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Thread: VR6 in a MK1?

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    VR6 in a MK1?

    As my MK1 is off the road, and will be for couple of months while I save up to put money into it. I was thinking to myself, what if I could put a V6 in there?

    Has anyone on here done it or know about it?

    How difficult would it be and a rough estimate on prices of parts (expect engine) or are most parts self fabricated for it to fit?

    Also with it being heavier than the 2.0L AFB's etc. is the extra power/sound worth it?

    Would an 20V or 20VT be another option?

    Cheers

    Steve


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    Re: VR6 in a MK1?

    VR6 in a Mk1 is doable but a massive pain in the ****. First you got the size and weight of the engine then you need complete custom engine mounts, drive shafts and running gear etc etc. Better go for something like a 9A or just a KR. Both cheap both give good power and both wont mess up the handling. Even a G60 would be better than a VR. Old skool enginnering is better in a Mk1 i think. Used to have a Mk1 with 9A and its was a bit of a beast with it being so light.

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    Re: VR6 in a MK1?

    might be worth casting your eye over this thread as a guy did it in a caddy mk1.... same base really...

    Retro Rides - 1988 Mk1 Caddy - adaptormans turbo project ....

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    Re: VR6 in a MK1?

    Thanks for the reply's.

    It already has the 1.8 KR engine in it, lovely engine but doesn't sound like it will last long and how many miles it's done!

    G60 would actually be a great idea, I love the sound <3

    9A, gives me something to think about.

    I'm prob best making it just easy for my self, and I would prob prefer handling than pure straight line power.

    But it's the V6 sound and power which made me not stopping thinking about it.

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    Must admit the sound of a VR is great....i love mine but then a nice screaming 4 pot on full chat is quite something. Mk1's are all about the handling fella........
    Arch gap is like a lady garden...the more fingers you can fit in the worse it is

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    Re: VR6 in a MK1?

    you can buy a kit (can't remember the name off it) that allows you to fit a vr6 in. Comes with mounts, driveshafts etc, think its everythin needed to fit it. although if i remember correctly it was bloody expensive.

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    Re: VR6 in a MK1?

    Hi There

    I have just completed the Mk1 swap into my MK1 and im really pleased with it. I have put in a lot of time and effort, but i gave up and bought a mounting and driveshaft kit from the states. cost around £700, but no messing around and it works a treat,.
    I added a ported head and kents cams before i fitted the engine, made my own exhaust etc, and the result is 208 bhp.
    Using the mounting and driveshaft kit keeps it all in the mk1 chassis, no fitting nasty bits like a cut and shut mk3 cross member etc.

    I have done about 200 miles since i finished, and i well happy. I have to say, it pulls like a train, still handle well even with the heavier engine !!

    Its a good swap in my opinion !

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    Re: VR6 in a MK1?

    is that the eurowise kit? would love to see some pics .

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    Re: VR6 in a MK1?

    Quote Originally Posted by t1m View Post
    is that the eurowise kit? would love to see some pics .
    Yep the eurowise kit , its a good kit.(not cheap though)
    The brackets are spot on ! im sure with some skills frabrication skills you could make your own, but i was planning to make my own, but gave up and bought their kit.
    The Drive shafts are a perfect fit also, no messing around, just bolted on !

    They do also supply clutch cable conversion kits, exhaust front pipes etc etc , but all of that i done DIY.

    I will take some good pics at the weekend and post them !!!

    The one down isde, is that its very tight number the bonnet, but hey its all in ! still looks like the original, which i like !!

    Cheers
    Adam

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    Re: VR6 in a MK1?

    sounds great ,love the stuff they do ,get regular updates on fb .

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