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just looking for what seems to work best. I've pulled and put back in my kswap in my past EK a handful of time by hoisting it in and out from the top, but i always scratched up the bay...

Now I have an eg and I'm sending it to get the bay refreshed before i throw the swap in, its a 92 cx non ps rack of course , wondering what would be the easiest and most harmless way to drop the motor in w/ the fresh paint in there

Also using the new hybrid mounts if that has anything to do with it...


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Bottom would be the best, especially if you have a lift. Put the motor on a movers dolly and one guy can watch and move the motor, while another guy can lower the lift.
 

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well i have a 3 ton engine hoist that I'm sure will lift the chassis up high enough and the motor is currently actually sitting on a movers dolly in the garage for easy moving, haha. I had always figured it would be some what of a pain to get the mounts in when coming up from the bottom, especially with the hybrid mounts where they state to bolt up the rear mount first. With my ekk2s in my old ek I would always get the trans mount in, then pass side then rear. I never had instructions but that always worked for me...

keep the feedback coming, thanks!
 

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Nick, the bottom is definitely easier, ive done both. I slide the motor under on a dolly as said, I put the rear engine mount in and I use a 4" ratchet/binding strap around the rad support and hook that to my engine lift to raise the front of the car over the motor. I also raise the rear of the car on 4 stands and wood, makes it a lil easier. good luck with it and get pics up ASAP!

-CoL:up:
 

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thanks mann, i wasnt sure if it would be easier/harder for the different chassis. I guess I will be attempting putting the motor in thru the bottom this time, I hope its the answer to my wiggling/finagling/paint scratching ordeal every time I pulled the motor in my EK haha... sounds like it will! Thanks, and I'll check back for pics...


so just center the motor below, drop the chassis down onto it, hoist straight up (for the most part).... so no crazy wiggling/angle-ing etc... ?
 

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.....so just center the motor below, drop the chassis down onto it, hoist straight up (for the most part).... so no crazy wiggling/angle-ing etc... ?
Center the motor on a dolly, pallate, crate, anything that can fit it an allow some flexibility and begin to lower the car on it and move as necessary.
 

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sounds a hell of a lot easier than my thru the top past experiences, thanks for the insight guys
 

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Putting it in through the top is harder because you have to angle the engine and it will definitely take more than 1 person in the engine bay to get it right if you plan on keeping the engine bay Spotless.. If you dont care about the engine bay, then going through the top isnt bad...

Overall, the bottom is better... Always... Especially if you want the side walls in the engine bay to remain clean.
 

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Do it from the bottom. Ive done both by myself and the bottom is definitely easiest.

This is how I do it.

Motor/trans is on a furniture mover. Jack the car as high as I can and put on jack stands. I roll the motor through the one wheel well. Lower the car a little. Use engine hoist to lift engine up and wiggle it into place.

Yes easier with two people, but i've done it many many times by myself. I would def have a second person since your bay is so nice.
 

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ive always removed/installed swaps from the bottom using my lift at work. what i do is hoist the swap up with the engine hoist and lay it across the legs of the engine hoist. get it centered up on there so it wont move to much then remove the chain and upper arm. i then lift the car up high enough to roll the swap underneath it and center it up in the bay. i have someone lower the car down slowly til the swap is in between the frame rails. then i put the upper arm back on the engine hoist. attach the swap to the chain on the upper arm and slowly pull the swap up to get the mounts lined up. bolt everything down. release the engine hoist and pull it out of the way. this method will not work unless you have a lift.

also when i repainted my engine bay, i used painters tape to tape off the frame rails, around the mounts, and shock towers to protect the paint.
 

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Do it from the bottom. Ive done both by myself and the bottom is definitely easiest.

This is how I do it.

Motor/trans is on a furniture mover. Jack the car as high as I can and put on jack stands. I roll the motor through the one wheel well. Lower the car a little. Use engine hoist to lift engine up and wiggle it into place.

Yes easier with two people, but i've done it many many times by myself. I would def have a second person since your bay is so nice.
this is the way that has been most effective for me :up:
 

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From the bottom... a neat trick i learned wit the back mount is to only bolt the upper bolt on the tranny. that way it can swivel up and dodge the Steering rack. Its also useful when droppin the motor out... the back mount just swivels up and gets out of the way of the subframe/steering rack.
 

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well i have a 3 ton engine hoist that I'm sure will lift the chassis up high enough and the motor is currently actually sitting on a movers dolly in the garage for easy moving, haha. I had always figured it would be some what of a pain to get the mounts in when coming up from the bottom, especially with the hybrid mounts where they state to bolt up the rear mount first. With my ekk2s in my old ek I would always get the trans mount in, then pass side then rear. I never had instructions but that always worked for me...

keep the feedback coming, thanks!
Thas the way I did it, from the bottom. I went to Walmart and bought those ratcheting tiedowns. I secured them to the lower rad support bracket all the way across to distribute the front end weight evenly. The other ends I attached to the hoist. I raised the car high enough to clear my motor. My motor was on a dolly and I wheeled it right in. My dad watched the clearences as I "manned" the release valve and lowered the hoist. Very simple.

Just note: This is what I did, I used Hasport mounts in my EG-K.

1) I took my wheels off so I could get the car lower so I could have some up and down wiggle room.

2) I attached the driver, passenger and rear mount to the chassis brackets first.

3) I also attached the tranny bracket on top of the tranny.

4) As I lowered the car, I lined the bolt holes up on the pass. side and driverside and bolted them in. The the top rear bracket mounting hole install that bolt loosely.

5) Install tires, lower but support vehicle with jack stands.

6) The last rear lower bracket mounting bolt you'll have to use a hydraulic jack and lift the "rear" ---> lift where the tranny and motor bolt together so it will pivot to install that bolt. Be sure you use a piece of wood between the jack cradle and the motor so no damage occurs.

7) Tighten the rear engine mount bolts and double check the other bolts, lift car, remove jack stands, lower car on wheels.

I did not install my axles yet as it is easier to move the car around without them in, axles will be one of my last installs. I hope this helps. There are many ways to install the motor but this is the way I did it. GL :up:

-Nick-
 

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bump for any new insight/tips/tricks for installing the motor fromt he bottom with an engine hoist used to lift the front of the car up....

as I will be doing this come thursday
 

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lift car, slide motor under, pull up with hoist.
 
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