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Engine Conversion advice needed pls!!!!

royce259 Dec 3, 2009

  1. royce259

    royce259 New Member

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    Hi

    I have a 2004 1.6 A3, and starting to get bored of the small engine lol. i realise trying to remap it etc will make little difference.

    I am interested in swapping the existing engine for a A3 2.0TFSI engine, and just wondered what i would need if i was to do it myself (upgrade brakes,clutch,exhaust system) my dad is a top mechanic with over 30 years experience and will help.

    OR is best to take it to a specialist, and if so what kinda prices would i be looking at if the engine is only gonna be 1500GBP off ebay

    Please advise :blackrs4:

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. paddy

    paddy Audi=No fault code, no idea Team Ibis Audi S3 Black Edition DSG

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    Just thinking about the wiring loom/turbo/plumbing/bigger rad/exhaust etc and i have to ask..............why ??? when you could just buy a bigger car and probably save some money !
     
  3. royce259

    royce259 New Member

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    Reason being to be honest my car is not valued for much now with the mileage and to buy a bigger engine a3 is serious expensive for a good one
    I don't think I could buy a new car and make is a project car,that's why I' rather stick with what I've got

    the engine come with the looms air induction turbo just need an exaust I think
     
  4. Khufu

    Khufu Well-Known Member

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    does the engine also come with ecu, clocks & keys? You will need these too. Its a huge job but not impossible. If you do choose to go down that route I'd invest in a copy of ElsaWin to help with wiring differences etc.
     
  5. royce259

    royce259 New Member

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  6. Broken Byzan

    Broken Byzan Photographic Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User quattro Audi A4

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    I wouldn't bother. You will need the upgraded suspension and brakes also, the tank may be different, the clocks and ecu, exhaust,cat, intake and insurance will cripple you.

    Aks me how i know? I have been there and done it and at the tender age of 39 was still paying £600 insurance with full NCB. I have now replaced the car with one thats supposed to have a turbo engine it in and it's £200 to insure.

    Also if you are not doing the work yourself, at garage prices i recon you could kiss goodbye to at least 3k. I did all my own work and collected parts for years before doing mine, and it probably still cost me over a grand in bits alone

    Either keep yours until you have enough NCB just to buy/insure the car you want, or sell yours while it's worth something and add to it for the bigger engined car.
     
  7. Khufu

    Khufu Well-Known Member

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    I'd agree with Mr Mod, Its only a project you would do yourself as is would end up silly money even if everything went to plan if you got a garage to do it.

    I think engine transplants are best kept for combinations that dont exist for example put it onto a mk1,mk2 Golf etc.
     
  8. royce259

    royce259 New Member

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    ok so maybe the engine conversion is a bad idea, what could i do to get some more power out of what i have already???
     
  9. Khufu

    Khufu Well-Known Member

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    NOS? LOL
     
  10. Ben H

    Ben H On a journey...

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    I've been surfing car forums for nearly ten years and I can safely say that the "I've got a basic engine and want to convert the car to a better one" threads commonly get the sort of responses we see here.

    There are, occasionally, some "common" engine conversions like red-top Vauxhall into Nova / Corsa, some Fords, 1.8T VWs and F7P/R Renault Clios. But, on the whole, they're usually the wrong option for someone who has modest cash and wants a relatively hassle-free option. For the rest, there is the DIY path and that's very complicated; see the "Projects" section on this forum.

    You'll know already if you're a dedicated spanner-head, with a good mechanical knowledge and a vision for your project. Otherwise, sell-up and pursue the simple (but no-less-noble) option of buying a more powerful car. :)
     

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