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Has anyone ever thought of putting a different engine in a Sportage?? #218505 04/13/03 11:26 PM
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Explorerguy Offline OP
Getting the Wheeling Fever
After my dad and I put a different starter in the Sportage today we were wondering if anyone has thought of putting a different engine in one???
Maybe out of another brand of vehicle or even staying with a bigger Kia type motor?

Just wondering, it would be nice to have more power. I don't see how you guys can put 31's on there and still get it moving....

I really like the Sportage, but I keep hearing more and more people having trouble with them. I figure put a different motor/wiring harnless, etc and you would have a great little car..........
Just thinking????


1994 Ford Explorer 5.5 Superlift, 35's no-slip in the rear, lots of custom parts ( sliders, tire rack & more)
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Re: Has anyone ever thought of putting a different engine in a Sportage?? #218506 04/14/03 12:07 AM
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Funny you mention this. I was chatting with a bud of mine and thought about if it was possible to put an Rotory motor with a turbo. Unfortunatly, money is an issue and I still have a warranty I don't want to void.

Nate

Re: Has anyone ever thought of putting a different engine in a Sportage?? #218507 04/14/03 03:27 AM
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<img border="0" alt="[Nerd]" title="" src="graemlins/nerd.gif" /> I've been sizing up a Mazda turbodiesel 2.5 litre for just such an occasion! (86 kw, 280 Nm, or about 115 hp, 206 ft.lb) <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="images/icons/grin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="images/icons/grin.gif" /> Unfortunately I'm also constrained by warranty. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Mad]" src="images/icons/mad.gif" />

Things to watch for:

sump clearance to front diff/driveshaft assy.

short length from bellhousing to radiator (25" safely)

exhaust pipe must exit on the (US) drivers side due to front diff driveshaft assy. and firewall, so no small Toyota motors or V-anythings. For gas motors Nissan 2 litre "200 SX/Sylvia" turbo may fit.

No ex FWD motors as these usually have sensors attatched to the wrong end of the camshaft (extending over the bellhousing area), and would create clearance problems with the firewall/scuttle area.

I think a rotary in a Sportage would be a bit like chocolate pizza, I like chocolate and I like pizza but I don't think they would necessarily work too well together. <img border="0" alt="[Barf]" title="" src="graemlins/barf.gif" /> The rotary produces its horsepower high up in the revs but bugger-all torque down low, remember it has to move 3300+ lb of metal around at reasonably urbane speeds most of the time. It would be a real dog to drive around town. As far as a rockcrawler goes it would be dead in the water.


2002 Sporty , Ironman 2.5" spring, 2" body, 15 x 7 ROH wheels, K&N, 15 x 10.5 Simex Centipedes, Powerchip 91.

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Re: Has anyone ever thought of putting a different engine in a Sportage?? #218508 04/14/03 01:41 PM
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Dave Scott Offline
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i agree with gary, completely, the rotary engine would be a bad choice for the Sportage for off-road and on-road ability, although, it's a great choice for the much lighter Samurai. i have seen a Samurai with one in action and it's like watching a lawn mower with really big tires trying to climb stuff, it almost sounds like a dirtbike.

anyway, aside from gary's possible diesel swap, there is a direct swap with the slightly larger and more torquy Mazda 2.2L engine. you just swap the block and all the internals of the block, including crank, pistons and connecting rods. you bolt all the Sportage parts directly to the 2.2 block, including head, intake, accessories, then the block to the bellhousing. so far, the only person we know that has done this is Darren Skilton, but 2.2's should be cheap enough that we will begin to see more. i think the ratings for the 2.2 with Kia head and peripherals is around 170-175 HP and around 180-185 LB-FT or more.

<img border="0" alt="[Shiner]" title="" src="graemlins/shiner.gif" />


95 Sportage w/welded and 5.89 geared dana 44's on 38.5" TSL's.- SADLY SOLD
CURRENTLY - 2000 sportage, 5.38 gears, welded diffs, 35" tires, 5.5" lift

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/341410
Re: Has anyone ever thought of putting a different engine in a Sportage?? #218509 04/14/03 02:03 PM
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2.2 Kia motor 170-175 HP with 180-185 LB-FT!!

Yes Please... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="images/icons/grin.gif" />

Nate

Re: Has anyone ever thought of putting a different engine in a Sportage?? #218510 04/14/03 02:42 PM
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helv, Helvetica, Sans">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helv, Helvetica, Sans">Originally posted by Kiaoffroad:
<strong>2.2 Kia motor 170-175 HP with 180-185 LB-FT!!

Yes Please... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="images/icons/grin.gif" />

Nate</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helv, Helvetica, Sans">Would you like fries with that? Thank you, drive thru!

<img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="images/icons/grin.gif" />

Re: Has anyone ever thought of putting a different engine in a Sportage?? #218511 04/14/03 03:09 PM
Anonymous
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I think a better question would be has anyone NOT thought about changing the engine in their Sportage. I know I would like to... but I am not that mechanically inclined or monitarily able.

<img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="images/icons/rolleyes.gif" />

Re: Has anyone ever thought of putting a different engine in a Sportage?? #218512 04/14/03 06:07 PM
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Dave Scott Offline
Trail Leader
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helv, Helvetica, Sans">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helv, Helvetica, Sans">Originally posted by cmslick3:
<strong>I think a better question would be has anyone NOT thought about changing the engine in their Sportage. I know I would like to... but I am not that mechanically inclined or monitarily able.

<img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="images/icons/rolleyes.gif" /> </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helv, Helvetica, Sans">YUP. <img border="0" alt="[Shiner]" title="" src="graemlins/shiner.gif" />


95 Sportage w/welded and 5.89 geared dana 44's on 38.5" TSL's.- SADLY SOLD
CURRENTLY - 2000 sportage, 5.38 gears, welded diffs, 35" tires, 5.5" lift

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/341410
Re: Has anyone ever thought of putting a different engine in a Sportage?? #218513 04/14/03 06:15 PM
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maraguez Offline
Rock Warrior
I have thought about it and decided that when my engine goes, I'm going down to Mexico and have a Chevy 2.2 or Ford 2.2 engine installed. This would make it cheaper and easier to fix. I love the body and suspension on the Kia, but I'm worried if I break down away from home and not knowing where to get parts and if I find a place where to get them, they will be utterly expensive. They'll put any engine in your Kia in Mexico. I would not go with anything larger than a 2.2 because a larger engine will start to break parts and then I would end up changing more things and as someone else said earlier, I am not crazy about spending too much money.


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