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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-19-2018, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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Is there a Difference between 2005-2008 vs 2009-2013 Engines?

Whats up guys, first time post here but got a quick question, is there any major differences between the 2005-2008 engines compared to the
2009-2013 engines? Currently looking to purchase an engine for my 2006 xterra and looks like the years from 05-08 are different from 09-13 years or atleast their being sold as different emgines but both have the vq40de engine code. Would I be able to just purchase a 2010 xterra engine and get it installed with little to no modification or it wouldnt work at all? Thank you in advance.
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It will work, you will need to use the engine harness from the old engine though. Oil pressure sensor too. Otherwise it is the same


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Iirc @jsexton talks about putting a newer engine into an older X and the things that were different in this thread.

https://www.thenewx.org/forum/30-xte...t-project.html
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Thanks for the link man, read thru it all and believe it or not same thing happened to me 🙄 cats were clogged and what i thought had happened was that there was too much pressure in the cyclinder due to clogged cat which caused it to break the ring and now burns oil heavy but after reading that forum, looks like it sucked in part of the cat and damaged the cylinder walls which makes more sense... anyway i guess i will be just looking for newer engines since it ahould would with little modications and swapping some parts onto the new engine from the old one.
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There is this thread too
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/11-pow...placement.html

I put a 2014 frontier 2wd engine into my 07. Details in the thread @Longboardr linked to above.

I know there are differences between a manual transmission and automatic but I can't remember for certain what the difference was (surely has to do with the flywheel). Probably easiest to buy one that had whatever transmission you have (AT vs. MT).


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thanks for the link, i think i will just with 2010+ motor for the truck since 2010+ motors are slightly cheaper and they have low mileage too.
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I note that you live in California, which differentiates between engine replacement and engine change.

If an engine change, the DMV will require you to use an engine from the same or newer year and if newer the emissions equipment must match the newer engine rather than the year of vehicle manufacture.

While it seems clear that you will be doing an engine replacement rather than an engine change, what is clear to normal people and clear to government employees is not always the same. It will pay to be sure that you understand the regulations that pertain to you before you begin.

Some links:

Engine Replacement
https://itstillruns.com/california-d...s-6833894.html

Engine Change
https://bar.ca.gov/Industry/Engine_C...uidelines.html
https://jagsthatrun.com/pages/dont-w...rnia-smog-laws
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^^^^^^^^^^

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In Georgia, the DMV is pleased your purchasing a tag.
I doubt they would care if you swapped your factory engine for a rubber-band or a jet engine

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Thank you for the heads up. I do not think there should be any problems since its going to be straight drop in with everything matching and its also the same engine code as the newer ones. From my understanding, its only the intake that is redesigned and the oil pressure sending unit is updated which i can easily swap in my old one onto the new engine.
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For anyone that might be reading this, I ended up getting an 2012 frontier engine and had to use my old wiring harness, my old throttle body and my old oil pressure sending unit since the older ones use mechanical one. Other than that, it was a straight drop in!
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