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Sand Rail - time to go from VW to Subaru
Posted 04 July 2006 - 10:20 PM
Just got a new 2276 Air cooled VW engine built. less than 4 hours of play time and she blew a rod.
Not going back to that mechanic again.
So now I want somthing powerful, light and reliable.
Looks like I need to get an EA81
That is what I gather from all of my searching on the net.
Most rail owners that are using subaru engines use the ea81.
anyone have any comments or suggestions before I get going with this project?
Any help is appreciated.
Posted 04 July 2006 - 11:21 PM
The ea81 motor would be carbbed which is simple to hook up, and the motors are really cheap, but you are only looking at <100hp
With the ejxx motor you will get >100hp, fuel injection, and near the same reliability.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 10:57 PM
(stay below 1996 so you dont have an interference engine).
Posted 06 July 2006 - 01:16 AM
ej22 you get way more power but with the ea81 there is no electronics nothing to break no timing belts etc.
however you get around double the bang for your buck with an ej22 and those things are hard to kill
Posted 06 July 2006 - 03:56 PM
I think you'll enjoy either motor.
The only problems I see is the addition of a radiator to your Rail.
84 GL Mad Max
Posted 18 August 2006 - 02:10 PM
Posted 17 September 2006 - 12:10 PM
That's an interesting idea! Where did you put all of the radiator, etc. pix?
I've got a EJ22 in my '74 beetle. I recommend it highly.
Posted 21 September 2006 - 07:21 PM
ea81 80hp ready to run weight 175lbs
2.2 = 50hp more = 125lbs more in weight if it was me i'd skip 2.2 and go right to 2.5 weight in a 315lbs for the 15lbs in weight diff you get 35 more hps.
if weighty matters ea81
if it don't 2.5
Posted 25 September 2006 - 07:43 AM
Also, many older 2.5's have headgasket problems. There are several years of engines you will want to avoid.
I bought my 2.2 for $125. It has ~150K on it, and I'm constantly hitting the rev limiter and dumping the clutch, and that engine loves being abused. I like the 2.2.
Posted 26 September 2006 - 07:58 PM
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