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BPT into a 3rd Gen ZX2 Dont even start with the search butt

Discussion in 'Engine Swaps' started by uglyducklingescort, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. uglyducklingescort

    uglyducklingescort New Member

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    A customer came into the shop "insert joke here". He wants me to make his ZX2 kill all the Hondas in town like my car did. I am working with a $3500 budget labor included. So which would be easier and cheaper?

    I have built 2 GTR cars and know the engine very very well. If a 1.9 can fit I don't have too many doubts that I could get another GTX or GTR to mount up. That and I have left over parts that I could use.



    It is either that or I boost the Ztec. Also might I add it is an auto. He is not against swapping it to a 5sp. If I went BP I have the tranny and a fidanza flywheel. Also 3 blocks and 2 heads.
    I still have 2 Ic's and enough piping to do just about anything.

    Emissions are not an issue what so ever, not is taking an OBD 2 compliant car to MS2 or OB1 if needed.
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    Jeffescortlx FEOA Member

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    I haven't seen it done. But it should technically work.
    Bolting in the motor will be the easy part. You'll have to rewire just about every wire that goes to the engine, toss out the Zx2 ECU. Plus remove the PWM fuel pump and install a regular fuel pump, and add a return fuel line.
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    Its going to probably be less effort to turbo the Zetec than to BP swap that car. It can make just as much power as the BP and aftermarket parts should be easy to find.
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    I'm all for making it a frankenstein with a BP motor. Plus the BP that you are talking about is built for boost the Zetec is not..
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    If it was personally mine I would do the BP hands down there would be no question. I understand the engine and can troubleshoot it in a heartbeat.

    I am getting frustrated on teamZX2 as I have yet to ask the how to make my car go fast question. It would be viewed as a noob question and then "search" button would pop up.

    I have yet to find how much the internals will take, if the stock ECU can be tuned or if I will have to go aftermarket SAFC or MS, or another MIcrotech like I had before on the BP. I can't seem to find a whole lot of information on here. If anyone knows a member whom is still around in which has a boosted ztech please let me know.

    -Steve
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    The stock ECU can be tuned via SCT or Sniper. ZX2Fast is still on here and teamzx2, he's boosted and SCT tuned. Though I do agree, you do have to grow some thicker skin when you go over to teamZX2.
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    i had a zx2 for a couple years and know a fair bit about them. The internals will hold 200whp all day. 250whp is doable on the stock internals. You will absolutely need to ditch the auto and go manual. THe autos in that car barely held stock power. If and when you go manual on the car you will definitely need a higher end clutch. The stock ones let go about 140whp.

    There are no bolt on turbo kits available for that car. Totally custom. The focus manifold will bolt up and you will need a slimmer cooling fan for clearance.

    By far your best bet for tuning is sct (superchips custom tuning). I don't know if vit viper is still over there or not but he works (worked anyway) for bamachips and knew his stuff pretty good when it came to the zx2. You will also need larger injectors (42lb) and a 90mm MAF (both can be had from a stock lightning). Also the walbro 255lph pump.

    I don't believe that it could be done for $3500 including your labour. If I were you I would recommend to your customer. manual trans swap, Long tube header, exhaust, intake, underdrive pulley, a set of cams with vct delete and top it off with sct. Should put it at about 160-170 whp which would be a huge difference from the 107whp they came with stock
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    97 wagon with BPT conversion

    Nube here,
    I've got a 90 Protege with a BPT conversion, corksport pipes, suspension goodies...I want to drop it into my 97 Wagon...any suggestions? It seems logical to use what I already have. The conversion has low mileage and would love to make a sleeper wagon. Could use some comments and advise. Sounds silly, but I'm in the bike industry, so, if I can help anyone in that area, give me an email.
    Thanks
    Nube :D
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    my 2 cents is to take whichever route gives him the power he wants, while keeping the price as close to budget as possible. work out the math on the hours you will be putting into this car for the customer, and how much your coin comfortable making for each hour.
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    "kill all the hondas in town" :lol: if they are all stock an just fart caned shouldnt be to hard but if you got boosted K24's an 3.2L swapped hatches 3500 could prove to be a drop in the bucket . both engines can make the power but if a mildly built BP with MS to run it is do-able DO EET!

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