: Engine Swap
12-15-2006, 08:06 AM
I am slightly new to the focus comunity. I now own a zx4 ses and i have the opertunity to buy a totaled svt engine wasnt harmned in crash i was wondering if it would be worth my time and money to do a engine and tranny swap on my car for a svt ( ALL STOCK) with its ECU transmission clutch the whole shabang....?????
12-15-2006, 08:44 AM
That all depends on if you want to do it. Personally, i think it would be a neat swap and if i were in your shoes, i would do it. Some will probably say its not worth it, but others will. Half a dozen of one, six of another. I am all about doing swaps, but just do what "you" want. You would be one of very few that has done it.
12-15-2006, 10:15 AM
is it all pretty much just plug-n-play? If so, I dont really see what would be too hard doing it, and it would be somewhat of a sleeper. Do the swap, put your foci on a diet and suprise some people [clap]
12-15-2006, 10:39 AM
Your going to have to change with the engine, transmission, ECU, Wire harness. Maybe other parts aswell.
12-15-2006, 11:57 AM
it'll be a bit of work.. but it'd be a pretty sweet swap...
12-15-2006, 12:05 PM
what extra things would he need? Assuming he's got the ECU, wiring harness, engine, and tranny? Are the motor mounts, half axles, shift linkage etc different?
12-15-2006, 06:18 PM
i am trying to get a totaled one and getting everything my car is a auto so i am swaping everything
12-15-2006, 06:29 PM
only one motor mount is different
12-15-2006, 08:30 PM
If it was me I would get the whole subframe with everything still attached... it would make the swap ALOT easier..... plus you would get the bigger SVT brakes and front suspension as well.
12-16-2006, 03:23 AM
Your going to need a tach that has a higher redline
12-16-2006, 03:46 AM
Considering the factory gauge cluster tachs don't even have a redline, that wouldn't be a big deal if it wasn't for the fact that the Duratec cluster won't work with the SVT ECU. If he's getting a totalled SVT he could just yank the cluster out of it.
The other thing to look out for is the PATS system. You'll either have to yank the PATS chips out of your keys and swap them (it can be done...a friend of mine did it with one of his factory keys and a clear fob e-bay key) or swap lock cylinders.
12-27-2006, 07:12 PM
it would it be easier to swap out the subframe completely right? i was reading on sportcompact that the subframe is one huge piece that gets bolted onto the chassis of the car..
ok heres another scenario (me) ZX3 auto, i want ZX3 manual. would the subframe swap work?
12-27-2006, 07:16 PM
The engine and transmission aren't directly attached to the subframe...the only points that its connected at are the drive axles and the rear engine mount. It would probably be more work than it would be worth to pull the entire front drivetrain...I'd think you'd be better off just dropping the engine and transmission in and retain your factory-installed subframe.
Moved to "ZETEC Performance Chat".
There's quite a few threads in that forum area with info about the swap.
Also, that's where the FF members are that have done the swap. [;)]
12-30-2006, 01:15 AM
I say go for the swap, being that you already got the SVT near you. I'm assuming your doing it yourself and not paying someone else to do it, so cost to performance gain should be great. It'll definitely be easier then my current swap project of fitting a VQ30DE into a 240SX (sleeper...hehehe).
12-30-2006, 02:47 AM
i know personaly one guy who did an SVT swap to his sedan....it runs great ....took him a while to do it but he took his time to do everything right
12-30-2006, 03:47 AM
I say do it, but hey, that's just my opinion.