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Old 11-05-16, 22:55   #1
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Need advice on engine swap

Hi guys.

So Here's the deal . . .

I live in New Zealand and drive an 87 VL Berlina wagon with an RB20E engine and manual gearbox.
I've recently swapped a Corolla for another VL Berlina wagon running an RB30E with an automatic box and extractors. It's rough but the running gear is sound.

I've been considering swapping the RB30E into my VL. Apparently I won't see much of a power increase but it would have a bit more torque.

1. Would it be worth the bother?
2. If I go ahead with the work, can I use the manual gearbox already in my VL?
3. If I can keep the manual, which computer would I need to use, or would I need to find a 3EM computer?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 13-05-16, 09:16   #2
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Old 13-05-16, 15:47   #3
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as far as i know the rb20 are a 2l motor and i know that the rb30 is a 3l motor so there is 1 liter difference so there should be a noticeable power increase. + the rb30 and know to be a strong motor and make good power with minor upgrades. i say if you have both there sawp it and see how it goes

and yes you can use the gearbox out of the rb20 on the rb30 as all the rb motors have the same bell housing.
and as for the ecu the car will still work and run fine with the auto ecu regardless if the car is manual or auto
hope this helps

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Old 14-05-16, 21:15   #4
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Cheers for the reply.

I think I will go ahead with the swap. the clutch needs replacing anyway.

Any tips on things to do while the engine is out? Rebuild the engine? Replace parts?
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Old 17-05-16, 10:23   #5
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all depends on what your goals are if you wish to turbo it an make some power then some rebuilding to suit your application is advised.
but if your going to keep it stock N/A then rebuild isnt all that important
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Old 17-05-16, 21:18   #6
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I'm keeping it N/A ATM (Insurance isn't cheap for me)

It's over here if you wanna have a look . . .
http://www.calaisturbo.com.au/showthread.php?t=279335
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