there wouldnt be engine swaps if people didnt that the plunge and give it a try. if it works out, great... you just pioneered the VQ swap into an s12s. if u fail, so what. atleast u tried it and wasnt all talk. the info you gain from the failure will be useful for the next person who tries it and someone, somday, might succeed in pairing that motor into this chassis.
good luck if you attempt it
I totally agree with you. I remember a very similar argument when I first talked about doing my RB swap. All talk no go. The weight would be messed up. The modification is incredibly heavy and would take a lot of money, skills and such.
Let me see. I proved it can be done on a budget without heaps of money. The modification was there but not abnormal like so many had ideas about. Actually from what I found out AFTER I did my swap, my modification/fabrication was very much akin to what they do in the domestic muscle cars back in the day. Apparently the route I took was similar in fashion to ones that were taken before. The weight wasnt that much more than the VG30E. Yes, the Rb weighed a little more and mostly due to it's length, but it only increased the front's weight by 1 or 2% and the car still handled VERY well and was quite responsive. Yes, a couple attempts and ideas were fail, but from those we were able to figure out what worked and hit something golden.
Like I said before, if I could, I would have tried VQ. If I had the chance and ability to now, I would. I dont think it's that far out of the realm. If anything, getting it into the car is the easy part. The hard part is the wiring and electronics to match up to our car and run properly. If you do VQ, just do your research. Like anything, do your research. Yes, talking on forums helps but at some point you have to do your own thinking for all you get is this stuff. Some people for it. Some people against it. Some people dont care. Others that understand but pepper in caution and good advice. And some people who will say stuff just because even though they are just an armchair tuner/mechanic/know-it-all. That is what I did. I heard a lot of shit and very few supported me. I did my own reading and looking at other setups. I found someone who was willing to help me out in the areas I knew little about. Did some basic concept drawings and planning. Once I felt confident enough that it was possible and not impossible, I delved into the project head first.