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ScotY on Wed March 11, 2009 3:25 AM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 92
Make: Suzuki
Model: Sidekick
Engine Size: 1.6L 16V
Refrigerant Type: 134

I need some help with compressor fittings. I want to use a compressor similar to the one in the first picture, it's from a '92 Suzuki Sidekick and I believe it's a NipponDenso 10P08E but am not 100% sure on the model number. I have an AMA aftermarket a/c setup in my '88 Suzuki Samurai and it uses a different compressor with different fittings (see second picture). The reason for wanting to switch compressors is I want to add power steering to this vehicle. There are a few companies that sell a kit with prefab bracketry but they, of course, are all designed around the ND compressor.

A couple of questions...

1. How can I adapt the Sidekick compressor fittings for use on my a/c system? Is there a way to adapt to those weird fittings on the compressor?

2. Is the NipponDenso 10P08E compressor available with different fittings, preferably with the fittings on the side rather than on top?

3. Is there any performance disadvantage to using the Sidekick compressor vs. the Seltec TM-13HS compressor that came in my AMA a/c kit?

Sorry about the huge pictures...don't know how to make them smaller.

Thanks, Scot

Suzuki Sidekick NipponDenso compressor

AMA Seltec compressor

I resized your pics for you.. Chick compressor.JPG

Edited: Thu March 12, 2009 at 1:59 AM by ScotY

Chick on Wed March 11, 2009 7:12 AM User is offlineView users profile

I resized your pics for you, hope you don't mind..
Give Jack or Tim a call and ask them if they have a compressor that will work with power steering in thier kits. That would be best for two reason, the lines may be the same, and it will be able to handle R134a, the older densos are for R12, and I would only use them if you had too, although if it's a reman, it most likely will be fine with R134a.. As far as adapting your hoses to the denso, I don't know of any interchangable top plates to allow for the screw on fittings, but maybe someone else knows of some.. Best bet is to give AMA a call and explain what you have and what you want..They are very helpful..Hope this helps..

Email: Chick


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Edited: Wed March 11, 2009 at 7:35 AM by Chick

TRB on Wed March 11, 2009 2:06 PM User is offlineView users profile

Just have custom hose made up using the block fitting on the nipp. Nipp should be fine as far as compressor capacity.


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Edited: Wed March 11, 2009 at 2:06 PM by TRB

ScotY on Thu March 12, 2009 2:06 AM User is offlineView users profile

Hi Chick,
Thanks for resizing the pics! They were out of order but I fixed that.

To make sure I understand correctly, some questions below...

The NipponDenso compressor should be good as a substitute for the Seltec compressor I'm using now?

If I get a reman ND compressor, it will be fine to use with 134?

I can cut off the crimp sleeves on the ND compressor's fittings, find the appropriate sized hose and new crimp sleeve, and that should work okay? I have a crimper tool, just need the fittings.

To possibly avoid all this, is there any compressor out there that has the same mounting tabs/dimensions as the ND compressor? If I'm going to buy a new compressor, might as well buy one that doesn't have those block type connectors, if there's something out there.

Thanks much, guys!

JACK ADAMS on Thu March 12, 2009 2:43 PM User is offline

Looks like you are about to do a motor swap? if this is the case you will need to do the swap first and make sure the power steering and a/c system do not hinder anything. If all fits o.k. then you will need to re-use the OEM fittings off the ND compressor, you will need to weld on a #8 aluminum barb as well as the #10 aluminum barb using the Aluminum Braze Rod.

Hope this helps and good luck..

ScotY on Sat March 14, 2009 4:50 AM User is offlineView users profile

Hi Jack,

Yes, I am in the planning stages for the motor swap, trying to sort out the a/c and power steering stuff at the moment. Lot of variables as there are several different routess I can take to get it all done.

Question...on the Seltec compressor that was included in my kit, how difficult is it to switch out the v-belt pulley to a grooved pulley (I think it's a 4 or 5 groove pulley that I would need)? Is this something I can do myself? Any special tools required?

Thanks, Scot

Edited: Sat March 14, 2009 at 5:15 AM by ScotY

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