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I wanna know if anybody has engine swapped their forte for a better engine for speed. Or what engine swap would work for the 3rd gens
Nothing. Buy a GT if you don’t have one, or mod your GT. The 1.6T is a great engine and there isn’t any reason to engine swap these cars
 
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This subject keeps coming up. In ALL modern cars, the engines, transmissions, and bodies (lights, doors, chimes, and windows) are CONTROLLED by computer modules - and they "talk" to each other; swapping any engine OTHER than the one currently in the car would require software manipulation to make it work! It is simply not feasible for the average person to do. Obviously, you can shoe-horn anything into the engine compartment - but making it work is another matter...

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LS or Tesla swap
The Tesla swap would be a horrifically time consuming and expensive venture... just to end up with a Tesla that looks like a forte... how could you even tell anyone what you did without feeling a tad dumb... now an ls swap would be cool but at that point we could talk about throwing the forte body on a jeep chassis... the stoner ideas are endless...
For whatever time or money spent on doing these kind of swaps the stock 1.6 could be built up to absolutely scare the hell out of you.... if you are worried about blowing it up then there is no way you would successfully take on the task of a crazy engine swap.
 

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LS or Tesla swap
The Tesla swap would be a horrifically time consuming and expensive venture... just to end up with a Tesla that looks like a forte... how could you even tell anyone what you did without feeling a tad dumb... now an ls swap would be cool but at that point we could talk about throwing the forte body on a jeep chassis... the stoner ideas are endless...
For whatever time or money spent on doing these kind of swaps the stock 1.6 could be built up to absolutely scare the hell out of you.... if you are worried about blowing it up then there is no way you would successfully take on the task of a crazy engine swap.
The amount of cash (AKA credit card debt) you'd need to install a V8/tranny combo or the Tesla/battery swap...you could probably buy 3 or 4 NEW Forte GTs...LOL!

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this turbo would actually fit on the 2021 2.0L N/A?
A fabricated exhaust manifold would have to be test fitted along with this turbo. This is a small frame turbo, bigger than the 1.6 K03 turbo. If your fabricator is good, he can make it fit. The VW golf R/GTI have a similar engine configuration, that would give you an idea and they stuff medium to large frame Garrett turbos in those, so it's all dependent on your fabricators skill level.
 

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A fabricated exhaust manifold would have to be test fitted along with this turbo. This is a small frame turbo, bigger than the 1.6 K03 turbo. If your fabricator is good, he can make it fit. The VW golf R/GTI have a similar engine configuration, that would give you an idea and they stuff medium to large frame Garrett turbos in those, so it's all dependent on your fabricators skill level.
how much do you think it would cost to complete
 

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how much do you think it would cost to complete
Considering turbo kits for 2010-2013 Fortes run between $4K and $6K...I'd say expect to end up over $6K.

Again...don't forget it isn't simply a matter of bolting a turbo on the side of the engine. You'll need the plumbing that goes with the turbo - hot pipe, cold pipe, intercooler, BOV, wastegate, intake and exhaust.

...and finally you'll still need to program the ECM to work with the turbo set up.

It would simply be cheaper AND SMARTER to trade in for a GT. Why? Because it will work without the trouble of modding an engine yourself AND you'll have a 10 year 100K powertrain warranty!!!
 

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Another area to consider - your transmission:

(From a website of the pros and cons of a CVT transmission)

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Basically, you could make it work, but it would be expensive and you’ll likely blow your trans. Your best bet is getting a GT.
 
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