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post #11 of 52 Old 01-06-2012, 01:28 PM
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spectacular post! a back up of the pics should be put in the gallery here so we don't ever lose them. Some more driving and your short term fuel trims won't be adding so much fuel. Not only is this writeup good for a swap but for changing the belt and even the alternator.

I love my hr16 but with all these swaps I wouldn't have been too upset with a hatch with a self destructing mr18 . BTW your oil changes and driving habits are almost exactly like mine. I have 85k miles and just switched from 7500 mile changes to 10k. Nissan recommends 7500 on regular oil. So I figured with a good filter and synthetic I can stretch it to 10k. I've been ok so far.


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Awesome write up man, but you already knew that. Great website you provided us with too, they have just about any engine and parts one can ever want.

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great write-up!!
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holey smokes man, I feel like after doing that im ready to do my third engine swap... until i remembered everytime i have done an engine swa[ in the past I end up going way to fast and crashing into things that make me sore and my trucks no work after that. But maybe i will have better luck with a V i think they make superchargers for the Mr20!!! you should do that, I would but everytime I have had a supercharger I end up wrecking into things that make me hurt, and my superchargers no work after that.

Ive had better luck with turbo's Ive had 4 turbo's with no problems you should put a turbo in that monster... I would but im afraid it might make me sore if you know what I mean

Im glad that your engine swap was for a mature reason and not to have a super secret super fast vehicle Trust me engines swaps in the hands of the wrong person (me), are bad!!

Engine swaps for the right reason (you), are good!

sorry im ranting I got off work early and found that my 5 hour works longer than 5 hours when you dont use the energy for something.

Great job!!! you brought back fond memories from my teenhood!!! and also some trauma too but thats ok, it reminds me of the lessons I learned on my own!!!

Keep up the great work Versa Bro!!!!
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Great write up! I booked marked this. My hatch is a 2011 with the 1.8. It only has 30K and has started with the dreaded cold start up tick/tap piston slap. Going to Nissan next week and hopefully they will replace the short block. I will be paying off my car in a few months and plan to drive it 'til i reach a couple hundred thousand miles at least. I've swapped out motors and transmissions before and i appreciate your in-depth and detailed pictures and instructions. I will probably doing this same motor swap but hopefully not for a year or two. I also don't drive aggressively or beat on my car. It's my daily driver and i need it to last. Besides my days of beating on a car have been long over. Once again thanks!
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So quick question. Nissan is replacing my transmission as we speak, they say it's a really complex job and is taking longer than they thought.

Anyway, I am thinking about it and reading up on a code that I had and some other stuff, and I am wondering if it was just my torque convertor that was bad and not the whole transmission?

Anyway, does this get replaced along with the transmission?

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Replacing the transmission is always fairly complex, particularly for a home mechanic. But if a shop has a lift I don't think it would be too bad to pull just the transmission from the bottom of the car.

The torque converter is seperate from the transmission. There is a splined shaft that sticks out of the transmission. The torque converter slides onto that shaft and then has four studs on the opposite side that get bolted to the flywheel. So if they ordered a transmission the converter would be a seperate part.

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After first tank of gas I am getting right at 30 MPG. This on a 2009 Hatchback SL with CVT. Thats about what I was getting with the 1.8L originally when it was running good. So thats fine as far as I'm concerned.

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Now I just need to go to the dealer and get the "2.0" emblem for a Nissan Sentra to put next to my "SL" emblem on the back

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I asked the supervisor who said that they torque convertor was done as well. Anyway, car drives great now...better than it ever has.

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