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.