Some artist in order to get in the zone, they choose a privet suite in the Rivera Maya or a cabin deep in the French alps. some people listen to Ricky martin, hard core rap or classical music.
in order for me to DECIPHER the secrets of the 24X LS1 ECU. and some how make it smaller I need to get in the zone.
I am a simple man, a CUBANO cigar and a high octane drink its all I need. it will relax me and will make my neurons fire happily ho...also some Metallica cover songs by Apocalyptica in the back ground.
If the dilemma its complicated, I will pull the TEQUILA some grass, and I will play TOOL. that will take care of things.
Well after couple hangover's I was able to figure out the LS1 brain transplant to the 1UZFE.
Once it was done I decided to take a brake from the UZ project to figure out if is possible to download a LS1 engine in to the tiny MR2 engine bay.
to do that I had to down shift. open a bottle, light a cigar, and play Tool.
if I combine this four elements all rules get broken.
For years the Fiero guys had an advantage over the MR2, thanks to the large engine bay. large enough to fit V8 engines whit some modifications and the courage to cut, notch the frame etc.
which I think must of the MR2 owner are afraid to do so, may be its the uni body construction style that steer away guy's from doing it, its really easy to gain one inch on the right side and another inch on the left side whit subtle notches. and it wont effect the integrity of the car at all.
if I remember correctly its possible to gain four inches all together if you'll go deeper in to the rails, doing so it required to reinforce the back end. a well design tubular engine bay "cage" will take care of any integrity lost and you'll will have a 40" engine bay. 40" is a good length to fit a transverse V8.
North/South configuration its a different animal at all, their is no other way but cutting in to the cabin or stretching the wheel base.
Their is some Warriors out there that they have a FIESTA cutting the MR2 in pursuit of V8 power.
Whit some well though out moves I'll should be able to put an end to that advantage,
and gauge war to those V8 Fieros.
The GenIV V8 that makes more sense for a transverse layout is the LS4. its design for such layout from the factory. its a really compact package but the water pump will intrude in to the cabin, also the Displacement on demand turns me off. am not sure how well this engine will response to a GM LS1 stand alone.
ether way the LS4 need to go to the operation room for surgery to fit in the MR2
The LS4/F40 combo is about 38"/39" long. its possible if the rails get cut. again its not a big deal to notch the rails. but the engine will need water pump modification to fit as well the flywheel, not a terrible set back. but takes time and money.
For those that dream of V8 power. everything on live is a choice. and the time to chose will arrive if you're contemplation a V8 swap
there is only two roads to archive V8 power
1st cut the rails
2nd modified the ancillaries like I did on the 1UZFE. and the tranny
keep in mine that if you'll decided to keep all the accessories intact, it will force you to go deeper in to the MR2 rails
I think the LS2/LS6 are the shortest engines available. ( I need to do more research in to that)
Or you can reconfigure the accessories layout, and the tranny, doing that you'll may not need to cut in to the MR2 rails.
its up to you to chose the path.
if you are one those lunatics that crave V8 power. (like my self) to succeed you need to make a budget and a time frame to completed to project.
once you have that. the must important thing to do is to double or triple the budget/time frame you set at the beginning.
I am a big fan of the LS1 Corvette/Camaro engine, there for it will be the engine I will chose in the attempt to swap in the MR2
Its a compact engine not as compact as the Audi/North star but it will be ALLOT easy to get a ECU Stand alone and they make grate power
So fastened your seat belt, grab in to something Cu's we going in a wild ride.