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1999 2.2 heads to a 1996 2.2 block

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I have a 1999 2.2 car with a busted block. I have a 1996 2.2 short block. I would like to put the 99 heads on to the 96 short block. I have a few concerns.
Will this piston/head combination work good?
Can I, should I, or do I need to put 99 pistons in?
What head gasket would I use, 99 or 96?
What timing belt would I use, 96 or 99?
What other things do I need to consider?
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The same gasket as what? The 99 heads or the 96 block. Why will the egr be a factor? I am using the 99 heads with a 99 intake in a 99 car.
My bad I was thinking the other way with EGR. 99 block/96 heads.

The head gaskets are the same for both years.
 

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the blocks are virtually the same. the thrust bearing may have moved.

use the 96 block and internals, everything else 99, and drive on. you may lose a bit of power due to the 96 rods, crank and pistons but it will be a very little bit and you'll never notice.

edit: you will have to swap over the tensioner mounting bracket from the 99 to the 96 block to accommodate the ''new '' style tensoiner. not sure if you can use the old style tennsoiner. i know it will bolt on but there has to be a reason they changed styles other than just to make it less reliable.
 

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^ That's what the difference is. Use a belt for the 99 if you use the 99 tensioner (better design), and use the 96 if you use the 96 tensioner. The tensioner was different for 99 resulting in a belt change.
 
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