Welcome to halfcuts.com.au

by Half Cuts on October 10, 2011

We are building Australia’s largest database of JDM performance half cuts.

Half Cuts

To get started, simply use the menu on the right to select your preferred engine, and our system will show you which vehicles the engine is available in, along with other important information about the half cuts.

We’re adding new half cuts and information everyday, and if you find any errors in our records or have any additional information to add, please use the comments box at the bottom of each page.

Half cuts are a great way to start your engine conversion.  Don’t put up with your underpowered Aussie car – get the performance JDM engine that your car deserves!

More more information on half cuts please follow the links around our ever-expanding website.


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Choosing a Half Cut

by Half Cuts on May 10, 2012

wrx half cutThere are many different ways to buy your half cut.

If you are lucky enough to have a half cut importer close by you can drop in and check out the cuts they have available.

If you don’t have an importer nearby, many importers now have their catalogues online, and some even list their inventory on eBay!

However you find your half cut, it is important to choose the one which is going to best meet your needs.

Know what you want

The most important thing to do is to know exactly what you’re looking for.

If you are looking for an SR20DET half cut for example, then you need to know exactly which SR20 you want.

Do you want a RWD or FWD version?  Do you want a VVT model?  Do you prefer a manual or auto gearbox?

There is no point finding a half cut listed somewhere and travelling a long way to see the engine, or even worse, ordering it online, only to end up with the incorrect version.

If you are really serious, then you should known exactly what codes to look out for on the compliance or build plate, and match those up to any half cuts you are looking at.

What to look out for

Most of these things are pretty obvious, but they’re still worth mentioning.

The first thing to consider before even looking at a half cut is to find out how many kms are on the engine.

You also need to have an idea of what sort of kms are reasonable for any given motor.  For example the kms on an early 13B half cut are probably going to be a lot higher than for a late model Lancer Evolution cut.

Ideally you want to see and hear the engine running.  If you are located a long distance from the importer you will have to make do with a video, but preferably you want to visit the importer and see the engine start and running.

Once the engine is running you want to look out smoke, leaking oil, poor idling and unusual noises etc.  Even after the engine has been stopped for a few minutes it is a good idea to get underneath and check for any leaking fluids.

Get as much as you can

When buying a half cut you want to get as much as you possibly can from the original car, especially if it is the same model as the car you are converting.

What’s included in a half cut can vary from one cut to the next.  Some half cuts are literally the full front half of the car, with all panels, brakes, suspension and interior trim in place.  If you can get a cut like this you are doing well.

Some half cuts on the other hand are stripped of all panels, lighting, interior goodies and even the brakes and suspension in some cases.

If you have the model car you may be able to use the parts from the half cut to upgrade your brakes and interior, as generally the JDM version will be higher spec than your Aussie model.

Even if you don’t have the same model car and cannot use any of the extra parts, at least you can sell them off to help pay for your conversion.

Job done

The end result when performing a JDM engine conversion can be impacted upon dramatically depending on how well you chose your half cut, so take the time to get it right and you will thank yourself when the job is done.


RX7 – FC – Series 4

January 10, 2012

Make:  Mazda Model:  RX7 Code:  FC – Series 4 Badge:  Turbo Year:  1987 – 1988 Drive:  RWD Rotors: 2 Capacity:  1.3 Aspiration:  Turbo Power:  136kW Torque:  – Notes:  The famous 13B turbo is a popular engine conversion for many different cars.  Old RWD Mazdas such as the R100, RX2, RX3, RX4 and RX5 are popular homes […]

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Toyota GT86

December 1, 2011

Toyota fans in Australia and all over the world are rejoicing at the imminent release of the Toyota GT86. The pictures of the production version look absolutely fantastic, and by all accounts the car is a blast to drive. Power isn’t huge at just short of 150kW, however the GT86’s reported light weight should ensure the car still has plenty […]

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NG Jap Spares

October 26, 2011

Website:  www.ngjap.com.au Phone:  02 9792 8112 Address:  1 Enterprise Avenue, Padstow NSW 2211 Email:  – Notes:  –

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KYP Performance Parts

October 26, 2011

Website:  www.kyp.com.au Phone:  08 9470 3828 Address:  118 Briggs Street, Welshpool WA 6106 Email:  info@kyp.com.au Notes:  –

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Rolin Automotive Imports

October 19, 2011

Website:  www.japparts.com.au Phone:  07  5593 8533 Address:  31 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220 Notes:  –

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October 19, 2011

Make:  Mitsubishi Model:  FTO Chassis Code:  – Badge:  GPX Year:  1995 – 2001 Drive:  FWD Cylinders: 6 (V6) Capacity:  2.0 Aspiration:  Natural Power:  147kW @ 7,500rpm Torque:  – Notes:  MIVEC

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Half Cut v Engine Only

October 18, 2011

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with an engine conversion, one of the next decisions you’ll need to make is whether to go with a half cut or just an engine package. There are advantages and disadvantages with both options, and the right one will depend on your needs. Generally with a half cut you […]

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Integra Type R – DC2

October 17, 2011

Make:  Honda Model:  Integra Code:  DC2 Badge:  Type R Year:  1995 – 2000 Drive:  FWD Cylinders: 4 Capacity:  1.8 Aspiration:  Natural Power:  147kW Torque:  – Notes:  –

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Starlet Glanza V – P90

October 17, 2011

Make:  Toyota Model:  Starlet Code:  P90 Badge:  Glanza V Year:  1996 – 1999 Drive:  FWD Cylinders: 4 Capacity:  1.3 Aspiration:  Turbo Power:  99kW Torque:  157Nm Notes:  –

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