I'd like to thank -skidmarks- for hooking me up with a copy the Fall 1997 issue of VW Power. I was finally able to read about "The Beast From The East," a car from which I drew a lot of inspiration despite never have read the article. So much was left to speculation and folk lore. Here are the scans for public consumption:
"You can take my Corrado when you pry it from my Cold Dead Hands".
I saw this sled this weekend, looked great.
I spoke to Corey @ Euro Auto Source in York PA, apparently he has an ABT Crank but wont sell it to just anyone. Being that Das Beast owns the "Beast from the East" I think that might be enough incentive if someone wants to buy that car from him and restore it to its 3.1 greatness.
The 3.1L was made with this crank, and OEM 2.9L Pistons that were machined down about 2.5mm for the added stroke. A few people built motors without doing this important step and those 3.1L motors self destructed.
These cars are like women. You always have to make them happy... Other wise it will tend to f....k u in the bad way.
Stroker kits are my remaining VW fascination after 16 years. There's really no reason to do one, but there's also no reason to own an obscure, problematic, 20 year old VW.
If you think about it, there has been so much that has been proven or developed as it relates to VR6 technology since this car was built. Wouldn't it be interesting to see this redone with:
Thermal coated Schrick manifold
TT 2.5 or 3" exhaust
Pick a modern BVH
Modern chip tuning
Or something like that. Maybe someday.
Apparently, there is still information in our archives: http://forums.fourtitude.com/showthr...-ABT-VR6-CrankOriginally Posted by eiprich
As a race motor, this is fine, but the pistons walls are ridiculously close on a 3.2L, meaning your virtually swapping blocks every 5,000-10,000 miles...if that.
3.1L isn't as bad, but the difference between 3.0L is negligible. While there really is no need to build such a wild NA motor, a true 3,000cc/3.0L (versus a "two-step" 2,9xxcc bored - similar to VW's 2,7xxcc "2.8L" VR6 and 2,8xx "2.9L" VR6) would be the smartest move if going NA. In some ways, I regret not doing that - I went 2,9xxcc - but I was never interested in peak power.
If you are really an old school VR6 guy, you may find this entertaining. I know that every year or two I enjoy cracking open a cold one or three and dreaming back to the days when a p-flo was still a mythical power adder, ecu chips were state of the art, and the world of VR6 tuning was basically a new land, yet to be explored.
that setup sounds awesome, something i could definitely enjoy
I <3 VAG
VegasJetta: LOL I just clicked that video and my wife yells from the kitchen 'is that a motor with no oil in it? Tell him to shut it off!'
DUBZAK: be gentle till you need to set the rings, then back it off a hair for about 400-500 miles. Change the oil, change again at 1,000, and beat it like it owes you money.
what would you wind up with on a bored 3.0L block and a 3.2 crank? i believe the answer is a 3.2 but some of you know this better than i do. how do they get to a 3.6? crank and bore or mainly bore with a 3.2 crank? im assuming a 3.2 would be maxing out our 12v blacks safely for NA or FI. I could def see doing a 3.2 over a 3.0 if youre going to bother, a 3.2 is almost a 15% increase over a 2.8. screw it, just turn up the boost.
Definitely a nice piece of history to boot
It'll sell, more-so now since im at the "aggravated/dont want to look at it sit there anymore" stage. hence my reason for dropping the price considerably. Id rather let it go cheaper to a good owner, than get more $ from some random jackass who will ruin it further.