My K24A2 was less than $800, Installed needed zero fab work, Ktuner software was $500, Tuning was $250Excuse me for being so harsh, but this whole discussion seems a bit ridiculous.
There is NO non-K24, engine transplant you can do for $800, unless you are getting the engine for free and all the labor involved is free. The late night pizza for the free labor alone is going to cost you more than $800!
And even a $2,000 budget for a non-K24 engine, which is going to require some sophisticated engineering to match to the Element transmission, is going to be a stretch, dare I say impossible (with that budget).
If one were to go with a non-K24 engine/transmission combo, just fitting it to the body is going to cost you more than $2,000. Even with a much higher budget, with all that cutting and fabrication, unless you're doing superior workmanship, you're going to end up with rat trap which look more like a Road Kill junkyard project than a functional car.
This sounds more like a bunch of young guys, sittin' around, having one too many beers, fantasizing about some cool Element engine upgrade.
Because unless you have a much, much larger budget, a well equipped shop and some really talented craftsmen, that's all this is, just fantasizing.
You’ve made my point. Unless you are using a K24, there is NO way you can put a non-A24 engine in an Element with a budget of less than $2,000--more likely three or four times that.My K24A2 was less than $800, Installed needed zero fab work, Ktuner software was $500, Tuning was $250