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Unread 08-17-2010, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default GA16 in a B13 4-Door

I have a '94 Sentra LE, which is a variant of the popular tuner B13 body style. It isn't an SE-R, as it's a four door and doesn't sport the SR16/SR20 performance motor -- instead it has the GA16 1.6L liter. I get a whooping 75bhp stock.

The car's in pretty rough shape. Engine wise though, she's pretty well maintained. At 160,000 miles, I'm sure I have plenty of life left for this Nissan.

Anyway, even though the car's a POS, I would like to take the learning experience on this car and fix it up (no, not rice it up). I would like to get the body work done and give it a nice paint job. Afterwords I'd like to move towards performance. I'm not looking for a fast machine or anything, but what can I do to this GA16 to give this car a little more pep? Not looking to turbo it, or do a motor swap, as it's a first-learning-experience project car, so I don't want to bite off more that I can chew. What I'm looking into right now is an exhaust system fix-up, replace the downpipe, get a new nice muffler (no fart can, but one that sounds decent), and maybe clean out the catalytic converter.

My car is also an automatic. This is a bummer because I love driving 5 speeds. Here in New York though, even though my car is technically a sedan, it would be classified as a sports car and thus I'd have to pay a hell of a lot more insurance on it since I'm under 25. Plus, I looked into a tranny swap for a 5-speed and it wouldn't be worth it by a long shot. So I'll have to be happy with my automatic.

Anyway, give me a couple leads and some of your thoughts on my car. I've been told to just let the car run it's life as it is and when it dies to get a new car then to fix up. But I'd rather keep this car since it's crazy fun to drive and I'm in love with the body style.

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Unread 08-17-2010, 04:39 PM   #2
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my next car will be a 5spd 4 door. my insurance went up 25% because of chopping off 2 doors.. *sigh*

Ok. WTF moment here. To insure my focus, AND my next car (I'd like to keep the focus and only race it, leave my next car stock) The insurance for BOTH cars is lower than what I pay right now for just my focus. what the suck.
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Unread 08-17-2010, 04:47 PM   #3
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Hrm..okay 5 speed swaps look hard but they're not if the vehicle in question came with one. It's a direct bolt-in. Don't count that out just because it looks complex, it's no different than replacing a header. Just takes longer. And things are heavier.

As for the motor...GA16s aren't really that good. My '95 200SX-SE had that same engine with a 5 speed. That poor little thing couldn't outrun itself if it wanted to. I got it to 100MPH once, took four miles of WOT in fourth gear.

Still there is some gains to be had. What I would do is get a high-flowing intake manifold, a CAI that actually pulls in cold air as opposed to underhood air, a header, a cam set(They're right on the top of the engine, 2 hour job to change them), and a high-flow catalyst and catback.

Do NOT hollow out the catalyst, however. That will give it a ricey sound that no nice muffler will ever get rid of. Trust me you have no idea how much engine noise is muffled by that thing. Not only that but you do need some back pressure for the engine to run right, especially at low RPM. They make high-flow catalytic converters, so finding one that gives you 5-10HP shouldn't be hard.
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Lol, cluff, thread is not about insurance

But i'd recommend everything Kenny said in his third paragraph.
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