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K24. FIT and all that JAZZ.

matty

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My youngest Lad is All small Jap cars and his old 2003 Toyota yaris 5 door hatchback is no slouch and with his mods its a handler too.
But Jake his mate has gone OTT in his mental build and tonight i actually got to drive his creation.
I Have heard about this car for 6 months or more A Black 2006 Honda JAZZ( a FIT to you USAers) . Jake and his father have fitted a K24 Honda engine into the Jazz.
Not sure of all the details or specs exactly but tonight in conversation with him in the yard he seemed quite proud to offer me the keys.
and unsure what was in store for me i ventured out in this little car.
I expected a lot less i was expecting it to be a real handful but it surprised me how good a swap such a a relatively powerful large torquey engine was in such a small car.
I gave it the beans and that honda engine screamed for a 2.4 litre engine and it cornered like a much bigger car very competent at speed i felt.
Its built to be a daily driver but Track day and club level sprint car and all i can say is it FITs the bill Beautifully (Excuse the pun).
Found a video that sort of outlines a car similar to jakes Jazz but the video poster seems to view the Jazz chassis less than i would rate jakes car myself.
Anyway here is a car more or less the same as i am describing here. And i will admit i am an old bloke but i kind of want one. Sort of now and quite badly.:lol2 .. Awesome YOMV.

 

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Hot hatches are pretty cool! Keep your eye out for the new Toyota GR that is coming soon also. Honda Civic Type R, Ford ST's, etc. are all cool.
I like the sub $30K price on alot of them, my only complaint is they all require premium fuel (as far as i know).

If your looking for not as new, a friend and i like to watch the auctions on Bring A Trailer site also - the prices are kind of crazy -
1995 Civic sold for $27K, 2000 Civic SI sold for $36K, 2003 Civic sold for $25K.
 

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Jakes engine is from a 2007 Accord just under 200BHP stock. In the small JAZZ/ FIT. it actually is enough power in the small car for road/ occasional trackday use, and its reliable. springs and dampers and with the good chassis its a good handling project car.
 

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That’s awesome! Hondas and Subarus are like LEGOs. You can make all kinds of neat combinations.

We just got my kid a Fiesta ST. He’s hoping to come out to a track day with me this year.
 

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No first hand experience myself but Jake told my son the K24 swap was not that complex his father i know off from years ago he used to swap fords about back in the day and remember he put together a 2 litre pinto powered capri mk1 that had twin dellorto side drafts fitted and a lumpy cam remember it was hot for its time late 70s. So the honda swap for his lad i imagine was him reliving his youth a little. Jazz would be a bit quicker than the old capri though. :lol2
 

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I had a 2007 Fit and a 2006 Civic Si with a K20Z3 (2.0L/200hp) and always thought that'd be a good swap. The 6MT was very good, especially with an LSD.

There are some 1st gen Insights with K-series engines stuffed in them. High fuel economy and high output. Kind of like what the CR-Z looked like it'd be, but never was.
 

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My only involvement with honda integras was a forst gen i think it was 1991 ish was white and 1500/ 1600cc. it was a high miler owned by a waterfowling mate who moved to aus in early 2000s. was around 1996ish the head gasket had blown down to a stat failing shut. No manual and torque figures the parts lad at the Honda dealer gave me when i bought the gasket. One lasting memory of that repair all those years ago was just how simple to work on and straightforward that car was.
Only honda car i ever owned myself was a 1975 civic 1200cc hondamatic i got in the early 2000s for peanuts it was genuine 24K miles perfect mechanicaly but had rotten front wings. I spent several weeks of nights after work welding and brazing the crisp wings up and i painted the wings, MOTd the car and sold it in the spring the following year for £500. good for then it would probably fetch 5 times that today.
 

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Yeah, the Japanese seem to put a little more thought into the fact that people are going to have to work on the cars at some point.
 

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Yeah, the Japanese seem to put a little more thought into the fact that people are going to have to work on the cars at some point.
True the japs are user friendly to repair generally. I tend to run nissan trucks but have had some toyotas and worked on a lot over the years. the old 2l &2LT 9Turbo) 2.2/ 2.4 diesels were tough yet not super powerful But long term they could serve their owners well. I like by example take the alternators on these mostly when they stopped charging it was the brushes warn down it is a bit of ac faff reaching down and swapping them out for new but it becomes very easy after a few times and with new brushes they are off again charging great for another 150/ 180K miles. Fantastic simple and dependable and prissily why they have such a following.
 

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