Our employee Charles bought a 97 Neon Expresso coupe from a local friend of ours.
This car was originally from San Antonio, and built with a 2001/2002 PT Cruiser 2.4 engine with 2.0 Neon cams.
This car is built with stock internals, stock header and exhaust but is using the MPx power steering bracket, its got AC as well. One thing you have to know about using 2.4’s from the PT Cruiser if you are swapping into the 95-99 Neon , will be shown below.
The Dodge Neon 2.0 bolt pattern for the intake and exhaust manifold is different than the PT Cruiser and SRT-4. So because we are using a 2.0 intake manifold on a PT head, the bolt pattern had to be redrilled on the head and manifold. See below.
Mack Wards first gen Neon ACR with SRT-4 swap.
T350 Neon transmission
Rebuilt with 8.5:1 JE pistons
Crane 14 Cams
AGP Zeta 3.0 turbo
AGP twin scroll turbo manifold
plus lots more mods
We’ve followed Mack’s car for a few years and seen it transform from a first gen Neon with SRT-4 swap, then he swapped in a stage 3 Mopar turbo kit, and now this twin scroll manifold and Zeta 3.0 turbo. Its progressively gone from 240 wheel horsepower to 400hp and beyond!
Onto the pictures. We hope you appreciate all the fine work Mack has done!
Here is a walk around and idle video!
We had a customer ask about the size of the bolts that hold the intermediate shaft to the support bracket on the 2003-2005 Dodge SRT-4.
There are two bolts that secure the intermediate shaft to the support bracket.
Intermediate shaft to bracket M8x1.25×20 (2 pieces)
There are two bolts that secure the aluminum bracket to the engine that the intermediate shaft bolts to.
Aluminum bracket to engine M10x1.5×25 (2 pieces)
Hope this could be of use to someone out there.
We wanted to share information on the 95-99 and 00-05 Neon fuel pump assemblies.
They are essentially the same, and can be interchanged, however there is one big issue that makes them not really suitable to be swapped.
The design of the fuel level sensor is designed differently, and what this means, is that if you install a second gen fuel pump in your first gen, the pump will work fine, however the fuel gauge will display backwards. So if you have a full tank, it will show your car is empty. The same thing applies to the second gens, if you install a first gen fuel pump assembly it will show opposite fuel level as well.
We thought we’d share some weights and photos of the OEM pistons vs our new custom made JE 12.5:1compression pistons.
These pistons are designed for use in the 1995-2001 EDZ motor out of the Dodge Stratus, Breeze, Caravan, and PT Cruiser that 1995-1999 Neon guys commonly swap into their cars. This swap is also done in the 2000-2002 Neon, the 03-05 Neon uses a different computer that is not compatible with this engine.
In the photos below, we are showing you the weights of the stock piston vs our custom JE piston.
Stock piston: 9.4:1
Pressed in wrist pin, and Full face/skirt design
JE custom piston: 12.5:1
Floating wrist pin, Asymmetric reduced skirt design
Difference between the stock and aftermarket pistons? The aftermarket JE pistons are about 4% heavier, HOWEVER, they have a reduced piston skirt design that reduces drag, and the JE pistons use a floating wrist pin that reduces drag on the piston and rod when the piston is rotating in the block bore.
To find out more about the pistons we offer for the EDZ 2.4 motor, please visit our 2.4 swap section of engine parts.
e had a customer ask if the TTI header would fit onto the SOHC Magnum head from the 2001-2004 Dodge Neon RT/ACR.
Photos below show there is more than enough room with the TTI header.
Want more info on the TTI headers we offer for the 95-99 Dodge/Plymouth Neon and 00-05 Dodge/Plymouth Neon? Click on the photos below.
There are two scenarios in which you’ll have a AutoMeter gauge thats not accurate or is not set to zero when the car is turned off.
1) You received a brand new Autometer gauge
2) You’ve had a gauge for a while and it is inaccurate, or it shows -5 or +4 when the car is turned off
Now, if you have a brand new gauge, Autometer frequently ships the gauge with a locking pin in the back of the gauge that needs to be removed and the gauge will be good.
Now if you have installed the gauge and it was fine, but then its now inaccurate, you will need to send it to Autometer for calibration. Auto Meter
413 West Elm Street
Sycamore IL 60178
Autometer’s service form is located at:
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We had over 120 people show up to our meet and we had a great show! Onto the pics!
The first gen 1995-1999 Neon DOHC has an intake manifold that is cast as one piece with the thermostat water neck. Early 95 SOHC manifolds have aluminum manifolds as well but most 96-05 Neons with SOHC engines have a plastic manifold.
What this does, is transfers a lot of heat from the coolant that is typically 170-220 degrees into the intake manifold that is normally about 80-130 degrees. This causes the number one runner to absorb lots of heat and warm up the incoming air going into the motor more than we’d desire. One trick you can do, is to cut the water neck off the intake manifold and then weld a plate onto the water neck as you’ll cut into the water passage. You should carefully plan on the cut so that you can reuse the two lower bolts on the bottom and one of the upper bolts. We cut the lower bolt in half so that one bolt will secure the water neck and the intake manifold simultaneously.
For those of you doing your own oil changes in your Dodge Darts and you want to know what type of oil to use, here is some quick information on the type of oils used.
2.0 / 2.4 engines use 5 quarts of 0w/20 oil.
1.4 Turbo engine uses 4 quarts of 5w/40 oil.
We recommend Mobil One synthetic oil.
Around mid 2017 we bought Alex Lopez’s 1998 Plymouth Neon ACR.
Since we bought the car, we have swapped to the AMM manifold, put on a longer throttle cable and went from a 60mm throttle body to a 55 for better driveability, installed a custom second gen power steering system, did some cleaning up under the hood, and installed a hood lift kit. Sorry for the dark pictures, but check out how great its looking!
Progress! We recently bought Alex Lopez’s 1998 Neon with 2.4 Swap. It came with a built motor but no power steering and we wanted power steering. So, we gave it some thought and decided to go ahead and figure out a way to install the automatic belt tensioner system and second gen power steering pump and reservoir. We really like how the second gen power steering system has the reservoir built in, which allows for more room behind the motor, and no power steering lines running back and forth around the cam gears to the reservoir.
Our goal is to later offer the necessary brackets for you to be able to install the second gen pump and reservoir in your first gen.
So, here is our first startup video. You’ll hear a high pitch vacuum leak, this is from the throttle body, please disregard that noise and just check out the sweetness of the power steering on our high compression 2.4 swap.
Next up we are going to be putting in a lightweight and smaller battery to make room for the air intake system.
Cory's 1998 Dodge Neon ACR with 2.4 Swap and 2gn belt tensioner/power steering system from Modernperformance.com on Vimeo.
If you own a 2013-2016 Dodge Dart and all of a sudden cant get your car into reverse, chances are good the reverse lockout cable has broken. Once the cable breaks, you wont be able to lift the lockout on the shifter, and you’ll either need to replace the lockout cable.
We have these in stock ready for immediate shipment, and we have quick delivery options in case you want it ASAP. Click on any of the photos to jump to our product page.
A popular upgrade for 1.4 owners is to use the coil packs from the Alfa Romeo 4c, and we are now keeping them in stock! These are genuine Mopar coil packs not gray market, imported from some third world country. Want more information? Click on the image to jump to our product page.
Ok, this is the real definition of a project car, or work in progress.
Its rough, but frankly we love it.
This is owned by Rob A from Houston, TX. It started life as a platinum coupe and at some point someone painted it a candy blue color.
Its a full SRT-4 swap EXCEPT it has the T350 Neon trans.
Not much interior! Probably a solid 90 lbs of weight savings from all the carpet, spare tire, speakers, seats being gone.
This Neon has a driver side feed and return intercooler, we havent seen intercooler piping on a first gen Neon run like this in a while, but it works!