Originally Posted by galevin
Very nice. Questions:
1. What is the general consensus of the way this car was put together? Sam (rainsux) and Scott (kyl3cyl) I'd really like your opinion on this.
2. I always thought you could not get a RHD Insight into the US due to DOT requirements. How did he get this plated? Anyone else ever seen a RHD Insight registered in the US? Could there be a problem titling this in another state? (IN).
3. Assuming you had a regular RHD insight here in the US, what would it take in time and money to produce this car?
4 Are all Ksight swaps turbopowered?
5. Anyone remember what other Ksights have sold for in the past? I thought those cars were $15-20k min?
6. Why is that hood tweeked? Engine too tall at the firewall area?
This car is starting to turn my crank. Very interested but need some some answers.
Hi Galevin, let me answer some of your concerns
You cant really analyze how well this car was put together unless someone who knows about the k20 insight swaps thoroughly looks over it in person and ask questions to the owner. It does look like the shock towers were modified a bit to fit a suspension on the insight by looking over the pictures. Personally I dont like that part.
All K-swaps arent turbocharged. You have to remember there are many variances of the K-series motors. This one is the K24A1 which came out of a accord, element, and crv US model which boasts roughly 160hp and 160lbft of torque. This is a good motor because static compression on this particular motor is low roughly 9.5:1 which makes it a good choice to turbocharge the motor. also this motor is relatively affordable because it is not in high demand due to horsepower output.
The price for a K-swap generally run how well mechanically inclined you are. Assuming just parts alone and no labor, you are looking between $6-8K maybe depending if you can get a good deal on the motor and which motor you decide to use. if you have a reputable shop to do it, youre looking at double that roughly.
The hood isnt tweaked. just like you stated, it is propped higher to clear either the engine or sidewinder turbo manifold it has mounted. it also looks like the original hood latch had to be removed because of clearance issues of the intake manifold, thats why the car is using custom hood latches.
but ofcourse swaps comes with its own complications. there might be a huge amount of learning curve if someone inexperienced decides to buy a car of this caliber.
i personally dont buy heavily modified cars such as this one that has been converted to RHD as well, due to the fact that when a problem occurs whether its tuning related, electrical bugs, or just anything in general, it can become a nightmare to deal with issues due to the fact that the buyer wasnt personally there when the swap process was taking place so you wont know what exactly has been done, where the harness was routed, how the pins were rearranged etc. so fixing a potential problem in the future can become time comsuming, drain morale, drain your wallet, and also become a nightmare for other shops.
i suggest you do a lot of research before so youll know what youre getting yourself into
this is all from personal experience.