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    Nova engine transplant for 2.0 turbo

    Hi all going to get me a nova 1.4sr, i was looking on nova load and i got it in my head to fit a Calibra LET 1998cc 16 Valve Turbo into the nova can u tell me how much it would cost ish..? and where to get it done, Im in manchester? thx.

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    you would be better asking on there lol

    and ste on there will fit it for you for much cheapness, none of this £5k courtenay rip off

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    Yeah get in touch with Ste_Nova, close enough to you. Nice and cheap and quality work. Can have it done in a weekend for you.

    Engine will probably cost around the £700 mark and then its just odds and ends.

    Stick and FAO up on novaload.net for Ste's attention and he will see you right

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    As an ex-Nova lad I would say not to go for the C20LET in a Nova. It does fit and is fast, but all the extra weight of an Astra 'box and the engine ruins the handling. If you can get your hands on the Corsa 1600 16v C16XE motor, that can easily produce 200 bhp with the SBD throttle body kit and a decent manifold. They sound amazing and it will probably work out as cheap (or expensive) as the C20LET swap, when you consider the need for extensive mods to get the turbo powerplant to live in a Nova

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    I too would do the XE with throttle bodies route, much strengthening in the engine bay needed for both lumps though.
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    Z20 LET Engine is that the engine out of the new astra Gsi?

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    Z2.0 LET is the new engine out of the Astra GSi and you would have a nightmare of a time getting it into a nova because it uses sensor tech instead of cable in the C2.0 LET.

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    If you went for the C16XE it is lighter engine, so it won't upset the handling and can retain the standard gearbox (a C20XE or LET will need an Astra gearbox, modded driveshafts and outer CVs)

    With that sort of power upgrade you need to fit a strengthening kit from Harry Hockley to stop the front end literally cracking up

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    Didn't Novatech or one of the specialists make a kit or fitted the engine in some way that it improved the handling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man-Chun (M-Accessories)
    Didn't Novatech or one of the specialists make a kit or fitted the engine in some way that it improved the handling?
    ASW and Novatech as well (I think) supply heavier rated front springs, to control the weight of a heavier engine in the Nova chassis. It helps but all the extra weight means you still won't handle as well as a sorted GTE or GSi. The C20 Novas tend to make this back with more power and punch, but the other issue is traction.

    I've heard of C20LET Novas that can light the tyres in the dry in third, from a rolling start

    To really sort a Nova front end, you need the Harry Hockley strengthening kit, Poly bushes, strut braces (preferable a roll cage), adjustable coilovers and the compression struts on the front wishbones (another HH kit, I think?)

    My mate had all this (caged as well) on his GTE with a Blydenstein head on a 1600 8V and it handled 200% better than my GTE ever could (I had Spax road/track suspension, strut brace and stick rally compound tyres on Sparco wheels)

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