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74 VW Super Beetle with Subaru swap

VW subaru swap conversion turbo custom fabrication bugaru 1.8l Mpfi

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#26 KootenayJK


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 11:09 AM

Great question! The VW 1600 cc engine was steel and weighs in around 250lbs. The 1800 cc suby engine is aluminium and weighs in at about 200lbs. So more power, less weight, all around better.

Actually, the VW Aircooled engine is mainly aluminum/magnesium alloy. However, fully assembled with cooling tin, carbs, flywheel, etc, it weighs about what you mention - between 200 and 250 lbs depending on options.
EA82 engine is 185 without flywheel, manifolds, and ancillaries (alternator, etc). So, fully assembled and dry, it should come out similar. But then you have the extra weight of the coolant - putting the rad up front helps for sure.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 02:10 PM

Whoah! long time for me not to reply on this build! sorry about that. But yeah the weight now that you mention it should be really close to the same. Just double the ponies about.


I'm gonna put up some more photos this week of all the rest of the progress that I have been making. I have a goal of a mid May test run. Fingers crossed!

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