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hello all.. Originally i wanted to drop in a SR20DE into my 89 sentra. As in turns out thats extremely hard to do and its anything but a "drop in". So folks i wanna hear from you'll wants the best engine i can drop in to gie me the most power and least hassle? I don't hae a GA16 like the rest of you'll i hae some lame carb engine i think a 1.5 but it runs more like a 1.3 ... yeah its real dead. So hit me with some replies on what you think.

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CA18DET

I'm going with the CA18DET. You won't run into tranny problems if you go with one of those. Its also a much much easyer swap than the SR20, being only 1800cc its a small engine with big power. Is you want a CA18DE then pull only out of a 88 pulsar, thats the year with the highest compression. Another engine I was talking about was the CA18ET out of an old 200 or 240sx(can't remember).
 

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Re: CA18DET

1989Sentra said:
Another engine I was talking about was the CA18ET out of an old 200 or 240sx(can't remember).
Probably won't work because that car is RWD
 

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There are a couple of guys who done the SR20 swap into a b12. There will be some cutting and welding (Guaranteed):( The CA18 series engines can be bolted into a b12 car using 1988 nissan pulsar SE mounts and various components out of the pulsar. The clutch is hydraullically actuated and has proven to be a clean install. I've done to my own vehicles.....
 
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might go with original

well i was talking to my mechanic and I told him that i wanted the best bang for the buck basically and he didn't recomend the engine swap. He said he could have my engine running for much less than an engine swap. Things like shaving the head.... installing a weber, port and polish and some other stuff he said would have my engine in good shape. So what do you'll think? Would this give me good results???
 

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No, NO and no. Webers are cool, but there old school and not too promising on your engine. You know how much a weber carburetor costs? And $400.00 and that doesn't include the adapter plate. I had one on my 1987 hyundai excel (don't laugh) and it helped a little, but waste gas and was not A/C friendly (idle-up). Go get you a CA18DE set up and you'll be kicking @ss and it will have a pretty unique set up. I've offered my advise to guys on this forum and some seem interested, but don't think any of them bit on it. I've used every CA engine except for the CA20 and I've had excellent results. If you want performance it's gonna cost (Point blank). Your mechanic will rape your pockets by the time he's done with porting your head, purchasing the carburetor and all the soft parts needed to do that type of stuff. You don't have a big block and in todays imports, head-shaving is obsolete unless absolutely, positively necessary. You want good power for the $$$$ get an SR20 set up or a CA18 set. The CA18 is cheaper and more durable (in my opinion). The SR20 produces 140hp @6400 rpm and the CA18DE produces hp at 6400rpm. You got $1500 dollars you go fast/ you got $500 dollars and you get a loud exhaust.........
 

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Re: might go with original

needhelp said:
So what do you'll think? Would this give me good results???
Here is one tip I can give you off the back. Loose your mechanic!! The honest truth is that there is no such thing as bang for the buck when it come to performance. There just isn't. And another thing is that there's no way that a carbed E16i will run better than a fuel injected Sr20 or Ca18.

I think you should do more research about these engines and make the judgement for yourself, because this is your choice and your money. I know which one I rather have;)
 

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rulez....

a firend of mine ... use a simple rule...

Good cheap fast !!

FAST + GOOD = not cheap
FAST + CHEAP = not good
GOOD+ CHEAP = not fast
 
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b12 huh hmmm

1988 pulsar nx se, was a nice car until i decided to teach my friend stick & she didn't understand why u couldn't go from 5th to 2nd at 65 mph coming off the highway, well long story short its a ca18de suffering from a bad case of over rev i didn't know a tach could go in a full circle! tear..

went to mechanic & well the best word was find another engine cause this is a nightmare. either find another 125hp ca18de or just another car. well i decided i would investigate. & i heard its not to bad to swap a ca18det into it & oh turbo! sounds great to me. but i can't find anywhere to get this engine! so i heard it was also possible to do sr20det ooh bigger engine & turbo! but hard to swap & really expensive, but find able. so i would love to here some ideas!
 

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Yo Asuka did you find an engine yet? Hey SR20 B12, how much did they charge your pops for that motor and which model did he get seeing there is two different CA18det's (pre 1988 & post 1988) pre had no intercooler and funky intake manifold and post have an intercooler on top and a more conventional style manifold.
 
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