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I have a 93 Escort GT that is getting up there in the miles, 151k to be exact, and want to get some power out of this car. But Im afraid to start spending money on an engine this old and a few years down the road have the engine end up dieing. I know there are a few threads about the GTX engine but I just didnt find exactly what I wanted to know.

What I want to know is what EXACTLY I will need to make my car ready for the GTX engine. Im alittle new to all this and it would seem to simple just to be able to drop a new engine in and be off.

From the barelylegaltransplants site I see I would need a boost controller, ignition controller, and fuel/air controller. But what other major things am I going to need?

Im pretty serious about this and Im starting to save some money for this project. But I just dont want to drop some cash and find out that Im going to need more stuff. Just want to get it right the first time and be able to convert the car all at once.

Any sites that have detailed info about what is needed for this kind of swap? Also what kind of mileage do these engines usually have on them when they are shipped out?

Im sure theres more questions I have, but I think that will do for now.
 

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All you need is the GTX ECU and the motor. You´re going to have to fab some custom piping for a FMIC and of course the IC. Dont forget a new fuel pump but, that´s pretty much it. Since you have the 1.8L all your drivetrain and accessories will bolt right up.

You can get the ECU from www.corksport.com and the motor too. I think they wanted like 250 for the ECU when I called them.

If you turbo at GT motor or get the GTX and use your stock ECU you´ll need at least 330cc injectors (gotta be safe), You´ll want a fuel computer of some sort if you go much bigger. If you dont get the fuel computer because you found GTX injectors I would at the very least run a FPR. You´re going to want timing control too. I´m using an MSD 6AL-Boost Timing Master box.
Get a BOV of some sort...you really dont need anything fancy like I have...a 20 buck one off of an old DSM would work. You can do it with just that.

You´ll never get everything you need before you start...but I recommend starting with fuel and timing if you´re not going to get the GTX ECU and harness.
 

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I read that the GTX was built for AWD. Am I going to have to do something make it for just front wheel drive? Or will it go straight in without any problems. Also, am I going to be able to use my existing tranny or am I going to need to find from a 323??

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You´ll prolly be able to use a GT transmission and it should bolt right up. But that is a good question and don´t just take my "guess" on it. Keep doing your research.
 

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The GTX will bolt right up to your gt tranny and all the axles etc will still work with it. The GTX is the same "basic" engine as the GT´s 1.8l, but of course it´s turboed.
 

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That´s what I thought 91... I wonder just how hard it´d be to put an AWD system on my GT? I figure I´d have to raise the car up slightly, turn the engine 90 degrees, find a system and a driveshaft, and put in a LSD for control.
 

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James that sounds like it would be quite a project. Im sure its completely possible but Im sure its going to be quite costly. Im just going to be happy if I can get a GTX engine into my 93 Escort.

Hell if you do convert your Scort to AWD you have quite the beast there. It would definently be pretty sweet!!!
 

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The GTX motor is a Mazda BPT8. Our GT is a BPD8. The only difference is the GTX runs 8.2:1 compression ratio and comes with a turbo. The intake manifold looks different. The shortblock between both of them is identical though. The crank is the same, the rods are the same...the pistons are different. However the BPD uses forged pistons too. The GT (BPD) motor´s intake manifold is actually rated a little better for VE flow, but once you have the turbo going with a BPT it really wouldn´t matter.

If you get the motor all you need is the motor for your swap...and like I mentioned the ECU would be the easiest. Like Mike was saying the tranny, drivetrain, acessories like the alternator, A/C compressor, etc is all the Same.
 

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Damn ths sounds great. This swap into an EGT doesnt sound all that hard. Seems like as long as I could jack my car up, I could probably do most of this all by myself.

I plan on just getting the GTX ecu so I wont have a need for the piggy back systems right?

This is great. I dont see why more ppl dont do this swap. Oh yeah, what kind of mileage is on the engines when they are shipped out. I think I read somewhere that they pull them from used cars in Japan or Australia.
 

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Its still a motor swap. If you haven´t done one before give yourself a weekend to do it. From a technical point it isn´t all that hard though.

For the 1.9 I´ve heard a 2.0 is the way to go. Talk to A.Christofer his female counterpoint has a sick LX with a swapped motor.

more people dont do it because of the money. The motor and ECU will run you about 1500-2500 + Shipping. You need the ECU harness too I think.
 
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