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Old 07-14-2016, 04:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
87jeep
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I had a few ideas for long term.

First, there are several different gear sets available for the C52 with different gear ratios. It would be expensive but you could put a lower gear ratio if you were so inclined. I doubt I will change this because it's expensive; but if I had the gears and the time I would try it.

Second, you could change the timing a bit. I'm probably not going to mess with this much either.

Third would be an engine swap: There are a lot of options for this that range from drop in to extensive customization. Technically, with enough time and money, you could fit just about any front wheel drive engine in it as long as you used the engine, transmission, and axles. I may do an engine swap in the future after the 4AGE dies; but honestly I will probably put one in with more power. I like the idea of the 2zz swap, or even a 1zzfe; I also have considered a 4efte engine or a 20 valve 4age if I could find a good price on one with low miles.

(If I knew someone who could fab custom engine and transmission mounts, I think a VW 1.8 turbo engine would be awesome in this car. )

Fourth, you could put different cams in it; but the cost of good cams gets you really close to the cost of a replacement engine. Same with trying to turbo the car; by the time you pay for everything you could have replaced the engine with something newer and more efficient.

It comes with a CD of .36 stock. Mine is slightly lowered already and I removed the side mirrors. I'm thinking my way through a front end redesign to make the front a little more aerodynamic. I've also considered trying to make a fastback cover over the notchback rear; as this is the worst aero offender about this car.

I'll probably also do wheel covers; I've thought about using precut clear Plexiglas circles for this.

I'd like some lightweight wheels. It has some aftermarket wheels on it now and I would gladly trade them straight over for some lighter weight economy focused wheels.

Last edited by 87jeep; 07-14-2016 at 04:18 PM.. Reason: More stuff
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