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Old 03-01-2004, 02:21 AM   #1
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SR20DET vs. KA24DE

I have noticed that the Internet is littered with debates on whether or not a SR20DET is superior to a turbocharged KA24DE motor. I am, however, confused on why this debate even exists. Therefore, I am posting this thread to find out what I must be missing.

I feel that there is absolutely no contest; the SR20DET motor is a far superior racing motor. It seems like this debate is comparing apples to oranges.

Here is my rationale.

Horsepower: The SR creates far more horsepower then a turbocharged KA. Although the KA has a 25% increase in displacement, the displacement is found in the stroke. The larger stroke limits the KA’s ability to rev as high as the SR. Since HP = Torque(RPM)/5252 (torque @ a given RPM is multiplied by that RPM, then the answer is divided by 5252) higher revs will create higher HP readings. (You will notice on graphs that all engines have the same horsepower and torque at 5252 RPM’s).

Torque: The KA obviously creates far more low-end torque (created by the bigger stroke). Since torque is what moves you, you would think the KA would be the better choice. The SR, however, can easily overcome this loss in low-end torque. Since the KA redlines at approximately 6,000 RPM’s and the SR at 7,500 RPM’s the SR can create more low-end torque. How, you ask? Well there are two kinds of torque, engine torque and gear torque. The KA produces more engine torque and since the SR revs higher it can use a lower gear ratio too build more gear torque. The gear torque quickly increases the total torque output in a vehicle. Therefore, with the 25% increase in RPM’s, the SR can produce comparable low-end torque.

Weight: Obviously, this is a huge concern for any racer. Lighter weight means quicker acceleration, deceleration, and better handling. The SR is an all aluminum construction, while the KA has an iron block.

Technology: The KA is a truck engine. It uses a distributor and is fuel injected. That is about the extent of its technology. The SR has direct ignition, and continuously variable valve timing (late model SR’s). This technology will give the SR a flatter torque curve then the KA.

I know the saying goes, “There is no replacement for cubic displacement.” but, I would take the SR over the KA any day of the week. Besides, what would you rather have? A big block NASCAR engine or a F1 engine?

With that said, I await to hear what I missed about the performance benefits of a KA.
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Old 03-01-2004, 03:44 AM   #2
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though the KA motor has been getting kind of popular as of late, the SR is better (mine an many people's opinion anyways)
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Old 03-01-2004, 04:30 AM   #3
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Old 03-01-2004, 04:34 AM   #4
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Old 03-01-2004, 05:04 AM   #5
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I know what the Ka is but I have no clue as to what the other thingy is.
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Old 03-01-2004, 02:49 PM   #6
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sr20det is the silvia engine
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Old 03-01-2004, 11:20 PM   #7
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?? ive never heard of anyone saying the Ka's better than the sr20... as far as i know the KA is the American 240sx engine..... the sr20 is an import...... even a turbo charged KA cant compare to a stock sr20det (S15[250hp]) .. ... y dont we make it fair... a turbo charged sr20 vs. a turbo charged ka24... so this goes back to American vs. import.. we all know who owns who... ..... what American made car beats a 1350hp skyline???????????
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im more on the import side, but lets not even start this
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Old 03-02-2004, 03:28 AM   #9
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Yes, the KA is the Nissan engine they place in a Silvia and called it a 240SX. The debate I often hear, however, is that you can get cheaper performance by just turbocharging the KA (since you don't have to buy the SR motor and installation kit). It just seems to me that this is a foolish thing to do. Why upgrade a truck engine? I just do not understand the rationale.
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Old 03-02-2004, 03:30 AM   #10
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When I say the KA engine is a Nissan engine I do mean that it too is an import engine. So we are discussing two import engines.
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Old 03-02-2004, 09:31 AM   #11
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(i could b wrong) nissan usa makes the KA and nissan Jpn makes the sr20..
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so this goes back to American vs. import.. we all know who owns who... ..... what American made car beats a 1350hp skyline???????????

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that motor is insane! piping everywhich wayhuge pistons, and burl turbos... "sick witted"
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