@rtrinidad - Or you could just buy @Butters' car.You can take a look at my spreadsheet for an idea. Keep in mind you can find K20 and K24 longblocks for much less than what I paid for. As far as header goes, you can go with DC Sport header or go big and hit up HyTech for their full stainless system, which is what I did. Innovative Mounts has an engine mount kit that is great, I'd recommend of their softer durometer bushings.
You'll also need a new throttle pedal / cable setup as well if the K engine is drive by cable.Breakdown.
$950 - K24A / JDM (ACURA TSX 2.4L 2004-2008 RBB K24A VTEC ENGINE K24A2 (200 HP) - | JDM ENGINE PA)
$500 - Mount kit (Innovative Mounts 2005+ Lotus Exige/Elise K-Series Mount Kit)
$1500 - Rebuilt/Fresh 6spd Transmission (RSX GearX K-Series Manual Transmission K20A2 600HP-GD600-K20)
$1100 - Kpro V4 with ECU (Hondata K-Pro V4 (02-04 K-Series Engine))
$280 - Wiring kit (MWR Wiring Kit - Lotus Elise Exige K20 K24 Swap - Also Other Applications)
$1000? - Header, likely need custom
$250 - shifter cables
$1000 - Various fittings, adapters, hoses, bolts, missing accessories
$500 - Clutch kit
$865 - Axles (Insane Shafts Racing Axles (2) - Lotus Elise-Exige K-series Swap - 500hp)
~$8000 - That's without a shop doing any of the labor of install.
Now, pay some shop $180/hr to install and it gets pricey. Sure, if you have EVERYTHING on hand, it may only take a few hours to install, but a shop is going to charge you 40 hours or more. Afterall, they need to pay their rent.
- The biggest unknown is cost for the header. You could buy a regular kseries header and modify it to the Lotus chassis, add a mid-pipe, and call it a day. That'll be probably around $600 or so. Custom can be as high as $3000.
- You can source a lot of this stuff used. ie, ECUs have been known to sell for $750 for V4s. But, it's risky. Gearboxes can be sourced used as well for around $800, but likely need some refurb.
- The little things is what kills the budget, usually. O2 sensor, AN4 fitting to 1/4NPT... junk like that
- You're going to want to replace gaskets, seals, all hoses, and add aftermarket parts to it to make install easier (ie. lower coolant port, upper coolant port, different intake manifold). This will easily jump that budget a few grand.
You can recoup a bit by selling your working Toyota drivetrain, but it's still a pricey venture.
Thanks, Jon and his team did an incredible job so far and I can’t wait to test it.That looks... tempting! Nice setup!
You are California right? What's the deal with smog and an engine swap here?
I had to deal with Vegas smog requirements, which is very similar to CA.You are California right? What's the deal with smog and an engine swap here?