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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 2008, 9:17 am Thread Starter
 
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What Engines will work in my 916?

I'm looking to transplant a new engine in my 96 916. I'm wondering which ones will work? I'm assuming 916,996 - but will the 998 or even the 999, or 1098 work?

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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 2008, 9:33 am
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You can mount 998 and 999 engine in your frame with 2 little modifications.

* relocating the 2 ignition coil like 996R
* cut a small part of the iron who rigidified the throttle body

But with a testastretta engine you need to change :

* Airbox
* throttle body
* wiring harness (998 model without key code)
* ECU
* full exhaust

It's very easy, i did it on my 996SPS with a 998s engine

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But be carefull with the diameter of the engine mount's bolts.

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I thought this topic has been discussed many times and the conclusion is to sell the older bike and use the money to purchase a 998 if you liked the body style, less headache and easier.
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I give just my expérience. In France, "everybody" says: it's impossible without big frame's changes... But the true is différent...

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It's very easy, i did it on my 996SPS with a 998s engine
Nice! I like hearing about pre-998 superbikes being upgraded to a Testatretta setup. That's my future project! Got any photos of the conversion?
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Lightbulb engine transplant

if you want it really boogy how about a 1098 engine? i have seen a few of these on the market. how hard would it be to stick one of those into a 916?

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if you want it really boogy how about a 1098 engine? i have seen a few of these on the market. how hard would it be to stick one of those into a 916?
I have seen some as well. Good question. The 1098 would be sweet! Is it do-able???
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Anything is doable, is it worth the effort?

The moment you throw a testastretta motor in the bike, all of a sudden the bikes value drops to nothing. You will have spent a great deal of money to make it work and you're gains will be pretty limited. A properly built 996 or 916 motor for that matter, will do just fine and be a direct swap.

A decent 1098 motor costs around $3k.

You'll have to modify your frame to accept the motor, mounts and cross braces will need to be altered. Unlike the 998 motor, the 1098 motor fits differently into the frame, that means the 998 airbox won't work in the xx8 bike's frame, the TB's won't align up. This means you'll need a 1098 airbox, which has different runners and henceforth, you'll have to probably make you're own air runners. I don't think the tank will fit properly because the airbox is too big. So you'd have to invent your own mounting system... PITA!
Then you'd need a 1098 ECU and wiring harness, you can't use the desmoquattro harness, you'd have to have a 998 harness, which of course is different then the 1098 one. By the time you're done, what are you achieving? It might be easier to buy a 1098 and make it look like an xx8 bike! LOL

As shitty as this sounds, you might wanna buy a 916 motor, have it built or build it yourself and live with it. Its nice to own a bike that has some value besides personal value....



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Nice! I like hearing about pre-998 superbikes being upgraded to a Testatretta setup. That's my future project! Got any photos of the conversion?
Np problem...

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