Small Mazda FWD V6s

Which drivetrain to choose, so many choices, 4-cyl? 6-cyl? NA? Turbo?
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Small Mazda FWD V6s

Post by Midlana1 » 09 Jan 2016, 11:07

I completely forgot about Mazda's two small displacement V6 drivetrains, a 1.8 L and a 2.5 L. Fantastic things can be done with them.

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Re: Small Mazda FWD V6s

Post by rossnzwpi » 10 Feb 2016, 22:24

Yes the Mazda KLZE or KLDE (export or JDM) is light, tiny and powerful. There are a lot of conversion stories out there with bike throttle bodies. A standard 2.5 JDM is 200HP anyway. The 1.8 is the same size as the 2.5 and 2.0. Here's a link to one (1.8, throttle bodies)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYLKzQzhneE

There is a thriving engine swap for these into Mazda MX5 Miatas - though in a transverse position in the Midlana you would avoid having to adapt a gearbox.
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Re: Small Mazda FWD V6s

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Re: Small Mazda FWD V6s

Post by JeffD » 24 Jul 2019, 17:13

So, I keep seeing mention of the baby Mazda v6's in these forums, and hadn't really thought about it hard... Until something occurred to me...

My paddock basher (we live on 5 acres just outside of Brisbane) is a 1996 Mazda 323 Astina... with a 2.0 Litre KF-DE V6 in it..

It will need a rebuild, but I would be doing that with any donor engine I bought. So I think I just decided on a donor!

140HP (**Edit - I've found out the Aus delivered one is the ZE, not the DE - 160HP) from the factory, forged crank and rods, 4 bolt mains, compact and light! It should fit the bill quite nicely.

I also have a late 80's/early 90's Barina that I'm going to scavenge parts out of - hoping the steering rack will be close to the right length.
And just remembered, the seats in the Mazda are quiet compact, nicely shaped, and pretty good to sit in - win!

That just dropped the better part of $1000 out of my build..

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