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Common Engine Swap Guide

Donald a new Corolla owner but not new to the Paseo/Tercel scene, asked me to make a swap guide. This is my second guide. I pretty much copied and pasted from the Paseo/Tercel guide added and subtracting some engines. I wanted to make this in a nut shell for all. Engine swapping is a great way to gain power but to not be taken lightly. Do your homework and should be fine.

First you have to know what engine codes mean so you can understand what you’re putting in your engine bay.

Before the dash:
The number indicates the engine’s generation. The letters indicate the engine family For example in 2JZ-GTE engine is the 2nd model of the family and in the JZ family.

After the dash:

G = twin cam (wide angle, 45 degrees or more between the intake and exhaust valves)
F = "economical" twin cam (narrow angle, around 22 degrees)
T = turbocharged
Z = supercharged
E = fuel injectioni = single point fuel injection
R = air injection
S = swirl intake ports (only a few made in mid '80s)
S = direct injection & swirl pot pistons (starting from '97/98)
U = emission package (Japan)
C = emission package (California)
LPG = LPG fuel

Then once you know that you can explore what options you have. I made a list of engines that I have found that have been done.


Corolla Engine Swap Guide

Swap List Include:

4A-GE & 4A-GZE
1ZZ-FE
2ZZ-GE
2ZZ-GE Supercharged
3S-GE & 3S-GE

4A-GE & 4A-GZE


These engines come out of Celicas, MR2s, and Corollas. Pretty much a dirrect bolt.


Engine Cam Valve Displacement HP Torque Compression Model(s)
4A-GE DOHC 4 1587 112@6600 103@5200 9.4:1 AW11 AE82 AE86
4A-GE DOHC 4 1587 120@6800 105@6000 9.4:1 AW11 AE92
4A-GE DOHC 4 1587 140@7200 100@7200 10.3:1 AE92 "Redtop"

4A-GE DOHC 4 1587 160@7400 120@7400 10.5:1 AE101 VVT "Silvertop"
4A-GE DOHC 4 1587 165@7800 123@7800 11:1 AE111 VVT "Blacktop"
4A-GZE DOHC 4 1587 145@6400 137@4400 8.0:1 AW11 AE92
4A-GZE DOHC 4 1587 165@6400 152@4400 8.9:1 AE92
4A-GZE DOHC 4 1587 170@6400 152@4400 8.9:1 AE101

AW11 AE92
4A-GE (16 Valve):


AE101
4A-GE (20 Valve):


AE111
4A-GE (20 Valve):


AW11 AE92 AE101
4A-GZE:


4A-GE/7A-FE Hybrid

This hybrid uses the 4A-GE top with the 7A-FE bottom. It increases the displacement to 1.8. More displacement more power. I don't know much about this swap but more details are coming soon.

1ZZ-FE & 1ZZ-FED


A newer, more reliable engine with a little bit of power for all you earlier gen guys. With TRD making new performance parts, its easy to slap on a supercharger. The ZZ series may come in a Corrolla but not a dirrect bolt for you A series guys.

Engine Cam Valve Displacement HP Torque Compression Model(s)

1ZZ-FE DOHC 4 1794 120@5600 122@4400 10.5:1 ZZW30 ZZT230 ZZE112

1ZZ-FE DOHC 4 1794 130@6000 126@4400 10.5:1 ZZT230 (JDM VVT-i)

1ZZ-FED DOHC 4 1794 140@6400 126@4200 10.5:1 ZZW30 ZZT230 (VVT-i)


ZZW30 ZZT230 ZZE112
1ZZ-FE:


2ZZ-GE

Even a better choice for swap this engine was also used in a Lotus Elise. The name says it alone.


Engine Cam Valve Displacement HP Torque Compression Model(s)

2ZZ-GE DOHC 4 1796 180@7600 130@6800 11.5:1 ZZT231 ZZE120 (VVTL-i)

ZZT231 ZZE120

2ZZ-GE:


2ZZ-GZE Supercharged


If you can get your hands on this little bundle of joy, you’re very lucky. Aswell as the the Corolla Compressor, Lotus also put it in their Exige S. This supercharged 2ZZ is the new flagship performance engine for Toyota.

Engine Cam Valve Displacement HP Torque Compression Model(s)
2ZZ-GZE DOHC 4 1796 215@8200 159@4000 8.6:1 ZZE1## (VVTL-i)


3S-GE & 3S-GTE

The best horsepower engines swaps for Corolla’s also is the hardest and heaviest to install. Lots of time and money will be involved.

Engine Cam Valve Displacement HP Torque Compression Model(s)

3S-GE DOHC 4 1998 150@6000 132@4800 9.2:1 ST162
3S-GE DOHC 4 1998 158@6600 137@4800 9.2:1 ST182 ST183 SW20
3S-GE DOHC 4 1998 200@7000 152@6000 11.5:1 ST200 SW21 (VVT-i)

3S-GTE DOHC 4 1998 182@6000 184@3200 8.5:1 ST165
3S-GTE DOHC 4 1998 200@6000 200@3200 8.1:1 ST185 SW20

3S-GTE DOHC 4 1998 225@6000 225@3200 8.5:1 ST205 SW20

ST162
3S-GE (1st Gen):


SW20 ST182 ST183
3S-GE (2nd Gen):


SW21 ST200
3S-GE (3rd Gen):


SW20 ST165 SW185 SW205
3S-GTE:


As long as I am talking about engine’s I will briefly talk about turboing them. Best way to go about turboing is use an engine that was made to have forced induction; 4A-GZE, 3S-GTE.


I have been doing tons of research on many sites and forums. I have asked Toyota mechanics their opinion's and got thier know how. Please feel free to add or comment or correct info on here. I am not a Corolla owner myself but I love Toyota so I hope this will help. Enjoy.

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No probs man.

Just to clear up a few things.

A series motors = Direct swap (motor mounts should line up, possibility of using the same transmission is very high)

S series motors = Not Direct (custom mounts required, will need to use a a transmission designed for the series of motors)

ZZ series motors = Not Direct (see above)

Direct does not mean you can put the motor and plug everything and away you go, just means the motor is compatible with the car without major modifications. You will still need the wiring harness and sensor for the motor you're installing, and probably a fuel pump upgrade.



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also the 4age was in the 86 and produced 112 hp in north america


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You are missing the first Corolla chassis code to receive the 1zz-fe. The 98-02 Corollas have them: ZZE-110 is the chassis. The first 1zz-fe was Non-vvt-i and made 120/120 in the 98-99 Corollas. The VVT-i 1zz-fe arrived in the 2000 Corolla and made 125/125. THEN came the zze-112 chassis in 2003 with the newest 130hp version of the vvt-i 1zz-fe.

For people still confused about what engine will fit in what car, the GENERAL rule is if everything before the dash is the same, it should be a direct bolt if the drivetrain is the same (FWD, RWD etc.). (Example: 4a-ge from a AE92 Corolla is good to replace a 4a-fe in a AE92 Corolla)

If the engine series letter(s) before the dash are the same but the number is different, then the engine will physically fit in the car but will probably need custom mounts. (Example: 2zz-ge from 7th gen celica to replace 1zz-fe in an 8th gen corolla) Same if you want to use an engine from a different drivetrain. (Example 4a-gze from AW11 MR2 (midengine) will physically fit into a front or rwd corolla but will need custom engine mounts and driveshaft(s).

Hope that helps a little in addition to the great info provided above.


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The answer to your question in already in this thread! That's the point of it. It's not a question-answering thread.

RE: your question, any 4a- motor will fit in the bay and bolt up if it came from a FWD car. The wiring harness is the problem. You have to custom wire half the engine harness to half the car harness or get stand-alone engine management. That being said many have done this. It's even doable to use the MR layout 4a-gze out of a US AW11 MR-2 with a bit more work. People on this site have done it.


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