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Okay im lookin into doin a engine and tranny swap in my escort. I like my 1.9 but its not powerful enough for me. I was wondering what would be an easy more powerful engine and tranny swap to do. And wont break the bank seeing how this is just a daily driver.
 

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prop a turbo on that sucker and it will wake it up :D you could get it done for like 500 bucks and a bit of your own work :)

and there is always room to upgrade :D
 

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woowoo16 said:
prop a turbo on that sucker and it will wake it up :D you could get it done for like 500 bucks and a bit of your own work :)

and there is always room to upgrade :D
what would i need to do a turbo on my 1.9 and would my automatic tranny be able to handle that kind of upgrade
 

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if you add a tranny cooler it should handle up to 6psi so iv herd.

there are a few main main items you need

turbo, manifold, fmu , oilfeed and return lines, blow off valve

you will need to fab up

downpipe , oilfeed and return, charge piping and sometimes the clutch slave.

its a bit of work but if you have any bit of skill it should be a problem
 

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Find a '97 sedan with a 5-speed and take the whole front subframe with the trans and engine. Then swap it into your car and do a few misc. things to get it to work and you have an extra 40hp and a better motor to turbo.
like the sound of that one but i just dont know how to drive a stick!!!! :mad:
 

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1Loud92LX said:
white-lightning said:
Find a '97 sedan with a 5-speed and take the whole front subframe with the trans and engine. Then swap it into your car and do a few misc. things to get it to work and you have an extra 40hp and a better motor to turbo.
like the sound of that one but i just dont know how to drive a stick!!!! :mad:
Dude it's not that hard. I taught myself.:D
 

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Okay, if you get a Manual transmission Instrument cluster to go in your car, you'll have what I call, a idiot light. It gives you a general idea on where to shift. Eventually, you'd get the feel for where your Engine likes to be shifted. Personally, I think it's different for Every individual Engine, Take my old `92 Wagon loved High revs followed by double-clutching full throttle release. Not always the case with everyone. The last time I did that in my Green `95, I blew a Axle, and head gasket. The Green Escort likes Half throttle til about 1700RPM, then full throttle til 3500, shift. You just have to get the feel for the car/setup your driving. It's never the same for 2 cars, as far as I can tell. I don't care what NE1 else says!
 

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4gethonda said:
KL swap

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He said "an easy more powerful swap", not one of the most difficult you can do.

If you want to do both an engine and trans swap forget about keeping it an auto. The only auto trans that might fit is the one from a 97 SPI and it think its about the same as what you have now. The SPI will bolt to the stock tranny however and it is probably the easiest swap. For the ultimate swap swap to the SPI and a 5 speed.

Driving stick is easy, you can figure it out in a few hours. After a few weeks you will have it down so that you don't even have to think about it.
 

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After the 1st clutch replacement, you learn how to not ride the clutch. After the 1st Flywheel replacement you learn how to not dump the clutch. SEE, IT'S FUN!!!!! :lol: Naw, the only reason I can drive a 5-speed is I learned to drive in a old VW pick-up 5-speed, when I was like 9 yrs old.
 

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the 2.0 SPI engine would be the obvious choice, other than turbocharging.

both are good ideas and ive done both. the 1.9 takes to boost very well. i turbocharged my 95lx 1.9 automatic.. 5psi makes a WORLD of difference. i boosted 8psi with a small trans cooler.

the spi engine swap gives you a good 15hp or so more peak, but more like 20 more usable hp and more torque. and you can always turbo that too.
 

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personally, I'd find me a whole parts car 97+, turbo the 1.9L, get it running good, then swap the 2.0L into it :D But, 97+ Escorts in my area are hard to come by for less than a grand.
 

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Or..........slap a 2.0 SPI head on the 1.9 block and boost it. SPI hybrid ftw.
 
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