By Patrick Rall
Swapping an engine can be a daunting task for someone with little mechanical experience but for those more experienced shade tree mechanics who have worked their way through jobs like replacing external engine components, swapping from a single over head camshaft (SOHC) engine to a dual over head camshaft (DOHC) engine can pay big dividends when it comes to making more power. This can be a starting point for someone looking to build their Neon up further or it can simply be a good option to squeeze more power out of a previously broken SOHC Neon. However, even with a fair amount of experience, a Neon engine swap can provide some tricky situations that can prove to be a big challenge but our 1st generation Neon section has a Frequently Asked Question post detailing the task of swapping from SOHC to DOHC.
It should be noted that this is not a step by step DIY of how to swap an engine in and out of a Dodge Neon but instead, this week’s Tech Thread Spotlight looks at the differences between the two engines, the advantages of making the change and some of the fine details of the swap that Neon owners might run across when doing the work. The thread also has a couple pages of discussion about the different Neon engines, some applicable engine issues that could arise from the swap and a great many other answers to the tough questions on how to swap a 1g Neon engine.
Click here to head into the DodgeForum.com 1st gen Dodge Neon SOHC to DOHC for more information on the many ins and outs on the pros and cons of making this change – along with a look into the items and information needed to perform the swap on your own.