Suzuki G13BB

Suzuki G13BBThe Suzuki G13BB is a 1.3 L (1,298 cc, 79.2 cu·in) straight-four 4-stroke natural aspirated gasoline engine from the Suzuki G-family. The G13BB engine was manufactured by Suzuki Motor Corporation.

The Suzuki G13BB engine features an aluminum cylinder block with wet liners and aluminum cylinder head with single overhead camshafts (SOHC) and four valves per cylinder (16 in total). A 74.0 mm (2.91 in) cylinder bore and 75.5 mm (2.97 in) piston stroke give the G13BB engine a total of 1,298 cc (79.2 cu·in) of displacement. Compression ratio rating is 9.5:1. The G13BB engine is equipped with Multi-point fuel injection (MPFI) and electronic ignition system with one ignition coil for two spark plugs.

This engine produced from 76 PS (56 kW; 75 HP) at 5,500 rpm to 86 PS (63 kW; 84 HP) at 6,000 rpm of maximum horsepower and from 104 N·m (10.6 kg·m, 76.6 ft·lb) at 4,500 rpm to 115 N·m (11.7 kg·m, 84.8 ft·lb) at 4,250 rpm of peak torque.

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • G – Engine family
  • 13 – 1.3 Liter Displacement

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine codeG13BB
LayoutFour stroke, Inline-4 (Straight-4)
Fuel typeGasoline (petrol)
Displacement1.3 L, 1,298 cm3 (79.2 cu in)
Fuel systemMulti-point fuel injection
Power adderNone
Power output From 76 PS (56 kW; 75 HP) at 5,500 rpm
to 86 PS (63 kW; 84 HP) at 6,000 rpm
Torque output From 104 N·m (10.6 kg·m, 76.6 ft·lb) at 4,500 rpm
to 115 N·m (11.7 kg·m, 84.8 ft·lb) at 4,250 rpm
Firing order1-3-4-2
Dimensions (L x W x H):

Cylinder block

The Suzuki G13BB cylinder block is made of cast aluminum alloy and has 4 cylinders arranged “In-Line”. A cylindrical cast iron sleeve is installed in each cylinder. The cylinder bore is 74.0 mm (2.91 in) and the piston stroke is 75.5 mm (2.97 in). Compression ratio rating is 9.5:1.

A monoblock casting crankshaft is supported by five main bearings. The piston is cast aluminum alloy and has two compression rings and one oil ring. Piston pins are made of chromium steel and have a floating fit in the pistons and in the connecting rods. The connecting rods are made of forged steel, and the rod bearings are of precision insert type.

Cylinder block (Suzuki Grang Vitara specs)
Cylinder block alloyAluminum
Compression ratio:9.5:1
Cylinder bore:74.0 mm (2.91 in)
Piston stroke:75.5 mm (2.97 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1
Number of main bearings:5
Cylinder inner diameter (standard):74.000-74.014 mm (2.9134-2.9139 in)
Piston skirt diameter (standard):73.970-73.990 mm (2.9122-2.913 in)
Piston pin outer diameter:18.995-19.000 mm (0.7478-0.748 in)
Piston ring side clearance:Top0.030-0.070 mm (0.0012-0.0028 in)
Second0.020-0.060 mm (0.0008-0.0024 in)
Piston ring end gap:Top0.200-0.350 mm (0.0079-0.0138 in)
Second0.200-0.350 mm (0.0079-0.0138 in)
Oil0.200-0.700 mm (0.0079-0.0276 in)
Crankshaft main journal diameter:44.994-45.000 mm (1.7714-1.7717 in)
Crankpin diameter:41.982-42.000 mm (1.6528-1.6535 in)

Main bearing cap bolts tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • 54 Nm; 5.4 kg·m; 39.0 ft·lb

After securing bearing cap bolts, make sure crankshaft turns smoothly by hand.

Connecting rod bearing

  • 35 Nm; 3.5 kg·m; 22.0 ft·lb

Cylinder head

The cylinder head is made of an aluminum casting which gives it good cooling efficiency. The supporting part of the camshaft is an independent cap type. The engine has a single overhead camshaft design with four valves per cylinder. The combustion chamber used the center plug type pent roof shape for higher intake and exhaust efficiency. The Suzuki G13BB engine did not have hydraulic lifters, so special valve shims are used to adjust the valve clearance.

Cylinder head
Valve Arrangement:SOHC, chain drive
Valves:16 (4 valves per cylinder)
Valve stem diameter:INTAKE5.465-5.480 mm (0.2152-0.2157 in)
EXHAUST5.440-5.455 mm (0.2142-0.2148 in)
Valve spring free length:36.83 mm (1.45 in)
Camshaft cam height:INTAKE36.184-36.344 mm (1.4246-1.4309 in)
EXHAUST35.900-36.060 mm (1.4134-1.4197 in)

Head tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • Step 1: 35 Nm; 3.5 kg·m; 25.0 ft·lb
  • Step 2: 55 Nm; 5.5 kg·m; 40.0 ft·lb
  • Step 3: 68 Nm; 6.8 kg·m; 49.5 ft·lb

Maintenance data

Valve clearance (Cold)
Intake valve0.13-0.17 mm (0.0051-0.0067 in)
Exhaust valve0.23-0.27 mm (0.0091-0.0106 in)
Valve clearance (Hot)
Intake valve0.17-0.21 mm (0.0067-0.0083 in)
Exhaust valve0.27-0.31 mm (0.0106-0.0122 in)
Compression pressure
Standard14.0 kg/cm2 / 200 rpm
Minimun11.0 kg/cm2 / 200 rpm
Compression differential limit between cylinders1.0 kg/cm2 / 200 rpm
Oil system
Recommended engine oil5W-30, 10W-30
Oil type APISE, SF, SG, SH or SJ
Engine oil capacity (Refill capacity)~ 3.3-3.5 L
Oil change interval, km (miles)5,000-10,000 (3,000-6,000)
Oil presure: 3.3-4.3 kg/cm2 (330-430 kPa; 46.9 – 61.1 psi) at 4,000 rpm
Ignition system
Spark plugNGK: BKR6E-11 DENSO: K20PR-U11
Spark plug gap1.0-1.1 mm (0.0394-0.0433 in)
Spark plug tightening torque28 N·m (2.9 kg·m, 20.6 ft·lb)

Vehicle applications

ModelYears Produced
Suzuki Cultus Crescent1995-
Suzuki Jimny1998–2003
Suzuki Swift1998–2003
Maruti Esteem1998–2007
Suzuki Boleno1995–2002
Maruti Gypsy King2000–
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  1. I have one Query . I have an old Suzuki baleno 2005 model its engine is given smoke . I want to swap engine . I want to swap engine with latest model Twine came . like .Suzuki M 13, M16, or Toyota N1 etc . I have need your suggestion witch twine cam engine is suitable for my car . hope reply soon . regards

    • Honestly you best option would be a J18 or J20 as the GLX came with a j18 so engine mounts and harnesses would be readily available. If you have no problem with the mount fabrication I’d go with the M16.

  2. It is mentioned that API SJ, SG, SL and SM are all recommended, the G13bb has flat tappets, which require more ZDDP, in this case the API SJ/SG is fhe the only recommended oil i think. What you say

  3. I have a Suzuki Landy with a G13B engine, I have been told it needs a cam and throttle sensor – does anyone know how I can procure it?

  4. I have a G13BB in a Wagon R+. It has a belt driven camshaft, this article states that it has a chain drive.

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