(Full disclosure, I make the supporting parts for the swaps I recommend, so I am biased but mainly because I have done the work and research and spent the money to get this community to where its at now.)So I am the proud owner of a 89 lude. it has the stock b20a5,and I am wanting to swap a K24a into it! Has it been done by anyone here? and if so please help! I have a deal for the engine, trans, ecu, mounts, and harness. Besides a bigger radiator and new fans and a trans specific clutch what else should I need?
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No mounts for it, but even if mounts were to be made for it, the biggest issue is that terrible ground clearance.
The K20 is taller than an H22 and most people in the community dont want to give up ground clearance which is why the H22 has not taken off as big as was hoped.
Its really not that much harder to do the swap kit, but you will require to cut the hood and you will still not be able to lower the lude at all because the 3rd gen is the most unique chassis of all Honda's exluding the NSX.
You are better off with H22 or B16/18/20b swap like we have discussed in past.
Since we do not have spare hoods floating around and a custom one would cost around $800-$1100 to make its an added cost just to do this swap.
Being unique costs money that 99% of most 3rd genners are not willing to pay.
***As you can see looks good, but you still have to cut the hood make your own mounts to sit it correctly which is not a cheap thing to do no matter who tells you and make sure you sit that engine properly or else you break axles.
You are better off with the H22/23 swap, which by the way is the same block casting as the F20b swap not to be confused with the F20C s2000 motor.
(My old swap - H22a)
The B-16/18/20b/z mounts now available, as well as the H22/23 motor mounts.
(My current swap - B20vtec - currently working on a AWD kit for it now)
I recommend you just stay away from the K20 swap because its not worth the money for the same power as the H22.
This car does not have a supply of body parts anymore and so many on here and throughout the world do not want to ruin the bodylines of this car.
When you compare power and torque between a K20 and and H22 the numbers are not inspiring and thus most just go with the H22 swap.
The B20vtec is another nice swap with even more support that the K series.
Now dont get me wrong, the swap can be done, its keeping the swap in the engine bay that is your cost as well as the ground clearance.
If you dont mind getting rain in your engine while idling at a stop light, or just trying to pay more to get this swap done then go for it.
Its more about your real budget and what you are willing to sacrifice money wise, and time wise because doing a swap is not cheap nor is it fast(I am speaking to speed of completing the swap). Everything takes time to get right and to get parts for.
Those are the options you have at this time.