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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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1500 vs 1600 engine

Are they interchangeable ? If I buy an old 1500 can in use parts inside to rebuild my 1600?
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No. It's likely a small handful of components are shared but it's an entirely different platform. Not a direct replacement nor could you salvage a 15 to rebuild a 16 or vice versa.

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Thank you for the info !
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As cheap as these are; you'd probably end up spending more money rebuilding your 1600 then you would buying another 1600! Or even a 1700!

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I'd love to find a salvaged 1600 engine with low km cheap to direct swap...
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What issues are you having? Just curious.

Good luck! I'm sure you could find a salvage 1600 somewhere.

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My compression reading is 115 and 135, apparently that's not great, I can ride it a while but it will inevitably die.... according to the shop mechanic anyways...

There ar 115000 km on it.
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Again, like I said, do fret over those compression readings unless you are having a specific problem, such as excessive oil consumption, etc.
Another used engine may be no better, and to overhaul one of these "correctly" can put costs out of reach in a hurry!
The mechanic is putting worry thoughts in your head probably needlessly.
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I respectfully disagree with your previous information.

First I would suggest you find another shop to do your compression test as those numbers are very good.
These engine have an automatic compression release (to aid in starting), that does not release until approx. 800rpm.
It is a centrifugal device that is installed on the end of each camshaft, slightly holding the exhaust valve open till
engine starts. Consequently, this also reduces compression readings.

The 15 & 1600, engines share almost all the same parts including the case. Transmissions are identical
including the gear ratios. When changing components such as crankshaft, the entire assembly must be
swapped. (rods, pistons, cylinder. 15 &16s even share the same crank counter balance weights. Heads,
clutch, coolant, and FI systems are also interchangeable.

A complete 1500 E series up (fi injected) engine is a direct replace for a 1600.
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Wow that's the most promising thing I've heard so far, I will definitely get another opinion, thank you !!
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