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View Poll Results: Should I keep my engine/tranny or should I swap?
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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Hey guys wanted some of your opinions on what I should do. I have a 01 Se with 120,000+ miles on it. Now the engine has been rebuilt a year ago and if I had to guess a couple thousand miles ago. Now supposively my dad said when I got my over drive fixed that they rebuilt the tranny but I think and pretty much 100% sure that it wasn't.

Now I'm in my first year 2nd semester into college, and this car needs to last me till I'm done school. Also I wanted it to be a little beafer so I can mod it and get some good times on this car to smoke alot of these ricers around here.

I've been talking to Ed Morad about a engine/tranny he has that I have my eyes set on if I go in with this. It comes with all the acces., */c engine, tranny and wire harness..everything you need for a swap it has. The engine has 64k on it and thats pretty good compare to what I have lol. The price isn't bad either for it, just have to see how much my guy is gonna charge me to put it in...

But what do you guys think? Stick with my engine/tranny or get the */C engine/tranny?
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:21 PM   #2
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anything wrong with your current engine and trans?
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Leave it alone. I am in the same position as you(2nd semester, 1st year of college with an L36 commuter) and I say leave it. It is fun to show off but that time will come and for me it isn't now. I just prefer to keep a clean, respectable car in good running order. If I were to do anything it would be to mod the L36. A hi-flow cat, FWI, and ported intake would net some gains and give a nice exhaust note. They would also be far cheaper than an L67 swap. I'll just wait till I'm out of school and then pick up an '04 Terminator Cobra. It will all be worth it then. Sometimes we have to sacrifice while we're going to college. 19 credit hours doesn't leave me with alot of time for my car but your situation may be different.
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Nothing is really wrong with my engine, Only thing I know of is needs a new cat.

And yea I competely understand with you Grant on the credit hrs..I am busy with school and work so it is kinda hard for me.

I just want to make sure this car will last on me.

If you guys don't think I should do it, what do you think I should do to my engine/tranny this spring that will help them out? What should I replace? WIlling to do whatever to make sure this will last!
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I would check to make sure the LIM/UIM repairs have been done. Depending on tranny mileage, a fluid and filter change may be good for it. If it is in good shape a shift kit would decrease clutch wear and make it more fun to drive. Plugs, wires, Hi-flo cat, switch to synthetic oil, check sensors. I would check everything. The synthetic oil may not make a huge difference but it is piece of mind if nothing else. I ran seafoam through mine the other day to clear out carbon deposits but there were no results. I guess it was already in good shape. I would just keep up on regular maintenance and pamper it. This is my plan.
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EDIT: BTW, the L36(especially with 3.06 gears like mine) will roast on alot of ricers. We may not be fast but they are slow. My car is a 16s flat car which is respectable IMO.
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Ok thanks for that info Grant. Question for you on all that information thought

How would I check if the LIM/UIM to see if it needs changing? and if it does how do you do it? What all is needed on doing it and what parts do you recommend?

Any certain transmission fluid you recommend and filter? any to avoid? How much fluid is needed after you change it? You think replacing the gasket would be smart to? If so do you put any stuff on it to keep it tacked down?

When you say if it looks good you can add a shift kit, how would I know if it looks good? And obiovusly Intense shift kit if it look ok.

What brand do you recommend for plugs and wires?

What Hi-flow cat do you recommend?

What sensors should I look at. When you say all, can you list what ones and is there somewere on here that shows were there all located?

And last! Seafoam, how do I do this??

Sorry for all those questions!
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UIM/LIM - it'* all in techinfo.

I've purchased a magnaflow hi-flow cat for mine. Haven't installed just yet, but it seems to be popular and the best bang for the buck around here.

Seafoam - pour half the bottle into a solo cup or something similar with a wide mouth. Take the vacuum line out of the brake booster, take the elbow fitting off (plastic doesn't like petroleum products). Different people do it different ways. My method is to have somebody holding RPMs around 3, suck up the cup quickly and have them shut the key off before it sucks it completely up. Some do it alone at idle, and just completely submerge the vacuum line in the seafoam to shut the motor off. Replace vacuum line+elbow fitting. Wait 15-20 mins, start back up, and take it for a few WOT runs around the block (given that you're not in a residential neighborhood, cause that'd be against the law). It'll be very smoky, so you may want to let it idle for a few, and rev it a bit to get all that loose carbon out.

Sometimes after I get it back in the driveway, if I know the vehicle has never had it done, I'll even shove the second bit of the can through and do it all over again.

Some people have CEL (check engine light) problems. Mine'* only done it once (out of three times), and that as when I didn't have anybody inside revving it. It never ended up clearing itself, but most do. Autozone and most other 'commercialized auto parts stores' clear codes for free .

My car doesn't EVER smoke but maybe the first second or two after it'* been started back up. Don't know why.. but it seems to do the job it'* supposed to.

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So let me get this stright with the seafoam.

I take the saefoam and pour half of it in a solo cup or something close. I then take the vacuum line out of the brake booster ( were is that located? ) have a friend hold my car at 3rpm'* and start sucking up the seafoam in the cup but have them turn off the engine before it all goes. ( now how much should I leave when I tell him to turn engine off? ) REplace the vacuum line and the elbow and wait 15-20mins for it to settle. after that start the engine up and let it idle for a little after the idle take it out for som WOT runs. Now should I let it idle in park first on my driveway or take it out for some runs then idle in Drive? or park after the run?
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pour 1/3 of it into a cup, and use it all. too much could hydrolock the engine
id let it idle for a few seconds then take it out
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Ok so do 1/3 of it. Now should I do another 1/3 after I take it out? I never did this to my car. And doubt the old owner did since it was a old or should I say elderly person who owned it..
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