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This thread was a should I stop my sbf build for a 2j build and now it's a slow and steady build for the future.

engine will remain stock for a while till I can to afford to properly boost the engine with decent parts.(or a second engine while enjoying the car to keep the down time to a  minimum)

engine is from a 92 sc300 ran and drove.

i chose to get a trans from a 04 g35 for the fact I had a few that were local and sub $150 price range(picked mine up for $100)

i still need the adapter and flywheel kit and I think I'm going to use the mavericks kit $900 and if and when the 04 trans dies just pick one up from nissan for $1800 after the car is diving.

 

engine and management 

 

im going to try and use a microsquirt as my engine management and some of the stock parts will need to be replaced to get it to work properly.(hopefully lol)

i will add my updates when I get to this part in the build.

worst case I will do the tt ecu mod and safc.

(I still have the stock engine harness and m/t ecu if I can't make the microsquirt on the stock engine)

 

fuse box 

 

my chassis has the stock fuse box in the center consol but was thinking about replacing and or adding a separate fuse box for the engine and mircosquirt.

not sure what I should do here any input would be great.

 

im going to be using a fuel cell because the stock tank was pretty bad and got a great deal on a 7 gallon cell.

im thinking about running the fuel and rear brake lines on the driver side so when the turbo parts are installed the lines don't heat up and cause any issues from the exhaust heat.(I heard somewhere that was an issue not sure where though)

 

Rear diff

I have an r180 240z diff.

im pretty sold on the tried and true r200 but thinking about other options for the long run and parts availability.

iv thought about the r180 sti with adapter hubs,Ford 8.8,r230 but I think it will be hard to beat the price of an r200 swap.

My main concern I have is making the drive shaft.I want to make sure I have the long term diff installed and ready to rock before I make the driveshaft and that's why the r180 subi diff is sounding good because I could get away with making the drive shaft now with the stock r180 and upgrading later down the road.

 

 Suspension 

I'm all kinds of lost here I don't know what I want other then affordable lowered  responsiveness and comfortable.

im not sure if I can get away with a set of springs new struts and new bushings and get the ride height right.

(not looking for a full time  track car just a weekend and once in a great while take it to the track)

 

sorry if this seems like I'm asking for somebody to hold my hand through this build because I truly em not.

i feel like I bit off more then I should at first but I'm slowely kicking my @$$ in the right direction which seems to lead me too "don't over complicate things".

theres a load more info I can put in right now but the real issues I'm having trouble with are of the funds type lol.

thanks for reading the update and I look forward to keeping you guys updated and getting  constructive criticism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stream of consciousness stuff is good for story telling, but makes for a very long post.

 

Your basic question is you planned on a sbf swap, have the kit for it. You found your way into an SC300 with the W58. Should you change gears and go 2jz.

 

You have time and effort invested. You probably are going to have to account for some other things that will pop up that you are not considering, jumping into another engine swap may be problematic. 350-400hp out of a JZ is going to require boost, which in turn means ECU, probably better trans then the W58, turbo and manifold, not including all the other bits. It also sounds like you are farming out quite a bit of work? That can be costly. 

 

If the 2jz is the swap you have always wanted to do, then it would be better to change gears now rather than later. If HP is your end goal then you already have progress towards a swap that will be able to reach that goal. 

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i guess I shouldn't say I'm chasing 350-400 hp at this point I really want a nice solid driver Quality vehicle that leaves room for the future upgrades at this point 

I would be content on having a sub 200 hp car if it drove nice at this point and I could get some weekend cruise action going on and upgrade the car as I see fit moving foreword at this time I don't want to say money is an issue because it always is but Im a lot more patient then I did when I was 20 So I'm not shooting for hp or track times just yet but in the long run I would like to have a cd0009 or ar5 or even a zr BMW swap so if I needed I could source parts a tad bit easier then a r154 the other options may cost a bit more upfront but long term i think any of those choices would be better off because of where I live and parts available 

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Goodness, that was a long sentence lol.

(Organize your thoughts, and try to just get the main point across, save your musings and thoughts for a build thread)

 

If you are content with modifying slowly, always wanted the 2jz, have a complete running donor car, then it might be worth it to go down that path.

 

Then again if you already have a fully functional car, swapping the drive train into another chassis seems a bit of a hassle if you don't have an end game planned. 

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2 hours ago, seattlejester said:

If the 2jz is the swap you have always wanted to do, then it would be better to change gears now rather than later. If HP is your end goal then you already have progress towards a swap that will be able to reach that goal. 

 

This is really the end of the thread right here.

 

You either really want the 2JZ, and are willing to pay more for it, and have it take longer, or you don't, and just finish with the Ford swap that you already started.

 

We can't tell you what you want.

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Well I thank you guys for putting up with my unorganized sentences and bantering.

i guess to answer I already have and it's time to start tearing apart the sc300.

i know you have modified the cx racing mounts seattlejester to be more centered.

I've also heard a lot of people say they wouldn't trust the stock mounts that bolt to the engine what are your thoughts on it  minus the standard boots the kit comes with?

as for the trans mount I'm not overly worried because I plan to upgrade in time.If you had to choose a trans which  way would you lean towards cd0009 ar5 BMW or anything else that would be cost affective and pretty easily sourced.

sorry for all the long post but I guess after the holidays I'll start getting things togeather and hopefully have a build thread.

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1 minute ago, Greeko said:

The cx racing kit for the R154 will require a bit of modification for the W58. It was pretty easy to do. 

That's great to know.

would you buy the engine and trans mount togeather or have the trans mount fabbed up because I don't intend to keep it for more then 2 years?

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1 hour ago, Neverdone said:

 

This is really the end of the thread right here.

 

You either really want the 2JZ, and are willing to pay more for it, and have it take longer, or you don't, and just finish with the Ford swap that you already started.

 

We can't tell you what you want.

You sir are correct only my wife can tell me what I want even if I don't want it lol.

in all honesty I guess I was looking for  reassurance  that the 2j was the better swap indefinitely.

i highly doubt anybody here will say one swap is better then another swap specially here on hybridz so I thank you aswell for your input.

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One swap really isn't better then the other as you say. Each has its own merits. You are asking in the toyota section so your answers based on traffic is probably going to be a bit more biased honestly. Ask the same question in the V8 section and they will probably steer you towards staying or maybe even pointing out the merits in a newer ford or the LS motor. The only thing that makes me suggest otherwise is that you said you have always wanted to do a xjz, if you are the type of person that won't settle for less then what you want, then better to just head towards what your end game is off the bat.

 

If you have the means, I would just have a set of custom mounts made up. It really is not difficult for any decent fabricator. Tell them you want the engine level, and you want the tube style mount with the bushings. I'm not sure what boots you are referencing, the bolts maybe? I'm using hardware acquired in the states for the most part.

 

There are lots of designs out there if you go with custom. The only reason I went with the CX mounts were because they seemed to be the easy route and similar to what I had with the 7m. If I had the space I would have just done my own, but that was at a premium.

 

I really wouldn't want to tear apart the sc300 if it runs and drives. Keep it running and driving, do the upgrades to that, and when the time comes swap it all over, it seems like your chassis may have a bit of a ways to go. The SC300 also has a nicer differential selection, CV axles, disc brakes on all 4 corners, double wishbone suspension if I'm not mistaken, power steering, etc. If I had a whole donor car, I'd be tempted to bring quite a bit of that with me.

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On 12/8/2017 at 5:06 PM, 240zdex said:

i highly doubt anybody here will say one swap is better then another swap specially here on hybridz so I thank you aswell for your input.

I don't know about that, every new engine swap I do is always going to be the best one yet.;)

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On 12/8/2017 at 4:56 PM, seattlejester said:

If you have the means, I would just have a set of custom mounts made up. It really is not difficult for any decent fabricator. Tell them you want the engine level, and you want the tube style mount with the bushings.

 

If every picture I've ever seen of the CX mounts is any indication I would definitely do this. Personally, If I was doing the jz swap I'd go insane if the engine wasn't centered in the bay.

 

On 12/8/2017 at 4:56 PM, seattlejester said:

I really wouldn't want to tear apart the sc300 if it runs and drives. Keep it running and driving, do the upgrades to that, and when the time comes swap it all over

 

Also this. Chassis work takes waaaaaayyy longer than you expect. If you decide to start the swap you'll basically have two non-functioning cars for a long time. If I had the SC I'd personally be using it as a daily and upgrading that stuff to swap over down the road. 

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Do you want torque or boost?  I was at the same crossroads when I was picking an engine for my car - I had a 1JZ supra and driven plenty of 2J's... with turbos ranging from GT35 400hp cars, to 76mm 700hp cars.  Boost is fun, but its really a highway pull type experience. I decided I wanted N/A V8 torque for the Z, since it was lighter and wanted more of a "point and squirt" backroads bomber.

 

Both are good choices, but I think you need to decide about how you want the car to drive, as the two engines will give two different experiences.

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The sc300 is in bad shape inside and out front bumper is missing a nice chunk the 1/4s are rusted and pretty much smashed on the passenger side and as I was driving it yesterday I lost all brake pressure it's a good parts car nothing more at this time.

i may just keep having the z chassis worked on while I keep sourcing the parts trans standalone intercooler fuel injectors rails turbo parts and like you said just drop it in one shot and be done.

ive Looked into using the sc300 double wishbone suspension and rear end and it seems to be a huge hassle with my intended budget.

i still have another early 260 that needs a complete restore sitting at the sellers farm(he was  diagnosed with cancer and can't move all his things to pull it out yet)

i may just keep the v8 build going and start the 2j in the 260 next winter if I can't get a buyer for my sbf parts.

 

 

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On 12/8/2017 at 2:02 PM, 240zdex said:

That's great to know.

would you buy the engine and trans mount togeather or have the trans mount fabbed up because I don't intend to keep it for more then 2 years?

 

Its a great starting point. I would just buy that mount. 

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