2.3 to 5.0 SWAP

Prabh114

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I have a 88 Foxbody LX. I found a 94 gt parts car with manual trans and engine. Would it be the same swap considering it’s the same motor. I’m pretty new here so I don’t know much. I would be getting it done from a shop but I’m grabbing all the parts myself. Also, what else would I need after grabbing:
Engine
Trans
ECU
Crossmember
Transmission
Driveshaft
Wiring harness
MAP Sensor
Read end
Springs
Fuel lines
Cables
 
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90sickfox

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Rear end
Front spindles
Brake calipers
Brake rotors
E brake cables
E brake bracket in trans tunnel
Master cylinder
5 lug wheels

Might as well do it all

88 to 89 dash cluster ( higher mph and correct tachometer )

I wouldn't try to use the 94 harness in the 88. All you need is an 88 or 89 v8 engine harness and your choice of 5spd computers ( a9l is most popular ). Have the computer sent off and redone. Even the 94 is way overdue. You'll also need a v8 5 speed o2 sensor harness.

The 88 or 89 harness will plug directly into the dash harness of your 88. Saves a bunch of money not to pull the dash.

My car is a swapped car...also an 88.

The brake parts and rear end are highly sought after from that 94. If you want to stay 4 lug, and keep the sucky factory 4 banger brakes, you could probably sell that stuff for enough money to purchase the harnesses and computer. Might even have some gas money left over.
 
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Prabh114

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Rear end
Front spindles
Brake calipers
Brake rotors
E brake cables
E brake bracket in trans tunnel
Master cylinder
5 lug wheels

Might as well do it all

88 to 89 dash cluster ( higher mph and correct tachometer )

I wouldn't try to use the 94 harness in the 88. All you need is an 88 or 89 v8 engine harness and your choice of 5spd computers ( a9l is most popular ). Have the computer sent off and redone. Even the 94 is way overdue. You'll also need a v8 5 speed o2 sensor harness.

The 88 or 89 harness will plug directly into the dash harness of your 88. Saves a bunch of money not to pull the dash.

My car is a swapped car...also an 88.

The brake parts and rear end are highly sought after from that 94. If you want to stay 4 lug, and keep the sucky factory 4 banger brakes, you could probably sell that stuff for enough money to purchase the harnesses and computer. Might even have some gas money left over.
I will for sure try to get all those things, keep you updated for sure with any questions I have. It’s my first build and I’m still under a budget as I’m a student appreciate the help! Life saver
 
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90sickfox

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Just FYI if both cars are going to the shop the whole k member, engine, brakes, and struts can be dropped from under the car and the 88 body can be lowered down on top. The k member in the 94 will go in the 88. The only issues are the width from wheel to wheel is wider and the front wheels are moved about 3/4 inch forward. There is a modification that has to be made with a bracket to push the corner of the fender in front of the wheels out about an inch or so.

The stock 4 cylinder k member can also be used but is more work with having to unbolt all the stuff and swap it over.

When I say wider remember that a wider track width is better for stability...the front wheels moving forward helps with caster and vehicle control.
 

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SN95 dashes can be made to fit and look pretty cool but not plug and play. . The front seats bolt right in. Back seats need some massaging. As mentioned above, pretty much swap over the entire drivetrain, suspension, brakes..
 

Prabh114

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Just FYI if both cars are going to the shop the whole k member, engine, brakes, and struts can be dropped from under the car and the 88 body can be lowered down on top. The k member in the 94 will go in the 88. The only issues are the width from wheel to wheel is wider and the front wheels are moved about 3/4 inch forward. There is a modification that has to be made with a bracket to push the corner of the fender in front of the wheels out about an inch or so.

The stock 4 cylinder k member can also be used but is more work with having to unbolt all the stuff and swap it over.

When I say wider remember that a wider track width is better for stability...the front wheels moving forward helps with caster and vehicle control.
Sounds good I will take note of that when I take it to the shop. Appreciate the help
 

Prabh114

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SN95 dashes can be made to fit and look pretty cool but not plug and play. . The front seats bolt right in. Back seats need some massaging. As mentioned above, pretty much swap over the entire drivetrain, suspension, brakes..
Yes, that wouldn’t be a problem I’m only doing drivetrain the rest I already have fitted