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Old 07-11-2010, 09:33 PM   #1
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SPI Engine Problem

I have a 2000 SE with a 2.0 SPI engine that dropped a exhaust seat on #4 cylinder. I ended up breaking the piston and the wrist pin smacked the cylinder wall cracking it. It also bent the rod. I looked around for a used engine and the price was $900 to $1000 for a used one with around 100,000 miles on it. I priced out reman engines from Jasper, Auto Zone, Advance Auto, And O’Reilly Auto. Prices range from just over $2,000 to $3,500 with core included. I used to race and build some of my own engines. I priced out the complete engine kit with pistons, cam, and lifters at about $750. Machine work is going to run just under $500. I was looking for some advice to see if it is worth me rebuilding the engine myself. I think it is the best option for the money. The vehicle is in really good shape & has a lot of new pieces on it. Any input would be great. Thank you.


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Old 07-12-2010, 02:09 AM   #2
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Well if i was you, i would upgrade to either a zetec or svt engine. the spi just plain sucks and i know cuz i have one and dont have the option of changing it now like u do. I would look for a better engine something with more power and more bolt ons.
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As long as you don't use a head with stock valve seats again rebuild it.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:18 AM   #4
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Has any rebuilt their SPI or just upgraded?
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:30 PM   #5
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I have rebuilt one and replaced the head on three others.Not hard to do if you have the time to do it.But like norcalfocus01 said you have to replace the valve seats.The 4 I worked on all dropped an intake seat.There is nothing wrong with these engines once the seats are corrected.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:33 PM   #6
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Finally have parts back for assembly. Started prepping block.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:53 PM   #7
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i just got done rebuilding one that dropped a seat.new head,pistons,rings ,one connecting rod and all new rod bearings. i put a new oil pump, water pump,also cooling fan relays cooling fan resistor and engine coolant sensor.biggest thing to do is clean the intake manifold and exhaust manifold of all engine debris from valve seat pieces.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:50 PM   #8
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Rgoodrich, Where did you get the connecting rod?
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