Old 10-28-2004, 11:21 AM   #9
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dont know

i would love to me that motivated and have enoough time and money to do anything like that i will propaby part it out the 97 2,0 if any one is intrested we have a mini saab graveyard with everything from 64 volvos to 98 saabs all makes 99,s to ng900 if intresyted call my dad robert at europarts in clarkdale arizona 928-649-0996
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I thought the 2.3 and 2.0 are the same bore?
He could just use the pistons from the 2.0.
Try and turbo the 2.3, that thing would rip!
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Old 10-28-2004, 01:01 PM   #11
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The head is the same too.
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