Early Vs Late spec 16v KR

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eddypeck
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Early Vs Late spec 16v KR

Postby eddypeck » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:03 am

So last Friday at the Bristol meet I was caught out by a later spec 16v, I thought it was a 9a conversion as it looked different to the KRs I'm used to seeing. But was in fact a stock 90 spec KR.

The rubber boot on top of the airflow meter is different, and the inlet manifold has a different appearance: fatter tubes, more rounded profile - and more like those found on the later ABF and 9a

So why did they change it, was this the preparation for the Mk3 models, are they actually ABF parts but on a 1.8 bottom end???
Are there any performance differences in the later KR or are the difference all cosmetic - which would seem a pointless step.
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Re: Early Vs Late spec 16v KR

Postby rickygolf83 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:08 pm

Not sure on the exact reasoning but must be something to do with cost saving between the 9a corrado engine and the kr

But also a lot of feedback to act on from when the kr was launched to the updates for 90 spec

Also a lot of confusion during the crossover.

I have an 89 small bumper 16v on a F plate; was told it will have 8v 239mm front brakes and 42mm inlet

It has 256mm up front and 50mm inlet lol

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