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Old 10-18-01, 11:34 PM
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Hello folks seems a lot of you are interested in Turbo'ing your N/A's

parts list:
TII Motor complete
i.e manifolds,turbo,injectors,intercooler.....
Turbo wiring harness
TID
Turbo Hood or get a front mount
Turbo boost sensor (strut tower)
selenoid resistor
Turbo Airflow meter
Turbo ECU
Turbo acc cable

So Ill make a little write up and post some visual aids tomorrow
(digi cam batt dead)

NA prep::::::

lift up the passenger side carpet
and you will see a metal shield that houses the ECU
disconnect the ECU
pull out ecu
there's more yellow /orange on the side
disconnect those too
including a small white plug that is hooked up to a brown boost sensor looking thingy

open hood
pull out charcoal canister
and wiper reservoir
gently start pulling the wiring out
next disconnect all the chassis wiring
oil sensor
engine temp sensor
spark wires
take out rad
and fan
lift car
drain oil
disconnect oil lines
disconnect fuel lines
( you might want to yank out the fuel pump fuse
and spin motor to remove fuel pressure)

becarefull with the front ones you need
2 wrenches
then get back under car disconnect starter
motor bolts
then top motor bolts
ac lines
remove top manifold
powersteering lines
disconnect and remove na airflow meter
disconnect and remove boost sensor
disconnect whole exhaust leaving the exhaust manifold
but a jack under the tranny so it don't fall
double check everything is clear to yank motor out complete
Ok get engine hoist
hook up chain to rear and front cast housings
remove the motor
with alt,water pump,bottom manifold etc intact


2 things to consider

1: Do you want to keep your current drive train (tranny and diff)
2: you want to drop a whole TII engine and drive train (expensive
unless you find a donor car)

In my case I found a 88 Turbo II motor complete with ECU,boost sensor
wiring harness,intercooler turbo
for $600
spent another 600-700 rebuilding and porting the motor

I did not however have the Turbo tranny or starter or drive shaft
or rear end
so what to do?

Easy! My SE was a 87 so I swapped the Turbo flywheel and front counterweight and put the n/a counter parts.

Note) Don't install 89-91 counterweights on a 87-88 engine
eccentric shaft has different balance

Once my engine was put together (all pollution stuff removed makes installation a breeze)
I put the turbo manifold and turbo on the engine
put the bottom intake manifold on
installed the meter oil lines top breaks just install silicon hoses
plastic to oil injectors.
make sure you hook up a vacuum like to the fuel reg to a vacuum
source there one on the bottom manifold by the injectors
then hooked up the wiring (fuel injectors, water pump sensor
TPS etc

once you got most of the wiring pugs hooked up
It's time to install the engine into the bay

This the tricky part especially when doing it alone

get the engine hoist and chain to the rear and front cast housings

put a jack underneath the tranny and lift the tranny all the way
move engine over rad support keeping it centered
get it close to tranny.
Once lined up slowly let the engine down till you see the trannys
shaft go into the clutch. Now lower the tranny a bit and try wiggling the engine to get the shaft to seat inside the pilot bearing.( you might have to lower or rise tranny a few times while pushing the engine towards the tranny for it to seat properly)
The bitch here is getting the motor mounts to line up
the passenger side mount is the easy one
install the rubber mount to the body and the cover
the engine mount will fall on this
The driver side has the bolt the needs to go thru the chassis
good luck here took me a good hour to get it in
Once you see that the top rear housing of the motor is pretty
flush to the tranny put a bolt on the top by the passenger side to keep the motor from disconnecting from tranny
when your lowering the tranny all the way

OK your almost there
finish bolting the motor up, hook up the main oil lines
install starter
install the mazdatrix down pipe(recommended $115

now we need to pass the wiring warness ecu plugs thru the firewall
pass the plugs one at a time
then go inside the car and pull the plugs till it reaches the ecu area
There's one white plug that hooks up to a brown boost sensor looking one.
The yellow plugs are easy, you cant mix them up cause there different sizes ,only the correct ones can plug into ecu

go ahead and install the rad+fan and hoses
hook up the temp sensor
oil temp
rad sensors
solenoid resister-big white plug in front of passenger side strut tower.

Now for the top manifold
place on top of bottom manifold
making sure it has a new or good condition gasket
bolt it up
hook up throttle position sensor
manifold pressure sensor
alternator wires
install TID and airflow meter
bov
and vacuum hoses to thos parts
like the boost sensor
3 way tee
maybe a 4 tee for a boost gauge
install intercooler
tighten all clamps real good
hook up fuel lines
new spark plugs

You need to replace the NA accelerator cable with a Turbo one
much longer wraps around motor


add water and coolant
install batt
DO NOT put the spark wires yet
get in car
crank the motor
to let oil lub the motor and
the turbo (15 secs or so)

Now hook up the spark plug wires
get back in car
*prey* LoL
wait a few secs for fuel to build pressure
turn the key
after a few motor spins
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

she Lives! she Lives!!
cough* cough* Oh my the smoke

after a few min outside the smoke will go away

next get a custom 3 inch exhaust
go to track
run 13's

*I might of forgot some stuff
but that's the jist of it

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O thats it? Ight I guess I'll do my concersion tomorrow then.
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Very Well Done

You sir are a great man.
I'm sure this will help plenty and btw thanks from all the newbies asking ;-)
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oh yeah, here ya go
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Incredible, looks like you obviously know your car from a-z, congrats...

I am very new to rx7's cars, and hopefully will be purchasing a 1990-1991 Rx7 Non Turbo in a few months time...

Can you please tell me how much it will cost? To get all these parts??? An estimation I suppose? It would really help, I want to know what im getting myself into here

Thanks A lot

Take care

Ps... Im taking it, that its possible to do on a 1990-1991 rx7
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Exclamation Wiring Harness

Well i am on the way of converting my NA to a TII. Do yo mean wiring harness as in wiring harness or ENGINE wiring harness (i know its a dumb question). Also since i have a 86 i want to go with a 89-91 TII engine...so i would need a series 5 engine wiring harness, ECU am i missing anything else?


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86FC.......I'm sure Kabooski will answer you, but did you notice in his post the part about the counterweights? Its important. If you want to keep your 86transmission and put in a 89turbo engine, I believe your going to have to put a 86 counterweight on the 89 engine to match the 86flywheel. Kabooski, is that right? I am still a little in a fog about the counterweights. Also see http://www.mazdatrix.com/b5.htm about halfway down the page is a note about counterweights, rotors and flywheels. Just trying to help.
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Originally posted by HAILERS
86FC.......I'm sure Kabooski will answer you, but did you notice in his post the part about the counterweights? Its important. If you want to keep your 86transmission and put in a 89turbo engine, I believe your going to have to put a 86 counterweight on the 89 engine to match the 86flywheel. Kabooski, is that right? I am still a little in a fog about the counterweights. Also see http://www.mazdatrix.com/b5.htm about halfway down the page is a note about counterweights, rotors and flywheels. Just trying to help.
If he wants to use the series 5 motor and keep n/a drivetrain

he needs to use a series 5 n/a flywheel and counterwieght
the 89+ rotors wieght is diffrent then the 86-88

the wiring harness i'm discussing here is the one that goes to the motor-the one that has the injector plugs
yes you need series 5 ecu ,harness and airflow meter
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yeah i just got done doing this last week and its a hell of a lot easier and a hell of alot of harder with the haltech. its cooler wiring and you know what everything does yet its a bit harder to wire than stock stuff. and there's a hell of a lot less to wire than stock wires.

yeah i did half a day to pull the motor out and random **** you dont need for haltech.

next half day popping new motor in.

and the next full day wiring haltech.

really pretty easy. now the turbo driveline is collecting dust and stinking up the garage. thats another project for another day.
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Oh, I have a recommendation.

I've not ever pulled an engine from an RX-7, but I would think that it would be much much easier to pull the engine and transmission both at the same time rather than trying to line the engine up with a transmission that's resting on a jack when you try to reinstall the engine.

I'm sure it would take a bit of maneuvering to get them both in and out at the same time, but overall I would think that it would make installation of the engine easier.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it would make it easier or more difficult?
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yep it's easier that way (bit longer process tho)
You would need some one there to help you line things up
and bolt the tranny mounts, while you hold the engine steady

I did not have any to help me so I had to do it the hard way
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Not that it matters but I've done a few and thought about removing the whole shebang. Came to the conclusion that, no, its easier doing the engine alone. Too much time lost removing interior parts and exaust parts to make clearance. As long as the engine is reasonably level in relation to the transmission and I did a good job installing the clutch, I have no problem. I have struggled on one car in particular because I half assed the above items. Payed dearly. Always do it by myself. Now that I said that, I'm sure twelve hundred people will write and say baloney. Personal preference.
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Every thread I've read on this is about swapping the engine, but I was wondering is there any way to fabricate something without swapping the engine?

The "RX7 Performance Handbook" kinda glosses over the whole process of adding a turbo to an NA by saying that the second gen transmission is strong enough. But I find that a little hard to believe.
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3 quick points to add in here.

1. I agree with the comment that the engine is easier to remove and install alone with no tranny attached. I have the whole car jacked up on stands and the tranny is on stands as well. i lower the motor in and line up the tranny to the motor then turn the flywheel until I get the right lineup and bam she is in

2. The N/A is not strong enough to handle a turbo in my opinion. If people can break the driveshaft with their cars being N/A, think of what a turbo would do

3. The only thing you have to worry about when figuring out the flywheel/counterweight issue is what year are your rotors from. If you have a series 5 motor, then you need series 5 counterweight. You can use a lighter flywheel but you will need the automatic transmission counterweight from a series 5 car. The same goes with any engine. The counterweight is the key. In stock configuration manual trannies the counterweight is integrated into the flywheel so you wont see an extra one.
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Hey kabooski, is that pic in your sig your actual car? I would love to see some pics of your project and your car, awesome work man.
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1. If you're pulling just the engine, then I'd just leave the tranny in there, primarily because of all the stuff you've gotta do to get the trans out (exhaust, heat shields, then driveshaft). I don't see what interior parts you need to remove, save the plastic shifter console and a few bolts.. I'd hope that isn't TOO much work

However, that's not to say that pulling it out with the engine is hard. It's about the same difficulty as pulling a boinger engine with trans.

2. Getting the mounts to line up: tilt the drivers side mount in (it's the one with just a hole. Then lower the other side and it will slide down into the slot there. Meanwhile use a jack to lift the rear of the trans up, but don't bolt in. Once the two mounts are in, then bolt up the trans. It means a little grunt power, but it's maybe 30 minutes work.
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I was doing a 12A swap into my '80 SCCA Car (I was just looking for TurboII swaps, that's how I came across this thread), but anyhow, we had to do motor/tranny and I think it is a HUGE pain to line up engines to trannies when they're inside the car, much easier to yank them both out together, mate the new stuff together outside the car, then drop them both in from the top (don't even TRY to do it from the bottom, we tried and it wasn't going to work unless we took off the front swaybar (or what looked like a swaybar, this is the first real work on a car I've done besides brakes, exhaust, that crap).. So moral of the story, if you're pulling 'em both (and even if you're not) I think it's easier to pull them together.
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When replacing the N/A trans with the TII, the drive shaft is the same in lenght streght and overall dimentions right.

I would seem easier to put in the engine and trans togerther wouldn't it.
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Found this web site with great price on TII engine, trans, ecu and wiring harness.




http://swapjdm.com/swapjdm/home.htm
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Just found out that there is no ecu or wiring harness included
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You've re-invented hope for me kabooski!
I really really wanted to do this some time back and decided against it due to the driveline issues with my 86 N/A.

I spent a fair whack of money getting a custom shaft built for her with replaceable unions and I didn't want to ditch that for an old piece of ****. The fact that you have successfully done this transplant and kept all the old gear REALLY makes me want to do it now, I think it may be time to start saving.
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Originally posted by HAILERS
86FC.......I'm sure Kabooski will answer you, but did you notice in his post the part about the counterweights? Its important. If you want to keep your 86transmission and put in a 89turbo engine, I believe your going to have to put a 86 counterweight on the 89 engine to match the 86flywheel. Kabooski, is that right? I am still a little in a fog about the counterweights. Also see http://www.mazdatrix.com/b5.htm about halfway down the page is a note about counterweights, rotors and flywheels. Just trying to help.


NO NO NO!!!!
The counterweight YEAR must match engine, front counterweight is not different for NA or turbo. If you use an 86-88 engine (NA or turbo, doesn't matter)with a tII tranny (of any year) use an 87-88 TII flywheel and the stock front counterweight. If you use an NA tranny with that same engine, use an 86-88 NA flywheel)

If you use an 89-91 engine (NA or TII, doesn't matter) with a TII tranny, you use an 89-91 TII flywheel. If you use the same engine with an NA tranny, you use an 89-91 NA flywheel.

The flywheels are different due to the difference in ROTOR weight. NA and TII rotors weigh the same. See the mazdatrix website for confirmation if you don't believe me.

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