DIY SR20DET CAM CONVERSION
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONVERTING YOUR SR20DET TO A VE CAM SYSTEM TO MAKE THOSE SERIOUS GAINS
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This month we will cover what is needed to convert your rear-wheel-drive SR20DE/T engine to the much more efficient NEO VVL VE head. A handful of people have done the head swap in New Zealand, guys such as Ben Cox with his 745kW-plus (1000hp-plus) Datsun 1200 drag car, Hans Ruiterman with his 500kW (670hp) time-attack car, and Adam Hedge in his 447kW (599hp) S14 drift car, but there has been no real guide or part list available for people to go by until now.
There aren’t many people in New Zealand who have more experience with VE engines than Brendan Parker from Pten Developments and Hans Ruiterman from E&H Motors, they have been selling and modifying SR20s for over 10 years, so it was a no brainer when it came to deciding who we’d talk to about the VE conversion guide — and we roped them in on the project.