I just bought my 2nd VX. The first one was a long time ago, and I didn't really care for gas mileage. Now I'm older and wiser
This will be my daily driver so I hope to get at least 50mpg if possible.
I'm actually thinking of swapping my engine out for a JDM vx engine/transmission.
the engine has about 160k miles and the tranny needs a new INPUT SHAFT BEARING.
The cost to replace the engine/tranny vs just installing a new input shaft bearing is almost the same....
what do you guys think?
Repairing your current tranny will not cost you much if you have the tools and time. I replaced the mainshaft bearing on my VX. The only cost was the bearing ($20). I needed to buy a few tools but I have used them after the repair for other jobs. I put in a new clutch at the same time since I was already there.
If you don't want to replace the bearing yourself, installing a JDM engine/tranny might be your best bet since the labor charge to replace that bearing will probably be $500 or more.
The mainshaft or input shaft bearings tend to fail only if the oil level in the transmission is too low. In my case, one of the axle seals leaked. I found out after I replaced the bearing and saw oil on the subframe behind the axle. Replacing that seal seems to have solved the problem - maybe. I have driven 50K miles on the tranny since the bearing replacement - no noise.
I paid $815 at a local Honda dealer to replace the input and output shaft bearings. I didn't have the know-how to do it myself, and could not find anyone to do it cheaper. Even mom-and-pop shops wanted at least $850 just to look at it.
Ya, I was given a rough estimate of 900 - 1200 to replace the input shaft bearing. Thats why i figured for 800 more I can get a 40k JDM Vtec-E engine and a JDM transmission installed with a new waterpump and timing belt. I'll basically have a pretty new car and hopefully I'll be hitting at least 50mpg.
Don't assume that just because the importer tells you the JDM engine has 40k on it that it won't need work. I bought one of those and had to re-ring it. It smoked like an engine with 300k on it. There was very little wear on the bearings, so I don't doubt the mileage, but there was no way I could drive it the way I got it. With only 160k on yours, I definitely would not do a swap unless there is an obvious problem with it.