Subaru to VW engine conversion
A relatively popular engine swap for rear-engine Volkswagens
is the Subaru motor. Purists may scoff at putting a Japanese
engine into a German car, but the motor looks suspiciously
like a later Vanagon motor. If Fuji Heavy Industries figured
out how to make a boxer engine that's more reliable and
efficient, why not upgrade?
is the biggest supplier of adapter kits to fit engines to
VW and Porsche transaxles. Subaru included, of course.
Based in the USA.
Sharpbuilt is a
sand buggy maker that now offers Subaru kits. Based in
D.S.Tuning is a German company that offers
various adapter kits for VW & Porsche.
Phone: 0049 591 74737
(1303) that got a serious power boost.
replica with WRX propulsion.
is a Mr. Ghia's work turning a classic beetle into a
Porsche performer. Technically not a Subaru swap, but some
good ideas for tuning up a Subaru-powered type 1.
Experimental aircraft hobbyists and
companes can be helpful in obtaining Subaru adaptation ideas,
since the Subaru is also popular in light planes as well as
Radiator placement is the trickiest part
of putting a watercooled engine in a vehicle that originally
was aircooled. Up front is ideal if you have the room, but
people have been successful with other locations. most popular,
in vans particularly, is in back with a fan blowing inward.
I found some
instructions for one way of mounting a radiator, in a bus,
and it sounds pretty slick.