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WTB: all parts needed to turn 88 944NA into an S2

is this possible and able to be done for < 1K ?

How would this compare in terms of total cost, parts, labor to
putting in a 968 engine and turbo or S upgrades (make it an S3)

Also interested if anyone could offer a quote on all parts needed to do this

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An S2 crankshaft sells for $1000, unless the rest is getting donated from an angel, it's not happening. If you want to do the swap, next week I will have all the parts.
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I've never seen either 968 or an s2 motor for anywhere near $1K alone ...
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suspension and trans to make 944 NA stock into S2 or S3

How about to upgrade the suspension etc, other stuff other than motor to essentially an S2?

Also, is it possible/feasible to put a 6 speed manual transmission into a 944, I haven't seen much talk about doing that
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Forgot to ask, assuming the parts on the 944 NA are in good shape (which they are), how much cost can be reduced if these are sold for typical prices (in other words using the stock NA parts sold to help pay for the S2 or S3 upgrade)
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I bought a running S2 motor, bellhousing, engine harness (supposed to be w/ DME but I am waiting on it), shipped for $2800. This was a a really good deal. With the engine out, plan on about $300 or so for rod bearings, cam chain, cam pads, belts, gaskets, and etc. So, engine alone could w/ no mods or repairs you're looking at around $3500 +/-.

You will also want to upgrade the trans to an S2 (shorter R&P) or turbo (taller R&P). I would estimate that to be around $1k +/-. Not exactly sure here since I haven't had to buy one.

The suspension will consist of rear brake calipers, front spindles & calipers (or just calipers but I'm not sure. I think aftermarket will bolt right up). The springs and torsion bars are different too. All said and done w/ hardware, plumbing, new brake pads, and etc will put you around $1k +/- again.

This estimate does not include labor, tools, time, etc, etc, etc.

You will be able offset the cost of the conversion, but you won't come close to the <$1k goal. The only way I can think of for you to convert for little or no money is to buy a wrecked S2, trubo, 968, or etc and sell the parts you don't need. A donor car will offset the cost significantly, especially since little parts can nickle and dime you to death.

If you do decide to do the power plant swap (3 liter, turbo, SBC), I would be interested in your 88 engine. For now my advise would be to find a donor car. Or sell your 88 and buy what you want. There are pros and cons to both proposals.

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I wrecked my 968 so I will be converting a 1989 944 to a S3 in sorts. From what I’ve read the drive train from a 968 will bolt right up. I had LEDA’s / Tarett sway bars etc which is interchangeable with an 87 – 95 944 - 968. I plan to remove the total wiring harness to make the speedo / ABS work out. I don’t think 968 owners realize that a 968 is only a slightly upgraded 944. So turning a 88 944 to a S2 is do able, but if possible I would find a S2 with body damage and swap out what you need.
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