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Thread: What is the “easiest” engine swap thats most reliable to most HP?

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    Sure, if you don't mind paying good money for parts with unsubstantiated claims behind them.
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    People that engine swap can't enjoy the ride. Huge mistake, very Sad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    People that engine swap can't enjoy the ride. Huge mistake, very Sad
    This is true. Every time I drive my super powerful DeLorean, I get very sad.
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, Carb LS4 swap completed
    1999 Corvette, cam/headers/intake manifold, 400 rwhp
    2005 Elise, stock
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    I can certainly agree with you on all kinds of claims (substantiated and unsubstantiated). That's why I say the difference in performance is subjective. What might seem like a big improvement to one person may be a minor amount to someone else. Using numbers to try to figure out which mod or improvement is good better/best is also hard because you do not get the story behind the numbers and you can not compare them directly since the testing is not done the same. As for my $4K number for a turbo kit. That is parts ONLY. It needs to be installed. A handy DIY'er could do it but if you pay someone it could cost another $1K at least. And that is assuming you are putting it on a good, well maintained car that doesn't need anything else too. As for supercharging, it takes a lot more fabrication to mount up a SC and you would have to replace the whole belt system. Big job. While a SC doesn't have lag it takes a LOT of power out of the motor, more than a turbo. Good if you want a lot of boost especially at low RPM's. Not really what is needed for the PRV. Can't put too much boost into the stock PRV and at low RPM's the power loss is unacceptablely high. You would also have to chop up or lose the engine cover and rear louvers to get the room to put it on top of the motor. Bottom line, the cheapest way to add a lot of power is to put a turbo on it. The downside is the cost and living with the "finikyness" of the set-up. Adding EFI would go a long way to making the turbo more reliable and less finiky. One member of the DMA did a Nissan engine swap I believe and that car really took off! Of course there was a lot of custom fabbing to get it all to work but it was impressive! No, he did not dyno it so there are no numbers but the buttmeter had a high reading!
    David Teitelbaum

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    Your $$$ estimates on the turbo setup are hilariously low dude.
    -Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by opethmike View Post
    This is true. Every time I drive my super powerful DeLorean, I get very sad.
    Me to. I cry all the way to the top of my power curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by eight8toy View Post
    Shouldn't we all just forget the horsepower and "enjoy the ride"?
    I do exactly that on a regular basis. It’s great that people are experimenting with engine swaps, turbos, etc. but I’ve never been interested in any of that stuff. Maybe it’s because I’m used to traveling at 400+mph. After a while you realize that all land based transportation is just different levels of “slow”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opethmike View Post
    I can come across as a bit cranky when discussing DeLoreans and power, but I'm not trying to be combative or snotty with anyone. The thing is, I've been around these cars for 15 years, and have been into high performance car modification for just as long. And the DeLorean scene is full of false claims around power gains, lack of evidence for supposed improvements, etc. And that's got to go with the prices involved.
    My favorite is this from Hervey "Looks great. Who knows how much HP or fraction of HP we could be getting with this Modification."

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    DeLorean horsepower is best measured in ducks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    DeLorean horsepower is best measured in ducks
    Llama llama duck
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, Carb LS4 swap completed
    1999 Corvette, cam/headers/intake manifold, 400 rwhp
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