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Hi! New to the forum and to the CRV. I just bought a 1998 LX manual trans awd with a blown engine. When I searched for engines it looked like the 97-2001s all took interchangeable engines - I am now sweating bullets that this may be wrong, can someone let me know if I made a mistake?

The description of what I ordered and just received is:

"99-01 HONDA CRV 2.0L DOHC HIGH COMP HIGH INTAKE ENGINE JDM B20B REPLACE B20Z2"

I ordered from jdmenginedepotinc in NJ.

Does anyone know how badly I shot myself in the foot by doing this? Will this work at all? Do I need to change other parts as well like the computer? Should I sell this engine and get a 98 low-comp engine instead?

Thanks in advance!
 

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It will definitely be easier if the engine you purchase is the same as the one in your CR-V, since that would allow you to just swap in the new engine and all the connections would be the same.

I'm sure you'll find that the ECU (aka computer) is different, and you'll need one from a 1999-2001 CR-V that is also a manual transmission.
And from a quick look at pictures of the engine bay from a 2001 vs. 1998 CR-V you'll notice some obvious differences.
The intake manifold is the biggest difference, but there also appear to be some differences in hoses that connect to the engine.
And the throttle cable appears to be a lot longer in a 2001 than a 1998.

1998
http://images.gtcarlot.com/pictures/72455807.jpg

2001
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/frwCTKHV6AA/maxresdefault.jpg


Are you working with a mechanic that specializes in Hondas, or are you planning to do the work yourself?
 

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Argh!!! Well, I have located at least a few junkers in local salvage yards that should have the gen 1.5 parts - Chicago seems to be a particularly good place for CR-V grave-robbing.

I am going to be understudy to an experienced mechanic, but I don't think he's a Honda specialist.

The engine came with the intake manifold attached as well as other 'accessories' - I haven't seen it yet but the pictures and description on the seller website certainly indicate that: 20171222111403a_600.jpg 20171222111403a_600.jpg

As far as the ECU is concerned: since I need to go find one anyway, is there an aftermarket "performance" option that would be worth spending a few bucks on? Or just stick with stock?

I really appreciate your having taken the time to respond and would be very grateful for any additional guidance on this. Particularly if anyone has a list of parts that differ so I can minimize my trips to the graveyard. Or if you know of a good way to generate a list of parts that differ.
 

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From those pictures, the intake appears to be a 1997 or 1998, not a 1999-2001.
Your picture is of the 'back' of the engine that would face the firewall and passenger compartment.

Compare your picture to this one I posted:

http://images.gtcarlot.com/pictures/72455807.jpg

The silver colored thing in your picture appears to be the back side of the 1997-1998 intake.


Edit: the first of the additional pictures you just posted shows a 1997-1998 engine:

https://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/attachments/1999-2001-official-specs-features-etc-gen-1-5/126035d1540052221-1999-b20-high-compression-engine-1998-lx-manual-awd-20171222111336a_600.jpg

Compare it to to the 1998 engine picture I posted.
 

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That's what I thought when I saw the pics, but I am inexperienced with these engines and figured I was not seeing things right. But the description is definitely the 99-01 high-comp motor. I suspect the engine importer did not bother to take pics of the newer variant. I will find out on Tuesday when I tow the V and get to see what they actually shipped. I will post actual pics as soon as possible.
 

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I dug through their website and sure enough, they have a separate listing for the 96 - 98, and they use the exact same pics:

96 98 HONDA CRV 2.0L DOHC LOW COMPRESSION HIGH INTAKE ENGINE JDM B20B B20B4 $279.00

I'm pretty sure they were just lazy with the pics and the engine will match the description: the high-comp 99+ gen 1.5 version. I will know for sure shortly.
 

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Actual engine

Upon inspection I am almost 100% certain that what they shipped me does not match the description and is in fact a 1998 low-compression Gen 1.0 engine:
IMG_20181023_160957_045.jpg IMG_20181023_160928_270.jpg

Could you please confirm if you get a second?

I don't know if I feel more disappointed or relieved... easier install, but part of me would have preferred to have the engine I ordered.
 

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The stamping on the block in your second picture says it's the earlier engine.

B20B were the 1997-1998 engines.
B20Z were the 1999-2001 engines.

Simpler install for you, but which did they charge you for?
 

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They charged me for the hi-comp 1999-2001 B20Z. Not thrilled about that - I am going to have to dispute the charge.
 

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JDMEngineDepot is insisting that what they sent me is the high-compression engine even though it is clearly stamped 98 on the engine block and has the high intake with the Gen1.0 look. They say I am looking in the wrong spot and should see the year/month stamped on the head. I dont see anything on the cover - any thoughts on the wisdom of pulling the cover off in search of a stamp?

Does anyone know if in fact the computers are different with Gen 1.5? If so, will bad things happen if they are lying to me and I use a 1.5 computer with a 1.0 engine or vice-versa?
 

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Knock sensor?

Thanks everyone for being so patient! I am still trying to positively identify what they shipped me - does this look like a knock sensor? Or is this something else?
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