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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-11-2003, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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How many of you have done the VW swap? Think its a good idea?
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Re: VW swap

Its a 2 sided deal, usually the price of the kit for what your getting is what makes people turn away. See there are 2 different swaps for the kit, there is the 1.6 turbo diesel ( yes I know there are un turbo'd but dont use that engine lol), then there is the new 1.9 style, at all costs, I would choose the 1.9. Its a torque monster, and a hell of a gain from the 1.3. Altho they are very hard to find and tend to be highly priced, which is another reason that people choose not to go with this kit, others, find the engines fairly cheap. There is nothing wrong with the 1.6 turbo, but the crappy part is you pay so much money and only gain 30-40 lb feet of torque and the fact of a diesel, with the 1.9, you gain over 100. If your serious and dead set on it, my opinion is to research the hell out of it, then take your time finding the engine you wish to swap out, and enjoy, but in the long run, you may just want to look at a 16v bolt in swap.
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Re: VW swap

How much gain will get from a 16v? Will the headers I have right now for the 1.3 still work for the 16v? Will the 1.3 motor mounts work with the 16v?
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Re: VW swap

Question 1: I don't know. There is a BIG improvement with a 1.6 8v so I imagine the 16v would be even better!

Question 2: Not sure. I may have a 1.3 head on my 1.6 block.

Question 3: Nope, you need adapter mounts -- usually they are supplied as part of a kit or fabbed by the installer.
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Re: VW swap

Intake and exhaust on the 1.6 16V is different than the 1.3 or 1.6 8V
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