SWAP

Pasmag (USA) - - COMPETITION -

Aper­son swaps an en­gine for one of two rea­sons: to re­place an older one that doesn’t work any­more, or to make sig­nif­i­cant gains over the stock pow­er­plant. An en­gine swap is also a new be­gin­ning to your car-build­ing jour­ney. Think of it as a clean slate for your en­gine bay.

When you think of en­gine swaps, your mind prob­a­bly drifts off to a place of beastly 2JZs, fire-spit­ting SR20DETs, trusty GM LS crate mo­tors and growl­ing 5.0-liter Coy­otes. The re­al­ity is that the more com­mon swaps are ac­tu­ally of the four-cylin­der, nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated va­ri­ety. Honda en­thu­si­asts have been do­ing the swap from SOHC to DOHC ever since VTEC kicked in, yo! With the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of af­ter­mar­ket sup­port for a wide va­ri­ety of en­gine swaps, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.

As with any ma­jor mod­i­fi­ca­tion, be­ing able to sup­port them has to be at the front of your mind. If you’re putting a pow­er­plant into your car that dou­bles your orig­i­nal en­gine’s output, are the brakes enough to stop all the ex­tra power? Also, how heavy is that new block of metal? Your sus­pen­sion bet­ter be up to the task, oth­er­wise your ride is go­ing to be bow­ing down, but not out of re­spect.

Swapping in a new en­gine is a bit of a daunt­ing task if you don’t know what you’re do­ing. There are some DIY guys out there that may be all gung-ho about fab­ri­cat­ing their own mounts and har­nesses, but what about the av­er­age en­thu­si­ast look­ing to have an en­gine un­der the hood that’s as unique as their ve­hi­cle? That’s where the al­waysamaz­ing af­ter­mar­ket comes in. With the surge in en­gine swaps, there’s a kit out there for al­most any chas­sis and en­gine com­bi­na­tion avail­able. You want to be like your drift he­roes and toss an LSseries V8 in your 240SX? There are com­pa­nies that spe­cial­ize in mak­ing mounts and head­ers to make sure the whole thing fits right.

“AN EN­GINE SWAP IS ALSO A NEW BE­GIN­NING TO YOUR CAR-BUILD­ING JOUR­NEY. THINK OF IT AS A CLEAN SLATE FOR YOUR EN­GINE BAY.”

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