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Wanted Performance Upgrades EJ2.2
Posted 06 June 2004 - 10:13 PM
Posted 07 June 2004 - 02:54 PM
I am sure that some may have a problem with this statement but here I go.
Why would you want to spend any money on a 9 year old?
Even if you do the work yourself you still need to purchase the parts and at the end of the day you still have a 95 Subaru Legacy.
When you fix all the oil leaks and the gas sensors that's a great car to get you from point A to point B and back. You can't ask for more from a family car.
Posted 07 June 2004 - 03:28 PM
I think I will have to disagree with Drquasievil.
The ej22 isn't exactly a b16a or a d15...The ej22 has tons of potential.
It will still get you "from point A to point B" but, with some goodies, it will be a lot more fun. And what does being 9 years old have to do with making your car fun?
As a stock powerplant the 2.2 is rad...Tons of torque, decent hp...SUPER stiff valve springs, beautifully big pistons, etc...
As for parts...
There's 2.2 forged pistons, billet connecting rods, cams, SS valves, exhaust...There's tons of stuff for that motor to get it breathing better.
Start with the basics...Give your car a good tune up...NGK wires, new plugs, a colder thermostat, etc...Then move onto other stuff...An intake is good, just make sure you get a good strong bracket so your MAS isn't jumping and shifting around...Then exhaust....There's tons of stuff to do, it just depends on your monetary situation.
There's tons of places out there now...Check out:
ISR performance http://www.isrperformance.com/
Easy Street Motorsports http://www.esxmotorsports.com/esx.htm
Tony Rigoli http://www.rigoliracing.com.au/
Posted 07 June 2004 - 08:39 PM
Thank you for all of your responses. Maybe I’ve should of mentioned that the EJ2.2 engine is installed into an older VW Beetle project car. Correct the engine is nine years old, but it only has about 6K original miles on it and is just getting broken in as it’s becoming street legal in it’s new transplanted VW body. It has plenty of power and currently blows away most stock mustang 5.0’s… I’m just looking to do some research on how to get more out of the engine. Maybe even Turbo charging if that can be accomplished without breaking the bank. Keep in mind that the car only weighs about 1700-1800 lbs, so there is a big HP to weight ratio here. Not running cat’s or emissions. Plus the car is being built for mostly street cruising, and the occasional car show so I want to retain that sleeper look. The engine is strong, just looking to get more out of it, and to turn some faster times in the 1\4 mile.
Thanks again. Jon
Posted 08 June 2004 - 07:34 AM
Posted 08 June 2004 - 08:10 AM
Posted 08 June 2004 - 09:48 AM
Posted 08 June 2004 - 12:58 PM
I'm in the same boat as you. "74 ej powered beetle.
No one sees it coming.
Posted 08 June 2004 - 06:30 PM
I think I remember chatting with you. Didn't you recently upgrade your Subaru powerplant, bad cams or something like that. Also I remember something like a bad ground wire or something like that with your ECU???
Hows the BugaRu running, have you had it to the track yet?
Posted 09 June 2004 - 10:02 PM
I had something wired up wrong, so when you went to turn the key to start it, the ECU lost power.
Right now, I have some sort of misfire problem. I don't have the check engine light or any of the diagnostics stuff hooked up right now, so that's making it a little more difficult.
I did take it to the track once. There were some issues that day too. First, I had just broke a CV joint, and I was an hour from home and I didn't want to do it again. Also, the bug had a bad case of the "shakes". Third, my throttle was only opening 3/4 of the way.
Sooooo, I couldn't launch it, and I didn't have full throttle.
I cut a 15.08 @ 88. I'm sure it's a 14.5 second car. I waxed a Jetta's asssss!
Posted 10 June 2004 - 08:42 AM
You’ve gots to get that BugaRu firing on all four cylinders. You should be able to turn better times then the 15 second mark. I’ve only had my car to the track once and due to the long staging lines I only made one run. I jumped the Christmas tree, and was disqualified. But my unofficial time was 13.7…. I really think I can do better times, I’m thinking in the 12’s, and with a little more preformance upgrades maybe even lower times. My car currently has a drag trans in it so it’s great gearing for the track, but considering building a Highway Flyer for going down the road.
Posted 10 June 2004 - 12:26 PM
Posted 10 June 2004 - 02:06 PM
Posted 10 June 2004 - 05:16 PM
I am verry interested in this and would love to see any picture either of you have.
I have seen a bug with a chevy small block in it. but i didnt get close enough to see how they did it.
the coolest bug upgrade i have been close to was when a neighbor of mine put a suped up VW buss motor in his Super. That motor judging from the looks of it is very similar to the EJ22 if it was carbed insted of FI. infact it had 2 carbs on it. i dont know if this was stock for the buss, or one of his upgrades, but that bug did fly.
Posted 10 June 2004 - 06:32 PM
But it cools very well. Yes, coolant tubes run the length of the car.
OhChit-yeah, I know, it can go faster. But I KNOW the tranny will blow chunks if I hammer it. On the plus side, I now have a tow bar for it, so if I oil the track, I can get it home. So now I have an excuse to be mean to it.
Posted 10 June 2004 - 11:13 PM
Posted 10 June 2004 - 11:37 PM
Actually, the cooling lines are external, they run across the bottom of the car. Some people run them inside the car, it looks like that is easier to do with the body off (which I wasn't willing to do).
That radiator came out of a Pulsar NX. I desoldered the brackets, turned them all upside down, and soldered the hole for the radiator cap shut. In the pic, in the upper right, is a bleed valve to remove air. Coolant is added in the engine bay via a vanagon pressure tank. It takes a long time to fill the system when it's empty. But when the air is out, it stays that way.
Posted 11 June 2004 - 11:24 AM
Posted 11 June 2004 - 01:31 PM
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