Re: S5 solenoid and auto mileage
atec77, where to start.
The VG30 is a very good motor. in std form has lots of go, even in the 300 that weighed in about 1600 Kgs. The car easily ran a flat 14 with the windows down and the targa top off, and a 100+ kgs of stereo. in a little car around the 1000kg mark it would be dangerous / fun. hehehe
As they are a very wide motor, they were difficult to work on in the 300 engine bay. i takes either motor removal of suspension removal to get to the drivers side turbo to add boost control system. Easy done though before motor gets installed into donor car. On about 12 - 14 PSI, they really get up and go, and no other mods needed to achieve this.
Would definatley recommend swapping to map sensor from MAF. The VG30 has the best flowing std MAF sensor around, but the vaines in it are prone to getting corrosion on them, and then constantly send the computer in to safety mode. thats about 4psi and much retarded timing. A dog to drive.
As for the auto. Mine went thru 3 autos before i sold it. they used the jatco box, similar to the VL RB30 box. not the strongest thing in the world, and with a heavy car, and lots of drag racing, they died very quick.
You can get adapters to bolt th400/700 up to them, this would be a much more robust coombo, and last a lot longer. If you dont want to do a lot of highway driving, and want to do a lot of racing, you can also get a c4 kit for them.
In general, they are very good and i wouldn't hesitate in using one for a project car, just make sure you measure twice and cut once, as they are a very large motor.
Hope this helps.
70 GT Ford Capri
302 Windsor (347 someday)
Auto, Manual - Manual, Auto.
(I'll work it out one day)
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