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I am at a loss. First of all I don't even know that I want to swap my engine, but all things considered, It seems like the best way to beef up this car. I was wondering if I would be able to drop in an SR20DET and if so which one? (as there are several versions) Any other suggestions are VERY welcome as an engine swap is NOT CHEAP. Also as I'm pretty new at this whole thing, feel free to recommend places to buy my new motor.
 

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Well,

1-this engine is meant to be use for a RWD car, and yours is a FWD car...
2- you would have to either convert your car to a rwd or try to use a tranny that would use the engine and make it FWD.....
3- You would have to do some major modification to your engine bay in order to fit this big engine
4- You would need to custom fab engine mounts to hold the engine in you engine bay.
5- you will need to redo all the wiring harness.

If I was you, i would try to build up your 2.0 SPI with something like a turbo...or get the 4G63T engine from mistubishi...its a turboed 4 bangers that produces around 220 hp and the same amount of torque... Its smaller then the 240sx engine and it costs much less .

the newest 240sx engine...the s15, will cost you around 2500-3500 $ as the 4G63T will cost you from 1000-1600 $....

I know the mitsubishi can be fitted in small engine bays cauz i've seen it in a hyundai excel...
 

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BrokeEscortJunkee said:
I was wondering if I would be able to drop in an SR20DET and if so which one?
Is this some kind of joke? If you are serious, what would make you think a SR20DET would "drop" in your Ford Escort?
 

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Well he could use the Sentra SR20DE motor. It's FWD and steal the tranny and what not. Then you would need full standalone for engine management because nothing will work after a swap like that and you'll need to redo some interior wiring. Not to mention fabrication of axles, mounts for the motor and tranny and everything else. Then you would turbo it since the Sentra's SR20 motor didn't come turbo'ed stock but is the same motor basically as the DET. So after you drop about $5000+ into it (assuming you are doing it yourself) and countless hours of fabrication (you or someone else) you will probably trash the sucker because it didn't work. :roll:


Plan and simple, it's a motor that is not in anyway compatible with our cars. If you can pull it off then more power to ya.
 

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Thanks to all of you who felt like being helpful and a big F*ck you to people who have nothing better to do than make themselves feel better by touting a bunch of smart ass remarks and worthless knowledge! Thanks again!
 

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While my escort was fun I had a 91 sentra 4door SR20DET with the fmax stage two prototype kit and I have to say the esvort might be fun the sentra would kill almost any escort. It dynoed over 300hp and 300trq and would not stop spining the wheels till about 65mph. Sorry guys but the SR is a very stout motor and if I could get one in I would. But in the mean time a 2.0 with a 84 turbo manifold running 5-6 psi could be nice.
 

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nismopowered said:
While my escort was fun I had a 91 sentra 4door SR20DET with the fmax stage two prototype kit and I have to say the esvort might be fun the sentra would kill almost any escort. It dynoed over 300hp and 300trq and would not stop spining the wheels till about 65mph. Sorry guys but the SR is a very stout motor and if I could get one in I would. But in the mean time a 2.0 with a 84 turbo manifold running 5-6 psi could be nice.
Were all sure the SR20DET is a great motor, but installing one in a Ford Escort is silly unless you own a complete matal/machine fab shop, and have a lot of spare time and money. If some one would want one that bad, I'd say sell the Escort and buy a Sentra.
 

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If you want an SR20DET equivilant in your Scort, you could try to bastardize a Mazda FE3 into the engine bay. It's basically a big block version of the B-series Mazda motor. Comparitively, it's actually a stronger motor then the SR20. However it will not be the easiest project around and you'll need a custom hood most likely. You'll have plently of fabrication to do for the mounts tranny and axles too.
 

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Why drop in Mitsu, and Nissan or w/e engines??? SR20DETs are nice, and i love 4G63Ts, But those are both entirely too much work to put into our cars, if you want power, why not drop in a KLZE 2.5 and Turbo it?? With proper tuning, and a decent sized turbo/ decent amount of boost, there is no reason why that engine cant push 280-300horse, and with a sweet sound coming out the back... hehe
 

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Why drop in Mitsu, and Nissan or w/e engines??? SR20DETs are nice, and i love 4G63Ts, But those are both entirely too much work to put into our cars, if you want power, why not drop in a KLZE 2.5 and Turbo it?? With proper tuning, and a decent sized turbo/ decent amount of boost, there is no reason why that engine cant push 280-300horse, and with a sweet sound coming out the back... hehe
exactly, throwing in a nearly incompatable engine into your scort isn't the greatest idea around. Most people have a rough enough time trying to get an SPI to hook up and run right. With all the time and money spent frustrating yourself doing a difficult swap, you could have bought another car. Not that the scort is a bad car, and I completely understand the idea behind having ae escort sleeper that can whoop anything on the road, but there is no reason to go through the frustration of an engine swap that you aren't sure will work in the end, or will run out of money and effort and trash the whole project.
Take the $5000 you were going to spend trying to get your DET engine in your scort and buy a compatable Mazda DOHC engine with $1000 in headwork, a turbo, nitrous, and some pimpin rims. Then go out for a steak with the cash you have left over. I'm just trying to say that it's a lot better idea to use your cash for something that's easier, less money, and works better in the end.
A fuel injected mazda 13b rotary turbo wouldn't be that bad of a swap, all things considered. Of course a RWD assembly would need to be done, and fab'd mounts. Being a small engine, it would fit nicely, and a managment system would be your biggest worry. And it would rev higher than we redline just to light it's shiftlight, shootin out more RW tq than most V8's on the road.
 

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EverGreenScort said:
you can make alot more power with the cvh for the price that useless swap would cost.....
LMAO! :lol: I'm going to have to use that quote everytime a person asks a question like this. LOL
 

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Electronikal said:
Well,

1-this engine is meant to be use for a RWD car, and yours is a FWD car...
2- you would have to either convert your car to a rwd or try to use a tranny that would use the engine and make it FWD..
ok again I know im reviving old threads but ok
the sr20det is a rwd but there is also an awd jdm sr20det
the sr20det does mate with a fwd car very easy but I am not sure about putting that into a scort
if you can do that please let it known I have an sr20det that is stroked to sr22det and it is sitting in my moms garage it was meant for my 96 sentra gxe but never happened
the sr20det is from a jdm sunny gtir btw and it is in teh s15 240sx but that is a rwd the sunny is an awd in the gtir
 
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