230GE engine - Is it worth trying to squeeze extra power out?

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HavenDTS
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Folks - You might have seen my other post/question on Diffs/Axles - to add to that question does anyone have any advice on the 230GE engine. Is it worth trying to squeeze extra power out of that unit? I appreciate it might not be the most economical option on MPG but has anyone attempted to performance tune with any success or even the 280? I suppose its all down to cost versus complexity at the end of the day. Thanks in advance.............JJ

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Re: 230GE engine - Is it worth trying to squeeze extra power ...

The Cosworth 16v 2.3 is essentially the same unit with a twin cam head, I don't know of anyone trying it though because the issue with a tank like the G is weight, and this need torque. The 280 is lovely engine, revvy smooth everything you could want in an SL

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Re: 230GE engine - Is it worth trying to squeeze extra power ...

It can be done. There are high compression heads and I've seen performance cams.

 
Same applies to the 280. As above a great engine, but thirsty.
 
Personally I wouldn't bother swapping the engine to a 280.
 
The favoured conversations are to diesel.
The 605 series being the simplest.
I did a 606 conversion but I was starting with a 603 in a 463 so somewhat easier I think.
 
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Re: 230GE engine - Is it worth trying to squeeze extra power ...

I did OM605 turbo too! Best and cheapest now option I think... If you do lot of mileage, I would consider 2.7CDI...

OM606 cost more, more thirsty, but IMHO better option who hauling stuff around and need more power for it...