View Full Version : Some questions on a J swap.
12-24-2011, 05:03 AM
I have always liked hondas, and am mechanicly inclined as far as automotive goes, so I wanted to J swap a Civic. Now some may think that I know nothing, which isn't exactly true. I have looked into many different topics on J swaps and have a basic understanding on it so I figured I could find a Civic shell on craigslist near me and do it over a period of time. There currently is a J32a1 or a2 I'm not sure if the car was a type S, with 137k miles on craigslist for $85 dollars. I figured that was cheap, I'm pretty sure it doesn't come with a harness or tranny, but it's a start. I just wanted to ask your guys opinion on this, I'm still in high school and wanted a project that I would love.
-How much did you guys invest on your J swaps?
-Would it be wise over time for me to do this, I understand it is rather expensive
Please help me out :P
12-24-2011, 01:11 PM
Typically you can expect to spend anywhere from $2500 to $6000 depending on which parts are used and how much work you are doing yourself.
12-24-2011, 04:21 PM
From the day I started piecing the swap together to when it was finished was nearly a year. If you think this is something you can handle and really want to do I say go for it.
But dont expect to be on the low end as far as cost goes unless you have a lot of time to wait for things to pop up, a lot of times parts are hard to find. Thats why I picked up a lot of things new, but it is incredibly more expensive that way.
12-24-2011, 08:57 PM
As the other 2 stated... the J-Swap is not a budget swap.
I'm $4000 into it already and I have friends that work in a foreign parts junkyard.
I know when I was in high school I made $6.85/hr and it was a huge expenditure to purchase a a cold air intake.
If you have the money go for it, if not, I suggest you hit up the d-series forums and build-up what you have.
If you're still interested, there is a lot of information on here to help you through the swap.
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