Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: North Central Illinois
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Re: CRIKEY!! GTI ENGINE LABOR IS $500 dollars!!!!!
What's the matter , you guys think this stuff is done for free? No offense , but the prices quoted aren't bad . Let's see here...
Clean and polish crank... This involves a hot tank job , reaming out the oil passages , and chucking it up into a crank lathe (which has to be calibrated for each rod throw seperately from the mains) then polishing it with a belt until it has a mirror finish . That is , after it's been measured to see if it is within specs . $42? Cheap . Cleaning the block takes a couple of hours , and a hot tank job if they are equipped to do aluminum . Rod brushing out all the oil passages on a GTi sucks , I've done it . Surfacing price for the block is right on the money , as that is going to be one serious headache to get mounted properly in the machine , let alone get it square . Checking the connecting rods is off a lot , it should be a lot higher and involve properly resizing them to spec , as they WILL be out of round . Checking over the pistons is fine , I'd be surprised if they are ok to use . Remember , these engines can be easily wound over 8k . Honing the cylinders is a good price , most shops charge $8/hole . Assembly for the shortblock isn't bad , this also takes a lot of time . Resurfacing and balance for the flywheel isn't bad , think I paid about $75 total for mine . I would look into balancing the bottom end if you want it to last , it really makes a difference . Price on parts is very good , a fair bit less than I paid for most of the parts in mine . So, $1,400 for a long block GTi ? Wish mine would have been that cheap . Add:
Custom J&E Racing pistons, 8v eyebrows , 10:1
Fillet on Crank
Shot peened rods
Rods resized and honed
All bearings relieved and back cut
Bore/hone block .020"
Rebuild cylinder head , only two years old from a Zuk vendor
Install new valve guides
Price? LOL , $2,899 total .
Like I said , you're getting by pretty cheap....