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.”