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Old 10-09-2002, 13:03   #1 (permalink)
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Which engine for my '93 base model?

I just picked the car up .. body is excellent but the engine has 180K miles. I have someone willing to do an engine swap for me, but I'd like to know my choices. I'm looking to stay with a 4cyl, and I'd like it to be a pretty direct swap (same trans, etc)

I read on these forums a '97 4cyl is an easy swap. What else? Which would give me the most power from a 4cyl that is fairly easy to do?

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Old 10-09-2002, 17:05   #2 (permalink)
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The only 4cyl engine that will fit the 97 is the 2.0L you have in your car. There are no others that will fit, that I know. But for more horse power "170", you can buy a 2.0L Japanese-spec engine known as a FS-ZE. You might run into problems with emissions though. Here are a couple of web sites to check them out. http://www.corksport.com , http://www.atk-engines.com , http://www.cjee.com , http://www.summitracing.com, www,http://www.risingsunengines.com
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As mentioned above, you don't have a ton of options as far as swapping engines goes. You could rebuild your current engine, or get the FSZE from www.corksport.com or another site that sells it. The FSZE has 175 horsepower and 135 ft/lbs of torque, and is as close to a direct drop-in as you'll get. In order to make it work, you would have to get ahold of the Japanese model ECU.

Me personally, I would rebuild the motor with the Mazdaspeed pistons from corksport, and the Japanese spec intake camshaft, and have the intake and cylinder head ported and gasket matched, and bolt in the basic intake/header/exhaust. And while you're at it, get a better clutch, a clutchmasters or ACT stage one will suffice just fine. All of the above mods will keep the car nice and streetable and reliable, while adding a healthy amount of power.
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Old 12-02-2002, 16:43   #4 (permalink)
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Hey thanks for the info .. a rebuild sounds easier than dropping in a whole new engine. For someone with not a lot of know-how, but has the tools and the time, how long would it take to swap out the parts you mentioned?

BTW .. I have an automatic, so I won't need the clutch swap
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