Monday, March 3, 2008

Total expenses for conversion

  • 3.00 - Exhaust flanges
  • 35.00 - Turbo gaskets
  • 50.00 - Turbo flanges, up and down + intake flange
  • 100.00 - Subaru WRX turbo w/ oil cooler (not necessary)
  • 480.00 - New 40 DCOE weber side draft carb
  • 483.00 - Kennedy adaptor plate
  • 520.00 - Custom turbo eshaust with a 3" straight pipe :)
  • 153.00 - Used, low mile subaru 1.8L engine
  • 250.00-300.00 - Random remaining expenses include: radiator, hoses, hose clamps pipes, heat wrap, spark plugs, RPM guage

the total for these items is $2124.00 and the bug its self cost me $1200.00 for a total cost to me of $3324.00... where else will you find a 4-5 seater car, this fast and reliable for that price!?

Benefits of 1.8L conversion VS 2.2L and 2.5L

The major benefits to the 1.8L conversion.

  • It involves no cutting to the the engine bay, it bolts in with room to spare
  • The engine swap, taking the VW engine out and getting the bare Subaru engine in took about 45 minutes. Getting it running took just a few hours over a couple days
  • The 1.8L has approximately 90 HP stock (non-turbo). With the carb and turbo that i have, I expect i have about 120-130 HP at 7 lbs. of boost. This is plenty of HP for an otherwise unaltered bug. much more power and you will need a roll cage, more powerful brakes and upgraded suspension. I also expect to be running about 14 sec 1/4 mile at 4500 ft above sea level... thats a 13 at sea level... this is as fast as the evolution 8, 9 and 10, the subaru STI and the Mazda speed 3. I will post my times when i can get up to the strip!
  • The conversion requires limited wiring and you don't need to worry about the computers for the fuel injection
  • the conversion is relatively cheap
  • you have a reliable, water-cooled vehicle with cleaner emissions, more space than even a VW engine and its just about as simple! i expect 24-26 miles per gallon. really, this conversion fits the needs of just about anyone. its FAST, CHEAP, FUN, and really SIMPLE.