Hi everyone. I am trying to swap a gte into my 02 manual is. I am wondering if it is better to go with the aristo vvti rather than the other gte vvti? The aristo seems to cost much more why is this?
Thanks for the help and yes the Supra gte is the one I’m referring to and as of right now the Aristo engine is actually coming in at almost twice the price for some reason it’s crazy what they want for them right nowFirst, make sure that you can pass a local inspection with an engine swap. IS300's can't keep OBD-II port functionality for pulling codes after a GTE swap. It is hypothetically possible of course, but I've yet to see it accomplished because the only OBD-II compliant GTE ECU is the 96-98 2JZ-GTE non-vvti USDM ECU's and they don't support the CAN bus gauge cluster, or a myriad of other functions the factory IS300 ECU does.
Not sure what you mean by the 'other GTE VVTi' but there's 2JZ-GTE VVTi engines which were only found in Aristos and 97+ JDM Supras, and the Supra version commands a premium. The Aristo one is more desirable for the IS300 though because the Aristo's front sump oil pan clears the IS300 subframe while the Supra's mid/rear sump pan does not.
A VVTi 'GTE' that is different and cheaper than the Aristo 2JZ-GTE is almost certainly a 1JZ-GTE VVTi engine from a Chaser, Crown, or similar sedan. They're potent in their own right but generally not as potent as the 2JZ-GTE. I would get honest about your power goals, look up various 2JZ-GTE and 1JZ-GTE builds, and make a decision from there.
Generally speaking, 1JZ-GTE's are less supported than the 2JZ and will tend to have more lag for a given HP level.
For any GTE swap into an IS300, expect to spend a lot of money getting the wiring sorted out. You will generally need to keep the stock IS300 ECU as well as integrate your chosen standalone EMS or stock GTE ECU to make everything mostly work. It is not a cheap swap. Expect to spend around $6-7k total (minimum) if you're keeping your W55 5-spd manual trans and keeping the power below 400whp. Once you need a single turbo conversion or a stronger trans, it gets expensive FAST.
Best of luck!
It’s crazy how the motor has increased in price in just a few years. My 2jzgte VVTi was 1700$ to my door 3 years ago. What are they now? 5000$? I think it’s a combination of high demand and covid driving the price. You’d be better off building a spare 2jzge VVTi with quality parts in my opinion.It would be great if someone could find an aristo motor in good condition and send over a link or something. All of the ones in stock right now are upwards of 5k
COVID has absolutely nothing to do with it - it's just a vastly smaller supply and ever-increasing demand. Remember that the last year an Aristo came with a 2JZ-GTE VVTi engine was 2005. Meaning there's not very many still on the road in Japan, and that means less engines available from cars being wrecked/recycled/parted out.It’s crazy how the motor has increased in price in just a few years. My 2jzgte VVTi was 1700$ to my door 3 years ago. What are they now? 5000$? I think it’s a combination of high demand and covid driving the price. You’d be better off building a spare 2jzge VVTi with quality parts in my opinion.