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12.5:1 2.4 JE custom pistons VS OEM pistons for Dodge/Plymouth Neon 2.4 engine swaps

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.

AutoMeter gauges not being set at O when turned off/Or needing Calibration

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
Attn Service
413 West Elm Street
Sycamore IL 60178

Autometer’s service form is located at:

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First gen Neon NA trick – seperating the lower water neck from the intake manifold

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.


Alex’s old 98 Neon ACR with 2.4 swap is coming along great!

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!

Second gen power steering and AC system with automatic belt tensioner system installed on 1998 Dodge Neon ACR with 2.4 swap.

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 on Vimeo.

13-16 Dodge Dart owners with broken reverse lockout cables – we have replacements available with quick shipping!

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.

Rob’s 1998 Dodge Neon Coupe with SRT-4 engine swap.

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!

Rony from Belize sent in a photo of his Neon SRT-4 to us.

Rony from Belize, a country in Central America next to Mexico and close to Cuba, sent in photos of his white SRT-4 to us.
How amazing is it, that Neon SRT-4’s get exported all over the world.

Rony told us this SRT4 was exported from the USA in 2007, and he bought it in 2009. It was originally a US market car.

Check out this SRT-4 in tropical paradise!

Vince got some floor mats from Canada for his 95 Neon ACR coupe.

Its difficult to find good condition floor mats for 95-99 Neons in 2017.

Let alone, 1995-1996 Neon floor mats as they are more rare.

Anyways, Vince needed floor mats for his 95 Neon with light colored interior, and he found a set in Canada! So, shipping cost like twice what the floor mats cost, but he got a cherry set of floor mats for the 95!

Check out the mats!

Hurricane Harvey 8/27/2017. MP was closed 8/28/17 and 8/29/17 due to lots of flooding.

Hurricane Harvey hit the southern coast of Texas on 8/26/2017-8/29/2017.

We had record amounts of water inundate lots of the coastline, and Houston, TX where we are located had record amounts of flooding.

Over 30,000 homes flooded.

Almost every major highway around Houston flooded. Many surface roads flooded, and people were trapped in their neighborhoods. Thousands of people had to be rescued by boats as the rising waters in their houses made it unsafe.

Luckily, MP was not affected other than some slight water that got into our warehouse.  Two of our employees houses flooded, and instead of our usual 15-20 minute drive to work, because we had to take back roads, our drive times to MP would take 35-45 minutes.

A lot of other Houstonians were not as fortunate as us, last we heard about 15 people died, and even a few days later many Houstonians are without food, and their homes, cars, businesses’s are destroyed.