06 Baja turbo manual engine swap

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deanrocker
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06 Baja turbo manual engine swap

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Ok ... On 12/24/20 the timing belt snapped on my Baja. It had 160k miles on it. I tried replacing belt, and it did start, but ran rough.
I'm considering buying a 2.0 JDM engine for $800, and trying to swap it myself. I already have engine bay partially disassembled.
I am mechanically inclined and can follow directions and have decent tools. I will have to buy an engine hoist.
Anyway, please tell me ... Is this a major project best left to a mechanic, or can someone with patience and time who is mechanically inclined succeed in swapping?
If the latter, any tips or links to videos or step by steps guides would be appreciated. Thanks.
End game us probably to sell it, a d I think I'd get much more than selling as-is. It was very fun to drive, but am opting for more towing power. Am hoping to get $8k or so once running.
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Re: 06 Baja turbo manual engine swap

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deanrocker wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:38 am Anyway, please tell me ... Is this a major project best left to a mechanic, or can someone with patience and time who is mechanically inclined succeed in swapping?
Yes to both. See this thread for details:
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Re: 06 Baja turbo manual engine swap

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Thanks, but I don't envision encountering similar problems to the guy in the link you sent. I am buying a Japanese engine with less than 50k miles on it. No battery acid!
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Re: 06 Baja turbo manual engine swap

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The guy in the link went to extremes. He went from a non turbo vehicle to a turbo. There's gonna be a LOT of extra headaches on that. An engine swap isn't all that complicated - especially if you have a simple "plug and play". My concern with your project would be going from 2.5 (the turbo Bajas are still 2.5 aren't they?) down to a 2.0. I would think there may be some ECM differences. And giving up 20% of your displacement... Keep us posted on the project. Dennis
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Re: 06 Baja turbo manual engine swap

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Will do. May start today or Monday. I'm told it's a direct swap, but may have to change exhaust and intake manifolds to match up. Both engines are made for turbo dohc. I'm told ecu is direct fit with existing harness.
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