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Old 03-29-2004, 01:55 PM   #1
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Dizzy Rebuilding my SOHC motor

I want to spend no more than $3,000 on my motor. I need some ideas on what to do. Someone told me to replace my SOHC cylinder head with a DOHC cylinder. But when I called a saturn performance shop, they told me the computer would mess up. Please tell me what I can do to help with my SL. I want to be fast!!! Is the horepower worth the $3,000?

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Old 03-29-2004, 02:25 PM   #2
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Dude(chick whatever) a stock spec rebuild is less than a grand easy.

I dont know if you are doing this yourself though???!!!

Easiest way to make more power is just swap a DOHC and pcm of similar year. 00+... But I would find a pre 99 head for it as they flow better and have more header options.

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Old 03-29-2004, 02:35 PM   #3
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OK. If I were in your shoes, I would swap the SOHC out for a DOHC engine and a DOHC (mp3) tranny.

Simplest thing you can do for 24 more ponies.

You have to be sure its OBDII though. So look around for a 96 and newer DOHC engine- Rebuilt or used... Find a 96 and newer MP3 transmission. Find an OBDII PCM for a DOHC.

This is important though- If you get a 96-99 engine you need a 96-99 PCM. If you get an 00 or newer engine you need an 00 or newer PCM. Saturn changed PCMs in 00 from delco to motorola.

There that was easy. And I am willing to wager you will have money left over for bolt ons.

www.6thplannetusedparts.com They can help you more.

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Old 03-29-2004, 03:16 PM   #4
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Sell your current one, use that money, and the 3k, and buy a newer one with DOHC. Saturns are cheap.

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Old 03-29-2004, 03:46 PM   #5
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I agree with Mog's suggestion.

Instead of doing such big 'make-over' on the motor, why not just swap the whole car instead? (Sell current + $3K additional) should be able to buy a decent used '01 or even '02 SL2 5-speed.

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Old 03-29-2004, 04:20 PM   #6
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Wouldn't the DOHC swap require a new instrument cluster as well to take care of the speedo and tach changes?

If you want a faster saturn, the best option is to find a DOHC manual tranny saturn.

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Old 03-29-2004, 04:49 PM   #7
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Yes you would need a new cluster among other things.

Hey if he likes the car he has, why not keep it?

Your average Joe CAN swap all these things, you just need a slight mechanical inclination.

BUT... Depending on the status of ownership (its yours not a banks right?) it may just be more feasable to get a DOHC saturn outright. That 3 grand will definately be a nice down payment. And at most dealerships you can buy performance parts there.

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Old 03-29-2004, 08:11 PM   #8
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I am assuming (you did not list it) that your Saturn is an 01'. That being the case, and if indeed you have $3K to spend, TRADE it with the $3k on something else. (Saturn or not) The used car market is dirt cheap now, your $3k is better spent in that direction than on a rebuild.

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