Joined basically just to write Ajax and share a recent mechanic burn/ ka24de opinions.
First off AJAX Props man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And i feel your pain, I just recently had a longtime mechanic burn me. NO 200 whp build for me but Dropped 3600$ down the hole for a full rebuild with bolts on and loppy street cams , but utterly ended up being a horrible ka24de build. Was no inclination he was going to burn me, but even after 4 year relationship of not having issues, when rebuild came, burned.
Was bitter about it too as he had me wait 3 months, and basically glued engine together, slapped in parts......... was seriously seriously seriously seriously considering giving guy a beat down, but he's a wuss and already threatened police action just from me yelling and confronting him.
But its water under the bridge as of now. Be careful of what mechanic you trust, I know, I know. Guess guy was working long con for 4 years? Perfectly fixing everything before then screwing me out 3600$???? Really salty how it went down.....
I could jump him but in the end = jail time.
Heres some thoughts for those looking at ajax here as inspiration. On ka24de. Do it yourself as much as you can. HUGGGGE props on the custom header. But realize ka24de doesn't necessarily command respect out side nissan circles. If your not doing it yourself or with a close friend or reputable shop well versed in ka24de this can be a issue i think. Like I said after a extensive dyno tune I'd been lucky to see 170 rwhp. No ground breaking from me.
My point is piecing together and planning a ka24de build is all fine and dandy but 175-200 whp ka24de take more than inspiration. It takes the right peoples (could be you) to make it happen more than anything imho. You have to sync up with the right peoples and drop benjamins. And its RARE to see legit streetable 180rwhp ka24de. To reach 200rwhp ajax had to stroke the motor. No way we're seeing legit streetable 2.4 hit 200rwhp and be reliable, if at all. Honestly a streetable non race ka24de hit 200rwhp is unicorn status given the weaknesses of the ka24de in N/A form. And AJAX is a god to have gotten there even after the mechanic burn.
As far as more attainable ultimate 4 cylinder N/A i wonder how much a f20c/f22c transplant including used f20c/f22c engine/tranny/stand alone/ bolt ons/custom fabrication/mounts/wiring would set one back. Easy 190-200rwhp in f20c form. Some ap2 f22c hit 230 rwhp with hondata flash crap
Hate s2000 handling though, literally stock ap1/ap2 track times with c5 automatic corvettes. Just think f20c/f22c is remarkable is all. S2000 itself handling waaaay to hype. The s2000cr got spanked by a 2008 cobalt ss vir hot laps.
Major props ajax for hitting unicorn status!!!! Would have loved to have seen even 165rwhp myself. I got major respect for you and i seriously doubt we'll see to many 200rwhp ka24de street driven 240sx. MYTHICAL STATUS for real though, incredible integrity seeing that through. Sorry for long post guys, peace.