[Vwdiesel] Someone should try this

Erik Lane eriklane at gmail.com
Mon Apr 13 18:09:46 PDT 2009

The pistons are different, if only because of the cut out for the oil
squirters. I thought that they had some kind of special coating on them as
well, but that I'm not sure of at all. But those squirters would sure help
with lowering piston temps, and since they're aluminum I would think that
could be important. The valves are also different - sodium filled or
something? and hardened. I think the seats might even be a slightly
different temper or something.

So no, not a lot of differences, but I always figured they were there for a
reason - a large car company isn't going to spend extra money re-engineering
the parts to a higher, more complicated standard unless there were some
problems without them.

Who knows, it might work great, but to my mind it's not just the $450 that
you'd be risking, but the entire engine could have problems, if the pistons
warped and took out the cylinders, or the head got seriously damaged, or
whatever. You get my point, I think. And for me at least, taking the risk of
stranding us with two little ones is a large deterrent.

All that said, if I lived at a high altitude and my power was down I would
*seriously* consider trying it out. Heck, once I'm out of school and my wife
has a second car so the prospect of our main vehicle being down wouldn't be
a problem, I might very well think about putting a turbo on mine. I just
wanted to throw in a word of caution, is all.

I did notice that the site was talking about sometime in the near future
carrying some kind of injection pump contraption. I wasn't sure if it would
be some kind of boost kit for your existing pump or a whole new pump or ???

But it looked like it was in the works, so once they have that you might not
even have to figure that part out.


On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 5:40 PM, brian gochnauer <brian at gochnauer.net>wrote:

> I'd be very inclinded to try it if I lived in colorado high country. It's
> $450 bucks not $4,500.
> The only mechanical difference that I noticed is there is oil squirters
> hitting the bottom of the pistons.
> Of coarse the injection pump should be able to compensate for boost, which
> may be the biggest challenge.
> On 4/13/09, Erik Lane <eriklane at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I wouldn't trust it, if only because they don't bother to talk about the
> > modifications made to the 1.6 turbo engine to increase longevity with the
> > increased power output. Just slapping a turbo on it and making it do more
> > work without the other engine parts made for it is asking for trouble, in
> > my
> > opinion. Selling a kit without even mentioning it is not right.
> >
> > For your application, where you might just be trying to get the engine
> get
> > back to baseline power, it is not so bad. Although even with your
> situation
> > I would still be inclined to either leave the car alone or get a proper
> > turbo engine to put in there. Halfway solutions will lead to problems
> down
> > the road, in my experience.
> >
> > Good luck, if you do go with it!
> > Erik
> >
> > On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 11:30 AM, Matt_Lisa <matt_lisa at sprynet.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > http://www.dieselvw.com/ has conversion kits to add a turbo to the
> 1.6L
> > > engine based on TDI parts.  Cost is $450 for the turbo, manifolds, and
> > > exhaust short pipe.  I wonder how hard or easy it would be to attach
> all
> > > this and get it up and running, and what kind of power it would
> > make.  I'd
> > > love to get a turbo for my Rabbit just to help with this altitude in
> CO.
> > >
> > > http://www.dieselvw.com/16TurboConversion.htm
> > >
> > > -Matt
> > > http://matt_lisa.home.sprynet.com/
> > >
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