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Hi just got a new van and want to know if any one has a good tips for squeezing more out of the 2 Litre petrol,

I see that others have asked the same question in the past with not much response there must be kit out there????

Exhausts, Induction kits ??
 

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i've been doing my research here cause I have a 1.8 petrol and some extra oomph would always be nice.

here we go, depending on what year your van is but here's few things to research

you can fit a Golf GTi Cam shaft or even a whole head. The heads on Mk2 and MK3 golfs are all pretty much the same - it's the cams and valves that are different. Check your valve port sizes and compare to the GTi ones. If the valve ports are the same just look at the cam - otherwise whole head will give you a bit more.

Then it's exhaust - get a free flowing manifold. Get it breathing easier. You could really go to town and get a new free flowing head too.

I'd also think there's a remap option you could look at too.

After that the ideas run a little thin. The problem with the van engines - mine included, is the cylinder compression is low so you're limited on what you can achieve easily. Check this on yours. The easy way out of this is to go and get a Golf 2.0L block and chuck that in. They should be the same but with higher compression.

I'm seriously looking at this option myself but will probably fit a 1.8 GTi engine first as I want to keep my simple Carb / LPG conversion without all the hassle of a full change to fuel injection. (The slightly taller 2.0L wont fit with my carb and LPG bits) :( Coming soon when I figure it all out.

Crazy alternative is turbocharging. Low compression means it might work. LOL:

Search for a company called TSR. They specialise in Golfs and sell heads and various upgrades and stuff for Golfs. Also have a look in the Workshop section here. Someone is very busy getting a 1.8 turbo engine fitted. fair play!! T:
 

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Thanks buddy, i think i will try the exhaust first as that is fairly simple can you recommend any where for that??
 

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I cant to be honest.

ClubGTi forum recommends a place called Longlife I think. I'm sure a few have had stainless done on here. TSR probably do them as well.

GTi cam should be cheap enough too.

Overall without changing the bottom end the gains will be limited I think.
 

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If it's a lower comp than the golf motor, a supercharger might be another option.

Or LPG plus turbo. LPG likes a higher comp ratio, so it shouuld go quite nicely without having to lower the ratio any further.....
That thought had crossed my mind in my 1.8 petrol. But having absolutely no idea what would be involved and needing reliability I moved away. But boy the temptation is still there.
 

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i too have a 2.0 petrol caravelle, i had a stainless exhaust made up at a powerflow centre(nation wide i think), it made a bit of difference, felt like it breathed a bit easier. most of all it sounded better.
but did look into supercharging it and it should work if you get the ecu, head, and charger off a g60, when the g60 boys want an increase in capacity they use a 2.0 petrol t4 block, but i've never tried it though
 
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