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Spire GT-R Audi to Kawasaki engine change

(January 03, 2010)
Engine Replacement 
 
The engine was due for change but a fault at Donnington saw it out. The engine was an Audi 80 and transaxle gearbox providing less than 90bhp, a very  reliable arrangement up until now.  The head gasket was failing so a good time to change. 
 
We've decided to upgrade to a Kawasaki ZX engine using the services of Paul at Spire Sports Cars to do the conversion.
 
 
  engine swap
  
 Audi engine and transaxle with twin choke carb.
 
 
 
  Out with the old
 
Out with the old engine and gearbox.
 
 
 
car1
 
 
Stripped back to chassis
 
 
 
 
 
car5
  
In with the new. Engine placed and mountings being welded
 
 
  
car6
  
Engine height ok
 
 
 
engine bay
  
 
Exhaust manifold completed, wired up ready to go.
  
  
 
engine bay2
  
Fuel tank and engine and gear box mid position
 
  suspension tuning
  
Weight and distribution check for coil springs. Total 521.5 kg
 
suspension tuning 2 
 
Suspension set-up  -  ride height, toe, camber, caster adjustments.
 
 
rolling road 3
 
Rolling road engine tuning.
 
 
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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