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Old 01-10-2018, 04:01 PM   #1
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KA24E turbo build or SR20DET?

Hey guys, Iím new here and I wanted some advise from you guys. So Iím looking into purchasing a 240sx, itís an automatic 1990. What I wanted to know is, what would be my best route to go with and how do I get there? My first choice was to do a SR20DET swap with a manual swap at the same time. Or would a KA24E turbo build be a better route? The engine has 240,xxx miles on it.
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Better route to get to what?

[old man] You kids need to have some stated goals and some definition about what you're building towards. Building for the sake of building doesn't get you anywhere. [/old man]
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Better route to get to what?

[old man] You kids need to have some stated goals and some definition about what you're building towards. Building for the sake of building doesn't get you anywhere. [/old man]
Just looking for something with a little bit extra power that I can daily. Just a step up from stock is really what Iím looking for. Iím not trying to build a drifter or anything like that. Donít know if that clears things up or not.
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Are you a good wrench or aspiring to be one? 30-year-old 240 doesn't make the best daily, especially once your start modifying it.
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Are you a good wrench or aspiring to be one? 30-year-old 240 doesn't make the best daily, especially once your start modifying it.
Yeah I can wrench. As far as it not being a good daily, do you mean as in ride quality or how so?
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I mean a 30 year old modified car isn't the most reliable thing in the world.

You can't pass smog in CA with an SR, and generally if someone is asking questions about ka-t it's probably not going to happen.
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I mean a 30 year old modified car isn't the most reliable thing in the world.

You can't pass smog in CA with an SR, and generally if someone is asking questions about ka-t it's probably not going to happen.
A 30 year old modified car can be as reliable as a 10 year old modified car, I think it all depends on how well you maintain it.

As far as smog passing, thatís not a concern for me.
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Better route to get to what?

[old man] You kids need to have some stated goals and some definition about what you're building towards. Building for the sake of building doesn't get you anywhere. [/old man]
I agree, setting goals you can reach before you start a build is very important. If you don't you'll be left with a car that you don't want to drive. I've seen so many cars that never get finished because the owner sets unrealistic goals.

As for which is better, SR for sure. You can slap a turbo on the KA24E, but its not going to last long in stock form with that kind of mileage, bottom line.

If this is your first time diving head first into a swap, I'd suggest you find a clean, all stock, SR from a local importer with a warranty. Do yourself a favor and purchase a brand new harness from Wiring Specialties and get it running. Once it runs you have a base to build from, starting here means you can enjoy the car while you decide what you want for it in the future.
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