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Old 05-16-2012, 04:50 PM   #11
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If you swap the 2.3 head you also need to do the 2.3 intake manifold , this needs tuning

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What's different with the 2.3 intake? I also need the 2.0 cans and valve cover, correct? What else? Head studs and gasket of course.
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Pretty much anything past stock should get a tune just to run your engine safely. I did most of the bolt up mods without a tune and everything ran fine for 20k+ but others have not had such luck (check engine lights) Your ECU can only adapt so much to the modifications you have made to the engine. I would say you definately need a tune if running a bigger head such as the 2.3. Like tom said I believe, the 2.3 head gives you more flow. You are correct about the motor running lean if you put the 2.3 head on. I did not change my head on my 2.0 but i put higher compression pistons in, stage 1 cams, removed the intake runner valves and put a CAI on and just that is making my engine run crazy lean. Hopefully the tune will fix it. Other than that the 2.3 head should bolt right up no problem. Still have to use the 2.3 IM though. Good luck to ya! Let us know how it turns out
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #14
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Also, every time you take the head off it is good practice to put in new head studs and head gasket. Actually head gasket is a must. Get the deck milled for good practice to. I do believe the 2.0 cams fit in the 2.3. Dont quote me on that. I am sure someone else will second me or correct me on that. And the valve cover should fit. As far as the intake manifold, I am not sure why the 2.0 doesnt work with the 2.3 head. I just know that it doesnt lol
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would this head work?
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That 23 head will work. With it run a cossie or knockoff intake manifold. Or use the dual runner 23 manifold. W/ the 23 manifold you will need the imtv to use both the long & short runners. It'll probabiltiy be less hassell to run a aftermarket intake w/ a tune. For sure add a set of cams to the 23 head to take advantage of the head. Even the entry level cams= crane's or crower's stage 1 make a difference. You don't need head stud's, just get a new set of head bolts w/ your head gasket.
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Is absolutely neccesary to run the 2.3 IM with the 2.3 head? I am also looking to do this, and could only find a head without the manifold.
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it is not I run a 2.0L intake with a 2.3L engine
However since your doing one you should get the Cozzy knockoff intake since your robbing the head of air if you do not, not that it has to be done now, but does need to be done.

I will later this year myself
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So someone finally figured out how to get cams to work with the FBW setup that's fly by wire. That's awesome LOL
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