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Old 06-26-2017, 11:57 AM   #1
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I've heard that there are different engines that were put into the hardbodys. I have a '97 hardbody and was wondering how to tell which specific 2.4 that mine has.
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Old 06-26-2017, 12:19 PM   #2
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I've heard that there are different engines that were put into the hardbodys. I have a '97 hardbody and was wondering how to tell which specific 2.4 that mine has.
You havery the ka24e that is the only motor used in America for 96 and 97 D21 89 to 86 is z24 and then there is the vg30i then Vg30e up to 95 the Vg is the v6
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Have no illusions. The Z-24 is king.

'Spotted Horse (The NAPS-Z engine) cannot be killed by a bullet...'

(Just kidding. Welcome to Infamous Nissan.)

You can go out to your truck, write down the VIN number, and search it. Other folks here can tell you how. This will give you a lot of information about your truck, right down to the factory where it was produced.
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One thing to remember is by chance if any truck from 90-97 has a Z24i, its because someone did an engine swap during its life.
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4 Spark plugs = KA24
8 plugs = z24
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6 spark plugs = v6 lol
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different in australia, we still used the z24 carbs up until 92/3 i then phased into the z24i until 94/5. The KA's were used in some later year d21's and most d22's over here. The carbed engine was king. It was seen as more reliable for our rugged country.
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I've heard that there are different engines that were put into the hardbodys. I have a '97 hardbody and was wondering how to tell which specific 2.4 that mine has.
You have the best engine, IMHO, the KA24E (as mentioned above)!

And, being in TN, you are near the factory where our U.S. D21s were assembled. Stop by the factory sometime and say hello for all of us (and post a pic here?).
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We v6 guys can't hear you over tire smoke and how awesome we are!


All jokes aside, the KA is a great little motor. As other have said it was offered from 1990 to 1997 and the only engine available in 1996 and 1997. The VG30e was from 1990 to 1995 and the VG30i and Z24i were from 1986.5 to 1989.
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:58 AM   #10
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Ok. I am 42 and have spent the majority of my life, in my family owned and operated salvage yard/auto repair & service/used auto sales business. I admit, that I have been partial to owning, repairing, servicing and even completing High Performance upgradres to American Manufactured vehicles.

I have always been fond of the square "hardbody" extended cab pickups. When, I came upon a good running 4X4 with a 5 speed tranny that had grenaded itself but, was in excellent physical condition. I took the plunge into the HARDBODY lifestyle. Did not think ot would take nearly a year, to find a good transmission!!!

Anyway. Six months or so, after putting it on the road and not 24 hours after putting over $400 worth of new tires on the front of it. The high mileage engine took a crap. Well, after everything I researched. I was under the impression that a ka24e replacement engine was what I needed. Imagine how lucky o felt to find one with about 60k on it and it being out of a ome owner truck!!!! Then, imagine how dumbfounded I became when, I learned that one had a MITSUBISHI built distributor and the other had a distributor manufactured by HITACHI and they were NOT interchangeable. Neither were the intake manifold, exhaust manifold or even the fuel injector rail!! Lea ing me with a good, low mileage engine that is absolutely useless to me.

My door jamb sticker indicates my engine code as a ka24. There is no "e" on the end. Indicating to me. That there are at least 2 different 2.4 inline 4 cylinder designs or configurations that had been installed in at least, the 1996 model year trucks. I have been going out of my mind, attempting to get the correct information on this and have had no luck. Not even with finding out if there are seperate Master Rebuild Kits or if they are all put together as universal kits!!!! Man, if anyone can help me out with this or point me in the direction of getting help or good imformation of any kind. I would greatly, appreciate it!!!!
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