how well do they go? im interested in buying one but have been told there are problems with the heads and that its better to put money into a 6 than than the eb 8... anyone here have a eb xr8 that can fill me in? thanx
The engines are very reliable but the stock heads and intake don't flow very well. To get more that about 140rwkw you will need to go for some aftermarket heads and intake. Stock they put out about 110rwkw, you can get that up to 130ish with a decent exhaust, extractors, thermo fans and 1.72 roller rockers.
ive driven a couple of em, one had 320,000kms on it and still went as good as one with only 180,000km. theres not a huge difference between the power of the 6 to the v8, especially if its an ef or later. ive now decided im gonna buy my mums car EB rebuilt 6cyl, and turbo it. cheaper 4 me and will get more power 4 the dollar.
although its hard to beat the sound of a modified v8 windsor. if u wanted more power than the 140rwkw as stated above, better heads and manifolding can cost in excess of $2000 easily, but it would be worth it.
unlike my mums car you already get LSD, sports susp, good mags.etc. and more power to begin with.
hmmm its so confusin when gettin a bloody car lol like its my second but i been stuck between the eb xr8 and playin with that or the eb xr6 and possibly turbocharging it (everyone agrees with that one) but turbo's do require a fair bit of cash! now me mates sayin i should get a 6cyl ef which are pretty zippy and work that.. now its gotten me even more confused cause i luv the look of dumped ef's with rims!
how much are the ef's with the optional 5litres in em worth these days? i cant see i seen many at all for sale..
btw she wont be used for compitition use so i aint talkin 10+ thou of mods, just a schmik everyday hsv killer!
The EF V8 is almost the same engine as E.B..Good exhaust on any V8 makes a difference...
If you turbo an EB/D XR6 a std Forte/ GLI head is better..An E.F head is even better for flow.The XR series have alittle too high compression for turbo's...Imo
Unless you rebuild whole engine, with lo comp slugs...
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are you looking at a series 2 EB? for some reason, some of the series II's had forged pistons and where pretty well balanced from factory, with just a set of pacemakers, oversized cats, and a single 2 1/2" with only a hotdog(at the rear), and a pod filter mine was pulling 15.1 sec 1/4. the series II manuals were freaks
yeh id prefer to go the latest one of the eb xr8 range and if they are more refined n stuff like ya say then i definatley will. manual for sure too! hopefully in a month or two ill be goin shoppin just finshin up tafe so cant really work much atm so not pullin much in hahaha
im lookin forward to it, like i said to dad keepin the v8 tradition. wish i had his car when he was 19, the XY GT!!
well i don't know whats going on with EB II XR8 over there but down here my xr8 with a cam, au xr8 snorkel, genies(which I'm getting rid off cause they're too small) and twin 2 1/4 into single 2/ 1/2 puts out 154.6 rwkws in shoot out mode. standard manifold, standard heads. I'm not sure of any other internals as I haven't had it apart yet. btw this is without a chip either.
check out edelbrock manifolds, afr heads etc can get between 200 and 20 rwks without even touching the bottom end.
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