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Old 04-03-2006, 10:00 PM
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300SD cylander heads swappable?

Hi. Are cylander heads swappable between the different years? Specifically, will an '85 fit an '81?


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Old 04-03-2006, 10:46 PM
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I'm fairly sure that you can swap heads on all the 617's of that vintage. I did have an issue......easily resolved..........with one of the ports for a temperature switch on the driver's side. The '85 had an additional temperature switch whereas the '84 simply had a socket head plug.

I removed the boss for the temperature switch and got the plug from the dealer after a struggle to get the part number...........thanks again to Ray for that.
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:47 AM
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'82 300SD - 361K mi - "Blue"

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Old 04-04-2006, 12:14 PM
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Are you saying that turbo and non-turbo heads on 617's can be swapped ?

I was hoping that they could.
80 300D 340K Owned 30 yrs
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