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Offline Slideways87Panda

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RB20DETorCA18DET
« on: 11:14:01 PM / 10-Apr-11 »
i have a 87 200sx SE i have a SE crossmember and a 4 cyl crossmember... i have no engine in the car at the moment i bought a CA18dET for really cheap and resold it for double what i paid.... i have been considering a CA18DET swap but also wanting a RB20DET swap... i can get a CA18DET from jdmtigerjapanese.com for $1225 shipped to my door OR a RB20DET for 1170 shipped to my door... i know alot more about swapping the CA18DET into the S12...
my car is going to be a daily drift car and i need a motor that can stand abuse

i am wondering if the Mckinney motor mount kit would work for the rb20det on the 4 cyl crossmember?
 
« Last Edit: 11:15:40 PM / 10-Apr-11 by Slideways87Panda »

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Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #1 on: 02:13:43 AM / 11-Apr-11 »
For the amount of added difficulty, I doubt you would be happy with an RB20.. Space really does become an issue, it is quite alot heavier, and only 200cc larger.. This topic has been debated to death though. so.... Search?

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Offline newby200sx

Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #2 on: 08:29:42 AM / 11-Apr-11 »
well bro first of all tiger japanese sucks bro, and do what you feel is good, the rb engine is its own world it sounds great and pulls. its an RB enough said man, ca18 is a 4 cyl rb same shit just smaller if you wanna be different do rb if you wanna be like everyone else rb is the way to go, its like s13s and s14s they do SR swaps kuz its easy, s12s do ca18 swaps kuz its easy
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Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #3 on: 08:34:09 AM / 11-Apr-11 »
I would go rb its on its own level

Offline newby200sx

Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #4 on: 08:35:54 AM / 11-Apr-11 »
hell to the yea bro im doing it next week into my s12 ill let yall know how it goes
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Offline Nameless

Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #5 on: 10:06:32 AM / 11-Apr-11 »
well bro first of all tiger japanese sucks bro, and do what you feel is good, the rb engine is its own world it sounds great and pulls. its an RB enough said man, ca18 is a 4 cyl rb same shit just smaller if you wanna be different do rb if you wanna be like everyone else rb is the way to go, its like s13s and s14s they do SR swaps kuz its easy, s12s do ca18 swaps kuz its easy

Tigerjapanese engines may not come with everything you need but for swapping a stock engine in they are great.  We have got engines from them, shipping was fast and engine was in great condition, plus they are cheap. My brother in law just finished swapping his legend engine with a jdm one from tigerjapanese and he had a great experience as well. Just remember that most dont come with a full harness although you may be able to include one for a price.  In my experiences with them they have been solid.

 That being said i have heard some horror stories with them, and also alot of people that have been satisfied. Some say the best way is to go to the store and pick out the engine yourself. I have never done that but i guess if you live close to them its an option. Also you definitely take a risk with any used jdm engine, and you get what you pay for usually.
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Offline Slideways87Panda

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Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #6 on: 11:55:42 AM / 11-Apr-11 »
thats what im worried about i cant go check the engine myself before i buy it... as much as i want to put a rb it seems theres alot more things to do than a ca swap i think im going to put the ca into the s12 and save the rb swap for the s13 im buying later in the year

Post Merge: 11:57:30 AM / 11-Apr-11
i have heard good and bad things from every importer i have been doing alot of reviews on places to find the most reputable place
« Last Edit: 11:57:30 AM / 11-Apr-11 by Slideways87Panda »
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Offline Redneck

Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #7 on: 01:17:18 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
Another SE bites the dust.
FIrst my rims are horrible, than there ok when painted black , now my cars horrible, now my fenders are to much after i was told i couldnt do it.... Lol club s12 ftw.....  Only here have Ive been told they look like shit..... SOrry its not bone stock with crown vic rims running the stock vg making 130whp and looks generic like every other one. My car looks dope ive been told this a billion times on local forums....


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Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #8 on: 01:37:20 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
I think se should be kept safe from those 4cly engines lol

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Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #9 on: 02:11:11 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
since you already have a se cross member why not get a vg33er and bolt it in?

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Offline newby200sx

Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #10 on: 02:58:05 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
not everybody likes v6s were all in line finatics, sure and se  might be rare in itself but its up to the owner himself to decide the cars destiny
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Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #11 on: 03:54:07 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
The rb20 is more of a boat anchor than anything, it has next to no parts interchange with RB25/26 motors, and you will seriously miss the space you once had with a 4cylinder.

Offline newby200sx

Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #12 on: 04:12:19 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
RB is an RB    .     
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Offline Phisherman09

Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #13 on: 04:52:13 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
The rb20 is more of a boat anchor than anything, it has next to no parts interchange with RB25/26 motors, and you will seriously miss the space you once had with a 4cylinder.

qft.

id run a CA18 over a rb20 all day. like stated above, if your gonna put a rb, go 25/26 or youll regret wasting all the extra time to fit a straight 6 for no gain in power/reliablity.
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Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #14 on: 05:04:53 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
were all intitled to each others opinion i understand that we all do so to SIDEWAYS87PANDA
do whatever you want bro roll with the uniques or the common, either way i wish you goodluck man
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Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #15 on: 06:28:46 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
rb20 is an overweight pig, I'd definitely go with the ca, it's way easier to get parts for the CA also just tell kragen you have a nissan pulsar nx se.  Honestly though if you can afford the sr20 I'd go with that, It's way easier to work on.

Offline Gomesf1

Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #16 on: 07:08:30 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
VG30E!!!!!
imagine a ka and a vg as women. I prefer the one that had less hands on it. The ka is a loose prostitute that every one and their brother knows lol.
if my dicks not hard by the end of a run....it wasnt fast enough!!!!!
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Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #17 on: 10:47:30 PM / 11-Apr-11 »
All motors have their ups and downs, but the RB20 is a pretty solid fail for parts interchange, aftermarket support, overall age, etc. Even RB25s are showing their age now gents, hydraulic lifters, poor flowing heads, a very fragile turbo, etc..

Buy the best motor you can afford (keeping the entire build budget in mind) and you will be rewarded..

Offline newby200sx

Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #18 on: 12:06:29 AM / 12-Apr-11 »
All motors have their ups and downs, but the CA is a pretty solid fail for parts interchange, aftermarket support, overall age, etc. Even RB25s are showing their age now gents, hydraulic lifters, poor flowing heads, a very fragile turbo, etc..

any engine that doesnt have vvt is an aged engine the CA in its own is older than the 20
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Offline methylprop

Re: RB20DETorCA18DET
« Reply #19 on: 12:13:10 AM / 12-Apr-11 »
I would keep it a 6 cylinder. It's a heavier S12. It's has beefy brakes and a r200. I would say rb20det, or vg30/33er.