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    mk1 8v engine work

    Has anyone worked up an 2.0 8v
    wondering how much power you can get out of it
    seems like a cheaper option than the 16v conversion?

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    If you're talking about the red GTI that's for sale at the moment, it will be a lot of fun. Plenty of torque for the street in a little Mk1. You won't need to do much to it at all.

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    You can quite easily get a few extra HP out of the 8V.

    Hotter camshaft, bigger intake, bigger exhaust etc. If you really want to spend a few $$ a worked head to. Have a look on something like clubgti, there would be plenty of info on there.

    the 8V does have its limits and iirc it's about 140-150 HP for a street car (no big crazy carbs or cam, still driveable etc, and most important - reliable). Where as a 1.8KR 16V makes 140Hp with just an exhaust! ABF's are factory 150HP.

    Depends what you're goal is. a 2.0 8V should still be plenty fun on the street., especially with the right gearbox (close ratio) and in a nice light car like the mk 1!


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    yeah! really keen to get my hands on a gti!
    okay cool! it would be my daily driver so that sounds fun!
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    well the plan is to have a pocket rocket ha!
    what is the abf like?
    still a tricky conversion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by empski View Post
    yeah! really keen to get my hands on a gti!
    okay cool! it would be my daily driver so that sounds fun!
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    So is another 10,000 Australians.You can count real mk1 GTIs in Aus on your fingers.
    As for an souping up an 8V you would double the cost of a good 16v and still not be as good.
    Best advice is to buy someone else's project if its a good one, the money and time is already spent.

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    so your saying its not worth it?

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    he means keep it original as possible. worth more. and why would you need to get a bigger engine mine flies.
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    Go read my wreck to race thread (Link in sig below)

    That's about as much as you can do to a 2.0 8v

    Pete
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    8v can be an absolute blast, but in hindsight the money spent getting decent power out of it, you may as well save a little more and buy a 16v...gear box choice is also important as I've learnt (short ratio)
    78 2-door 1.8 KR 16v - twin dellorto's

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