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 How To Find A Good KLDE 
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So ill be on the hunt soon for a junkyard DE. I want to find one in reasonable shape. I wont ve rebuilding th whole thing but I will be replacing key components like all gaskets timing stuff and possibly oil pump. But when im hunting a few questions.

I know I need ro find an OBD1 engine as my mx3 is 92. And I know I need the air sensor matching the engine. But what vehicles should I look for with the best engine. I know the probe gts have it and the mx6. Are there any luxary type vehicles that only come in automatic that carry this engine. At least thatll be a good start. Itll prolly be in better shape since its prolly owned by an older person. And auto means it wont spend alot of time in the higher rpm.


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You're quite the active new member eh :welder:

Well:

1 It's just the wiring looms and ECU's that matter mostly. If you have a 92/3 car, get a 92/3 ECU. The VAF for all KLDE are the KL02 so that doesn't matter. Don't over think it too much though, chips can be made to suit the loom+engine etc.

2. Your auto theory is somewhat correct but just shine a torch inside the oil cap and see how black/golden/silver it looks in there, it's a quick way to see the service history without tearing it down. Silver = awesome. Light gold = really good. Golden = ok. Golden brown = getting old. Black/Borwn = stay away!

3. Over here we have mazda 626 and ford telstar that also have the KLDE in it. Alternatively, you can get a Mazda Millenia engine that has the curve neck. Using the ecu off that requires more work though, you can just run it with a KLDE ecu and VAF though.

4. Don't bother with the oil pump IMO. All the failures I've read about here have been from people changing them to aftermarket ones!

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Mazda Millenia. the KL only came in automatic. (Don't ask about the 2.3l KJ engine. Just don't. Do.Not). Plus it will have the droids you're look.. I mean, it'll have the intake manifold you'll want to use.

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I can't see a junkyard DE with less than 200k on it where as a good JDM ZE probably hase less than 100k for sure. Up to you. :shrug:

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Well its all about my long term plans budget and acceptability. I will be boosting it for sure so I want the lower compression. I can go get a DE at the yard complete for round 200 and less. Where as for a ZE I have to hunt. Pay more money then hope its an actual ZE and find a curve neck to make it work.


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SuperK wrote:
Mazda Millenia. the KL only came in automatic. (Don't ask about the 2.3l KJ engine. Just don't. Do.Not). Plus it will have the droids you're look.. I mean, it'll have the intake manifold you'll want to use.


Yeah I know all about the KJ Miller Cycle...no intrest in it. Like the idea of it...and for those of u who are running boost its a pretty cool idea...I wont if the cam timing can be adjusted to work the same way being how we are non interferwnce engines. But itd only work on superchargers as u need the boost at low rpm...read up the Miller Cycle if you dont know about it...pretty cool.


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