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    Default VW Beetle: Bike Engine swap?

    fellow pakwheelers i have been planning to get a vw beetle for a certain project that i would not like to disclose so soon. my query in this regard is: whether an air cooled motorbike engine can be swapped into a beetle so that i may be able to get close to 80~90 bhp without adding a radiator which might be a bit of a challenge considering my build? if yes then my next question would be whether i can run an air conditioner off it?

    P.S. i know that vw beetles are very rare and hardcore beetle fans consider any mods to their originality a sin but i promise them that i will chose the fairly ugly and less rare ones from the 70s for my project and i'll not touch the more classic and rare ones . so, please answer the questions rather than cursing me; atleast dont curse me openly

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    possibly with the engine of one of those kawasakis

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    Quote Originally Posted by margallar View Post
    possibly with the engine of one of those kawasakis
    any specific model? also, would such a mod be stable in the long run id est whether the engine will be able to pull the heavier body with ease, without buckling under the pressure?
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    Not recomended first bike engine it may have 80-90 hp but torque might be an issue
    secondly i have seen toyota engine swaps in beetles like @BeeKay's Slivertop beetle
    and seen a 4E-FE beetle some time back and it had radiaor in front AC had full scene in that beelte
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    Best luck

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    Air Cooled Motor wudnt performed well as in bikes they have more exposure to air hence performes to some extant but if u wana put it on back side of the car than it wudn be suiatable on the other hand Finding a durable air cooled motor producing ~100 BHP is also dificult. so i think u must go with some setup having Liquid Cooling system & considering the weight of Beetle Motor shud be able to exerts minimum 125 ~130 horses with excellent torque. Running an airconditioner may result in power loss at lower RPMs & even wudnt be practical without use of external gear Box.
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    if you want to beef up a VW beetle - get your hands onto a subaru flat4 - and make a water cooling system for it too.
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    subaru flat 4 wont be available in pakistan but what u can find is a mazda rotary engine which is small in size, no pistons. ligther and easy to mount. but i would recommend the vw 1600cc dual port engine, u can trim its piston heads from backside to make them lighter and ultimately more power is what u r gonna get.

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