View Full Version : rx7 engine swap

01-11-2008, 12:30 PM
I have a 1984 rx 7, everything in the rx 7 is stock but recently the engine took a **** on me. I love this car too much to scrap so I'm getting an engine swap. The only problem is I know next to nothing about whats under the hood of a car; this is where you guys come in. I was wondering if this engine would fit in the rx 7. I know there is a lot of room under the hood but i dont kno exactly how much room i have to spare. Also I was wondering if I needed to by new suspension because of the weight of the new engine. <http://www.bestofjdm.com/JDM-ENGINE-VG30-DETT-90-95-p/jdmnissan9.html> <---website for the engine any suggestions AT ALL are appreciated

01-11-2008, 12:36 PM
I love this car too much to scrap so I'm getting an engine swap. The only problem is I know next to nothing about whats under the hood of a car;

As someone who knows the very basics about automative mechanics I can tell you that you are picking the wrong car to get your 'hands wet' with.

I have never known anyone who has the newer body style but did know several people with gen1 and gen2 7's and there was a lot of blood, sweat and tears involved... before they broke down again :laugh::laugh:

I would suggest looking for a different platform for starting out.

01-11-2008, 12:58 PM
the car is in relatively good shape tho, there are only 80k miles on it and if i can get an engine swap i'm sure i would turn some heads. Everything else in the car is in fine working order with little- no problems. I can't imagine just getting rid of the rx7, i feel it has potential

01-11-2008, 01:00 PM
5.0... theres a kit somewhere with everything u need except the engine and tranny... i think its like 500

01-11-2008, 01:04 PM
I was lookin at those earlier, any suggestions on the cost of the man power to put in the engine and tranny?

01-11-2008, 01:06 PM
Id check out rx7club forums or there's even a forum for V8 rx7s. check em out

01-11-2008, 01:07 PM
LSx is a very popular choice amongst FD owners, who knows if it would work in your gen though...

Maybe search in here: http://www.v8rx7forum.com/

01-11-2008, 01:07 PM
i say full tube chasis and slam it and turn it into a drift car ;)

01-11-2008, 01:12 PM
I dont think a drift car is the way to go lol whatever i do to it, in the end it will be a daily driven car. I'm gonna need it to last for a year or two atleast, I'm in college now and as most of u kno these are going to be the poorest years of my life. Once I do whatever to the rx7 i'll have little to no money to buy any other car if for chance the swap doesnt work out as i expected it to

01-11-2008, 01:20 PM


01-11-2008, 06:05 PM
ditch the rx7 and go 2jz 240sx

01-13-2008, 09:21 AM
lol @ above post

just put in another used rotary engine. you can buy one for pretty cheap, maybe around 500 to 1000$ for one that's in good condition. is your car a turbo or NA?

converting to a v8 is going to be very expensive and a big job.

also, how do you know the engine is dead? what happened to it?

(from an rx7 fd owner)

01-13-2008, 09:49 AM
yea i say keep the rx7 , or look for a 2nd gen turbo II , i missed one that went for 3900 with like 60k , mint too.....very eazy to wind that car up to 13k its like a bike on 4 wheels......