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4thgenceli
10-04-2009, 09:31 PM
Tryign to figure average price for a turbo 3sgte swap.

Here's my thinking:

engine/harness/ecu
1500

FMIC setup
300

Misc gauges:
100

re-wiring harness:
400

So that puts it at 2300 for a full swap. That sound about right?


I need some hard evidence to go back to teh wifey with right now to buy either the 3sgte or the 3sge motor.

In either case, I'll be getting a new exhaust & intake, as well as a short throw shifter & new clutch for the car at the same time. I'm finding 3sge's around for about 300-500 bux, figure another 200 for a refresh (timing belt, etc).

Freshnicity
10-04-2009, 10:28 PM
Factor in another $200-$500 for other random bull that occurs. Also you should at least throw a gasket kit at that 3sgte when you get it, a lot easier to do that stuff when the engine is out of the car(i have never done an engine swap before btw).

dont forget the crossmember you'll need.

Hipster Lawrence
10-04-2009, 11:08 PM
You want to know what has killed me in my swap? Paint. I have spent more money on paint, primer, degreaser and undercoating to paint the engine bay and the engine itself along with various other componets. Good paint is 6-7 bucks a can and I know I've gone through 10 cans or so.

Don't forget.

Timing belt, tensioner, idler, cam seals and water pump
front and rear main seals
Oil and filter
new drive belts
random hoses
Clutch
exhaust work
Thermastat
coolant

Do all the maintenance that it needs while the engine is out of the car. I would get a toyota gasket set and replace as many gaskets as I could without tearing the whole engine apart. 3sgtes are a pain in the butt to work on in the car.

I'd budget at least 3000 on a 3sgte swap.

4thgenceli
10-05-2009, 12:03 AM
Garg... I would of been able to pull a ~2000 swap.. but 3g I'll have to not poke her in the butt...

Mafix
10-05-2009, 01:09 AM
take you budget 2300
add for random crap, mishaps, fixing other things while you're in there, modifying all the needed things, getting all the crap you've just discovered you are missing, buying friends into the headache 2300
so whatever number you think you might be spending double it and you'll be close

joe's gt
10-05-2009, 01:24 AM
take you budget 2300
add for random crap, mishaps, fixing other things while you're in there, modifying all the needed things, getting all the crap you've just discovered you are missing, buying friends into the headache 2300
so whatever number you think you might be spending double it and you'll be close

+1

4thgenceli
10-05-2009, 01:26 AM
Well snaps..

Guess I'll hold on the GTE for now then, and just find me a 3sge (anyone gotz one for sale?)

4thgenceli
10-05-2009, 01:53 AM
Well.. since I just want turbo, it shouldn't hurt to get a 1st gen 3sgte. Found em for $1000 w/ ECU/harness/trans.

Grot
10-05-2009, 01:55 AM
i will have a 3sge in need of an overhaul for sale in a couple months.

i know that at least 2 rod bearings are gone, and that it will probably need an oil pump.

geebes
10-05-2009, 02:17 AM
Front clips are a definite plus. $2000-3000, are you talking about doing it all yourself?

4thgenceli
10-05-2009, 02:23 AM
Yeah, my bro is a gearhead and lives here. He helps out with a lot of mechanical shit I can't do.

I really don't need (or have room) for a clip at this time. Engine/harness/ecu is all I need.

That's why I'm thinking of the 1st gen 3sgte now as that's a direct drop for me (hopefully with no need to extend my harness).

4thgenceli
10-05-2009, 04:24 AM
Well I just freed up about $800/mth... so I think a 3sgte is in my budget now :) hooray.

geebes
10-05-2009, 04:29 AM
YaY! But seriously...clip FTW.

Grot
10-05-2009, 04:40 AM
lucky bastard. i want a GTE

GT4SOM
10-05-2009, 04:47 AM
I would stay away from the whole engine/harness/ecu route. Have fun sourcing parts. Get a clip and do it right.

Mafix
10-07-2009, 09:43 PM
i don't think anyone sells gen 1 clips.