Originally Posted by Slacky
theres a whole swap site for a guy with a g20, he put a gtir engine in it, u will need a better clutch for sure and the trannies are week but there isnt much u can do about that except have them welded a bit just know that u will hae to get it rebuilt once or twice when u near 300 hp especially if u love to bang out gears like me chirpin every gear, your best bet is to find a u12, u13 or gtir "front clip" comes with everything u need from dash forward cans ometimes find them for pretty cheap try the want adds on se-r.net or ebay anyway heres that site
I think I want to avoid the whole GTiR business -- there's a little too much modifying there for me (although an AWD G20 would be awesome, especially because this car has had problems making it up the hill at the beginning of our subdevelopment in the snow...). I get the feeling that a "garden-variety" DET would work best, because it would be less expensive, because 205 HP is plenty for me, because it seems like it would be easier (please, somebody correct me if I'm wrong), because I'm afraid I would screw something up in installation, and because one of the main objectives here is to have a car that's less likely to break, not more likely to break. I would like the tranny and clutch to not be too much more likely to fail under spirited but not abusive use than if the SR20DE motor were still in there, leaking oil all over the garage floor.
One of the big issues here is that my mom is a big hardass. I'm going to have plenty of trouble convincing her to give up the car, even with monetary incentives; I will have even more trouble having her not kill me when I swap out the engine. If I tell her that it's like the car only has 45,000 miles on it all over again, she'll be placated somewhat, and I'm pretty sure she won't mind the extra power when her new Subaru Legacy is in for the 15,000 mile service; if the clutch or tranny fails six months later, she will be unspeakably angry.
Sorry for the digression... does anybody have info on the swap to a standard DET? If all else fails, I will use those instructions, but I'm going to be very sad if my car stops working, especially since I plan to use it as a daily driver while I take a semester off and after I graduate.
Also, I'd really like to know if this deal is to be trusted:
It's really tempting as both the headquarters and warehouse are 15-25 minutes from my house and thus I would be dealing with a local company.