Converting lycoming 150 to 160 HP question

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Converting lycoming 150 to 160 HP question

#1 Post by sstocker31 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:50 am

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I have a very early narrow deck O-320 no suffix, that I would like to convert to 160 HP.
Lucky for me, it used the very early spline nuts to bolt the cylinders on, and therefore already has long cylinder studs in place.
The long studs are a requirement for use with the cylinder banana plates on 160 HP engines.
The only cylinder I see for use on my engine is the one having the spot faced flange (which is unacceptable for use with the banana plates)

MY Question is....
Is there a legal way to substitute cylinders to ones that allow the use of banana plates and upgrade to the high compression 160 HP pistons ( or just stay with the low compression 150HP pistons and upgrade the cylinders) without buying an STC?
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Re: Converting lycoming 150 to 160 HP question

#2 Post by Big Pistons Forever » Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:18 pm

I would be very surprised if such an old engine is eligible for any horsepower upgrade. in any case changing the engine configuration in the field requires an STC. Only some versions of the O 320 are eligible for the upgrade and none of the current STC's I found in a Google search could be used for your engine.

It is not just the cylinders that need to be changed but carburetor, through bolts, oil coolers, and engine mounts may also need to be changed.

Finally you need 2 STC's, one to modify the engine and then another one to install it on a particular airplane model.

Probably the best thing to do is to e-mail Lyoming directly and ask them. There will, I believe be a charge for the info, though
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Re: Converting lycoming 150 to 160 HP question

#3 Post by rigpiggy » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:31 pm

Look at the powerflow exhaust 8-10 horse for little to no extra weight
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