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Plant City FL

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This Question might seem stupid but i have purchased a 1st gen mr2 and im going to be swapping the motor out what is the easiest way to take the motor out from the top or bottom???



5127 posts [100%]
NORCAL/Maxwell AFB Alabama

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on an AW11??


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92 posts [100%]
Independence MO

 Re: (Jinsoku) » Reply  Edit

you can take it out of the top if you unbolt the transmission then take the intake, header, and distributor off and it will fit, cuz its a ****** trying to get it out the bottom without a lift

1987 Toyota MR2 - project Lil Dipper
big port 4age - 20v individual throttle bodies w/ custom manifold, wiseco 10.5:1 comp. .020 bore pistons, crower billet rods, new balanced crank, cometic head gasket, head decked .020, 315cc injectors, EDIS ignition, arp head studs, main studs, and flywheel bolts, crower stage 2 cams, formula atlantic valves, hks valve springs, fidanza adjustable cam gears, shimmed oil pump, tvis delete and port, spec stage 2 clutch and lightweight flywheel, nst pulley kit, polyurathane motor mounts, d2 racing coilovers, megasquirt II

project status: getting tuned

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3 posts [100%]
Plant City FL

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lift isnt the problem got that just trying to figure out the easiest way to take it out and if i remove it from the bottom what all do i have to remove


259 posts [100%]
Marshfield MA

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The more you can remove, the easier it will be to get it out without scraping up your firewall. I like to remove the alternator and bracket, A/C compressor and supercharger (if applicable) from the front of the engine to make it smoother. If the exhaust manifold isn't super rusty you might try taking it off too, as the studs like to get caught up on different lines when you drop it.

Other than that, just make sure everything is disconnected. Here's a quick checklist:

-Wiring harness connections
-Radiator and heater hoses
-A/C lines (if applicable. Note: the system should be purged by a professional as refrigerant is highly toxic to the environment and highly illegal to discharge into the environment)
-Oil cooler lines
-Clutch hose
-Intake (and intercooler piping, if applicable)
-Cruise control (if applicable)
-Throttle cable
-Speedometer cable
-Shifter cables
-Fuel lines (remove gas cap and EFI main relay to relieve fuel system pressure first)
-Vacuum lines going to the body

1987 Toyota MR2 hardtop
20v blacktop 4A-GE
Ground control, Koni, Cusco, ST
XXR, Toyo, Wilwood, EBC, Odyssey
Recaro, MOMO, Fidanza, SPEC



259 posts [98%]

 Re: (MazterDizazter) » Reply  Edit

having done it several times the easiest is by far through the bottom, disconnect everything as mazter dizazter listed, making sure you use one or two trolley jacks to hold the motor and gearbox up, then lift the car up using jacks, or a block and tackle, then lower the jacks supporting the engine, i made up a small motor dolley that i lower the motor onto, then i just wheel it out under the back of the car ^_^

takes no more than a couple of hours to remove the engine this way

AW 11 - the original and the best


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