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 Should I turbo the Baja?

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Turbo or Natural
Turbo the 2074
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Run big dual Weber's
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PostSubject: Should I turbo the Baja?   10/16/2011, 12:08 pm

I'm thinking about going turbo on the Baja project,there is a website called VWTURBOKITS.com that has a few kits that look interesting. I have always had nitrous engines so going turbo is going to be a learning experience for me. My main concern is if the previous owner was being truthful when he described the 2074 engine in the car, "The 12 to 1 compression will have to go" He said the heads were cut to increase compression,is this done by decking the heads to decrease the chamber sizes? "If so I may have a really nice set of heads for sale!" My plan is to get the heads off and ask Terry at Sundance what he thinks, and go from there,"he has had a couple of impressive turbo engines I have seen in the past" I'm not going to be racing Mustangs with this Baja and my other option would be to just go with a big single Weber, would it be able to feed the 2074? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Should I turbo the Baja?   10/16/2011, 5:25 pm

Turbo? NO!
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PostSubject: Re: Should I turbo the Baja?   10/16/2011, 5:27 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Should I turbo the Baja?   10/16/2011, 8:15 pm

I run dual Weber's 44 on my 2165 They do a great job, I run a Edelbrock 600 on my 1915 and it as well does a great job. I haven't ran a turbo setup as of yet but I heard they kick ass . Let me know how much for the heads if u decide to sell. on my 1915 the heads where cut so it's running 9.3 to 1 .

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PostSubject: Re: Should I turbo the Baja?   10/16/2011, 9:11 pm

I like the set up with the bullet muffler hanging off to the side! Jerm. I really like the idea of a turbo but I will probably drive this thing to work 2 or 3 times a week and I don't know how dependable it would be. I had dual Kadron's on the rail that I sold and I would like to get the carbs away from the tires on the Baja, hence the single carb idea.
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PostSubject: Re: Should I turbo the Baja?   10/19/2011, 10:46 am

A mild turbo system shouldn't be any less dependable than a beefed up flat four. The fact is no matter what you do, your weak point will be the aircooled vdub engine. That being said, you could go turbo Subaru engine Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Should I turbo the Baja?   10/19/2011, 6:48 pm

I really want to stay with the air cooled engine, For now I may just use a single Weber 44 center mounted. I want to get the car back on the road ASAP. I need to get the engine apart to calculate the true compression ratio of this set up first. With a Flowmaster hooked up to the big Baja header the exhaust would flap your pant leg ten feet away,"I think it's way to high to be street driven".
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PostSubject: Re: Should I turbo the Baja?   10/24/2011, 8:07 pm

I would go no higher than 8 to 1 and a side draft weber 44 or a holly 500 with a mechanical secondary jet would work as well. The problem is you have to tune it for bottom end or top end. You have a huge fuel curve with a turbo and running lean is death to your motor (I should know). To turbo it right you need fuel injection or a secondary jet on your carb.
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