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Water-Cooled Volkswagen Performance Handbook 1 edition

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How can you give your Rabbit more hop? Which engines will fit in a Scirocco? What will a high-performance computer chip do for your Golf? Why does lowering your Jetta improve handling? The answers to these and many more power, handling, and style-enhancing questions are covered in the Water-Cooled Volkswagen Performance Handbook.

Just as the Beetle of yore could be pumped up to do battle with so-called muscle cars, today's Volkswagen can be injected with enough additional performance to keep it door-to-door with the competition. Greg Raven explains in exhaustive detail the optimum engine, transmission, chassis, and bodywork combinations for making your VW even hotter. Whether your ride is a first-generation Rabbit or the latest five-cylinder A4 Jetta, and no matter where your budget stands, you need this book.

Seventeen chapters and appendices combined with nearly 500 photos explain everything from low-dollar bolt-ons to the ultimate, turbocharged, nitrous-burning, VR-6 pavement-pounder, including:

  • High-performance suspension and brake modifications
  • Wheel and tire improvements
  • Custom body styling
  • Bolt-on engine performance: What to expect, where to find it
  • Guides to carburetors, fuel injection, turbocharging, supercharging, nitrous, headers, and exhaust systems
  • Engine swap options

You won't want to spend a dollar on upgrades without consulting this book. Without a doubt, Water-Cooled Volkswagen Performance Handbook is your first step to achieving the most power, best performance, and driving fun from your "Vee-Dub!"

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Water-Cooled Volkswagen Performance Handbook
Subsequent edition

Published March 29, 1999 by Motorbooks .
Written in English.

About the Book

Second edition.

First Sentence

A surprising boost in performance can be gained through the use of bolt-on components-parts that do not require taking the entire motor apart to install.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface 5
Introduction 7
About Your Warranty
About Air Pollution, Laws, and Inspections
About Dynamometer Numbers
About Hot-Rodding
About Those Who Do the Work
About Your Budget
About Safety
Chassis Types
Chapter 1 Bolt-on Engine Performance 14
Tune-ups
Exhausts
'Recurved' distributors
Engine management system chips
Mild cam and valve springs
Adjustable cam sprockets
Throttle bodies
Supercharger
Carburetors
Unplugging the oxygen sensor
Breakerless ignition
Coils
'Limited-slip' differential
Driving school
Chapter 2 Engine Swaps 20
Considerations
Choices
Costs
A1 swaps
A2 swaps
A3 swaps
Diesel swaps
Audi engines
Preparation
Engine mounts
Transaxles
The Automatic Question
Constant velocity joints and axles
Electrical
Cooling system
Fuel system
Exhaust
Linkages
Chapter 3 Engine Basics 27
Replacement engines
Tools and techniques
Cleanliness
Blueprinting
Plastigage
Leakdown testing
Compression testing
Increasing engine size
Calculate engine displacement
Metal Preparation
Magnafluxing
Nitriding
Shot peening
Moly impregnation
Gun Kote
Zirconium oxide coating
Blocks
Differences among blocks
Preparation
Crankcase oil jets
Bolts vs studs
Crankshafts
Differences among crankshafts
Preparation
Bearings
Flywheels
Rods
Choices
Preparation
Pistons
Choices
Piston pins
Compression ratio
Checking compression ratio
Calculate compression ratio
Clearances
Coatings
Rings
Motor mounts
Assembly
Start-up
Chapter 4 Cylinder Heads 55
Two-valve heads
Carbureted
Early fuel injected
Heron
GTI
GTI with air-shrouded injectors
Hydraulic
1996 2.0 liter heads
Head gaskets
Four-valve heads
Porting and polishing
Calculate air flow vis-a-vis horsepower
Using a flow bench
Unshrouding the valves
Valves
Sizing
Calculate valve sizes
Selecting
Cutting valve angles
Valve seats
Cutting valve seat angles
Lapping the valves
Valve guides
Selecting a high-performance head
Camshaft bearing problems
Miscellaneous tips and techniques
Valve cover studs
Oil splash/blow-by guard
Preventive maintenance
Moly impregnation
Chapter 5 Camshafts 69
Theory
Camshaft operating parameters
Intake opening and closing
Exhaust opening and closing
Duration
Lobe centers
Valve overlap
Cam timing
Lobe profile
Lift
Area under the curve
Base circle
Billets
Selecting a camshaft
Fuel-injected camshafts
Carburetor camshafts
Supercharger camshafts
Other concerns
Cam sprockets
Cam belts
Installing an adjustable cam sprocket
Installing an 8V camshaft
Removal
Installation
Installing a 16V camshaft
Removal
Installation
Checking camshaft specifications
Method 1
Method 2
Timing the camshaft to the engine
Valve train
Valve springs
Valve guide seals
Retainers
Followers
Adjusting the valves
Chapter 6 Lubrication 92
Oil pumps
Oil pans
Magnetic drain plugs
Prelubrication
Filtration
Oil additives
Oil analysis
Chapter 7 Air and Fuel 101
Tools and Techniques
Infrared gas analyzers
Computer diagnostic analyzers
Exhaust gas temperature readings
Fuel injection
Tools and Techniques
Tweaks
Black boxes
Throttle bodies
Intake Manifolds
CIS air sensor housings
Air filters
Fuel filters
Hot-start problems
Fuel injectors
Injector O-rings
Repairs
Special fuels and fuel additives
Chapter 8 Forced Induction 110
Theory
Calculate horsepower loss due to altitude
Turbochargers
Superchargers
Volkswagen G-Lader
Advanced Motorsport Solutions supercharger
Autotech Supercharger
Fuel enrichment
Ignition
Intercoolers
Water injection
Nitrous oxide
Traditional set-ups
Fogger nozzles
Individual injectors
Chapter 9 Exhaust Systems 126
Pollution control equipment
Exhaust gas recirculation
Catalytic converter
Oxygen sensor
Headers
Cast-iron manifolds
Aftermarket manifolds
Porting and gaskets
A3 exhaust rattle
High-performance exhausts
Flex couplings and motor mounts
Muffler hangers
Chapter 10 Cooling 132
Water Cooling
Fan Switches
Thermostats
Radiators
Water pumps
Special coolants
Coatings
Oil Cooling
Calibrating the oil temperature gauge
Types of oil cooler
Chapter 11 Transaxles and Drivetrain 137
Clutches
Reinforcing the transaxle
Differential problems
Transaxle Swap: Five Speeds in Place of Four
Shift Points
Gear ratios and shift points
Calculate maximum MPH for tire size and gearing
Six-speed transaxle conversions
Overdrive fifth-gears
Limited-slip differentials
GTI 'Mini-Slip'
Torque biasing
Detent
Friction Clutch
Viscous
Antislip
Lubrication and maintenance
Magnetic drain plug
Constant-velocity joints
Wheel bearings
Front Hubs
Linkage
Weighted shift rods
Chapter 12 Suspension and Steering 155
Tools and Techniques
Calculate skidpad g
Shocks
Springs
Kits
Front suspension
Anti-roll Bars
High-performance bushings
Boxing the lower A-arms
Front stress bars
Rear suspension
Anti-roll bars
Rear stress bars
Steering
Weight redistribution
Corner balancing
Chapter 13 Tires and Wheels 170
The Plus concept
The Plus 1 and Plus 2 concepts
Balancing
Rotating
Tire pressure
Tire shaving
Selecting wheels
Selecting tires
Snow performance
Miscellaneous tips and techniques
Chapter 14 Brakes 180
Brake pads
Brake squeak
Slotting the pads
Bedding the pads
Drilling or slotting the rotors
Upgrading the front brakes
A1 front brakes
A2 front brakes
A3 front brakes
A4 front brakes
Upgrading rear brakes
Proportioning valves
Master cylinders
Braided stainless-covered Teflon brake lines
Brake fluid
Chapter 15 Body and Chassis 189
Straightening your car after a wreck
Stress bars
Body kits
Air dams
Wind splits
A-pillar fairings
Rear spoilers
Side skirts
Chapter 16 Electrical Systems 193
Ignitions
Allison/Crane
Perlux
MSD
Factory breakerless
Factory knock-sensor ignition
Distributors
Spark plugs
Engine management chips
Wiring modifications
Gauges
Lights
Remote relays
Intermittent wipers
Roof-mounted antennas
Chapter 17 Accessories 203
Alarms
Radio lock
Wheel locks
Vehicle retention
Fire extinguishers
Radar and radio detectors and protectors
Steering wheels
Seating
Analysis methods
Stopwatch
Computers
Accelerometers
Windshield wipers
Appendices 211
Volkswagen engine information
Volkswagen chassis information
A1 chassis
A2 chassis
A3 chassis
A4 chassis
Volkswagen part numbers
What is horsepower?
Conversions
Millimeters to inches
Inches to millimeters
Chassis dyno 'correction' factor
'Drag strip dyno' formulas
Estimate your vehicle's ¼-mile results based on its weight and horsepower
Estimate your vehicle's horsepower based on its weight and ¼-mile results
Exhaust header sizing
Horsepower and torque
Linear measure
Mass
Pressure and vacuum
Skid pad formula
Temperature
Theoretical relationships
Transaxle
Volume
Index 222

Edition Notes

Motorbooks Workshop

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
224p.
Number of pages
224
Dimensions
10.5 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
Weight
1.6 pounds

ID Numbers

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OL8010725M
ISBN 10
0760304912
ISBN 13
9780760304914
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214938
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2346030

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