I'd have to disagree (but it's all a question of opinion), swapping to a GTX would give a lot more potential for power, and once you have a turbo engine, believe me, you have for years of moding ahead of you... unless you'Re filthy rich... think BOV, boost controller, bigger intercooler, hybrid turbos, custom manifolds to fit that garrett T28 in your GTX... :twisted:Going to a GTX engine would be more work. The 2.0L ZETEC has more aftermarket support. Going to a ZETEC is building for the future.
Would some one please awnser his question cause i too am contemplating the zetec swap.95escortlx said:how much more complicated would it be to do the zetec swap instead of the spi? What could i use/not use or have to custom make?
Dang that makes an SPI sound ssssooooo nice!Jeffescortlx said:Nihil is pretty much right.
The details on the Zetec:
It must be from a Zx2, it's the only Zetec with compatible mounts.
It uses a different style of fuel system, it uses a non-return system. All 97 and older Escort have a return system. The 1.9 computer can not control the newer non-return system, you'd either have to convert the Zetec to a return system, or swap over all of the Zx2 Electrionics.
The Zetec uses a completey different crank Pos sensor, it's located on the block and the sensor takes a reading off of the back of the 2.0 Zetec flywheel. The Zetec Flywheel/clutch will not fit in the 1.9 bell housing. You could use the 1.9 flywheel, but then you'd loose the crank pos sesnor trigger. That will force you to either use the 2.0 tranny/flywheel, or keep the 1.9 tranny/flywheel make a custom CPS and try to reproduce the correct setup for the computer to read correctly, or just go stand alone engine management.
Where with the SPI swap you could just drop in a 97 2.0, hook up a SPI controller and be on your way in no time, and for dirt cheap-with 25% more power than what you had with the 1.9.