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Old 12-11-2020, 11:58 AM   #2
Samurai Jack
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Join Date: Jul 2002
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2002 Enemy of Aku


You seem to have a fairly good grasp of your situation.
If you trust your mechanic, listen to his advice.

Engine swaps in these cars are fairly straight forward, whether USDM or JDM.

Better gas mileage? More HP/greater engine efficiency?
- A proper tune will help here. Don't forget better gas mileage is directly related to your right foot.

Lower emissions?
- Not really unless your engine has emission issues now.

When doing an engine swap, that is a good time to change water pump, timing belt, associated pulleys, valve cover gaskets, all hoses.
- Maybe head gaskets but really should not be an issue with a 50K mileage motor.

All this would be done BEFORE installation as it is much easier.

Don't forget to include the labor cost for all this.

Check over the car for rust before making this investment.
Check the whole frame
Check the wheel wells.
Check the strut towers.
Check bottom of doors.

No point making this investment if there is so much rust you have to dump the car in short term.

You don't say where you are or where this car came from.

Please fill in your profile as it helps others to help you by knowing what region of the country you are in
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