Dreams dreams dreams.
My plan is to buy a second 2L 8v engine and completely rebuild the bottom end. I'll be having things lightened and balanced, fitting new bearings, new oil pump and anything else that can be done. Rebored of course.
The current head will then be fitted to the new bottom end and maybe a racier cam shaft fitted as well.
Eventually I will be going towards throttle bodies, but maybe for now I'll be unichipping the standard AFM set up.
The aims are:
-to have bottom end in tip top condition
-raise safe rev limit to the 7.5-8K region. Advice on this appreciated.
-to make it run smoother
-to increase power.
I reckon that cam and Unichip on current set up would get me to
just over 145lb-ft and 160BHP. Raising the rev limit might increase power by about 7.8/6.8=14% which would be sort of 180BHP, but I doubt the standard induction would flow enough air. Then say that TBs add another 10% to that I could be looking at 185-190BHP sort of area. Which would be adequate I think.
Bearing in mind that I'm making 148BHP now on a standard 2L8v engine with uprated head and inlet manifold (plus air filter and exhaust) I don't think that the performace figures are too far fetched.
Anyway, tell me what you think, give me your advice on the bottom end.
Random things - uprated head gasket, what rev limit can the con rods etc cope with, what about cossie bolts, how much for bearings, how much better do lightened and balanced engines feel, what cam shaft should I run....