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  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    I've heard of a few RB25DET swaps into the old Zs, but the full GT-R motor and the six-gun would require even more work than those. Not a project for the faint-hearted.
  • bznyabznya Posts: 4
    thanks,yeah figured it would be a task but this motor! and a six speed would make a nice rocket,did you beef up your frame rails or conect the front to the back?
  • pfootpfoot Posts: 1
    Does anyone know if any of the late model (computer-controlled) Dodge automatics share the bellhousing bolt pattern with the 426? :confuse:
  • whats up i have had my jetta for about a week it is fast but not fast enough any web sit ideas to help.
  • lancerfixerlancerfixer Posts: 1,308
    You can try this, but weight and balance might be a problem.

    Failing that, I'm fairly certain Neuspeed offers a supercharger package for the 2.0 (which is what I'd guessing you have in your Jetta.) I'm guessing that might be a money issue, though, since apparently you can't afford punctuation marks. I think maybe just starting with the basics...a proper tuneup, maybe a K&N filter, a freer-flowing exhaust, the realization that '97 Jettas are slow by nature, that sort of thing, might help.
  • horsey23horsey23 Posts: 1
    Hi, I have a 1990 integra rs that needs a new engine. I was wondering if anyone knows the engine #, b? i think,also is there any other car that has an engine that will fit in, maybe honda? Thanks for any help.
  • josh8josh8 Posts: 1
    can i put a vtec in a 97 dodge neon
  • 600kgolfgt600kgolfgt Posts: 690
    You probably can, but you may have to change/modify some of the following:

    Wiring harness
    Engine management computers
    Motor mounts
    If you plan on using a VTEC with a Neon transmission, you may have to fabricate a custom bell housing to attach the engine to the transmission (the easier way to go would be to get the VTEC engine and transmission as a unit)

    ...and the list goes on and on.

    It's not impossible - but it is potentially a very expensive and time consuming task. On top of all that, you should expect to be without your car for a few months..
  • I recently picked up a 2002 Z24 2dr coupe and am looking to swap a bigger engine in her and go from there. Im lookin for any advice or comments.
  • bazalbazal Posts: 1
    i have recently bought a 1995 vr6 highline and have just found out that the engine is finished. so i need to get my hands on a new engine. if any one knows of one please let me know. i live in manchester. but i will travel if needs must.thanks
  • lancerfixerlancerfixer Posts: 1,308
    ...according to Google Maps, there are Manchesters in:

    New Hampshire
    New York
    North Carolina
    South Dakota

    Not to mention the Manchester that started it all, in the United Kingdom. You're going to have to be a bit more specific, I think.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    My bet's on the original, which would explain why no other info was listed.

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  • 3499guy3499guy Posts: 3
    I want to build a golf VR6 engine to put out around 500hp. I am wondering where to start, what parts to buy, what problems I can expect when shooting for this much hp? I realize it wont be inexpensive thats why I need some direction before dumping a ton of money into somthing.I want this to be a race car so any mods I need to make to the body/interior is fine with me.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,496
    Well I can tell you right off for that much HP (and I'm not sure it's even possible for that VW driveline, but I guess so if you throw enough money at it)...anyway...for that much HP you are going to have to rebuild and drastically strengthen the engine. I would expect a minimum of new pistons, special rods and much stronger engine studs to hold the heads. You'll also be using turbo or supercharging. Maybe even a rebore and nitrous.

    500HP is going to be extremely expensive, and really you then need to work on the suspension and brakes and certainly your transmission and axles or you'll be driving a death trap--to say nothing of a car that will tear its own guts out.

    Also I'm not sure what class of VW race car needs this much power. HP can get in your way, too, since you'll have a lot of trouble putting that power on the ground.

    I think you need to define your goals first about racing--you may find that you are choosing the wrong car for the job, or if it's the right car, that you are building it all wrong.

    Last of all, unless you are talking about drag racing, you'll need some awesome driving skills to push a 500HP car around a track safely.

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  • 3499guy3499guy Posts: 3
    As you can tell I'm totally new at this whole high performance upgrading thing. I've done bodywork most of my life and not much mechanical so I need all the advice I can get. I guess I'm just looking for a VR6 that would be a ton of fun to drive not necessarily 500 hp. Maybe an older VR6 that needs some bodywork and paintwork.Can a guy supercharge a VR6? That would be cool! How much can a guy expect to spend on something like this? New suspension, brakes, rotors, tires and rims?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,496
    Probably a really well designed, totally pro supercharger kit would cost you $3,500 on up to $5K, presuming you did the labor yourself, and figure another $3,000 for some suspension and brake goodies. I don't know whether the VW driveline would handle the say extra 30%-40% increase in HP you'd get from a blower but at the very least you'd need a heavier clutch. I'd say you could build a fairly ferocious VR6 in a good handling Golf for maybe $10,000. I'm sure somebody already racing a Golf could give you loads of info...but again, it depends on what kind of racing you want to do, whether SCCA, auto X, drags, rallye, etc.

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  • 3499guy3499guy Posts: 3
    thanx for the advice
  • eddie2310eddie2310 Posts: 7
    You are better off to drop in a 6speed SR20DET into it. (from an S15 Silvia)
    The engine is alot lighter and cheaper so you will have more money to spend on mods. The RB26DETTs tranny is AWD so you will have to use a 5 Speed Tranny from a RB25DET (single turbo skyline GT-S) (the S15 has the same HP as the GT-S skyline and its only a 4banger) The Skyline drift cars and Z drift cars use the SR20DET engine in them because they can make loads of power with little mods plus are light weight.
  • eddie2310eddie2310 Posts: 7
    Try getting a B16A engine for it, it has more power and should drop in with little mods. or just get a newer integra engine from a GS or RS they are 1.8Ls with enough power to get around town.
  • eddie2310eddie2310 Posts: 7
    I dont see why it wouldnt work but why dont u just get an old 4G63 engine for it they are about a grand and have well over 200hp w'stock boost.
  • eddie2310eddie2310 Posts: 7
    If you have the 2.4L engine then get rid of it, and drop a 2.2L ecotec in.
    its already bullet proofed so you can give it a nice turbo, plus the tranny can handle over 400hp.( the 2.4L gm tranny can only handle about 200hp)
    I have seen one Z24 with a GM V6 in it at a car show but Im not sure what type it was.
  • merk5merk5 Posts: 2
    I have an 87 camaro with a 2.8L EFI engine with a 5 speed manual trans, and want to switch to a 5.0L or even a 5.7L. I also would like to keep my 5 speed. What conversions are necessary and where can I get an adaptor kit (if available)
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I think Shifty is out appraising car collections or something this week. Stay tuned...

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,496
    You might talk to people who regularly modify Camaros, like these folks:

    Sometimes one phone call leads to another source and before you know it, you have a good idea of what's involved.

    Personally, and just speaking for myself, I think this is going to be an enormous amount of work, especially if you want to use an injected, computer controlled motor. If you want to go to a carbed crate motor you will still need most of a donor V8 car so you can pick parts off it for the conversion. I think you'll also need a new transmission and you'll have to re-spring the car, as your V-8 motor will be heavier than your old V6.

    I really think you should just go out and buy a V8 Camaro, and take your time shopping for a good one. You'll never recover your investment in time and money converting an 80s V6 to the V8. It's definitely not a "drop in" type of job.

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  • bznyabznya Posts: 4
    hi, thanks for the info i was wondering what i was going to do about the tranny,the wonders of ebay,thanks again
  • pakalikapakalika Posts: 2
    Ok i have a question, im getting a civic and i have alot of work im planning on doing. The one thing is the motor but i just want to know the benifits of swapping out the old motor and rebuilding a accord v6 motor from the ground up? is it worth it or is there something better i could do cause this motor will get done right.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    Ok i have a question, im getting a civic and i have alot of work im planning on doing. The one thing is the motor but i just want to know the benifits of swapping out the old motor and rebuilding a accord v6 motor from the ground up? is it worth it or is there something better i could do cause this motor will get done right.

    If you do sucessfully shoe horn a V6 in there, you will be the first one to do that. Good luck with the weight bias!

    You might want to try a smaller but potent B16 from Si, B18 from Integra, or H22 from Prelude.

    What year and model of the Civic are you getting that you plan on putting V6 in? Why stop at V6, how about ole 350 V8?
  • pakalikapakalika Posts: 2
    ok its gonnan be a 94 civic dx or a 99 civic si but i dont know yet and yeah i thought of something like that but i didnt know what i wanted to do cause im still torn between this car and my camaro.
  • bmw85bmw85 Posts: 5
    Has anyone heard of a chev or ford engine swap into a 1985 bmw 320i? A swap kit??
    How about a intake manifold for a carb. to replace the fuel inj??
    Thanks :cry:
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