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Aircooled VW Motors - January 9, 2013, 09:38 AM

Anyone with any experience working on these? Specifically the 1200 or 1600 ones that came in the older Beetles. What's maintenance like? Hop up parts? Spares availability?


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Anyone with any experience working on these? Specifically the 1200 or 1600 ones that came in the older Beetles. What's maintenance like? Hop up parts? Spares availability?
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They have as many parts and aftermarket support as SBC motors.

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Assuming a stock motor that is already running and in good shape, where would one start as far as upgrades? Vehicle weighs about 1200lbs wet, so it doesn't need tons of power, but more is always better depending on cost/reliability.


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This is a good site TheSamba.com :: Volkswagen Classifieds, photos, shows, forums, and information
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Assuming a stock motor that is already running and in good shape, where would one start as far as upgrades? Vehicle weighs about 1200lbs wet, so it doesn't need tons of power, but more is always better depending on cost/reliability.
what year motor?

best bang for the buck, bore cases for 94mm pistons and cylinders (1915cc) engle 110 cam, CB044 heads. Single webber 44idf carb. It will move a buggy well.

There is not much easy bolt on power to be had, most requires some machine work.


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Unsure. It's a 1600 though, so figure 71-74


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Unsure. It's a 1600 though, so figure 71-74
If its a dual port motor you could keep the heads and add the bore, cam and carb. change the cam to a engle VZ15 and you would have a good torque motor.


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I believe David636 was rebuilding a classic Porsche speedster not too long ago. The P and VW air cooled share a litany of similarities. He may be able to provide insight.



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After talking with my dad, it seems like a Wankel rotary will swap in as well. He did one in a VW bus way back when. We'll see what happens. It may just remain as-is unless I get drunk/bored in the spring.


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After talking with my dad, it seems like a Wankel rotary will swap in as well. He did one in a VW bus way back when. We'll see what happens. It may just remain as-is unless I get drunk/bored in the spring.
Subaru 2.2 and 2.5 as well as chevy ecotec motors are popular with the buggy crowd.

keep in mind once you get a little HP you start destroying the spider gears in the diff. I had a run of about 4 broken trans-axles in as many outtings until i went to a bus 6 rib trans.


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Yeah, that's my other concern with adding more power. A boosted Ecotech would be awesome, but probably a bit more than I want to deal with. Especially rigging an FI harness


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