Hi my dad has a blown engine and wants to replace it with the same engine. We would like to keep everything 100% street legal, don't want any hassles with smog, state ref, nothing like that
He's working with a shop to source an engine. One of the options is to swap in an equivalent JDM engine. One major benefit is that JDM engines tend to be low mileage, generally ~60k miles.. although, exact mileage will probably be impossible to know. Another benefit is that they are a bit cheaper.
Since I'm posting in the Civic forum, hypothetically if we had a 1999 Civic Si EM1 with B16A2 and sourced a JDM or EDM B16A engine, what things must we consider?
We would definitely need to swap over all smog equipment. In the above scenario, is the USDM B16A2 and JDM B16A ecu the same... or would it need to be swapped?
I think that would take care of everything visually (except the engine block # and VIN on the engine right?). Would we have to take it to the California BAR to get it checked out and all that? Do I need paperwork to prove the engine was purchased legally? Am I missing anything else?
I know that if we did the swap and put in the smog equipment, it should pass smog and it's unlikely we would run into any other issues since the car is stock and doesn't draw any attention. However, we want to be 100% street legal so we don't run into any issues down the road.