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Old 04-14-2008, 09:32 PM   #1
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00 Lx Engine Questions..

I Bought A 00 Focus With A Blown Engine And To Be Honest
I Dont Know Anything About These Cars.
My Questions Are..
What Kind Of Engine Can I Put On My Car?
Im Looking For Something On A Low Budget Lol
Does The Year Matter?
Can It Be Sohc Or Dohc?
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Old 04-14-2008, 10:20 PM   #2
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You are asking a lot of very broad questions... but here goes.

1. Kinds of engines... Any really... as long as you have infinite resources. Stock options (ie little fab work) are the SPI (2.0 SOHC, what you likely had), Zetec (2.0 DOHC), SVT (2.0 Zetec on steroids, who doesn't like a better head?), and Duratec (2.0, 2.3, both DOHC). I don't know too much about the Duratecs but the SPI, Zetec, and SVT all have different transmissions, computers, half shafts, alternator, etc. I am in the middle of a SPI to Zetec swap and it hasn't been too bad so far.

The easiet swap (and therefore the cheapest) is to go with what is in there already and in an LX it is likely the SPI engine. With this option just find a junkyard SPI (likely $500), this way you don't have to replace transmission... etc. Of course if you have it apart you should do clutch/throw-out bearing as well.

2. I have found most powertrain components will fit no matter what year they are. Wiring harness's/computers your mileage may vary.

Before undertaking this project I really suggest doing some serious reading. Including this forum and others along with a Hanes manual or two (especially if you are going between years).
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Old 04-14-2008, 10:29 PM   #3
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what ^ said on the engines...but if i were you i'd either go with the Zetec or the SVT (if you can find one at a resonable price)....i'd be easier to try and find a donor car from like a junkyard or something b/c it'd have all the necessary hard ware...but if not, you'd need all the wiring from the front end, motor, tranny, motor mounts...if you plan on getting a different engine......if you were on a real tight budget then you'd probably be best to get the SPI motor, but i would try and get the Zetec b/c the aftermarket is bigger than the SPI (what you have)
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