Civic engine swap

sabbaghj2sabbaghj2 Member Posts: 1
edited January 2016 in Honda
Hi all,
I'm thinking about doing an engine swap for my 97 Honda Civic (the engine is fine but the body has seen better days). I've never done a swap before, but I have partially pulled an engine to do the timing belt, water pump and other repairs. So I have 2 questions:
Is it possible to put a 97 Civic engine in a newer Civc (I'm thinking early 2000's) if they are the same model?
How time consuming is it? Could I do it in 2-3 days? I know how to disconnect the engine from the subframe, but I've never disconnected the drive shaft and fuel intake.



  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    Any engine swap is possible if you have the time, money and skill but your particular project sounds very ambitious, and in a way somewhat pointless.

    First off, it's illegal in any smog state, to "downgrade" a car with an older engine--so you'll have to deal with that if you have smog testing.

    You have a 6th generation Civic, which runs from 1995 to 2000, so I'd imagine that would be your best bet--but still you're going to run into electronics issues. You'll need your 1997 computer and wiring harness and splice that into the 2000's harness. If you swapped from one base car to another, 1.6L non V-Tec, that would probably be the easiest.

    There are lots of Honda-based forums on the Internet specific to engine swapping, and I think you need to talk to people who have actually done something similar to what you are thinking of doing.

  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Member Posts: 381
    You need a repair manual
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