I did it last weekend, really not too hard. It was my first time doing it, though I have a pretty good understanding of these things, plus I had some good help and a manual which really helps remind you of things. I'd call total time around 14 hours, but that's taking my time and being very patient. You also don't necessarily need an engine hoist, if you've got a come-along and some chains, it's not hard to do from the roof of your garage or even from a solid tree branch. I did it from the roof of my garage, no problem, just make sure you get it VERY well mounted if you do it this way.
The other important factor is if you have a good set of tools and place to do it. You'd really want a garage, and the main tools are just sockets and some box wrenches where sockets don't fit, though if you have things like a flywheel holder it helps. What kind of facilities do you have access to?
Note: I'm going to school out in Rochester, and if you're still in need of help in a couple weeks I might be able to make a trip over your way.
haha none... a backyard. I'm just a college student who switched from an integra to a 2.5rs within the last 5 months, this is all new to me. I dont know much about my rs yet or about swapping. All I know is that I need a car because school starts monday and I dont live on campus
It's not that hard at all. I did mine on the street in front of my house. The DIY is pretty straight forward. The hardest part is mating then engine back to the tranny when you're re-installing it. Just lube up everything and wiggle it around some. It should just slide on.
It isn't really a swap just a replacement. You shouldn't have a hard time with it if you have any mechanical abilities.
I think it took me about 3 hours to get mine ready to pull, and I took off the whole front end, so if you are just pulling the engine, maybe 2 then say a little bit longer to get it back in. Easily done in a day.
I know that you said you were a college student and on a budget, but here's a thread that probably has a place close to you to do swaps. Defly swap if you can because now is the time since your motor went. That's when I'm going to do it. http://www.rs25.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63515
Oh okay, thanks! Also, I'm finding a lot of 00 2.5RS motors and I have a 99. I'm reading that there might be issues when trying to install a 00' motor into a 99'. What are the main issues and how can I get around them?
The difference between 1999 and 2000 is that in 1999 there was a MAF, that little box a few inches square attached to the intake with all the wires going to it. In 2000 they switched to a system that reads the air at the throttle body. So if you get an '00 or '01 engine you need to keep your intake manifold and intake piping so that the engine will run.